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Small Business Advancement Scheme 【The programme had recently ended】

Small Business Advancement Scheme

Have you encountered operational difficulties in running, sustaining or scaling a small business or social enterprise? The Small Business Advancement Scheme (SBA Scheme) is designed to help participating small businesses and social enterprises address their operational challenges and improve their efficiency through support provided by industry experts and retired senior managers.

What can you get from joining this program? 

  1. 6 skills-based training sessions
  2. 6-month acceleration program
  3. 6 months of free consultation sessions delivered by mentors and industry experts 
  4. Retired senior managers will help implement business plans
  5. HK$ 4,000 subsidy for business plan implementation

Three major objectives:

  1. Gain an understanding of the challenges of small businesses, especially in terms of sustaining and growing their operations
  2. Provide sustainability programs for small businesses
  3. Build up a viable ecosystem for the development of small businesses

It targets to help small businesses in the Kowloon district to sustain and grow their operations as well as increase their revenue.

Scheme Milestones

The programme had recently ended and is currently under review.

Scheme Milestones

Acceleration Program

Acceleration Program



Businesses that are: (1) registered in Hong Kong under the Business Registration Ordinance; (2) social enterprises issued a certificate of incorporation; or (3) any charitable institution or trust of a public character that is exempt from tax under section 88 of the Inland Revenue Ordinance can join the Scheme if they fulfill the following definition of a small business: Any business that employs fewer than 10 full-time workers in Hong Kong.

The number of full-time employees includes individual proprietors, partners and shareholders actively engaged in the work of the business, as well as the salaried full-time employees of the business directly paid by the business, both permanent and temporary.


Businesses need to be registered and established in Hong Kong for more than 1 year. Date of establishment refers to the date a business was first registered with the Business Registration Office of the Inland Revenue Department or the date on which the business was incorporated with the Companies Registry.


Priority will be given to small businesses located in the Kowloon district.


Priority will be given to the small businesses stemming from the catering, retail and services industries.

Vetting Criteria

The Hong Kong Council of Social Service (HKCSS) will conduct a preliminary assessment of all applications and submit recommendations to the Vetting Committee for final decisions. During that period, HKCSS might seek clarification or supplementary information from applicants. Applicants may be required to attend an interview to introduce their enterprise’s background and operations, as well as answer any questions from the Vetting Committee.

  • Identify and present challenges clearly (35%)
  • Commitment of the applicant towards the scheme (30%)
  • Execution (20%)
  • Community or social impact (15%)

Important Timelines

Application deadline:
2 June 2017 (Friday)
Selected teams for interview:
9 June 2017 (Friday)
26 June 2017 (Monday) & 28 June 2017 (Wednesday) 
6 skills-based training workshops:
8 May 2017, July 2017, September 2017, November 2017, January 2018 & March 2018
Acceleration Program:
August 2017 – January 2018
Application form

Click here to download the application form


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Supporting organizations

  1. Hong Kong Small and Medium Enterprises Association
  2. Hong Kong Social Enterprise Challenge
  3. Innovative Entrepreneur Association
  4. The Hong Kong Federation of Youth Groups – YBHK
  5. The Hong Kong General Chamber of Small and Medium Business
  6. The Hong Kong Management Association
  7. Youth Entrepreneur Warrior

Terms and conditions

  • Staff of the Hong Kong Council of Social Service is not allowed to apply
  • The Hong Kong Council of Social Services reserves the right to terminate or pause the application

The Hong Kong Council of Social Service reserves the rights on final decision on interpreting of above terms and conditions.

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