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Regional Center for Organization Management Hosted Balkan Women Coalition Seminar and Workshop in Bucharest, Romania

The Regional Center for Organization Management (RCOM) has recently hosted in Bucharest, Romania a seminar and a workshop of the Balkan Women Coalition.

The events were organized with support from the European Union, through the Grundtvig Lifelong Learning Programme, as part of project titled: “Balkan Women Coalition for Professional Qualification and Training in the Field of Business and Economic Science”.

Women entrepreneurs and managers, representatives of business associations and companies from seven countries in the Balkan Region attended the two Balkan Women Coalition events. The participants came from Albania, Bulgaria, Croatia, Greece, Romania, Serbia and Turkey.  

The seminar „New Opportunities in Business and Development” took place at the Uzinexport Business Center in Bucharest on March 18-19. Topics on the agenda included changes in the business environment and consumer profile, the importance of analyzing markets correctly, the elements of a business plan, the importance of organizational culture in developing companies, cooperation versus competition and the impact of the global market: local versus global companies.

The workshop “Women Entrepreneurs and Their Role in Promoting Corporate Governance” was held on March 20-21. The participants had the opportunity to discuss, exchange views and learn more about corporate governance principles, Board of Directors’ roles and responsibilities, methods and tools that can be used to evaluate the Boards’ performance, corporate governance as an antidote to corruption and what women entrepreneurs and associations can do to promote corporate governance.

The Regional Center for Organization Management (RCOM) is a Romanian foundation that was created in 2007 by the Center for International Private Enterprise (CIPE).

CIPE Blog Competition

DEADLINE DECEMBER 2!

CALLING ALL BLOGGERS! CIPE invites you to participate in our first Blog Competition.

We are looking for bloggers who have a passion for democratic and economic reforms and their role in development. You don’t need to be a professional writer or affiliated with an organization — anyone who can tell a compelling story is welcome to submit their best post.

Your blog post should be in English and address one of the following three topics:

1. How can social media empower citizens to participate in democratic dialogue on constructive reform?

2. What experiences from other countries can guide the role of youth in your country’s democratic and economic development?

3. What story or personal experience can you share to illustrate the need and possible solutions for democratic and economic reforms in your country?

The submission deadline is December 2, 2013. Authors of the three best posts will each receive a $250 honorarium and CIPE will publish the winning entries on the CIPE Development Blog.
Rules and submission guidelines can be found here.

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US Embassy in Romania hosts discussion on Women Entrepreneurs

Earlier this month, the US Embassy in Romania organized an event with women entrepreneurs and students titled, “Women Entrepreneurs in Romania: Perspectives from the Public and Private Sectors.” Speakers at the event included the Minister of SME’s, Maria Grapini, and Gabriela Chiriac, President of the Women’s Association of Entrepreneurs in Galati. Both guest speakers have been closely involved in all the activities dedicated to women entrepreneurs in Romania including the creation of the Coalition of Women Business Associations (CAFA) and are dedicated to consolidating entrepreneurship in Romania.

The discussion brought together several members of CAFA, women entrepreneurs, and students interested in opening their own businesses.  In discussing entrepreneurship and how to become successful in business, Minister Grapini shared her personal experience in developing a personal brand as a manager and entrepreneur.  While focusing on the idea that in order to be successful entrepreneurs need to unite, Ms. Chiriac stated very clearly, “Entrepreneurs unite your forces!”

Though both ladies emphasized the value statement behind the brand as the most important element in building a good and consistent reputation, their message to the young students and other women in the room was to be professional, stay with your values, and be consistent.  It is a very strong message as positive values need constant reinforcement these days, in Romania as well as in many other countries.

For more information, see the press release published by the US Embassy here.

Camelia Bulat
Executive Director
Regional Center for Organization Management

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New Women Entrepreneurs Service Chamber Launches in Macedonia

In the Republic of Macedonia, the development of women entrepreneurs is still in a nascent stage. There have been a number of activities that aim to further development, however, the fact that only 4% of businesses are owned or managed by women shows that much more needs to be done. Over the past few years, many associations aimed at encouraging women entrepreneurs, but as of today there is still little progress.

In this context the association of women within the Macedonian Chamber of Commerce has developed serious initiatives such as mentorship programs, business promotion, and advocating on behalf of women owned businesses to strengthen the position of women in the business community.   With more than 150 member companies, the Macedonian Women Entrepreneurs at Service Chamber in Macedonia Chamber of Commerce will strive for the successful representation of women in business and pursue a high level of development for women entrepreneurs in Macedonia.

The president of Macedonian Women Entrepreneurs at Service Chamber in Macedonia Chamber of Commerce is Ms. Danela Arsovska (danela@royal.com.mk).  The Coordinator for the association is Mrs. Maja Saveska (msaveska@sojuzkomori.org.mk).

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’ »

3rd International Balkan Countries Women and Business Conference

Pan-European University Apeiron, St. Kliment Ohridski University, and International Women and Business Group welcome you to the 3rd International Balkan Countries Women and Business Conference in Banja Luka, Bosnia and Herzegovina, October 11-12, 2012.

The theme of the conference is Corporate Social Responsibility and Women. Please send papers on the theme and other titles related to women and business.

Deadline for sending abstract – July 15th, 2012
Deadline for registration – September 21st, 2012

See programme details and registration information here.

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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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