SMALL and medium-sized enterprises (SME) in the south-east of Singapore now have a neighbourhood advisory centre they can turn to.
The Association of Small and Medium Enterprises (Asme) and the South East Community Development Council (CDC), with support from Spring Singapore, will launch the centre at 10, Eunos Road tomorrow.
Like the other two outlets, the SME Centre@SouthEast will offer businesses one-to-one advice on government schemes, guidance on grant applications, business diagnosis and more in-depth advice in areas such as productivity, finance, human resources and overseas expansion.
In this year's Budget, the Government set aside about $30 million to run these SME Centres over three years.
Spring Singapore said in March that more will be set up to help SMEs in the heartland and industrial estates.
Together, the SME Centres and their satellites aim to provide advice to about 60,000 SMEs over three years.
The centres are also tasked to hold workshops to help SMEs learn how to improve their productivity and financial knowledge.
They are also expected to organise networking and business-matching events to connect SMEs with local and overseas partners.
There are about 60,000 heartland and small businesses based in the south-east district, Asme said.
The district comprises Marine Parade GRC, East Coast GRC, Joo Chiat SMC, Mountbatten SMC and Potong Pasir SMC.
It is home to more than 500,000 residents and includes neighbourhoods such as Geylang Serai, Joo Chiat, Bedok and Marine Parade.
Asme set up its first satellite SME Centre, SME Centre @NorthEast, last year.
SMEs can also seek help at any of the Enterprise Development Centres located at the Chinese, Indian and Malay Chambers of Commerce and Industry, and the Singapore Manufacturing Federation.