Resources

SME Training Programs

JSC RSMB Corporation in 2016 formed with the involvement of Russian non-governmental organizations operating in the field of business support and higher education, two (2) training programs: (1) "The ABC of an entrepreneur" (creating a business from scratch); and, (2) "School of Entrepreneurship" (business development).
 

In addition to the two training programs, the Corporation developed a set of modules for the most relevant topics for entrepreneurs, including the existing measures to support small and medium-sized businesses (SMEs).

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SME Business Navigator

It is a free web tool for entrepreneurs, who are willing to open or to expand their own business and who want to work legally, pay all obligatory taxes and charges, earning for their future and for the future of their children.

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Inclusive Growth through Greater Involvement of SMEs into B2B and B2G Markets

This project seeks to promote and encourage the participation of SMEs in international supply chains in B2B markets and in domestic B2G markets through systemizing opportunities and sharing best practices.

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Inclusive growth through greater involvement of SMEs into B2B and B2G markets (SME 04 2016S)

The main goal of the research is to systemize the practices of APEC economies in the field of cooperation of SMEs with corporate and public sector. The typical barriers that SMEs face in their cooperation with corporate and public sectors as suppliers are mostly related to financial issues. At the same time corporations and public sector identified limited production capacities, insufficient quality standards, incomparability of technical tools and difficulties in communication with foreign partners as the main barriers. The survey also reveals information on opportunities for foreign SMEs to participate in public procurement; share of SME in public procurement, special regulations for access of SMEs; systemized open source of information online available for SMEs.

Evolution of SME support in Russia

To enhance entrepreneurial activity in Russia and to increase the visibility and accessibility of support to SMEs, the Joint-Stock Company Russian Small and Medium Business Corporation (RSMB Corporation) was established in 2015. There are five main activity areas: (i) Providing better access to procurement of companies with state ownership, (ii) SMEs financing support including loans and guarantee support, (iii) Information and marketing support, (iv) Property support, and (v) Legal support.

A 10% quota for procurement from SMEs was established by law for the companies with state ownership, which is monitored by RSMB Corporation. As the result, product range of state-owned companies available for SMEs has increased by 26 times.

National Guarantee System (NGS) based on 3-level model of MSME credit guarantee support was established. If the companies have projects in priority sectors of Russian economy, RSMB Corporation implements a special Program that fixes interest rate on loans amount from 740 thousand USD at 11% for small companies and at 10% for medium-sized companies.

Due to the specific features of Russian SMEs and short history of private business in Russia there was specially designed Business Navigator - a web tool for businesses. Its goal is to help the entrepreneur to find the proper location and the proper type of business to start and where to address to receive information, finance, property and legal support.

Inclusive growth through greater involvement of SMEs into B2B and B2G markets (SME 04 2016S)

The main goal of the research is to systemize the practices of APEC economies in the field of cooperation of SMEs with corporate and public sector. The typical barriers that SMEs face in their cooperation with corporate and public sectors as suppliers are mostly related to financial issues. At the same time corporations and public sector identified limited production capacities, insufficient quality standards, incomparability of technical tools and difficulties in communication with foreign partners as the main barriers. The survey also reveals information on opportunities for foreign SMEs to participate in public procurement; share of SME in public procurement, special regulations for access of SMEs; systemized open source of information online available for SMEs.

Evolution of SME support in Russia

To enhance entrepreneurial activity in Russia and to increase the visibility and accessibility of support to SMEs, the Joint-Stock Company Russian Small and Medium Business Corporation (RSMB Corporation) was established in 2015. There are five main activity areas: (i) Providing better access to procurement of companies with state ownership, (ii) SMEs financing support including loans and guarantee support, (iii) Information and marketing support, (iv) Property support, and (v) Legal support.

A 10% quota for procurement from SMEs was established by law for the companies with state ownership, which is monitored by RSMB Corporation. As the result, product range of state-owned companies available for SMEs has increased by 26 times.

National Guarantee System (NGS) based on 3-level model of MSME credit guarantee support was established. If the companies have projects in priority sectors of Russian economy, RSMB Corporation implements a special Program that fixes interest rate on loans amount from 740 thousand USD at 11% for small companies and at 10% for medium-sized companies.

Due to the specific features of Russian SMEs and short history of private business in Russia there was specially designed Business Navigator - a web tool for businesses. Its goal is to help the entrepreneur to find the proper location and the proper type of business to start and where to address to receive information, finance, property and legal support.

Research and Assessment of Prospects for Development of an Integrated Information Tool to Stimulate Involvement of SMEs of the Asian-Pacific Region into the Global Trade System, Global Production and Supply Chains

Russia briefly reported on their main project stages and expected results, as well as the main findings of the following implemented studies: (1.) research and analysis of various relevant international information resources for SMEs (web-sites / databases, etc.), and (2.) research and analysis of Russian SME’s (as a pilot group) needs and demands in relation to such an information resource.

Center of International Cooperation of SMEs with APEC Economies

Russia presented the initiative to establish an International Cooperation Center in Vladivostok (Russia) for APEC SMEs. The Center would provide the most complete range of services for SMEs in one place, equal rights and opportunities for SMEs in obtaining supports, and provide customer-oriented services that constantly monitor customer satisfaction and requirements.

Enhancing SMEs Participation in Global Production Chains by Creation of Common Database

Russia presented its initiative aiming at reating a common information resource for SMEs which could include legislation in the field of entrepreneurial and foreign-economic activity, tariff policy and customs regulations and information on business partners in the APEC region. The results was expected to be reported to the SME Ministers in September 2012.