SMALL BUSINESS MONITOR (JOURNAL) TERMS OF REFERENCE FOR FEATURE ARTICLES, RESEARCH ARTICLES AND CASE STUDY 2 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. 3 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). 4 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 email@example.com electronically by 4pm on the due date. 5 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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