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SME Week to Focus on Internationalisation

Ljubljana, 14 October (STA) - Slovenia and 37 other European countries will hold the European SME Week next week, an event initiated by the European Commission to promote entrepreneurship. The Slovenian Public Agency for Entrepreneurship and Foreign Investments (JAPTI) will organise an event helping small and medium sized companies (SMEs) on foreign markets.

As part of the event aimed at promoting internationalisation of SMEs, a round-table debate will be held in Ljubljana on Tuesday to discuss the opportunities and challenges for Slovenian companies in Russian and Hungarian markets.

Sharing their experience will be Dušan Olaj of Duol, a company building air supported structures; Marko Peric of Goap, a provider of energy efficient heating, cooling and air-conditioning systems for cruise ships; Vidko Filipič of the Slovenian Embassy in Russia and Csaba Toth, CEO of Emonika, which is to built a new passenger terminal at the Ljubljana central station.

JAPTI will present a series of cost-free services for entrepreneurs designed to facilitate their business in foreign markets: from information on 51 foreign markets available at the web portal www.izvoznookno.si, training for doing business abroad, organisation of trips by business delegations abroad and fairs abroad as well as providing co-funding to business clubs abroad.

Entrepreneurs will also be acquainted with the importance of credit ratings for export deals, and with how they can access business information when abroad through European contact points, says JAPTI, which is organising the SME Week in Slovenia in cooperation with the European Commission Representation and with the support of the Ministry of Economic Development and Infrastructure.

Entrepreneurs will also have an opportunity for individual meetings to get first-hand information from business officials and entrepreneurs representing 14 Slovenian business clubs abroad who know business environment in Austria, Bulgaria, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Montenegro, Italy, Israel, Macedonia, Romania, Serbia, Ukraine, the US, Croatia, Hungary and Kosovo.

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 and to give recognition to entrepreneurs for their contribution to Europe's welfare, jobs, innovation and competitiveness.

The main event of the European SME Week will be a conference in Brussels on Wednesday themed "Women's Entrepreneurship".

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