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04/05/10
Female Entrepreneurs:“taking business to the next level!” | Belgium

Female Entrepreneurs:“taking business to the next level!”

According to the Commission “Europe is not fully exploiting its entrepreneurial potential, and lags behind the USA in both business start-ups and self-employment. Moreover, compared with men, fewer women are self-employed in the EU and fewer women start-up businesses or have the ambition to do so. Women’s intellectual potential and their contribution to Europe’s competitiveness are not being maximised.” So what can be done about it? Come to our smallbusinesseurope event and hear directly from a female entrepreneur on the barriers and issues she faces. Also hear from the Women’s Business Development Agency on how they are helping women to become entrepreneurs and then hear what the Commission is doing and how it intends to knock down barriers and what new initiatives it is planning for the future. Network with like minded individuals during a sandwich lunch and start making a change now! With an esteemed panel of speakers including Joanna Drake, Director for Promot

06/05/10
SME Finance Forum "How to exit the recession and achieve smart growth" | Belgium

SME Finance Forum "How to exit the recession and achieve smart growth"

The European Commission is organising a high-level conference, the “SME Finance Forum”, with SMEs, banks and other financial institutions, on how to address the current challenges in access to finance for SMEs. It will take place in Brussels on 6 May 2010 from 09:00 to 16:00, in the Charlemagne building. As pointed out in the Europe 2020 Communication, the financial crisis has halved Europe’s growth potential. Many investment plans, talents and ideas risk not being realised because of uncertainty, sluggish demand and lack of funding. The impact on real economic activity could be more pronounced in Europe because our SMEs rely more on bank loans than their counterparts in some other economies. It is therefore crucial that banks resume their normal role of providing liquidity and supporting investment in the real economy. Likewise, it is also important to further support and develop equity markets for start-ups and small innovative enterprises. The Forum will examine the c

24/05/10 -> 27/05/10
The Northern Ireland Assembly, Enterprise, Trade and Investment Committee, visit to Europe. | Belgium

The Northern Ireland Assembly, Enterprise, Trade and Investment Committee, visit to Europe.

Engagement with NI Executive Office; NI MEPs; Federation of Small Businesses and representatives from the Energy Commission. The Committee will also visit renewable energy sites in Herten, Germany (Blue Tower Project) and the (Geothermal Plant) in Soultz, France

25/05/10
Entrepreneurship; should studies be mandatory? | Belgium

Entrepreneurship; should studies be mandatory?

In the framework of the European SMEs Week 2010 taking place from 25 May to 1 June YES - European Confederation of Young Entrepreneurs and Generation Europe Foundation are holding a Conference on “Entrepreneurship; should studies be mandatory?” that will be hosted in the premises of TUSIAD Representation Office in Brussels on 25 May. The aim of the conference will be how to spread the entrepreneurial spirit into schools through innovative solutions and ideas starting from the best practices.

25/05/10
Visits of entrepreneurs from six Εuropean countries to European School III to speak with children in their linguistic sections. | Belgium

Visits of entrepreneurs from six Εuropean countries to European School III to speak with children in their linguistic sections.

Six entrepreneurs featuring in the European Commission's brochure "The Secret of Success, 2010 - The many faces of European Entrepreneurship" will be talking to students in 5th year secondary about their personal experience in becoming an entrepreneur. Entrepreneurs from Austria, Greece, France, Spain, the Netherlands and the UK are expected to be visiting their respective linguistic section.

26/05/10
SMEs and Standardization - Online Conference | Belgium

SMEs and Standardization - Online Conference

Get to know the European Standardization system and understand the benefits of standards. When registering to the event please mention 'SME Webinar+the chosen date'. More information with regards the Webinars will be available in May on www.cenelec.eu,go,sme

26/05/10
Promotion of the EU products through "Made in" and Quality brands | Belgium

Promotion of the EU products through "Made in" and Quality brands

At present, the European Community has no legislation on the use of origin marking for industrial products. In this regard, the initiative developed by Unioncamere del Veneto (i.e. the Association of Veneto's Chambers of Commerce) and the Croatian Chamber of Economy will focus on origin marking regulation, notoriously known as “Made in”. The event will gather representatives from the European institutions, industry, trade unions and consumer organizations in order to provide an overview on the actual state of the regulation progress. Moreover, the Croatian brands "Croatian Quality" and "Croatian Creation" will be presented and will be shown what are the needs and expectations of a candidate country on this matter. Also, the event will actively involve industry representatives with the purpose to address issues on how origin marking can favour the industry as well as to improve consumer protection and EU competitiveness. The conference will be followed by an

27/05/10
SMEs and Standardization - Online Conference | Belgium

SMEs and Standardization - Online Conference

Get to know the European Standardization system and understand the benefits of standards. When registering to the event please mention 'SME Webinar+the chosen date'. More information with regards the Webinars will be available in May on www.cen.eu,go,sme

27/05/10
CHINA ADVISORY COUNCIL meeting - BEYOND TRADE: Strengthening EU-China investment links | Belgium

CHINA ADVISORY COUNCIL meeting - BEYOND TRADE: Strengthening EU-China investment links

Europe is China’s biggest trading partner, with the EU taking more than 20% of all China’s exports. But although trade is growing, the trade balance in China’s favour has soared to €170bn. In the wake of the financial crisis, the signs are that reciprocal investment will be the growing trend of economic relations. What can Europe’s SMEs and larger businesses do to overcome barriers to investment such as ownership caps in China and joint venture requirements? How can Chinese investors meet the EU’s transparency requirements, and what has to be done at an EU level to facilitate investment and ensure that both China and Europe are attractive to each other’s investors? Attendance of the China Advisory Council meeting is by separate personal invitation only.

28/05/10
CEN-CENELEC Open Day for SMEs | Belgium

CEN-CENELEC Open Day for SMEs

Get to know the European standardization system, see what standards can do for SMEs and meet the European SME Helpdesk. Then, join us for a networking lunch offered by the CEN-CENELEC Management Centre.

28/05/10
Cultivating the entrepreneurial culture in Europe: the STARTENT project | Belgium

Cultivating the entrepreneurial culture in Europe: the STARTENT project

STARTENT is an EU co-funded project aiming at fostering Business and University partnerships for entrepreneurship education in Europe. The project establishes a cooperation framework for trainers and entrepreneurs to share their perspectives and opinions on entrepreneurship education and develop new teaching materials and methods. The project will also organize activities to raise young people’s awareness on the opportunity to be entrepreneurs. The event is conceived as a workshop to exchange experience on entrepreneurship and its education, starting from the project’s results, and to generate a debate involving relevant stakeholders from the academia and the business. In particular the workshop will focus on how formal and informal training can be effective in, on one side, fostering the entrepreneurial spirit among young people and on the other, providing to aspirant entrepreneurs the technical,economical skills needed to succeed. The event is composed of 3 sessions o

31/05/10
CHAMPIONING SMEs IN THE MARITIME COMMUNITY | Belgium

CHAMPIONING SMEs IN THE MARITIME COMMUNITY

SMEs are an important player as they account for the majority of new jobs created and innovation introduced in the maritime industry. The workshop intend to provide information on funding opportunities and examples of business best practices for SMEs to be inspired, aiming at grasping those opportunities and replicating best practices.

01/06/10
The Labour-Rights-Responsibilities-Guide for Successful CSR Management – A Matter of Size? | Belgium

The Labour-Rights-Responsibilities-Guide for Successful CSR Management – A Matter of Size?

The last few decades have brought about an exponential growth in Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) initiatives, some of which are almost incomprehensible to those without pertinent experience in CSR business policies. This problem most often applies to small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), but even multinationals (MNEs) might face difficulties in choosing a tool ideally suited for their specific requirements. The Labour-Rights-Responsibilities-Guide (LARRGE) addresses the need to guide entrepreneurs through this jungle of CSR tools by means of an online database comprising more than 60 such tools. It is the result of a 16-month EU funded research project, which provides companies and CSR practitioners with an overview of excellent CSR tools (codes of conduct, e-learning tools, self-assessments etc.) currently used on the European and the global level. All tools have been evaluated as to their compliance with labour and work related human rights standards. As a specific fe

01/06/10 -> 31/07/10
Euro-Mediterranean Trade and Partnership Fair | Belgium

Euro-Mediterranean Trade and Partnership Fair

Online Trade show to promote trade and investments between EU countries and Mediterranean countries

10/06/10
The European Ombudsman and the reform of the EU's financial rules | Belgium

The European Ombudsman and the reform of the EU's financial rules

The European Commission is due to present in mid 2010 its proposal to reform the financial rules for EU-funded projects and programmes. This issue is of key interest to SMEs, NGOs and others potentially involved in such programmes. For recipients and potential recipients of EU funds, two topics have been identified as being of particular relevance, namely, the award of grants and the Commission's handling of financial files. The European Ombudsman has dealt with a large number of complaints related to the financial regulation, for example, concerning late payment problems. He is therefore well placed to identify where there is room for improvement. During this seminar, the Ombudsman will outline his suggestions for the reform of the financial regulation, covering the following areas: - Reducing the administrative burdens linked with the Financial Regulation; - Late payment; - The rights of sub-contractors and staff; - Waiver of recovery of sums unduly paid; - Ex gratia pa

22/06/10
RE-INVENT AND RE-VITALIZE! - experience economy and creative business development in European SMEs | Belgium

RE-INVENT AND RE-VITALIZE! - experience economy and creative business development in European SMEs

We are moving towards a new value-oriented experience economy where the main elements are branding, story-telling, product development, add-on services and design. Experience-based business development is linking experiences to products and services thus making them unique and appealing to a demanding consumer world. Europe needs experience economy as a model for business development. Experience economy can be used by all sorts of enterprises: manufacturing, retail, services. It gives rise to competitiveness and growth and shows new ways of business development. In a European event within the SME Week the organizers set focus on experience economy as a means to foster business development based on practical and theoretical approaches. From the region of Central Denmark and other regions in Europe, municipalities and enterprises will show how it can be done by emphasizing the possibility to re-invent and re-vitalize in business life by using creative solutions like experience e

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