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									SMALL BUSINESS MONITOR (JOURNAL)

TERMS OF REFERENCE FOR FEATURE
ARTICLES, RESEARCH ARTICLES AND
           CASE STUDY
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1.   INTRODUCTION

     The Small Enterprise sector is an important focus for the South African
     government. The Small Enterprise sector has been identified as a vehicle
     to improve employment and the living standard of individuals who have
     been denied access to opportunities by the policies of the past
     government. It is therefore important that the support that is rendered to
     this sector is effective, especially, given the intensive support required by
     emerging black business entities and potential entrepreneurs wishing to
     create a sustainable income stream for their families

     The Small Enterprise sector faces challenges that impede its growth and
     development. These include limited access to finance, acquisition of skills
     and managerial expertise, the legal and regulatory framework, access to
     markets, access to business premises at affordable rentals, access to
     technology (appropriate products as well as information and training),
     access to business infrastructure, etc.

     To date, there is inadequate information regarding the status and growth
     of the sector. Contemporary and on-going research projects and
     programmes fill an import ant gap in aiding government and other
     developmental agents to understand the sector and design programmes
     that target specific aspects of support. However, information must be used
     and shared in order to gain the maximum impact and benefit.

     The Small Business Monitor, which is Seda’s annual journal, aims at
     stimulating debate and acting as an information sharing platform for
     government workers, research organizations and academics working in
     the sector. It aims to further encourage research and the sharing of
     information in the sector.


2.   BACKGROUND

     The Small Enterprise Development Agency (Seda) was established in
     December 2004 in terms of the National Small Business Amendment Act.
     This law merged the previous small enterprise development agencies
     Ntsika Enterprise Promotion Agency, NAMAC Trust and the Community
     Public Private Partnership (CPPP) into a single small enterprise support
     agency.

     The task of Seda is to support the growth of small enterprises in South
     Africa, to help create a better regulatory environment for small enterprise
     and to encourage a culture of entrepreneurship.
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     The Research and Knowledge Management division of Seda is
     responsible for the Small Business Monitor. CultureCom Africa has been
     awarded the tender to manage the production of the journal.


3.   THE SEDA SMALL BUSINESS MONITOR

     The aim of the Seda Small Business Monitor is:
         To facilitate and encourage debate around issues concerning the
           development and growth of the Small Enterprise sector
         To increase information and data available on the Small Enterprise
           sector
         To share Seda’s experience and lesson’s learned in business
           development support
         To provide policy makers, government departments, academics,
           NGO’s and CBO’s and other Small Enterprise development
           practitioners with relevant information about the SMME sector.

     The journal is published annually. It will be published on 14 March 2008.

     The themes for the 2008 Small Business Monitor are:

     1. The contribution of Small Enterprises to the economy of South Africa
     2. 2010 opportunities for Small Enterprises
     3. Development trends of Small Enterprises
     4. Business development support needs of Small Enterprise, excluding
        finance, versus the practitioners’ capacity to address them.
     5. A case study on an enterprise/s in the craft sector with international
        market links.

     The Small Business Monitor covers three broad sections i.e. feature
     stories, a case study and academic SMME research articles.

     Section 1: Feature articles
     Four feature articles of 4000 (four thousand) words each will be published
     in the 2008 issue.

     Writers may submit abstracts / article outlines of no more than 1200 words
     (+/- 3 typed pages) for a feature article/s on any of the above themes (with
     the exception of the case study). The articles should cover the latest
     debate and issues in the SMME sector within these themes. The content
     and approach to the feature articles is up to the discretion of the writer.

     The article outline must be accompanied by a brief CV of the writer (no
     longer than one page) and an indication of the proposed approach and
     sources of information (no longer than one page).
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     Section 2: Research articles
     Eight research articles of 5000 (five thousand) words each will be
     published in the 2008 issue.

     Writers may submit abstracts / article outlines of no more than 1750 words
     (+/- 5 typed pages) for a research article/s on any of the above themes
     (with the exception of the case study). The articles should cover the latest
     debate and issues in the SMME sector within these themes. The approach
     to the research article should follow standard academic research
     processes.

     The article outline must be accompanied by a brief CV of the writer (no
     longer than one page) and an indication of the proposed research
     methodology and proposed sources of information.

     Section 3: Case Study
     A case study of 4000 (four thousand) words will be published in the 2008
     issue.

     The Case Study will focus on enterprise/s in the craft sector who have
     successfully managed to engage international markets and distribution
     channels for their products. The case study must focus on amongst
     others, aspects such as what the enterprise does, challenges they face,
     the types of support that enabled their current position and lessons that
     can be learned. The approach to the case study should be one of
     reporting the facts on the particular case presented, as well as an in-depth
     analysis of the facts.

     Writers may submit abstracts / article outlines of no more than 1200 words
     (+/- 3 typed pages) for a case study as per the subject matter given. The
     approach to the case study should follow standard research procedures
     and incorporate the guidelines given above.

     The article outline must be accompanied by a brief CV of the writer (no
     more than one page) and an indication of the proposed research
     methodology.

     The due date for abstracts / article outlines is Friday 11 January 2008.

4.   PROCESS

     Papers must be sent to CultureCom Africa, P.O. Box 74668, Lynnwood
     Ridge, 0040 by post or to beth@culturecom.co.za electronically by 4pm on
     the due date.
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Following submission, papers will be subjected to a selection process.
Writers who have been selected on the basis of their papers will be
informed by 21 January 2008. Final articles must be prepared for
submission to Seda for inclusion in the Small Business Monitor by
Wednesday 6 February 2008.

Writers who have been selected will enter into a contract / agreement
regarding their specific article and will be remunerated accordingly.

Any questions may be directed to Beth Arendse at (012) 365 1513 or 082
828 6104 or email beth@culturecom.co.za.

								
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