LEED Programme (Local Economic and Employment Development)
LEED Trento Centre: entrepreneurship and SMEs
Supporting entrepreneurship and SME development locally
Entrepreneurs and SMEs face challenges in terms of access to financing, integrating global value chains and penetrating foreign markets in a context of slow recovery from the economic crisis.
To address these issues, entrepreneurs and managers need to continually upgrade their production processes, work organisation, and management and workforce skills. Many of these challenges can be addressed through tailored and effective business support infrastructure.
Getting the design, governance and implementation of support services right is thus of crucial importance in addressing market failures and unleashing entrepreneurs’ and SMEs’ potential.
Delivering effective business development services at the local level
This activity will build capacities in adapting the business service infrastructure to the changing needs of businesses to optimise outcomes in terms of enterprise creation, expansion and productivity improvement. It will analyse the role of local authorities, public sector services, such as business development centres, and business-led organisations such as chambers of commerce, in providing services that are addressing the key issues and obstacles to the development of local enterprises.
The activity will contribute to the overall programme of work of the OECD on SMEs and Entrepreneurship, including the activities undertaken by the Working party on SMEs and Entrepreneurship, the development of an OECD Strategy for SMEs, and the OECD Ministerial meeting on SMEs scheduled in February 2018.
One seminar will involve practitioners from various countries and address the following key dimensions of successful support provision: i) the range and modes of services; ii) accessibility to SMEs and entrepreneurs; iii) management skills training; and iv) local governance mechanisms.
Capacity building seminar on delivering effective business development services at the local level
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Completed reviews & reports
Policy seminar: Supporting SME competitiveness reforms in the Eastern Partner Countries - OECD Eurasia (Venice, Italy)
10-13 October 2016
Seminars: Promoting and supporting new enterprises to foster local economy in Trentino (Trento, Italy)
September 2015 - November 2015
Capacity building seminar: Promoting entrepreneurial education in schools (Potsdam, Germany)
3-6 November 2014
Capacity building seminar: Strengthening agricultural co-operatives in Kazakhstan (Trento, Italy)
13-17 October 2014
High-level capacity building seminar: Supporting youth in entrepreneurship (Brussels, Belgium)
22-23 September 2014
Capacity building seminar: Supporting the competitiveness of Ukraine’s agribusiness SMEs (Trento, Italy)
15-18 October 2013
Capacity building seminar: Developing inclusive entrepreneurship strategies - Entrepreneurial activities in Europe (Brussels, Belgium)
27-28 June 2013
Seminar: Evaluation of programmes for the promotion of small and medium-sized enterprises (Jerusalem, Israel)
25 April 2013
Capacity building seminar: Financing business start-up by under-represented groups (Trento, Italy)
27-29 June 2012
Capacity building seminar: Implementing SME policy tools in Eastern Europe and South Caucasus (Trento, Italy)
25-28 October 2011
Review: Regional FDI-SME linkage strategies in Kazakhstan
December 2011 - May 2015
Review: Supporting survival and growth of graduate entrepreneurship: skills, competences and start-up support in Germany
January 2011-December 2013
Report: Knowledge networks and their impact on new and small firms in local economies (Italy-Germany)
31 Januray 2012
Review: Boosting local entrepreneurship and enterprise creation in Lombardy region (Italy)
December 2011-December 2012
Review: Entrepreneurship support in Tunisia - The role of universities
January 2010-December 2012
Review: Skills and competences for entrepreneurship
January 2010-December 2012
Report: SMEs, entrepreneurship and local development in the Marche Region, Italy
Review: National and regional small and medium-sized enterprise policy linkage in Serbia
Review: SME and entrepreneurship issues and policies at national and local levels in Poland
See all Trento Centre's past events and activities in 2008/2011 and 2004/2007.
For further information, please contact Stefano.Barbieri@oecd.org and Paolo.Rosso@oecd.org.