Enterprise iLembe is the economic development agency wholly-owned by the iLembe District Municipality mandated to pursue and attract investment and facilitate economic development in the KZN iLembe District. The mandate of the Agency is to promote Trade & Investment opportunities within its four municipalities with the following sectors; Agriculture, Tourism, Manufacturing and Services. The objective of Enterprise iLembe is to improve the competitiveness of iLembe District by creating an environment that will enable local businesses within the district to compete successfully on the international stage, to participate in economy of the country and to promote local economic development. The philosophy that drives Enterprise iLembe is built on promoting a participatory process where local people from all sectors work together to stimulate local commercial activity, resulting in a resilient and sustainable economy. It is a tool that will help create decent jobs and improve the quality of life for everyone, including the poor and marginalized. This is reflected in the Industrial Development Strategy developed around the District. We think global and act local.

Enterprise iLembe is in the business of ensuring local economic development through small business development. The agency is responsible for SMME support, Entrepreneurship Promotion, enterprise and supplier development of SMMEs in the region. Enterprise iLembe therefore implemented a district wide business incubator to ensure that SMMEs in the District are supported, guided and nurtured.

The business incubator provides the following support services to small businesses;

A secured, professional and work-friendly office space which includes the following;
• Computers, with ADSL internet access;
• Telephone, fax and e-mail facilities;
• Meeting and boardroom facilities

Business support services provided by Enterprise iLembe includes the following;
• Comprehensive business tools and templates;
• Business Management training and Mentoring support;
• A professional accounting service and accounting officer validation and sign-off AFS at a minimal fee;
• Assistance with statutory and taxation compliance requirements;
• Access to information (updates on available tenders and business opportunities);
• Assistance with maintenance and management of CSD and other procurement portal.