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BUSINESS SUPPORT CENTRE FOR SMALL AND MEDIUM SIZE ENTERPRISES-RUSE

Business Support Centre for Small and Medium Enterprises-Ruse (BSCSME) began active operation in 1996 as a non-governmental and non-profit public benefit organization. For the years of successful operation the BSC SME has developed the first business incubator in Bulgaria and managed as well a second business incubator, a Virtual Incubator and a Business Incubator Junior; the first regional non-banking financial engineering instruments such as machine leasing, a Guarantee Fund, small credits line for start-ups, small loans for agricultural producers. The BSCSME provides support for potential investors in identifying the right partner – consultations about the general economic situation, legislation, tax regulations, accounting in Bulgaria, company registration, business plans and identifying the right partners. The organization is involved in providing expertise for regional and national economic development strategies – member of regional, national and transnational working groups and Steering and Planning Committees of government, regional authorities and NGOs for development of strategies for SME support and economic development, Structural funds programming, Cluster establishment. BSCSME is actively involved in cross-border cooperation with Romania on a number of initiatives.The BSCSME hosted one of the former Euro Info Centres in Bulgaria. Memberships of BSC SME – Ruse: Member of the Danube Strategy Steering Group for PA 7 “Knowledge Society”; Member of the Danube Strategy Steering Group for PA 8 “Competitiveness of SMEs, including clusters”; Member of the Danube Strategy Steering Group for PA 9 “People and Skills”; The only regular member of the European Association of Development Agencies (EURADA) in Bulgaria; Member of Sector Group “Tourism and Cultural Heritage” of the Enterprise Europe Network; Member of the Sector Group “Creative industries” of the Enterprise Europe Network; Member of the Danube Competence Centre on Tourism.