“SABRI’s success as an enterprise development institution and business incubator is dependent on effective partnerships with government, financiers and other business development service providers.”
SA Business Resources Institute (SABRI) is a non-profit company that specialises in the facilitation of business resources that are required to establish, grow and increase the sustainability of SMEs and non-governmental organisations (NGOs). SABRI provides a holistic service ranging from compliance and marketing support to strategic interventions.
SABRI prides itself in being hands-on in the organisations that the company supports, helping to develop administrative and financial management tools to manage business risk and mitigate against business failure. The company’s skills development programmes are aimed at facilitating job creation through placement (in partnership with other organisations) and enterprise development. SABRI is a goal oriented organisation and also provides a monitoring, evaluation and impact assessment for organisations that are focused on achieving measurable outcomes and value accountability.
SABRI focuses on the sustainability and long term growth needs of entrepreneurs, SMEs and communities, whilst facilitating access to resources like business financing and new markets through functional partnerships.
SABRI’s core mission is to contribute to:
- increasing the survival rate of SMEs and NGOs by facilitating and mobilising necessary resources,
- increasing the pace of job creation/preservation through innovation and entrepreneurship
- increasing the effectiveness and efficacy of programmes targeting job creation
- thriving communities and a caring society
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SABRI utilises a core team of experienced associates and subject-matter-experts, in addition to drawing on the expertise of a pool of development partners. Our core team consist of individuals drawn from the business community and development financing industry that has extensive experience in the entrepreneurial, social enterprise and SME development space and share a deep understanding of the challenges SMEs and NGOs face.
SABRI was established to support socio-economic development and job creation by:
- Providing business advisory services to SMEs and NGOs, focusing on the business case, compliance and governance, administrative polices and processes, financial management, marketing and resource planning.
- Facilitating artisan and business skills training in the context of job creation.
- Facilitating access to business and financial resources.
- Project managing developmental initiatives and the founding of viable businesses from innovative ideas.
- Mentoring and coaching business owners and trainees for long term success.
- Conducting monitoring and evaluation.
- Conducting Impact Assessments.
SABRI’s processes involve a self-selection mechanism by guiding SMEs and NGO's through a diagnostic and problem-solving process. Broad-based facilitation and extensive collaboration allows organisations to direct the entity to the appropriate level of intervention. This eliminates the need for overly restrictive criteria.
SABRI’s services are aimed at the following entrepreneurial sectors:
- Early stage SME/NGO's that need resources to grow into established businesses and have operated for at least 2 years.
- Established SME/NGO's that require growth by diversifying into innovative value-adding products and services
- SME/NGO's owned by women, youth and people with disabilities
- Non-profit organisations focused on skills capacity building and job creation
- Development and financing institutions that invest resources in socio-economic development and job creation
- Start-up ventures with a clearly differentiated offering and robust business case.
SABRI is a business support organisation that :
- Takes a holistic approach to development.
- Partners with associates and service providers that have practical experience and expertise in the areas where assistance is needed.
- Utilises an extensive network to integrate capabilities and competencies in the public and private sectors and facilitate access to resources.
- Has in-depth knowledge and understanding of the challenges faced by SMEs/NGOs and financing institutions, which assists in the ability to match requirements and needs.
- Is willing to structure a suitable compensation arrangement in order to make services accessible to clients that experience cash flow constraints.
- Focuses on long term sustainability for clients and communities.
- Focuses on desired outcomes and impact.