Relevance of the proposed ERDF PP7 in this project (thematic competence)

Regional Chamber of Craft and Small Business of Maribor is representing SMEs and craftsmen in the city of Maribor and brother region. It has a significant know-how background in providing SME supporting services to its members, mostly concerning the organizational matters, legislation, internationalization of SMEs, development of tourism oriented products, participation in regional development activities, PR activities and all other services required by SMEs. Concerning the project proposal the chamber has developed specialized activities and structures – section dealing with tourism and cultural heritage products. The section is involving several entrepreneurs working in the area proposed by the project and will be a key player in implementation of project activities by the chamber.

Description of previous participation to other relevant EU funded projects

Regional Chamber of Craft and Small Business of Maribor has participated in and implemented several EU cross-border projects supported by the European Commission as well as being regional partner in different transnational projects. Project activities have been oriented towards SME supporting services, internationalization of SMEs, creation of business networks, regional development, development of human resources and tourism products. Through different EU programs Regional Chamber of Craft and Small Business of Maribor has gained the experience necessary for the coordination of projects activities, reporting procedures as well as all other activities necessary for the successful implementation of EU funded projects

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