Programme of professional and financial support to sustainable micro and small enterprises in underdeveloped areas, implemented by Smart Kolektiv in partnership with associations ProAktiv from Nis and “Putevima preduzetništva” from Novi Sad with financial support from the Kingdom of Norway through the project "Norway for you - Serbia ”, will include up to ten companies that contribute to the development of the local community through employment of hard-to-employ categories of the population and inclusion in their chain of small local producers and agricultural farms.
The programme is intended for companies that are registered and operate in Bogatić, Bosilegrad, Babušnica, Irig, Lebane, Leskovac, Mali Iđoš, Novi Pazar, Srbobran and Varvarin. The companies that have been operating for at least two years and have already developed products and services that have been tested on the market are eligible to participate.
The selected companies will work with a team of experts for six months on the improvement and development of business, which will further contribute to the growth of the company, job creation and empowerment of small suppliers in its production chain. Companies with the greatest potential for further growth and employment will be able to apply for grants in the amount of 6,000 dollars in dinar equivalent within the programme. In addition, companies will have the opportunity to, through the organization of three promotional events and sales fairs in Belgrade, Nis and Novi Sad, present their companies to the general public and develop cooperation with other socially responsible organizations and companies in Serbia.
All information about the program, participation criteria and application guidelines are available on the Smart Kolektiv website, and the application lasts until 31 January 2021.