By now, the SKMM or MCMC is pushing hard to encourage more Malaysian micro entrepreneurs to get their business online. With a whopping RM50 million budget and empowered to grant RM1000 to each approved applicant, it looks like the SKMM may need to extend their time frame as the grant offer is suppose to expire by 31st December 2013.
Looking at some of the success stories recently, it’s highly encouraging to see the Malaysian government taking the initiative to help their local micro entrepreneurs to give them greater exposure to the power of having an online presence to grow their business further. Some of the success stories that I’ve come across shows how small businesses have grown so much more when their business owners decided to make use of the SKMM grant and build their own business website with a Malaysian domain.
While RM1000 may not be much but at least it’s a helping hand to pay for a registered Malaysian domain and to get a proper business website set up. Not only that but it’s an encouragement to young Malaysian entrepreneurs to pursue their dreams of running their own online business. If others could succeed, then why not them? Why be limited?
With a business website, you could basically sell to anyone anywhere instead of just doing business locally. Here’s a short video that I recently came across of 2 young Malaysian entrepreneurs who decided to pursue their dreams and get their clothing business online :
Pretty neat huh? I found their story so encouraging. You want to know what would be encouraging? Reaching out to those cottage style small time industries that work from home who produce awesome products to have their own Malaysian website. I’m sure there are many locally made Malaysian products that international customers would be really interested to buy if only they knew of their existence.
Not only will it help these local Malaysian small and medium businesses grow, it will also help improve many of the livelihood of the people involved. Some families are barely making ends meet month after month. And while they may be churning out their products in the traditional way, it would really blow their minds away if they realized that they could make even more by having an online presence.
Even popular Malaysian ecommerce software provider, InstanteStore is offering a generous package to help any Malaysian business get online with their ecommerce solutions. With the SKMM grant offer, many Malaysian micro entrepreneurs would be foolish to let this opportunity pass by.