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2011 SBA Conference: Introduction

SBA Conference 24-25 May 2011_banner

Conference "Mobilising SMEs for the Future of Europe"

The Small Business Act for Europe & European Enterprise Awards 2011:
exchange of good practices

24 – 25 May 2011, Budapest, Hungary

Hosted by the Hungarian Presidency of the EU

The conference

  • focuses on local and regional solutions to the key challenges facing SMEs;
  • key-note speakers on:
    • implementing the Small Business Act (SBA) for Europe in the Member States
    • moving forward with implementing the SB
  • workshops with inspiring local and regional examples of best practice on:
    • Promoting the entrepreneurial spirit
    • Improving the business environment
    • Investing in skills
    • Supporting the internationalisation of business
      • taking advantage of the Single Market
      • access to markets beyond the EU
    • Responsible and inclusive entrepreneurship
    • Access to finance & funding innovation
    • Regional strategies for SBA implementation
  • is aimed at local and regional public authorities, business organisations, and experts from Member States’ national and regional administrations

Venue: Gödöllő Castle, Gödöllő, near Budapest, Hungary

List of conference participants pdf - 30 KB [30 KB]

Conference Conclusions pdf - 63 KB [63 KB]

Programme pdf - 2 MB [2 MB]  

Addendum pdf - 53 KB [53 KB]  


The European Enterprise Awards 5th edition: rewarding the best promoters of small business

  • showcases and rewards the most innovative initiatives to promote entrepreneurship and small business by public authorities at national, regional and local level
  • interactive workshops with shortlisted candidates to exchange good practice & exhibition stands to present these projects in detail
  • the winners from among 54 nominees from 30 European countries to be announced during a gala dinner by European Commission Vice President A. Tajani, Dr Zoltán Cséfalvay, Hungarian Minister of State for National Economy and the President of the Committee of the Regions

Venue: Hungarian National Gallery, Budapest

Read more about the European Enterprise Awards.

The Small Business Act for Europe (SBA) – a new framework for SME policy

Bringing SMEs’ needs to the forefront of EU policy:

  • ten guiding principles to guide the conception and implementation of policies at EU and national level;
  • an ambitious package of concrete and far reaching new measures to translate these principles into action at EU and Member State level.

Good progress in implementing the SBA has been achieved so far, but continued vigorous implementation remains of utmost importance.

Read more about the SBA.

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