2009
DOI: 10.1108/00242530910987064
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Supporting the information needs of entrepreneurs in South Africa

Abstract: Purpose -The Library Business Corners (LBC) service for entrepreneurs in the Western Cape of South Africa uses public libraries as a channel for information and expertise. It is a ''grass roots'', community-driven, approach which has been adopted elsewhere in South Africa. Similar services have appeared addressing the same, or similar, groups of users, often concentrating on the use of information and communication technology. Design/methodology/approach -Developing an effective service for entrepreneurs depen… Show more

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“…Consequently, the lack of access to information will negatively affect the rate at which women can acquire funds. Previous studies show that a significant factor for the perceived failure of WSMMEs is the degree of the financial support (Sadeq, 2008;Agyapong, 2010;Siringi, 2011;Underwood, 2012). The women in the samples of the afore-mentioned studies appeared to have a concern over obtaining financing from financial institutions and government agencies.…”
Section: Access To Financementioning
confidence: 97%
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“…Consequently, the lack of access to information will negatively affect the rate at which women can acquire funds. Previous studies show that a significant factor for the perceived failure of WSMMEs is the degree of the financial support (Sadeq, 2008;Agyapong, 2010;Siringi, 2011;Underwood, 2012). The women in the samples of the afore-mentioned studies appeared to have a concern over obtaining financing from financial institutions and government agencies.…”
Section: Access To Financementioning
confidence: 97%
“…He suggests that SMMEs contribute 79%, 63% and 60% to employment creation in Italy, France and Germany respectively. Underwood (2012) endorses that over 99% of the 3.2 million businesses in the UK are SMMEs and they account for more than two thirds of the business turnover.…”
Section: The Significance Of Wsmmes In Income-poverty Alleviationmentioning
confidence: 99%
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“…A business librarian is an information professional who offers specialised information services to the business community in response to their information needs (Sulouff et al 2005, O'Connor & Marien 2002. Studies by Wilson and Train (2006), Kassim (2010) and Underwood (2009) emphasised the need for business librarians to be proficient and fully familiar with the business domain, and to be in possession of the requisite information searching skills (Patterson & Martzoukou 2012) in order to be actively involved in assisting modern business information seekers. Smeaton and Davis (2014) opined that, without subject knowledge in business, business librarians may not be able to maintain the quality of business information services.…”
Section: Introduction and Conceptual Settingmentioning
confidence: 99%
“…The study by Sebina (2009: 65) stressed the role of a public library's staff in repackaging and disseminating business information to small enterprises, actions that stopped them from losing relevance. Underwood (2009), when advocating for business corners, recommended community training forums at public libraries, which should be delivered by librarians using local languages in order to empower people with business skills. Other research, such as that of dos Santos (2009), Wilson (2013, Spencer, Ruston and Duncan (2004), the OCLC (2011) and Hosono (2006), have also supported the need for business training programmes at public libraries.…”
Section: Introduction and Conceptual Settingmentioning
confidence: 99%