The Small Enterprise Center (SEC) Association is a Palestinian nonprofit organization provides an integrated package of innovative business development services consisting of, but not limited to, institutional capability building and strengthening initiatives, human resource training and development, SME banking, grant management, research and development, and lending and micro-finance advisory services. SEC started as a project within the framework of former GIZ Private Sector Development Project in 2002. In 2008, SEC has become an independent not-for-profit organization governed by Palestinian NGO law with a board of directors and a general assembly.
Our present corporation of experts and the specialization of our operations cut across the whole spectrum of the development field, including policy-level interventions, institutional and organizational planning and development, human resource development, management and training, and women empowerment. Furthermore, SEC is competent in providing grant management to support efficient and effective grant making.
Our dedicated group of professionals is structured to meet the unique needs of small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs), social enterprising, and rapidly growing small and medium sized private companies, including not-for-profit entities. Our SME services team provides all the requisite services to help our clients succeed wherever they operate. We offer specialist advice of the highest quality focused on meeting clients’ needs in a comprehensive and timely manner.
Since our establishment, more than ten years ago, SEC has been providing an integrated package of innovative business development services that focus on the following:
Business strategy and management:
Services for existing businesses (including social businesses) in the areas of marketing, sales, marketing strategy, business expansion, financial management, financial analysis, feasibility studies, business plans development, human resources, product development, branding, business linkages, export readiness, production management, quality assurance, quality control, information technology, and disaster recovery assistance.
Business startup facilitation:
Services for pre-venture individuals which include idea generation, business idea development, Starting Your Business training, assistance with business feasibility and viability, publications and handbooks which include information on financial resources, sample business plans and industry specific information as well as referrals to appropriate business professionals and providers.
Assistance for both existing businesses and startups in the areas of financial strategies, financial analysis, help with financial application processes and access to available capital, including debt, non-debt and equity financing.
Guidance for existing small businesses on developing new local and regional markets. Services provided include market research, export readiness, capabilities and foreign market potential for new-to-export firms; access to trade reference materials, regional trade leads, educational seminars on international trade; identification of potential sources of funding and financial assistance for export ventures; direct links to local, regional, and international trade organizations to help identify buyers, agents and distributors and connection to more specialized international trade services as needed.
Business advice, training, and information services regarding regulatory compliance including environmental rules and regulations, business registration, quality standards, export procedures, etc...
Education and business training:
A wide range of focused business education and training programs structured to meet specific needs of the small business community in Palestine.
Policy and economic research:
A wide range of customized economic and sector studies, business plans, feasibility studies, positionpapers, revision of laws, and papers that help decision makers, donors organizations, organizations involved in economic development, etc.