The Companies and Intellectual Properties Commission (CIPC) rates top when it comes to services received from small business service providers.
This result is based on the first Small Business Connect Services Survey completed through a straw sample of readers who were asked to rate their top agencies. These agencies included the CIPC, National Youth Development Agency (NYDA), National Empowerment Fund (NEF), Small Enterprise Development Agency (Seda), Small Enterprise Finance Agency (Sefa) and the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) grants.
The CIPC was the clear favourite with 35% of the votes, followed by the DTI grants with 23%, Seda at 15%, NYDA with 11% and Sefa with 8%. An option was also provided where business owners could rate any other service provider of their choice. Names such as the South African Revenue Services (Sars), National Small Business Chamber and FNB were submitted. When Small Business Connect posted the results to Facebook, our readers had mixed feelings about this.
Llewellyn Roeland says, “All stepping stones in the right direction. The Industrial Development Corporation is also coming to the fore now.”
While Anam Xinwa felt that the NYDA should be at the bottom, but Noma Msiza countered that she only ever received 100% from the NYDA. Deon King thought that scoring the NYDA 100%, Sefa 50%, CIPC 30% and Seda 0% was a more accurate reflection of what the results should be. Tumza Mpelo posted that Sefa was a better service provider than the NYDA. Ace Blue thought that all of the above were “useless” because the service providers “did not help start-ups”.
Asanda Kepelele says he will be applying for assistance to the various service providers and would soon get to rate the services first-hand.
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