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Frequently asked questions


01. Who can take part in European SME Week?

Business-related bodies can organise events, which will be aimed mainly at existing and potential entrepreneurs.

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02. Where will the events take place?

Although there will be some European/international events, most events will be national, held in one of the37 participating countries.

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03. When will European SME Week 2014 take place?

The week itself is 29/9 - 5/10 – but the campaign includes events running from February to the end of 2014.

04. Are there time limits for event organisers to register an event?

YES - 1 calendar month before they take place.

And no events will be registered after 30 November 2014.

05. Will the campaign only take place in EU countries?

NO - also in Albania, Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Iceland, Israel, Liechtenstein, Montenegro, Norway, Serbia and Turkey.

06. What kind of events will be held?

Events can take the form of action days, art and performance, brokerage, company open-days, competitions/contests, entrepreneur's days, exhibitions/fairs, finance forums, lectures/conferences, language courses for entrepreneurs, mentoring, networking, online events/virtual tours, outdoor activities/roadshows, study visits, training, workshops/seminars, etc.

Events will focus on specific topics such as access to finance, administrative burden, bankruptcy and fresh start, business strategy, business support, corporate social responsibility, economic situation, commerce, entrepreneurship, entrepreneurship education, environment/energy efficiency, ethnic entrepreneurship, female entrepreneurship, growth, innovation/technology, intellectual property rights, internationalisation, management of EU projects for SMEs, management, marketing/sales, national/regional/local incentives for SMEs, networking/cooperation, promotion of EU programmes for SMEs, public procurement, senior entrepreneurship, skills/qualifications, social entrepreneurship, standardisation, starting up a business, subcontracting, tax and legal issues, transfer of business, youth entrepreneurship, etc.

07. How can an entrepreneur benefit from European SME Week?

See Want to take part? Attend an event

08. How can an organiser benefit from European SME Week?

By learning from the experience of other organisers and linking up with entrepreneurs.

Business support providers can make entrepreneurs aware of their services.

09. How can I apply to attend an event?

Contact the relevant event organiser in the Events' List

If you have any problems, contact us.

10. I want to organise a national event - who should I contact?

First read Information for organisers.

Then Register your event.

Once approved, your event will be published on this site in the Events' List.

You'll also receive an email with details on how to manage your event and get actively involved in the European SME Week campaign.

11. I want to organise a European or international event - who should I contact?

First read Information for organisers.

Then Register your event.

Once approved, your event will be published on this site in the Events' List.

You'll also receive an email with details on how to manage your event and get actively involved in the European SME Week campaign.

12. Can I receive notifications when new events are published on the website?

YES - if you have Twitter account.

Subscribe to the European SME Week Twitter profile and use any kind of Twitter client application to receive notifications.

If you are organising an event, this is the way to monitor its publication (or just check the European SME Week website regularly).

13. How can journalists get information on European SME Week and cover an event?

National events - contact the relevant national coordinator(s) .

European/international events - use the contact form.

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