Date Added: Feb 2013
This paper is to empirically test the influence of entrepreneurial characteristics and competencies on business performance in Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs). This study was conducted with 147 SMEs owner in Malang regency East Java Indonesia using survey instrument. Data analysis using the structural equation modelling. The results of this study indicate that the entrepreneurial characteristics have a significant influence on business performance. Entrepreneurial competencies as mediating in the relationship between entrepreneurial characteristics and business performance. It means the more powerful entrepreneurial characteristics will lead to an increase in the competence of the SMEs owner, which will ultimately have an effect on business performance.