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Self-Start Fund

The Self Start Fund (SSF) was established in 1983 to provide loans for small and micro enterprises. Its mission is to “assist Government in the promotion of human development through self-help and self-employment”.

Self Start is in a rebranding phase with a view of servicing the MSME’s sector in several industries including but not limited to:

This restructuring will also mean:

  • Offering lower interest rate loans.
  • Specific and diversified loan products for different sectors of the MSME market, especially the productive MSME sector.
  • Efficient service; and 
  • Excellent Customer Relationship Service

Self Start’s repositioning will enable the institution to meet the Government’s mandate of economic and social development for all Jamaican‘s especially those in the MSME sector. We look forward to serving you better.

The Ministry

Welcome to the official website of the Ministry of Industry, Investment and Commerce.

As the "business" Ministry, we are the key driver and thought leader for facilitating investments in the economy and preparing local businesses and entreprenuers to take advantage of Jamaica's entry into the global supply chain.

We have, therefore, placed much energy and enthusiam into the development of this website to provide timely information on the Ministry, our agencies and programmes.


4 St. Lucia Avenue, Kingston 5, Jamaica
Telephone: (876) 968-7116 
Fax: (876) 960-7422