How do our products and services work?
They work together to address barriers that prevent local SMEs in developing countries from growing and accessing new business. This includes bringing visibility to enterprises, increasing capacity, and enabling market connections.
Who are they for?
1) SMEs interested in advancing their commercial knowledge & accessing new customers 2) Corporations & international organizations who want to source locally or build a local content strategy 3) investors looking for new growth opportunities.
Why use them?
We want you to use our services because they create value for your organization and because fast-tracking SME growth in vulnerable countries can accelerate the climb from poverty through job creation and wider economic growth.
Business Verification involves onsite interviews with SME management to collect information on their enterprises that will help Building Markets facilitate connections to market opportunities and to inform our other services. To ensure the integrity of our data, each business is re-verified every six months.
Training and Mentorship
Training and Mentorship focuses on providing SMEs with the tools and knowledge they need to become competitive, sustainable businesses. Topics include, for example, Procurement 101, Financial Management, Sales and Marketing, Human Resource Development, Environmental Awareness, and CSR.
Tender Distribution Service increases access to market opportunities by collecting and disseminating tenders to SMEs registered with Building Markets. Tenders are shared with businesses through online tender directories, targeted e-mail and SMS notifications, and through tender distribution points in country offices.
Business Matchmaking connects verified local SMEs to supply chains and investment through analysis, the generation of reports that fast-track procurement based on buyer demand, vendor fairs, investor showcases and other events.
Research and Impact
Research and Impact uses our extensive supplier data to provide market insights and recommendations to our stakeholders on emerging trends, challenges and opportunities. The data we collect also allows us to accurately measure our economic impact in the countries where we operate.
Buy Local Advocacy and Events
"Buy Local" advocacy promotes the importance of buying local through local content policy promotion, marketing campaigns, events and forums, and social media.