There are core components and enabling components of business development services (BDS). Core components are those that have a more direct impact on women producers' income and entrepreneurship. Enabling components are those that help women producers to participate in enterprise-building, improve their productivity and sustain the impact of the core services. Core components are promotion of women-inclusive and sensitive value chains, microenterprise training and building market linkages. Examples of services under this component are: management training; vocational education and skill development; product and market research; financial linkages; business process innovation; producer organization/company creation; and, governance support. The enabling components are childcare services and social security, such as health and life insurance.
To guide Udyogini staff in implementing BDS projects encircled by the ethos of women's economic empowerment, it has developed an operational framework comprising five stages from motivating producers for enterprise to expansion and outreach. Projects are expected to cover this trajectory in 6-8 years. These stages are (from the ground-up):
1. Enterprise motivation and management awareness for grassroots women (Formation of
Women Enterprise Groups and orientation through Grassroots Management Training)
2. Creation of grassroots business development service providers and entrepreneurs (Advanced training and refreshers at the Udyogini School of Entrepreneurship)
3. Enterprise promotion and incentives for producers and market players (value chain creation, product and market research and linkages, enterprise investment models and financial linkages, social services)
4. Ownership and scale up through systems and institutions (producer companies, private companies, non-profit societies)
5. Expansion and outreach (services to other NGOs and clients; replication of model in other areas)