Microsoft chief operating officer Kevin Turner today (5 November 2013) unveiled an online hub that will give South African small and mid-sized enterprises (SMEs) access to a range of free products and services from Microsoft and other partners.
The hub is found at southafrica.biz4afrika.com – it is designed to aggregate all the best resources available to local SMEs, both IT and non-IT.
“The baseline services offered are free and highly relevant for South African SMEs looking to bring their business online and improve their general competitiveness,” Microsoft said.
The launch offer will provide SMEs the opportunity to get their businesses online for free for the first year.
This includes a free .co.za domain, a free website, as well as free e-mail and collaboration tools.
The initiative is a collaboration between Microsoft, mobile operator Vodacom, the National Small Business Chamber (NSBC) and the Small Business Development Agency (SEDA).
The nine categories where assistance is available are: finance and insurance, accounting, legal, marketing, administration, business services, business opportunities, technology and people.
The hub will also connect SMEs with existing online commercial marketplaces through which they can sell their own products or services.