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Educating Women Business Associations in the Balkans

The association members of the Balkan Coalition of Women Business Associations got together for a series of two educational events which took place on March 20-22, 2013 in Istanbul, Turkey. The first seminar was titled “Primary Aspects of Managing Effective Human Resources” whereas the second seminar focused on businesses for migrants and people with disabilities.

The two events, hosted by the Women Entrepreneurs Association of Turkey (KAGIDER) as the Turkish Member of the Coalition, brought together over thirty representatives of women business associations from eight countries in the Balkan region (Albania, Bulgaria, Croatia, FYROM, Greece, Romania, Serbia, and Turkey). Continue reading ‘Educating Women Business Associations in the Balkans’ »

Women Business Associations in the Balkans Meet on Entrepreneurship, Advocacy and Coalition Building

The Regional Center for Organization Management has recently organized a series of events dedicated to women entrepreneurship, advocacy and coalition building. The events took place in Bucharest, Romania on June 12-15, 2012 and they brought together over fifty women entrepreneurs and women association managers from six countries in the Balkan region (Bulgaria, Greece, Macedonia, Romania, Serbia and Turkey).

The series of events is part of a project titled “Balkan Women Coalition for Professional Qualification and Training in the Field of Business and Economic Science” (2012-2014), funded by the European Commission through the Grundtvig Lifelong Learning Programme. The aim of the project is to establish and strengthen a coalition of Balkan women’s business associations, as well as to improve women’s entrepreneurial and professional skills. This project builds on a previous initiative aiming for the creation of an informal coalition of Balkan women business associations which CIPE supported in 2005-2007. Continue reading ‘Women Business Associations in the Balkans Meet on Entrepreneurship, Advocacy and Coalition Building’ »

Association of Women Entrepreneurs in Galati, Romania Organizes Debate with Candidates Ahead of Local Elections

Last week the Association of Women Entrepreneurs (AFIR) Galati organized a roundtable titled “The Development of Galati City”, which featured candidates in the local elections scheduled for June 10. This is the first time in the current election campaign that such an event has taken place in Galati, the seventh largest city in Romania in terms of population.

In organizing the debate the Association of Women Entrepreneurs in Galati partnered with Cartel Alfa trade union – Galati branch.

The roundtable brought together six (out of the twelve) candidates for mayor of Galati, who had the opportunity to present their views and plans for the development of Galati City. It must be noted that all twelve candidates have received an invitation to the roundtable, but only six of them decided to participate.

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CAFA Members Learn About Association Governance Principles

On Jan. 20th the Coalition of Women Business Associations in Romania (CAFA) organized their first event in 2012, a half-day workshop on governance principles for business associations. Camelia Bulat, CIPE, was invited to give a presentation on the topic and to facilitate discussions among participants.

The workshop was hosted by Business Opportunities for Women, a CAFA association member that has just taken over the Secretariat function for the year 2012. The event targeted mainly executives and Board members of women business associations. Fifteen participants representing seven women business associations from all over Romania were in attendance.

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“Business Opportunities for Women” Association Takes Over CAFA Secretariat

Last week seventeen business women and women managers representing seven association members of the Coalition of Women Business Associations (CAFA) in Romania got together in Bucharest for a work meeting.

The Association of Women Entrepreneurs in Romania (AFIR) Galati, which has been in charge with the CAFA secretariat in 2011, presented an activity report and highlighted some of the major activities they carried out this year. Notable CAFA events held in 2011 include the annual conference held on June 3-4, the workshop on how to communicate with public officials held on October 15 and the conference organized by the Association for Women Entrepreneurship Development (CAFA member) on October 27 which featured a CAFA presentation.

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Celebrating Ten Years of Women Entrepreneurship Development in Romania

This year the Association for Women Entrepreneurship Development (ADAF) in Romania celebrated ten years of activity. ADAF is a non-governmental organization which aims at promoting and supporting women entrepreneurship. To celebrate its tenth anniversary, ADAF organized a conference titled “Accomplishments and Prospects for Women Entrepreneurship in Romania”. The event took place on October 27 at the House of the Parliament in Bucharest, Romania and brought together over one hundred participants including public officials from the government of Romania, women business association members, individual entrepreneurs, members of the academia, and media representatives.
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Members of the Coalition of Women Business Associations in Romania Learn to Communicate with Public Officials

Last week members of the Coalition of Women Business Associations (CAFA) in Romania participated in a workshop titled “How to Communicate with Public Officials” which took place in Bucharest. The event brought together fifteen business women and managers representing six women business associations from all over the country and was organized by the Association of Women Entrepreneurs in Romania – Timisoara, a CAFA member, and the Advocacy Academy. Another CAFA member, the Association Business Opportunities for Women hosted the event at its headquarters.
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Time for Entrepreneurial Courage: CAFA 7th Annual Conference

The Coalition of Women Business Associations in Romania – CAFA (www.cafa.ro) organized its annual conference – 7th edition on June 12-13 in Ocna Sibiului, Romania. The event brought together representatives of nine women business associations all over Romania, public officials and media representatives. The conference titled “The Time for Entrepreneurial Courage” provided a forum for discussion of economic issues faced by women entrepreneurs and strategies to address these issues. The guest speakers, representatives of the Ministry of Labor, Family and Social Protection and Ministry of SMEs, Trade and Business Environment, presented some of the support programs available for small and medium sized enterprises in the tourism, manufacturing and services sectors and answered questions about these programs and eligibility criteria. I gave a presentation on CIPE’s recent programs targeting women entrepreneurs.

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Bank Campaign for Business Women

Starting from May 2008 a private bank active on the Romanian market, Credit Europe Bank, has decided to get involved in supporting business women. It launched a campaign dedicated to women entrepreneurs under the slogan “Women Love to Hear Nice Figures”. Any SME where at least one woman is shareholder, manager or administrator is eligible for participation. The bank provides a wide range of credits and savings products for SMEs under favorable conditions to companies owned or managed by women. As part of this campaign the bank also launched a portal dedicated exclusively to business women (www.femeiadeafaceri.ro).
Besides the information about the bank’s products, the portal highlights success stories of women entrepreneurs and supporters of women entrepreneurship. The portal is available in Romanian and English.

CIPE Romania’s Initiatives for Women Business Associations

The Romanian Ministry of SMEs, Trade, Tourism and Liberal  Professions – Constanta Office for SMEs and Cooperatives organized the “Days of Women Entrepreneurs” event in Constanta on September 19, 2008. The event is part of a program that provides assistance and training to women entrepreneurs at the beginning of their careers. Carmen Stanila gave a presentation on CIPE’s experience in working with women business associations and women entrepreneurs worldwide and in the Balkan region. She spoke of CIPE’s current women’s programs in Afghanistan, Yemen and Bangladesh and highlighted CIPE Romania’s work with women business associations over the last 5 years. She presented CIPE Romania’s major initiatives for women business associations – the Coalition of Women Business associations in Romania (CAFA) and the Coalition of Balkan Women Business Associations. The presentation also touched on the “Women of Success” CD as an effective tool to promote women entrepreneurs in Romania and in the Balkan region and also as a resource for young women who want to start a business.