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The European Small Business Portal

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The European Small Business Portal is a one-stop-shop enabling small businesses and entrepreneurs to access all the information provided by the EU on and for Small and Medium sized enterprises (SMEs). This covers practical advice on how to get access to finance / funding, find partners or go international, as well as information on EU policies, programmes and initiatives to help small companies grow.

Contact points and support services:

If you need more specific support for your business's needs, turn to the following services. There are local and European-wide networks and business contacts, as well as support services to provide you with the help you need.

Help and advice for small firms in EU matters, including accessing markets both within the EU and beyond and applying for funding – the Enterprise Europe Network offers personal support through a network of local contact points. An online database also provides B2B contacts and information on funding.

Looking for business opportunities in another EU country? For each step in the life-cycle of a business from its creation to the decision to stop, the Your Europe - Business portal provides information on procedures and opportunities in all EU countries as well as on relevant EU action.

Your Europe-Business portal offers extensive information for European small businesses that wish to do business in another EU country. Watch the introduction video!

The aim of the Ambassadors Network is to have successful entrepreneurs campaigning on the ground to inspire women of all ages to become entrepreneurs and to set up their own businesses.

The European Association of Development Agencies (EURADA) is a non-profit organisation working to promote regional economic development through dialogue with the European Commission services, and interchange of good practice and transnational co-operation among members and regional development agencies.

Facing problems of exercising your rights in Europe by the misapplication of Internal Market law by public authorities? SOLVIT is there to help you - and it is committed to providing real solutions within ten weeks.

EURES is a key portal for the recruitment needs of SMEs: enterprises can use it to advertise vacancies, search online CVs and benefit from the job-matching services of its network of advisors.

  • European Business and Innovation Centre Network (EBN)

EBN is an umbrella organisation bringing together over 200 Business and Innovation Centres (BICs), the aim of which is to support the creation of new businesses and to develop activities in existing SMEs.

UEAPME is the employers’ organisation representing the interests of European crafts, trades and SMEs at EU level, and is a recognised European Social Partner.

This free-of-charge service provides users with answers to questions related to intellectual property through an email helpline as well as online resources.

This helpdesk provides free information, advice and training for European small firms to help them protect and enforce their intellectual property rights in China.

National helpdesks providing advice and support for businesses on issues regarding the REACH chemical directive and CLP (classification, labelling and packaging of chemicals) regulations.

The office was launched to promote innovation and the development of new medicines for human and veterinary use by small firms. The website gives access to support, guidance and an online register.

Guidance and support for small firms interested in the opportunities offered by EU funding for research - a list of national contacts in the EU and elsewhere.

Any questions about European research? Struggling to find your way around the Research Framework Programme? Get in touch with experts and ask your questions directly via the online mail form.

SME Envoys promote the interests of SMEs, and are appointed by each Member States’ national government and, in most cases, represent the Ministry or Agency with the remit of SME policy.

The Centre assists the business, science and research community in Europe and India, generating new business opportunities and technology transfer as well as promoting European clean technologies in India.

A help and support centre for small businesses in the field of standardisation

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