Increasing knowledge and skills of micro-, small and medium-sized entrepreneurs, expanding access to innovations, providing training and practical advisory services in line with modern day challenges are important for the establishment and development of business.
To this end, 5 SMB development centers located in Baku, Sumgait, Khachmaz, Yevlakh and Shaki are functioning under the Small and Medium Business Development Agency of the Republic of Azerbaijan (SMBDA).
Baku SMB Development Center provides services to entrepreneurs operating in Baku, Sumgait SMB Development Center - those in Absheron economic region, Khachmaz SMB Development Center - Guba-Khachmaz economic region, Yevlakh SMB Development Center in Aran economic region, Sheki SME Development Center provides services to entrepreneurs operating in Sheki-Zagatala economic region and surrounding cities and districts, as well as those wishing to engage in entrepreneurial activity.
Training sessions and seminars are held by experienced and professional experts in the following areas in the SMB development centers, individual and group consulting services are provided, SMB networking, participation in international programs, access to financial resources, etc. is supported:
- Business Planning
- Business Legislation
- Financial Management
- Human Resources Management
- Export, etc.
The development centers also support innovative entrepreneurship, startups and family businesses, promote entrepreneurship among women, persons with disabilities, and young people, and take other SMB awareness-raising measures.
All services provided in the SMB development centers are free of charge.
The services provided at the SMB development centers are provided by the private sector – Azerbaijan Bank Training Center (ABTC), "Universitas International" LLC, and "Local Governance Assistance" Public Union and Prima Consulting LLC.