The Balkan SME Conference – Sofia 2016


Dear ladies and gentlemen,

You are kindly invited to attend The Balkan SME Conference – Sofia 2016, organised by the Association for Assistance of Small and Medium sized Enterprises – United Business Clubs (UBC) with the special support of the the Bulgarian Small and Medium Enterprises Promotion Agency (BSMEPA) and InvestBulgaria Agency, both part of the Ministry of Economy.

The event will be held in Sofia Hotel Balkan (ex-Sheraton), on the 23rd of June 2016, strating at 9.00 AM.

During the conference there will be discussions on the following topics:

  • Turning the disadvantages into opportunities: the Balkans – a serious future factor in the European technological and industrial development
  • EU funds and programmes – partnerships between the Balkan SMEs, local authorities, universities and research centres; project preparation and management
  • EU funding for SMEs and municipalities in the area of security and antiterrorism
  • Juncker Investment Plan and EFSI
  • Financial instruments for stimulating the internationalization of the SMEs
  • Tourism – the third important and profitable economic sector in Europe; cooperation between the Balkan SMEs and municipalities in the field of tourism  

The conference will be attended mainly by representatives of SMEs, NGOs and local authorities (municipalities) from all the Balkan countries.


Official guests of the event will be representatives of the European Commission, the European Parliament, the official Bulgarian authorities, foreign missions in Bulgaria, presidents of pan-European, trans-national and national organizations.

The Balkan SME Conference – Sofia 2016 will be reported by the leading Bulgarian media. Journalists from almost all other Balkan states will be also invited.

Main working languages: Bulgarian and English (simultaneous translation included)


EXHIBITION: The exhibition hall may host about 20 stands.

Any participants wishing to exhibit should contact the UBC event office on +359 895 575744 or


BESIDE THE EVENT: Sofia  is the capital and largest city of Bulgaria. The city has a population of 1.26 million. The city is located at the foot of Vitosha Mountain. Many of the major universities, cultural institutions and commercial companies of Bulgaria are concentrated in Sofia. Sofia is one of the top 10 best places for start-up business in the world, especially in IT technologies.

The city has a history of nearly 7000 years and it is the second oldest city in Europe.

Sofia is one of the most visited tourist destinations in Bulgaria alongside coastal and mountain resorts. Among its highlights is the Alexander Nevsky Cathedral, one of the symbols of Bulgaria, constructed in the late 19th century.

Sofia holds Bulgaria’s largest museum collections, which attract tourists and students for practical studies.

Sofia is the economic heart of Bulgaria and home to most major Bulgarian and international companies operating in the country, as well as the Bulgarian National Bank and the Bulgarian Stock Exchange.




The booking has to be made until 14th June 2016


If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Ralitsa Georgieva

Event Officer

AASME – United Business Clubs

tel. +359 895 575744,



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