About MALAYSIA SME®

"Most of the world's largest enterprises today were once SMEs.”
- Wayne Lim -
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MALAYSIA SME® is all about SMEs, locally and globally.

The MALAYSIA SME® Media Group was established in 2005, and is Malaysia’s first business newspaper focusing on SMEs, as well as issues surrounding SMEs. The idea of an SME-centric business newspaper was the brainchild of Mr Wayne Lim, who is currently Group CEO and Group Chief Editor of the media group.

The MALAYSIA SME® business newspaper is a fortnightly publication, and boasts an audited circulation of 50,000 copies. We are also proud to host the country’s largest annual SME networking event; the MALAYSIA SME® Congress. The Congress provides continuous source of inspiration for entrepreneurs, as well as serves as a platform for SMEs to seek opportunities in partnership with other SMEs.

Beyond MALAYSIA SME® business newspaper and MALAYSIA SME® Congress, we continue to bridge and support the growth of the SME community through various channels, such as via our regular Business Networking and Seminar (BNS) series, the MALAYSIA SME® Economics Conference Series, organised quarterly and the MALAYSIA SME® LEAD Community membership.

In addition, the media group constantly champion the cause of SMEs with the initiation of SME Day, SME AiD and Trade Credit Pledge. We champion the plight of SMEs not only in Malaysia, but worldwide as we are a founding member of Global SME News Network (GSNN) Alliance, the first global alliance of SME news organisations from around the world.

All in all, MALAYSIA SME® is all about SMEs, locally and globally. We believe we can be the voice of over 600, 000 business entities in Malaysia, representing 97% of businesses in Malaysia. We believe that SMEs can be the catalyst of consistent economic growth for Malaysia, and we will be there every step of the way.

Our Awards

2018

GLOBAL RESPONSIBLE BUSINESS 2018 – Responsible SME Media Icon of the Year
SME Supporter Awards 2018

2017

SME & Entrepreneurship Business Award 2017 – Media Excellence

2016

Global Branding Awards 2016 – Global Brands Icon in SME Media
INTI Rising Star Partner Awards 2016
Malaysia China Silk Road 2016 – International Goodwill Ambassador Award
TOP SME Supporter Award – Platinum

2015

Asia Pacific CSR Awards 2015 – Socially Responsible Company in SME Empowerment and Fair News
ASEAN Outstanding Business Award 2015 – ASEAN Most Recognised Brand SME Newspaper 2015
Sahabat Negara SME Award 2015

2014

Sahabat Negara SME Award 2014
Selangor Excellence Business Awards 2014 – Industry Class in SME Media

2013

McMillan Woods Global Award 2013 – MasterClass Awards – Media Excellence
Sahabat Negara SME Award 2013
Socially Responsible Company Awards 2013 – In Support of UN Global Compact, Industry Class Sector in Responsible Media
Global Awards 2013 – Proudly Recognises – Master Class Awards – Media Excellence

2012

Sahabat Negara SME Award 2012

2011

Sahabat Negara SME Award 2011

2010

GEW Malaysia 2010 Award – Most Supportive Business Media
The Brandlaureate SMEs Chapter Awards 2010 – Best Brands

Message from the CEO

In SMEs We Trust!

Most of the world’s largest companies were once SMEs!

To say that the world will not go round without the existence of SMEs is merely a statement recognising and acknowledging one of the bedrocks of global society. All we need to do is look at their roles, their involvement with society, and their contributions to the economy and to employment. Our daily engagements with SMEs are a vital part of the eco-system that keeps the world going.

SMEs, no matter how micro, small or large their contribution to an economy, play an equally crucial role in the working and growth of large corporations. You simply can’t take SMEs away from the economic system, let alone our daily lives. SMEs are the economic and social foundation of the world! Without SMEs, there will certainly be chaos in our daily routines and the economy of the world will definitely be adversely impacted!

Without SMEs, all personal routines or business operations will have to directly involve the principles. Business cards, letterheads, office stationeries and others business requirements will be difficult to get supply. And this is just the tip of the iceberg. If you think about it, you will see that it is really hard to imagine our world without SMEs.

Aside from the drastic changes that would take place in our daily lives, it is equally hard to visualise the total lack of entrepreneurship. What would we do without the maverick, renegade entrepreneurs? So much inspiration and innovation would be lost. Without SMEs, just about everyone would need to be an employee. You will either be working for a large corporation or unemployed! SMEs are the lifeline of economies.

From Mamak shops to Secret Recipe; barbershops to A Cut Above; mom and pop shops to 99 Speed Mart, SMEs play indispensable roles in all our lives. An SME is the beginning of a great and fascinating entrepreneurial journey. Although it is true that all businesses face similar challenges, the reality is that there isn’t a one-size-fits-all solution for the challenges SMEs face. SMEs are a diverse and innovative lot. They often do things no one has ever done before. This makes running an SME business a never-ending challenge, which is also endlessly interesting!

The best business stories told are about entrepreneurs. Entrepreneurs build the most fascinating careers and companies. Starting business needs courage. Running a business requires determination. Growing business needs perseverance. Maintaining and improving a business requires sacrifies. You can find all these qualities in an SME entrepreneur.

Most people don’t know what SMEs are and they don’t have any idea what SMEs do. More often than not, they take SMEs for granted! Unless and until people get to know SMEs, no admiration or appreciation will ever to be seen or shown.

That’s why it is so important to promote the SMEs. That is the primary reason I founded the MALAYSIA SME® Media Group and started the nation’s first SME business newspaper. SME need to be branded and become a renowned brand. Society owes it to the SMEs and it is long overdue that the role and contribution of SMEs is recognised and appreciated by people from all walks of life and all ages.

The day will soon come when SMEs are highly regarded by every citizen in the world.

God bless SMEs!

Wayne Lim
Group Chief Executive Officer / Group Chief Editor