Partners under the implementation of the project activities
at local level are Foundation for Entrepreneurship Development
- Sofia, together with The Regional SME Business Support
Centre - Pernik and Vratsa Chamber of Commerce and Industry.
The main objective of the project is to further enhance
and create enabling environment for the development
of entrepreneurship among women through:
- Development of entrepreneurship support capacities
in Sofia, Vratsa and Pernik. Regarding the sustainability
of the women entrepreneurship capacities there is
a tendency of increasing availability of national
funding, especially in respect to the promotion of
entrepreneurship (National Employment Plan, Social
and Investment Fund, etc.). Other sources of funding
will be provision of business services to customers
and procurement on the part of municipalities. All
these ways of financing are valid for the present
activities of business centres in Vratsa, Pernik and
CWE in Sofia.
- To promote women entrepreneurship in the country
through training, counselling, grant schemes, information
provision and networking (see pt. 10 for more details).
- To further strengthen the capacity of CWE in Sofia
and to support it's transformation into a national
Resource centre to provide expertise in women entrepreneurship
promotion to organisations, regional and local authorities,
- To promote the best practice examples of successful
women entrepreneurship in the country and abroad through
the existing networks of the FED/CWE as well as the
Vratza and Pernik project partners.
- To support the start-up of each 10 women entrepreneurs
by provision of training, consultancy and a small
TERGET GROUPS Unemployed women, who intend to start
their own business from the targeted regions;
About 40 directly trained unemployed from Pernik, from
whom at least 10 women will be supported to start up
their own business with a small grant scheme
WHY THE PROJECT IS IMPORTANT FOR PERNIK?
First because Pernik is region in industrial decline,
region in process of economic restructuring, as a result
of what came into being problems with the employment.
Up to this moment Pernik was a monostructure region,
depending in the past on the advantage of big state
enterprises. At the moment Pernik needs the development
of entrepreneurial spirit.
The SME development started recently and the infrastructure
for the support of the small business is not developed
enough yet. Catalyzing role for the change of the situation
and the facilitation of SME establishment plays RBC-Pernik,
which disposes also with Business Incubator, working
under JOBS Project.
RBC - Pernik is non profit organization. Its members
age the main figures on the territory of Pernik region
as The Municipalities of Pernik, Zemen and Kovachevci,
District administration - Pernik, Labour Office - Pernik,
International Bank for Trade and Development, employers'
unions /Pernik Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Union
for Economic Initiative, Trade Chamber, and several
RBC - Pernik is four years old now, and for this short
period it became a member of the National Business Development
Network and BARDA. These are national networks, which
could be used for dissemination of the project good
practices in the other regions of the country.
The project will contribute for the future strengthening
of the entrepreneurial training ant the training of
employless women in problem regions, and to formulate
regional projects and programs which will encourage
the establishment and the extending of enterprises,
created and managed by women.
The period of project implementation is twelve months,
and up to this moment were achieved the following results:
- Candidates for participation in the training process
- 92 women, 68 passed the selection, 40 of them approved.
- Trained 40 unemployed women, for the period May-June,
passed six modules under the following themes: How
to start own business?; Institutional and legal environment
of the small enterprise; Marketing; Management; Financing
of the small business; Development of a business plan;
- 40 women passed successfully the final test
- Developed 28 standardized business plans, 11 of
them granted by competition;
- Financed with the help of small grants assigned
by the Ministry of foreign affairs of the Austrian
republic - 11 project applications at total value
of 29 300lv.
The approved business plans are in the following spheres:
- Creation of apiary; ;
- Acquaintance agency;
- Private study-hall; ;
- Atelier for sewing services;
- Production of potatoes in Radomir region; ;
- Snack bar with children playground in te region
- Workshop for clothes production
- Production of children clothes;
- Hairdresser; ;
- Shop for whole sales in the region of Zemen;
- The project supported also the raising of the capacity
and the material and technical base of RBC - Pernik.
Trained as trainers are 5 people from the RBC team.
And with the financial support of the Austrian government
was bought the following equipment, which will be
used for the further trainings and business services:
- Multimedia projector
- Digital video camera;