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European SME Week

European SME Week logo, © European Union, 2008 - 2014

Coordinated by the European Commission, this campaign promotes enterprise across Europe in line with the Small Business Act for Europe.

It is taking place in 37 countries, so events and activities – national, regional or local – will be as close as possible to existing and potential entrepreneurs.

The European SME Week aims to:

  • provide information on what the EU and national, regional and local authorities are offering as support to micro, small and medium-sized businesses;
  • promote entrepreneurship so that more people, and in particular younger ones, seriously consider becoming an entrepreneur as a career option;
  • give recognition to entrepreneurs for their contribution to Europe's welfare, jobs, innovation and competitiveness

The European SME Week will take place from 29 September - 5 October 2014

The main event will take place together with the SME Assembly and the European Enterprise Promotion Awards Ceremony on 1-3 October 2014 in Naples, Italy.

Last year's European SME Week (2013)

Over 1500 events were held across Europe in 2013. These events – organised by business organisations, business support providers and national, regional and local authorities – will also enable existing companies to share their experience and develop further themselves. Some examples:

  • Think "Out of the Box" Actions and Benefits for Business Women, held in Paphos, Cyprus
  • Seminar on Good service - each company's path to success, in Estonia
  • Europe 2020 Strategy for Growth: Promoting business partnerships in Greece in Athens, Greece
  • Success Stories and Services of the Enterprise Europe Network in Hungary
  • Women in Enterprise Seminar, in Drogheda, Ireland
  • Employment Rights and Obligations for SME Employers in Malta
  • Internet marketing to increase SMEs' competitiveness on the EU single market in Lublin, Poland


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