SME CORP GRANTS BOOST BUSI­NESSES

Small and medi­um­sized entrepreneurs thank SME Corp for fi­nan­cial boost

New Straits Times - - News / Nation - ILI SHAZWANI KANGAR shazwani.ih­san@nst.com.my

DRIVEN by his pas­sion in en­trepreneur­ship and com­puter, Azwari Azmi took the bold de­ci­sion to quit his job as an in­for­ma­tion tech­nol­ogy of­fi­cer with a govern­ment agency to ven­ture into busi­ness three years ago.

In De­cem­ber 2014, he opened a com­puter shop at the Univer­siti Malaysia Perlis (UniMAP) branch cam­pus in Sun­gai Chuchuh.

The de­ci­sion proved to be a turn­ing point in his life as in less than two years, his busi­ness was gen­er­at­ing RM50,000 in monthly rev­enue.

Azwari thanked the Small and Medium En­ter­prises Cor­po­ra­tion (SME Corp) for the RM51,000 grant, which had helped build his busi­ness’s ca­pac­ity to what it is to­day.

Yes­ter­day, Azwari and other small and medium-sized entrepreneurs like him re­ceived an­other boost from the cor­po­ra­tion.

He re­ceived a RM290,948 grant, pre­sented by SME Corp Malaysia chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer Datuk Dr Haf­sah Hashim, dur­ing the SME Week 2017 event.

Azwari is plan­ning to use the grant to set up an ad­ver­tis­ing print­ing fa­cil­ity in Sim­pang Em­pat here.

“I never imag­ined that I would be able to reach this point. Thanks to the back­ing from SME Corp, I man­aged to ex­pand my busi­ness,” he said.

Azwari said he started the busi­ness with only RM10,000 and had lim­ited funds and equip­ment.

“Eleven months later, my life changed when I re­ceived the grant from SME Corp.

“I used the grant to pro­cure com­puter equip­ment and of­fered ad­di­tional ser­vices to my cus­tomers such as colour pho­to­copies,” he said.

Azwari said for small entrepreneurs like him, the as­sis­tance from SME Corp was cru­cial as it helped to build his busi­ness’s ca­pac­ity.

Mean­while, the Small and Medium En­ter­prises (SME) Week 2017 recorded RM64.24 mil­lion po­ten­tial sales na­tion­wide.

The sales were gen­er­ated from 474 busi­ness-match­ing ses­sions in­volv­ing renowned whole­salers and re­tail­ers such as My­din, Gi­ant, Tesco, Aeon Co, Lulu, Sakan Whole­saler, and Ramly Halal Mart.

Haf­sah said the busi­ness-match­ing ses­sion this year was also joined by Lazada Malaysia, al­low­ing 99 small and medium scale traders to pro­mote their prod­ucts on­line.

BY ZULFADHLI ZULKIFLI

The SME Corp grant al­lowed Azwari Azmi to quit his job and open a suc­cess­ful com­puter shop. PIC

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