The Small Enterprises Development Bureau was established in the year 1982 with the objective of implementing suitable programs to assist generation of enterprises in the sectors with potential for economic development of the country and to assist development of already existing small enterprises originally. It was established as a separate division of the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Employments. Subsequently it functioned as a separate division of the following Ministries.

  • Ministry of Youth Affairs, Sports and Rural Development.
  • Ministry of Samurdhi, Youth Affairs and Sports.
  • Ministry of Sports and Youth Affairs.
  • Ministry of Youth Affairs.
  • Ministry of Youth Affairs and Skills Development.
  • State Ministry of Youth Affairs

It Function at present as a separate unit under the Ministry of National Policies and Economics Affairs. It runs the offices in each district including in Northern and Eastern Provinces and these offices are located within the premises of District Secretariats in the respective districts in order to facilitate the member of the public to obtain their required services.

Especially programs targeted to the unemployed youth are being implemented while services facilities are widely made available to the adult community as well who expect to start new enterprises or to improve their existing enterprises. Major role of the establishment is to induce persons to start new enterprises in the potential sector and to improve already existing enterprises and to conduct training courses for improvement of skills, knowledge and attitude in entrepreneurship and for the development of enterprises