What can business development services do for small and medium enterprises? How can these enterprises leverage more from these services?
While impact evaluation literature of business development services (BDS) on SMEs consistently finds positive effects, BDS usage of small and medium enterprises is still very low. Possible reasons suggested are lack of information about BDS, shortage of credits, and limited availability of BDS. However, most of the existing literature focuses on impacts of demand-side interventions, and empirical evidence about BDS providers is still lacking.