All You Need To Know About The SMEDAN Certificate Of Registration

All You Need To Know About The SMEDAN Certificate Of Registration

October 26, 2020 68

If you are the owner of an SME in Africa, then you must have heard about the SMEDAN certificate of registration. We shared some information about the SMEDAN mass registration for MSMEs in Nigeria. This process aims to get a comprehensive list of all the MSMEs within the country. SMEs that register with SMEDAN are bound to enjoy certain benefits. 

All You Need To Know About The SMEDAN Certificate Of Registration
Learn how to get the SMEDAN Certificate of Registration


SMEDAN is a body that was established by the government of Nigeria in 2003. The sole aim at the time was to help with the development of MSMEs within the country. SMEDAN stands for Small and Medium Enterprises Development Agency of Nigeria.

Upon establishment, SMEDAN had several objectives that hold to date. They include:

a.   Monitor, stimulate, and coordinate MSME development in Nigeria.

b.  Initiate policy ideas and articulate them to ensure the proper development of MSMEs within the country.

c.  Facilitate and promote different development programs, instruments, and support services. All of these are aimed at accelerating the development and modernization of MSMEs in Nigeria.

Based on the above objectives, SMEDAN is saddled with performing a series of functions. Some of these functions include:

a. Serves as a leading organization to deal with issues of poverty by creating a favourable environment. This is achieved by the industrialization of rural areas and creating jobs to enhance the livelihood of Nigerians.

b.  Acts as the link between MSMEs and financial sources (internal and external), required technology, and technical skills. They also link MSMEs to larger private enterprises that can provide funding and technical support.

c.  Promotes the establishment of different industrial infrastructures and provides access as well. Examples of such infrastructures include industrial layouts, parks, and incubators.

d.  Acts as the link between MSMEs and the Nigerian Government. This is why the body is seen as the “voice of SMEs” in Nigeria.

e. Creates a thriving environment for the different classes of MSMEs in Nigeria. It achieves this by working in tandem with several institutions within both the public and private sectors.

After viewing the above objectives and functions, it is easy to see why SMEDAN setup the MSME registration process. In the next section, we will take a brief look at what the registration program is about.

What is the SMEDAN MSME Registration Program?

If you are wondering how the idea of the SMEDAN certificate came about, this section should help. A few months ago, Dr Umar Dikko Radda (SMEDAN Director-General), announced the MSME registration program. Since then, there has been a buzz about the idea. Business owners want to know what it is about and different blogs have put out different procedures.

This program was designed to create a formal database of all the MSMEs within Nigeria. By MSMEs, we mean artisans, tailors, fashion designers, traders, restaurant owners, hoteliers, etc. After completing the registration process, each registered business will be allocated a Unique Identification Number (UIN).

Asides from the unique number, the registered businesses are also eligible to receive a SMEDAN certificate. What benefits do you stand to enjoy from having both? Firstly, your business gets the opportunity of accessing SMEDAN’s Conditional Grant Scheme. This scheme provides up to N50,000 to SMEDAN-registered businesses.

Another benefit of this registration is the eligibility for priority funding. Like we mentioned under SMEDAN’s objectives, this body is a link between MSMEs and different finance bodies. What this means is that your business can access financial support from established financial institutions. Note that this goes beyond banks to other public and private institutions.

Who is eligible to receive a SMEDAN certificate?

Are you getting excited at the idea of getting a SMEDAN certificate? We bet you are after reading through the different benefits that accrue to registered businesses. So which businesses are eligible for the registration process?

If your business falls under the definition of Micro, Small, and Medium Enterprises, then it is eligible. Of course, the business must exist and operate within the shores of Nigeria. The sector in which the business operates doesn’t matter. Once it satisfies these conditions, then it is eligible.

But what defines an MSME in Nigeria? The business should have in employment 250 employees or less. Below is a proper break down so that you can tell which section your business belongs to.

a.      Micro-Enterprise – Minimum of 1 and a maximum of 9 employees.

b.      Small Enterprise – Minimum of 10 and a maximum of 49 employees.

c.       Medium Enterprise – Minimum of 50 and a maximum of 2450 employees.

Which of these sections does your business belong to?

Why register to get a SMEDAN Certificate?

If you own an SME in Africa located in Nigeria then you must be wondering why you should register. There are tons of reasons including:

a.      Access to training and funding programs organized by SMEDAN every year. Registration gives you priority status for each of these programs.

b.      Access to all kinds of business support programs including empowerment, funding, and training.

c.       Unique Identification Number

d.      Business insurance.

e.      SMEDAN Certificate.

You can make use of the SMEDAN certificate to apply for loans. Examples of such loans include government funding, private sector funding, and support funds within and outside Nigeria.

How do you register to get the SMEDAN certificate and number?

The registration process is easy and straightforward. You don’t have to pay anyone a dime as you can do it from your smartphone. Check out the steps below:

Step 1 – Enter in your browser.

Step 2 – Fill the form on the next webpage that opens. This requires you to supply accurate details including name, business details, BVN, and email.

Step 3 – You will be redirected to the homepage of SMEDAN.

Step 4 – Provide the appropriate login details and press enter. The next web page shows you the SMEDAN certificate for your business.

You will also receive an email to confirm the registration of your business with SMEDAN.


There you go, that’s all there is to know about the SMEDAN certificate and how to register. Do you have any questions? Drop them in the comments section below.

Samuel Moore
Samuel Moore
68 comments on “All You Need To Know About The SMEDAN Certificate Of Registration
  1. Maram

    If IAM into installations and subscription of GOTVs, DSTV, Startimes, and also recharge card & Data business both VTU and Direct and also, home Lessons services.

    What category of business should I choose, when registrating….
    Pls it’s urgent

    October 29, 2020 Reply
  2. Ismail Hassan Ayuba

    Why this one become a loan why? It means that the government can’t helf the small businesses

    October 29, 2020 Reply
  3. Yusuf Alhaji Adamu

    What next after gotten smedan certificate

    October 30, 2020 Reply
  4. Raji Olalekan

    I am expecting SMEDAN certificate having filed form but response. Jibor

    October 30, 2020 Reply
  5. Adejo Johnson Ekpa

    My bank warned me never to disclose my BVN and other security pin to any third party, what efforts has this commission (smedan) put in place to convince me that disclosing my BVN is save,

    October 30, 2020 Reply
  6. Ashiru Salisu

    I have registered with SMEDAN since early October but how are we going to know that there’s training and finding programs that took place every year?

    October 31, 2020 Reply
  7. Patrick Eneji

    If I don’t have a register business (CAC) do I qualify to register

    October 31, 2020 Reply
  8. Mujib Rabiu Lawal

    Can I use the SMEDAN certificate to apply for AGSMEIS loan?

    October 31, 2020 Reply
  9. Uzoma Rapheal Nze

    Sir,am yet to receive the #50,000 grant and I’ve registered

    October 31, 2020 Reply
  10. Jibril

    Do we need to apply for the Grant after the registration or the process is automatically programmed? Thanks!

    October 31, 2020 Reply
  11. Kingsley

    Where can I locate smedan office in Enugu or southeast?
    What platform have been put in place to communicate all registered members?

    October 31, 2020 Reply
  12. Olabode Jamiu.A.

    Please can I use SMEDAN certificate to apply for AGSMEIS loan thanks

    October 31, 2020 Reply
  13. Olabode Jamiu.A.

    How secured you are for our BVN linkage, and how do we get the hard copy of SMEDAN certificate after registration, and where is your office in located in Lagos,Oyo and Osun thanks ..

    October 31, 2020 Reply
  14. Francis Edu

    Newly register I will be glad if you can get me the link to register on the on going free 250,000 FG CAC business name registration for Lagos.
    The listed aggregators and state focal person for the FG CAC business name registration for Lagos State contact is not reachable since October 19 that the registration starts…

    October 31, 2020 Reply
  15. Tanimu Mafiu

    Sir.i’m yet to The receive#50.000. Grant and
    I have registered First October

    October 31, 2020 Reply

    I have registered with smedan and I received the certificate but am yet to get other or heard from you again?

    October 31, 2020 Reply
  17. Benjamin Wilfred

    What is the probability that I will be given grant after registration of smedan

    October 31, 2020 Reply
  18. Obinna Obasi

    I have registered, how do I apply for the loan central bank is giving to SME, where do I go to or who do I contact an what’s the link my business needs funding seriously.. thank you

    October 31, 2020 Reply
  19. Yakubu Adamu Danladi

    After registration, How will we get the loans and how did we no that the loans will be giving to us.

    October 31, 2020 Reply
  20. Jibrin Iliyasu

    I already do the smedan registration and how to apply for a loan

    October 31, 2020 Reply
  21. O'Yemi

    Is there no hardcopy certificate for the sme

    October 31, 2020 Reply
  22. Vera Ojiromu Ichekor

    I did the SMEDAN registration, provided all the information needed and completed it. But up till now, I was not given any certificate or identification number to enable me apply for the CBN covid 19 payroll airport . My company name is Eracheks Resources Nigeria Limited.

    October 31, 2020 Reply
  23. Eunice

    Can we file out the information as required without the BVN.

    November 1, 2020 Reply
  24. Ayuba Bilyaminu Mohammad

    I have registered successfully and my SMEDAN certificate is with me, how do I apply for the loan central bank is giving to SME, where do I go to or who do I contact an what’s the link my business needs funding seriously.. thank you

    November 1, 2020 Reply
  25. Ayuba Bilyaminu Mohammad

    I have registered, how do I apply for the loan . thank you

    November 1, 2020 Reply
  26. Fayemi mathew

    I have done my registration but am yet receive any mail nor any certificate. How do I get my certificate once I have registered

    November 1, 2020 Reply
  27. Ismaila Gambo

    Pls how will i get the time of training

    November 2, 2020 Reply
  28. Lola

    Please i need a clarification here. Do I have to first register the business with CAC before completing a SMEDAN registration?……or the later supersede it?
    Thank you

    November 2, 2020 Reply
  29. Shuaibu hassan

    Thank you sir but we are still waiting for smedan loan till now

    November 2, 2020 Reply
  30. Maikudi Muhd Lawan

    Thanks so much for assisting we small scale business

    November 5, 2020 Reply
  31. Ayeni Deborah. O.

    I registered and was promised to send a response to my email. Up till now, I received nothing. What do I do?

    November 6, 2020 Reply
  32. Owolabi afeez

    Hello, is it possible to register the same Business Name i used for my CAC certificate to use it for this Smedan as well?.

    November 7, 2020 Reply
  33. Aloega Benedicta

    I did my registration on friday night, I got an automated successful message but I didn’t get my number or the certificate sent to my mail. Kindly assist
    Business name: PABZA’S KITCHEN

    Many thanks

    November 8, 2020 Reply
  34. Mchianan suega

    Sir I have registered and issue certificate but how I my going to have access to the benefits of this organization I mean financial benefits

    November 10, 2020 Reply
  35. Abdussamad

    If you alread I registered? What to next.

    November 13, 2020 Reply
  36. Joy Dorcas

    I have regular and a link was sent to my email to download the certificate, whenever I click on the link it says link disabled. What could be the problem pls?

    November 16, 2020 Reply
  37. Hassan Usman Usman

    I’m from Nasarawa State, I registered my SMEDAN this month and I got the certificate please what next?

    November 18, 2020 Reply
  38. Otoyibo Philomena

    Pls how do I download my SMEDAN certificate I can found it in my Email pls help me. Thanks

    November 18, 2020 Reply
  39. Safety Chua Awalà Abbey

    IIf click on SMEDÀN CERTIFICATE for DOWNLOAD, it will will display Link Disabled.
    Also if you do a new registration; it certificate will not deliver to your mail box,spam or junk as mentioned.
    My email

    November 20, 2020 Reply
  40. Deborah Izang atsen

    I have registered with small and medium enterprises development agency of Nigeria and i got the certificate but up to now i don’t know we’re to take the certificate and i don’t know what is next step please help me to know it

    November 22, 2020 Reply
  41. Abubakar Nuhu

    What is the difference between CAC business name registration and SMEDAN registration

    November 25, 2020 Reply
  42. Owie Patricks

    Good Morning! So does SMEDAN gives a training center a legal backing to issue recognized certificates in Diploma in the music to its students?

    November 25, 2020 Reply

    As the Director of SADIMOH BUSINESS ENTERPRISES, after following rigorous registration process on your platform a Smedan Unique Identification Number (SUIN………) was received via text message. All effort to login through your homepage to access my certificate proved abortive.
    Finally the response was invalid number.
    Expecting your prompt response

    November 26, 2020 Reply
  44. Oluchi Egbo

    I have registered but there was a mistake in my email address. I immediately sent a message on your page and was told that the issue will be addressed but I haven’t received any information till now sir.

    November 26, 2020 Reply
  45. Auwal haruna

    I loose my certificate, please help me.

    November 30, 2020 Reply
  46. Yusuf Agwom Emmanuel

    I’ve lost my SMEDAN certificate, what can I do to retrieve it

    November 30, 2020 Reply
  47. Yassar

    I have got my business certificate but I don’t know how should I do pls anyone can access me

    December 2, 2020 Reply
  48. Umar ali

    smedan is one of the body care of Nigeria enterprises.we acheave More on it thanks for the DG.

    December 6, 2020 Reply
  49. Aleem Olanrewaju

    Pls after registered with SMEDAN, do I still need to register the same business name with CAC?

    December 11, 2020 Reply
  50. charles egbele

    I applied for Smedan certificate of which was successful but I cant find it anymore

    December 13, 2020 Reply
  51. Victor

    Is there any promo going on now , on co-orperate affairs commission

    December 15, 2020 Reply
  52. Benedict Unuatohwo

    1. Can pharmacy business register with SMEDAN?
    2. The SMEDAN unique identification number the same as TIN?

    December 16, 2020 Reply
  53. Ihuoma

    Is the application still on?

    December 16, 2020 Reply

    please sir need catificate for my occoupation in smedan help center for small business

    December 19, 2020 Reply
  55. ABDULLAHI S Muhammad

    I need this certificate how can I get it please sir

    December 28, 2020 Reply
  56. Amaka

    Pls how do I get back my Semdan certificate,

    January 12, 2021 Reply
  57. Lukman Bamidele

    It your business is not registered with CAC and your business is registered with SMEDAN such business can operate and be granted all access

    January 12, 2021 Reply
  58. Kenneth Uyeh

    Please sir, I find it more enlightening, I have done registered with the SMEDAN,got the certificate.
    Can someone use that certificate as CAC business certificate too?
    Secondly since I registered I have been looking forward to empowerment and how to grow my business and impact my nation positively. I really need a loan, if there is any thing I need to know and do sir please don’t hesitate to email me.
    Looking forward in hearing from you. If any portals to log into Sir disclose sir,
    God bless.
    Kenneth Uyeh.

    January 25, 2021 Reply
  59. Florence Omieworio

    I applied for smedan certificate but was sent to my email but can see it again so what will I do now.

    February 11, 2021 Reply
  60. Batholomew Ocheigwu

    How can I get the SMEDAN Loan and Benefits.

    February 14, 2021 Reply
  61. Kenneth Uyeh

    Sir I have registered for this SMEDAN Certificate last year and I have been looking forward for government assistance for funding to enable me to complete the task of enhancing my proposed project yet nothing is done neither notification.
    Sir what should I do now?

    March 23, 2021 Reply
  62. Admas view solutions ltd

    Sir our complain is op todate we didn’t receive our complete payment of fgn survival fund.

    April 2, 2021 Reply
  63. Adebayo Grace

    I have registered and have my certificate. But I was told to provide SEMDAN number….. please, I don’t know the number I was told to provide, please will the number be sent later apart from the number I saw in my email box?

    April 5, 2021 Reply
  64. Adebayo Grace

    I have registered and have my certificate. But I was told to provide SEMDAN number when I want to login ….. please, I don’t know the number I was told to provide, please will the number be sent later apart from the number I saw in my email box?

    April 5, 2021 Reply
  65. Hamisu jamilu Abdullahi

    Please how can I edit my businesses’s name

    May 3, 2021 Reply
  66. Sani yahya

    When did the cac certificate will be started issuering

    June 9, 2021 Reply
  67. Odunola

    Can I register with smedan without having CAC number

    September 12, 2021 Reply
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