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MGT602 - Entrepreneurship - Lecture Handout 22

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CREATING AND STARTING THE VENTURE (Continued….)

LEARNING OBJECTIVES

  1. To identify information needs and sources for business planning.
  2. To enhance awareness of the ability of the Internet as an information resource and marketing tool
  3. To present helpful questions for the entrepreneur at each stage of the planning process.
  4. To understand how to monitor the business plan

INFORMATION NEEDS

Before preparing a business plan, the entrepreneur should do a quick feasibility study to see if there are possible barriers to success. The entrepreneur should clearly define the venture’s goals, which provide a framework for the business plan. The business plan must reflect reasonable goals.

Market Information

It is important to know the market potential for the product or service. The first step is to define the market. A well-defined target market makes it easier to project market size and market goals. To assess the total market potential, the entrepreneur can use trade associations, government reports, and published studies.

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MGT604 - Management of Financial Institutions - Lecture Handout 39

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Can Government of Pakistan Lay a Pivotal Role in this Sector?

In the recent past SMEDA stands out as a significant step towards Govt of Pakistan commitment to SME development. Created as an autonomous institution with private sector led governance structure, SMEDA promises to become an important institution spearheading Government’s SME development efforts. However, in absence of a coherent SME development policy framework it is unrealistic to expect a single organization such as SMEDA, to be able to implement aggressive SME development initiatives because:

  1. Issues to be addressed for SME development fall within the purview of a large number of Ministries and Departments at the Federal, Provincial and Local government levels. SMEDA has no institutional jurisdiction or linkage with such institutions; and
  2. SMEDA has limited budget and manpower, posing restrictions on its capacity to launch capital intensive initiatives and extend its outreach Thus to provide a coherent policy mechanism, there is a need to develop a
    comprehensive SME Policy for Pakistan that defines the role of concerned public sector institutions. Such a Policy framework will provide the required direction and focus for achieving SME led economic growth resulting in job creation and reduction in poverty. Private sector growth in SME sector (as opposed to the large scale manufacturing) will result in lesser investments per job created, wider geographic and social spread of investments and better income distribution.

SME Policy & Their Objectives

The objective of SME Policy is to provide a short and a medium to long- term policy framework with an implementation mechanism for achieving higher economic growth based on SME led private sector development.

The SME Policy suggests concurrent and specific policy measures in all possible areas of SME development:

  1. Business environment
  2. Access to finance
  3. Human resource development
  4. Support for technology up gradation and marketing

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