A project of the International Finance Corporation, a member of the World Bank Group, the SME Toolkit offers free business management information and training for small businesses / small and medium enterprises (SMEs) on accounting and finance, business planning, human resources (HR), marketing and sales, operations, and information technology (IT). The SME Toolkit offers a wide range of how-to articles, business forms, free business software, online training, self-assessment exercises, quizzes, and resources to help entrepreneurs, business owners, and managers in emerging markets and developing countries start, finance, formalize, and grow their businesses.
The site is built around 7 key areas of business activity:
- Accounting and Finance
- Business Planning
- Human Resources
- Legal and Insurance
- Marketing and Sales
Each section contains a link to a range of sub-topics where you can access and download a range of resources such as “how-to articles”, business forms, tools and training opportunities etc (as referred to above).
Also, of particular note, the site contains regional and sector toolkits. The regional toolkits cover a range of geographies and can be accessed in a variety of languages. Furthermore, they have been adapted to take into account the local rules and legislation of the specific regions. The sector toolkits focus on fund management and sustainable finance.