The BVMW - The German Mittelstand

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The BVMW - The German Mittelstand
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The BVMW - The German Association for Small and Medium-sized Businesses is a politically independent association which caters for all commercial branches and professions, and represents the interests of small and medium-sized businesses in politics, with administrative authorities, with trade unions and with major companies. BVMW is a platform for networking through the organization of more than 2,000 conferences and seminars each year; it also offers an international experience given the numerous external economic relations BVMW holds with international partners as well as the organization of business trips to meet professionals and foreign entrepreneurs.

The BVMW’s activities are concentrated on four pillars:

  1. The political lobby in Germany: influence on political decisions affecting economic conditions can only be achieved through the activities of a pressure group. Consequently, the BVMW works hard on a broad spectrum of political levels, starting with local, regional and national levels, and ending with the European Commission in Brussels.
  2. The personal touch: a network of over 300 regional and local offices in Germany offers a personal service to members. Besides competent specialists willing to help on the spot, there are central databases of more than 1,000 qualified consultants and experts, with hotlines on economic, financial and legal topics to assist members on business decisions.
  3. Public relations work: with more than 2,000 conferences and seminars each year, the BVMW offers its members excellent opportunities to acquire information, as well as to establish and expand business contacts.
  4. International Experience: the BVMW co-operates with many national partner associations throughout the world and has agreements with numerous associations.

In the framework of the first EU-African SME Summit hosted by European Entrepreneurs CEA-PME in Brussels on the 20th and 21st of March, BVMW, the European Entrepreneurs CEA-PME (the European Confederation of the Associations of Small and Medium Enterprises) and INSME together with PACCI, FIPME, CONFAPI, AFDEE (F), ESBA, EVBB and YES for Europe signed a Memorandum of Understanding on the establishment of a European-African SME Alliance. The MoU lays the foundation for the alliance between SMEs in Africa and in Europe, involves a total of 156 European and African SMEs Associations and foresees a mutual cooperation with a view to supporting sustainable economic development to benefit entrepreneurship in Africa and Europe.

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