Economic impact of SMEs in the desert of Arica-Chile: an early evaluation of the business assistance provided by Sercotec's Arica Business Center program



agricultural business, economic growth, public policies, small enterprises, SERCOTEC


The article analyzes under a case study methodology the first economic impact results of the Small Business Development Center program in Arica, a program financed by the Technical Cooperation Service (SERCOTEC). The preliminary conclusion of the article suggests that the first economic impact results show that the 833 enterprises assisted by the program generate more sales opportunities, jobs and investments, creating positive income and fiscal returns, despite the enormous difficulties presented by the current pandemic facing the country and especially the region. From a public policy standpoint, the CDN's contribution to the regional economy helps create new employment opportunities in growing MSMEs. For their part, maturing companies contribute to job retention thanks to the advisory processes that help reorient their businesses, and the work with entrepreneurs contributes to the generation of new businesses that strengthen the regional economy.


Download data is not yet available.


America's Small Business Development Centers. Economic Impact. Recovered in July 2019, the website of America's Small Business Development Centers (SBDC):

Bloom, N., & Van Reenen, J. (2007). Measuring and explaining management practices across firms and countries. The quarterly journal of Economics, 122(4), 1351-1408.

CDE, (1997) "Business Development Services for SMEs: A Guide for interventions preliminary donor resources." First review, in October 1997.

González-Loureiro, M., & Pita-Castelo, J. (2012). A model for assessing the contribution of innovative SMEs to economic growth: The intangible approach. Economics Letters, 116(3), 312-315.

Manual, E. O. (2007). on Business Demography Statistics.

Nelson, R. R. (1982). Winter, Sidney G. An Evolutionary Theory of Economic Change.

Nelson, R. R., & Winter, S. G. (1982). The Schumpeterian tradeoff revisited. The American Economic Review, 72(1), 114-132.

Penrose, E. T. (1959). Profit sharing between producing countries and oil companies in the Middle East. The Economic Journal, 69(274), 238-254.

Penrose, E., & Penrose, E. T. (2009). The Theory of the Growth of the Firm. Oxford university press.

Pimenova, P., & Van Der Vorst, R. (2004). The role of support programmes and policies in improving SMEs environmental performance in developed and transition economies. Journal of Cleaner Production, 12(6), 549-559.

Public Systems Center at the University of Chile (2017) "Impact Assessment Report of the Business Development Centers in Chile”. pp. 15, 2017.

Radas, S., & Boži?, L. (2009). The antecedents of SME innovativeness in an emerging transition economy. Technovation, 29(6-7), 438-450.

SERCOTEC. (2018) "The Business Development Centers in Chile"

Tarut?, A., & Gatautis, R. (2014). ICT impact on SMEs performance. Procedia-social and behavioral Sciences, 110, 1218-1225.

Tarziján, J. (2019) Fundamentals of Business Strategy. Fifth Edition, 2019.

Villarán, F. (2001). Measuring effects on customers of Business Development Centers.

Zeng, S. X., Meng, X. H., Zeng, R. C., Tam, C. M., Tam, V. W., & Jin, T. (2011). How environmental management driving forces affect environmental and economic performance of SMEs: a study in the Northern China district. Journal of Cleaner Production, 19(13), 1426-1437.



How to Cite

Barra Novoa, R. (2021). Economic impact of SMEs in the desert of Arica-Chile: an early evaluation of the business assistance provided by Sercotec’s Arica Business Center program. International Journal of Business, Economics & Management, 4(1), 135-148.



Peer Review Articles