Start-ups and ventures
Assists those planning to start a business or venture owners trying to improve their operations in financing and obtaining relevant information.
Assists SMEs undergoing business innovation in financing, handling taxes and cultivating markets.
Supports collaboration among SMEs to enter new areas of business by providing subsidies, advice and financing assistance.
Supports SMEsf efforts to revitalize their business through the SME Revitalization Support Committee.
Employment and human resources
Supports SMEfs human resources development and resolution of business challenges by implementing the Small and Medium Sized Enterprise Consultants system, offering training and dispatching experts.
Provides information and advice to help SMEs to move production overseas or find markets abroad.
Trade practices and public procurement
Promotes fair subcontracting practices and the development of small and medium sized subcontractors and thereby increases the opportunity for SMEs to win contracts.
Assists SMEs in maintaining stable operations by supporting them for bankruptcy, pandemic new influenza, and earthquakes and other natural disasters, as well as by leading them to develop a business continuity plan.
Mutual aid system
Helps small companies to prepare for business closing and retirement, and SMEs to prepare for the bankruptcy of their major customers.
Provides managerial and financial support to small businesses with 20 or fewer employees (5 or fewer for those in the commerce or service sector).
Small and medium manufacturers
Supports R&D and human resources development at SMEs with key manufacturing technologies. Selects g300 of Japanfs Exciting Monozukuri (Manufacturing) SMEs.h
Technological innovation, IT and energy efficiency
Assists SMEs committed to technological development, IT utilization and higher energy efficiency by providing subsidies, financial assistance and relevant information.
Supports SMEsf intellectual property strategies by implementing measures to protect intellectual property and measures to combat damage caused by counterfeiting.
SME Assistance Centers
Dispatches experts to assist SMEs in addressing difficult or specialized business challenges (e.g., launch of new operations, business succession) and otherwise helps SMEs directly or via support institutions.