The Micro Business Programme, which was introduced in 2005, aims to equip individuals from less privileged households trade, business and IT skills to start a home-based business as an alternative source of income for the household.
Grants are also awarded to those who have a viable and sustainable home business model.
Through AMP’s partnership with SME Centre@SMCCI, participants of the programme are able to benefit from their wide range of services such as business advisory and business diagnosis in the areas of business and IT processes throughout the different phases of the programme.
The Micro Business Programme is open to individuals who meet the following eligibility criteria:
- Singapore Citizen
- Combined gross household income not exceeding $4,000 or per capita income not exceeding $800
- 21 to 50 years old
- Possess basic skills or experience in the chosen trade
- Able to commit for six months in the programme
- Orientation / Interview
- Assessment & Selection
- Career Coaching
- Trade Skill Training
- Business Skill Training
- Capital Grant Assessment / Review
- Mentoring & Monitoring
Trade Skills Training Courses offered:
- Food Business
- Wedding Crafts & Accessories
- Home Services
- Beauty & Wellness
Business Skills & IT Training Courses offered:
- Business Workshop
- Individual Business Consultation
- Excel for Simple Business Accounting
- Introduction to Social Marketing
- Registration for the 2019 intake is now closed
- Submit the completed application form at either of the following AMP offices:
AMP @ Wisma Geylang Serai
1 Engku Aman Turn
Tel: 6634 6170
- Documents that may be required:
- Copies of birth certificates or NRICs (both sides) of applicant and all household members
- Copies of payslips of all working adults in the household
- A registration fee (after AMP subsidy) is applicable:
- $200 – for household with gross per capita income of $500 and below
- $300 – for household with gross per capita income between $501 and $800
- For further enquiries about the programme, contact Ms Mariam at 6416 1426 or email email@example.com.
The Advanced Micro Business Programme is an extension of the AMP Micro Business Programme, which aims to enhance the business knowledge and network of the programme graduates.
Graduate of the AMP’s Micro Business Programme 2015
Recipient of AMP Capital Grant 2015
Ms Noorazlin Azman grew up in a family of hawkers, where she learnt the ropes in preparing traditional Malay cuisine through helping her grandmother and later, her mother in running their food stalls. When she had to leave her job as a customer service officer to care for her one-year-old son who suffered from asthma, she decided to use her experience in the food business to build her own home-based business.
A year before joining AMP’s Micro Business Programme in 2015, she started Daun Limau Malay Traditional Cuisine and took on small orders from her network of family and friends. She chanced upon the programme online while she was looking for opportunities to grow her business. Her journey was not a smooth sailing one, as she had to learn to run every aspect of her business on her own including cooking, packaging, marketing and banquet preparation. Regardless, she strove hard and was awarded the AMP Capital Grant upon her graduation from the programme that same year.
When the orders started to pick up, Ms Noorazlin decided to expand her business by renting a stall at a school canteen. With the grant she received from AMP, she invested in bigger pots and oven for heavy cooking and to support larger orders. She also expanded her product offerings to include pulut kuning, on top of her aneka nasi dishes like nasi ambeng, nasi sambal goreng, nasi ayam and nasi tomato, among many others.
As an alumna of the programme, she was also invited to participate in the Advanced Micro Business Programme aimed at enriching her business skills and expanding her customer base further. This included an overseas learning trip with an entrepreneur school in Batam in 2016, as well as manning a stall at a social enterprise fair for a week in 2017. Her business revenue has also grown more than twofold since graduating from the programme.
Ms Noorazlin is currently looking at partnering other Micro Business Programme graduates to share the cost of renting stalls at various fairs to offer their different food products to a bigger customer base. This is on top of her running her existing canteen stall while fulfilling catering orders during the weekend.
She is undeterred by the presence of other new small businesses and believes that they can complement one another. She aspires to build her business into a known brand, while expanding her manpower and investment capital. When the time comes, she hopes to set up her own central kitchen, where she can accommodate other home-based business owners to prepare their products for sale as a way of giving back to other aspiring entrepreneurs.