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Women to Set Up 100 New Businesses
December 21, 2012   
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A project called “100 New Businesses in 2013” aims to encourage women to set up businesses and create new jobs.

The project will be carried out by the Businesswomen Embassy Foundation in conjunction with institutions interested in economic growth and entrepreneurship.

The project has been inspired by a European Commission initiative which set up the European Network of Female Entrepreneurship Ambassadors in 2009, and by a European Parliament resolution of 2011 calling on member states to take measures to make it easier for women to set up and run their own businesses.

“Economists keep saying that setting up small businesses is one of the most important ways for us to survive and overcome the economic crisis,” said Urszula Ciołeszyńska, president of the Businesswomen Embassy Foundation. “Small and medium-sized businesses not only provide their founders with employment and profits, but also create jobs for other people. Our project is focused on supporting women who want to set up their own business.”

The project is divided into three independent programs. The Franchising Systems program is open to women who want to start a business based on tried and tested methods developed by firms which are already up and running.

The second program, Mentoring Groups, is targeted at women who can demonstrate that they have a business idea, but need advice from an insider to put it into practice. Each participant in the program will be taken under the wing of a “female ambassador,” acting as her mentor, and will be given an opportunity to take part in a series of training courses. Provincial Employment Offices will be asked to support the initiative. The third program is called Social Economy Organizations.

So far the 100 New Business in 2013 project has received support from the Polish Agency for Enterprise Development (PARP) and the Lewiatan Polish Confederation of Private Employers (PKPP). “We have been engaged in talks to acquire as many partners as possible among central and local government institutions and social and business organizations,” Ciołeszyńska said. “Apart from the human capital contributed by the ambassadors, setting up 100 new businesses will require funding. We plan to acquire it from European Union and government sources.”
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