Mediterranean Business Dialogue for SME Coaching and International Trade
establishment of the project team and office: 19:04.2019
Preparation of the Detailed Activity Plan:
To design the activities of the project and to report the duties of the partners a steering
committee meeting was held in Usak. While project managers from Spain, Italy and Greece
participated online, project team and
project officers of Kütahya and Manisa Chambers of Commerce and Industry participated at the
kick-off meeting: 03.05.2019
The opening meeting of the project ‘’Mediterranean Business Dialogue for SME
Coaching and International Trade’’ prepared by the Usak Chamber of Commerce and
Industry in order to increase the
foreign trade potential both in Usak and TR 33 Region and to enable companies to benefit
more from state support, was held in the Usak Chamber of Commerce and Industry hall. . Usak
Chamber of Commerce and Industry
Chairman of the Board, S. Selim Kandemir, said in his project opening speech; "SMEs are
both the engine of growth and a very important source of value for the country's
economy, that involves employment and
exports. We prioritize studies that will increase the competitiveness of SMEs against the
major actors of the system and strengthen marketing, research and development activities.
Within the scope of the project "
Small Business coaching and the Mediterranean Business Dialogue for International Trade
" TR33 Region government support for SMEs with a single point offices in will be
installed in one of the Chambers and on
foreign trade issues to provide coaching services.
In addition, the web page prepared with 5 Language Support aims to increase the commercial
capacity of the members of the common chambers by means of bilateral business links between
partner countries (Turkey, Greece,
Italy and Spain). In this context, I hope that the SMEs in our region will evaluate the
trainings and activities to be organized within the scope of the project and turn them into
an advantage for them. "
Establishing Coaching Teams for SMEs: 13.06.2019
SME coaches whose TR33 region will be determined include 2 people for each province, 6
people in total. One of the two in each province (Küthaya, Manisa,Usak) will specialize in
foreign trade and marketing and the other
in institutionalization and government incentivities.
Study Visit to Greece: 04 - 05.07.2019
Within the scope of the project” EU-funded SME coaching and Mediterranean Business
Dialogue for International Trade", the first international working visit meeting was
held hosted by the Thessaloniki SME
Chamber of Industry and Commerce.
The meeting was attended by the project owner Uşak Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Project
partners Manisa Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Kütahya Chamber of Commerce and Industry,
Caceres Chamber of Commerce
(Spain), Viterbo Chamber of Commerce (Italy), Thessaloniki SME Chamber of Industry and
In the first part of the two-day study visit, the project objectives and targets, the stages
achieved so far, the tasks expected from the partners and the training module to be made for
the coaches were discussed. In the
part, afternoon at the first day, information about SME Coaching programs in Greece and the
European Union, state supports, investment and export supports was received. In the first
part of the second day, 3 Greek
companies that benefited from the support and grants of the European Union were visited in
Thessaloniki, and the afternoon session was successfully completed with the training of
comparative visit to spain and italy: 29 - 30.07.2019
In order to develop foreign trade potential and enable companies to benefit more from state
in the TR33 region.‘Mediterranean Business Dialogue for SME Coaching and International
Trade’, supported by the European Union and carried out by
Uşak Chamber of Commerce and Industry. The project continues with study visits conducted for
the examination of best practices in Spain and Italy, which are the project partners, and
for the training of coaches.
The"International meetings and study visits" program was organized with the
participation of officials and SME coaches and the project coordinator of Uşak Chamber of
Commerce and Industry, project partners of
Manisa Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Kütahya Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Caceres
Chamber of Commerce (Spain), Viterbo Chamber of Commerce (Italy), the Thessaloniki SME
Chamber of Industry and Commerce (Greece)
on 29-30 July 2019 in Spain - Cáceres at the Chamber of Commerce and Industry, then
on 1-2 August 2019 in Italy - Viterbo at the Chamber of Commerce and Industry. Within the
scope of the program; while getting
information about the SME Coaching programs, state supports, investment and export supports
provided in Spain, Italy and the European Union, 3 companies in Cáceres, Spain and
Italy have previously benefited from
various state and European Union supports and grants. 3 company visits were made in Viterbo,
Spain, 29 - 30.07.2019
Italy, 01 - 02.08.2019
Finalisation of Coaching and International Trade Training Module:
A SME coaching training module, which was created with a common mind in the light of the
data, obtained after the visits to Greece, Spain and Italy, was completed.
SME coaching training and training of coaches by public institutions:
25 - 31.08.2019
In accordance with the training module which was created, 6 SME coaches in the TR33 region
received 60 hours of SME coaching training in Usak.
Afterwards, a 2- day training was also held on the subjects of the advantages which was
provided by the chambers, in order to provide education by public instituions, government
supports, foreign trade, etc. by the
authorities of the Ministry of Commerce and Union of Chambers and Commodity Exchanges of
Turkey in Ankara.
Establishing Single Spot Consulting Service Desks in the Chambers of
TR33 Region (Uşak, Manisa, Kütahya)
After the trainings, "Single spot desk" was established in Uşak Chamber of
Commerce and Industry, Kütahya Chamber of Commerce and Industry and Manisa Chamber of
Commerce. SME consultants provide coaching
services to relevant chamber members through these offices.
Single spot desk offices also act as a‘member matching center’ for all partner
chambers. Especially, import / export offers has been shared with the project executives of
Italy, Greece, Spain, so we built a
bridge between the companies in Turkey and the companies of the european partner countries.
SME Coaching Training - Pilot Coaching / Consulting Activities
In this study, the situation analysis of the companies' data, the problem determination
with the pareto analysis, and the road map for the companies has been drawn. Later, by
following these road maps for each
company, SME coaches kept in contact with the companies and gave directions.
International Trade and Governmental Incentive Supports for SMEs
In order to spread the project to a wider audience, foreign trade and state support trainings
were organized in each province in the TR33 region. The training was provided by SME
Chamber of Commerce and Industry, 05.12.2019
Chamber of Commerce and Industry, 21.02.2020
Chamber of Commerce and Industry, 13.02.2020
study visit of eu chambers to turkey - dissemination of good practices:
24 - 27.02.2020
Coşkun Güngör, who made the opening speech of the meeting, stated in his speech that they
held many business meetings and study visits with the project partners within the framework
of the project that started in April
2019. He expressed that, with today's meeting, they aim to create information and
business opportunities sharing between Turkey-EU partners, and that he wishes the meeting to
be productive for all participants.
After Usak CCI’s presentation of its project partners, purpose and stages,
Thessaloniki SME Chamber of Commerce (Greece), Viterbo Chamber of Commerce and Industry
(Italy), Caceres Chamber of Commerce and Industry
(Spain) made presentations of chambers activities in their countries.
B2B matching tables established after the meeting, representatives of EU partner countries
answered the questions of the participants about the job opportunities in their