KUALA LUMPUR: SME Bank is targeting a total of 5,000 visitors this year to its SME Bank XCESS virtual portal, a platform that provides local small and medium businesses (SMEs) access to financing and entrepreneur development programmes.
Of the 5,000 visitors, a total of 1,000 entrepreneurs are expected to participate in business matching activities, business clinics, advisory services and “visits” to the booths of anchor companies, said SME Bank chief executive officer Datuk Aria Putera Ismail.
“SME Bank XCESS 2022 is further streamlined with four additional thrusts that includes Assets Link, Takaful Services and HalalXcess in addition the Bumiputera Vendor Development Programme led by the Entrepreneurship and Cooperatives Ministry,” he said in his opening speech at the launch ceremony of XCESS 2022 yesterday.
Aria said SME entrepreneurs could also take the opportunity to join the SME Bank Umbrella Programme, a collaboration between SME Bank and anchor companies, to grow their business.
Since the inauguration of the SME Bank Umbrella Programme four years ago, 24 financing applications worth RM11.6mil have been approved by SME Bank.
The launch of XCESS 2022 yesterday was officiated by Entrepreneur Development and Cooperatives Minister Tan Sri Noh Omar.