The Host Organisation of the Enterprise Europe Network point in Ruse is the Business Support Centre for Small and Medium Enterprises-Ruse (BSC SME). It has been registered in January 1996 as a non-governmental and non-profit organization by the following member - organizations: Ruse Municipality, Regional Union of Private Economic Enterprise - Ruse, Ruse Chamber of Commerce and Industry and Bulgarian Industrial Association - Ruse. It began active operation in April 1996 and up to now has shown to be very efficient due both to its staff efforts and attracted consultants and to the assistance granted by the Delegation of European Commission, European Association of Development Agencies EURADA and by Programme PHARE.

The main purpose is to support by all available means the business in the city, especially the small and medium size enterprises from Ruse and the region, and to stimulate their development, as well as to co-ordinate, incorporate and complement the activity of all those organization and structures, assisting the small and medium size enterprises, and to establish contacts on local, national and international level, by means of:

  • contacts, orientated to normal communications between the organization and structures, assisting the small and medium size enterprises, on local level, and also between those and similar ones from the other regions of the country and from abroad;
  • facilitating the contacts between the small and medium size enterprises and the above mentioned structures and organizations, concerning problem definition, information support and addressing to a certain structure, or solving in the Business Center itself problems in case it is within the Center's competence;
  • facilitating contacts between the companies themselves for mutual solving of certain problems or problems on principle;
  • the existing infrastructure can be used by the interested foreign businessmen, consultants and business groups - conference room, class room, telephone, fax, Internet access, Internet meetings, local transport, translation services;
  • possible support of potential investors in identifying the right partner;
  • consultations in Bulgarian legislation, taxes, accounting and others;
  • developing Business Plans;
  • identifying the right partners for establishing joint venture and cooperative productions;
  • leasing and small credits for companies offered by BC Leasing Ruse Ltd., a leasing company, owned by BSC SME-Ruse;
  • two active Business incubators – offering support of start-up businesses;
  • credits for farmers;
  • Guarantee fund – offering financial guarantees to companies applying for bank credits;
  • readiness for joint activities in existing and newly developed programs;
  • establishment of social enterprises – support to disabled people;
  • consultations by highly qualified experts to entrepreneurs about all matters of their interest;
  • organizing seminars;
  • organizing trainings- “Start Up Your Own Business”, “Improve Your Business”, organic farming, waste management;
  • organizing public events.

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