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Our mandate is to transform your small or medium-sized business into a large corporation

Or to assist you to grow to an optimal size, if your aim is not market leadership. We provide support services, and act as a platform for the advancement of SME interests in Zimbabwe.

We recognise and appreciate that each business is unique, and requires specific assistance for it to achieve its goals. Therefore, the first thing that we do upon you becoming a paid-up member of the association is to take you through our proprietary Growth Strategy & Business Planning training, so that you come up with a specific growth strategy and business plan for your business. We also hold a one-on-one meeting with you in order for us to understand your specific requirements. At the end of that meeting, we come up with an action plan that is aimed at enabling you to achieve your growth objectives. Jointly, we will then execute that plan and ensure that you achieve your growth objectives.

Based on the information that we have been getting from members, we have identified six key areas that are problematic for small and medium-sized businesses:

Growth Strategy & Business Planning

The biggest reason most small and medium sized enterprises do not grow into large corporations is because they lack a Growth Strategy.

Access to markets

Sales growth is the most important ingredient to growing a business. As such, we place great emphasis on helping members to develop...

Access to funding

Funding is the lifeblood of any business and without access to appropriate, affordable funding, business growth is stifled, if not killed altogether.

Training and productivity

Ongoing training and development for the entrepreneur, as well as development of the human resource base within an enterprise are critical elements...


One of the key problems that SMEs face is securing appropriate work spaces for their business. The SME Association of Zimbabwe has the following products that cater for start-ups

Lobbying & Advocacy

Our lobbying and advocacy is aimed at securing a conducive playing field for the formation and growth of SMEs. To this end, we are compiling a number of policy...
We have come up with various solutions to each challenge. Depending on your specific circumstances, we draw down from these general solutions, or in case of need develop other solutions to specifically address your need.

SME Association of Zimbabwe

Growing start-up, small and medium sized enterprises into large corporations

Our mandate is to help start-ups, small and medium-sized businesses to grow into large corporations. We also work with large corporations, development agencies & partners, and other organisations interested in working with SMEs (affiliates).