It all began on 2 May 1996, when a specialised agency was established to spur the development of small and medium enterprises (SMEs) by providing infrastructure facilities, financial assistance, advisory services, market access and other support programmes. Known as the Small and Medium Industries Development Corporation (SMIDEC), its aim was to develop capable and resilient Malaysian SMEs to be competitive in the global market.
The establishment of the National SME Development Council(NSDC) in 2004 presented yet another chapter in SME development in Malaysia. As the highest policy-making body, its role was to formulate strategies for SME development across all economic sectors, coordinate the tasks of related Ministries and Agencies,encourage partnership with the private sector, as well as ensure effective implementation of the overall SME development programmes in this country. Initiatives under NSDC included enhanced access to financing, financial restructuring and advisory services, information, training and marketing coordination, and a comprehensive SME database to monitor the progress of SMEs across all economic sectors.
In 2007, the NSDC decided to appoint a single dedicated agency to formulate overall policies and strategies for SMEs and to coordinate programmes across all related Ministries and Agencies. SMIDEC was tasked to assume the role and the official transformation into Small and Medium Enterprise Corporation Malaysia (SME Corp. Malaysia) commenced on 2 October 2009. SME Corp. Malaysia is now the central point of reference for information and advisory services for all SMEs in Malaysia.