International Journal of Small and Medium Enterprises 2020-03-12T22:02:22+06:00 Executive Editor Open Journal Systems <p><img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="" alt=""></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><em><strong>International Journal of Small and Medium Enterprises (IJSMEs)</strong></em> is a refereed international, double-blind peer-reviewed journal which is published semiannually. IJSMEs aims is to provide to the field of Small Medium Enterprises.</p> Role of Local Government and MSMEs Performance: The Case of Ethiopia 2020-03-12T21:21:47+06:00 Kataro Galasso Gamo Ramakrishna Gollagari <p>Micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) are one of the important sectors in both developed and developing countries contributing to economic growth and poverty alleviation. They play a significantly important role in contributing to economic growth, with a major share of employment in Ethiopia. However, in purposively selected three Urban Administrations under the study, the sectors are not playing their essentially expected roles. This study, therefore, examined the role of local government in supporting MSMEs performance. The study employed a mixed method approach using both quantitative and qualitative data. Data required for the study are gathered from secondary and primary sources. Secondary source data are gathered from books, journals, and related earlier research outputs as well as from the regional, zonal and administrative towns archival. Primary data are gathered from extensive field works through a questionnaire survey, key informant interviews, and personal observations by employing structured and unstructured questionnaires. The sample population is identified using stratified sampling design, thus, 541 samples are identified. Furthermore, 22 enterprise owners/managers were identified purposively as a target sample for key informant interviews. Document analysis, narrative analysis, and descriptive statistics have been used to analyze the data. The findings of the study indicated that, low level of employment and capital generation of MSMEs due to ineffective local government support. This study is important to attract investment and enhance the performance of the businesses in the local area. In general, this study will be significant to enhance the economic growth of the region by creating employment to reduce the heavy burden placed on larger cities by accommodating the ever-increasing population of the region. Therefore, local government institutions should create a conducive local business environment to attract more investment and promote the existing firms’ performance.</p> <p><strong>&nbsp;</strong></p> 2020-03-12T21:19:55+06:00 ##submission.copyrightStatement## Credit Risk Management and Entrepreneurship Development in Nigeria: A Case Study of Small and Medium Scale Industries in Ondo State 2020-03-12T22:02:22+06:00 Ogunyemi Joseph Kayode Mufutau Akanmu Popoola Adewole Joseph Adeyinka <p>The paper summarizes the arguments and counterarguments within the scientific discussion on credit risk management and entrepreneurship development in Nigeria with focus on small and medium scale industries in Ondo State. The objective of the study is to examine the effect of credit risk management on entrepreneurship development. The study adopted the use of descriptive statistics and regression analysis method to test the hypothesis formulated. The results indicated that entrepreneurship development is being hampered by ineffective credit risk management. The findings has shown that Small Scale Enterprise still suffers greatly from inadequate policy on fund raising, lack of risk management personnel, lack of credit advisory unit in loan houses and Inability to determine appropriate source of funding which significantly affects their level of development. The findings of this study have also found out that the Nigerian markets are filled with numerous business opportunities. Based on the findings, it was recommended that increased government support, uninterrupted power supply and communication link, provision of skilled manpower and computer wizard in operation of payment system, collaboration among banks, provision of adequate security and fight against corruption would assists and improve the growth and development of entrepreneurship in Nigeria.</p> <p><strong>&nbsp;</strong></p> 2020-03-12T22:02:22+06:00 ##submission.copyrightStatement##