Since its establishment in 1998, the Association of Business Women in Serbia (ABW–Serbia) has provided business women with tools and support to expand their businesses, fulfill personal and economic goals, and contribute to the economic development of their local communities. The ABW-Serbia mission, “to strive for the continuous improvement of conditions for private businesses in the local communities in Serbia, by creating equal opportunities for those companies which are run by women and through promoting local, regional and international links among businesswomen and other relevant organizations”, is achieved through their various activities. Some of these activities include increasing the number of women start-ups, raising awareness and the visibility of women business owners, providing a forum for women entrepreneurs to network and exchange ideas, as well as promoting social responsibility and high standards of ethics in business.
ABW–Serbia is also participating in CIPE’s new initiative, KnowHow, in which associations from developing countries are connected with individuals or companies to receive the technical assistance needed to be a force for change. In the face of its many activities, ABW–Serbia members still need access to finance for start-ups, knowledge about local regulations affecting SMEs, and professional training and development. Through KnowHow, ABW–Serbia seeks to meet its members needs, as well as learn more about external and public relations, fundraising, corporate partnerships, improving member services, and advocacy.
To learn more about ABW–Serbia and the know-how they are seeking visit their KnowHow association page here. You can also find information about the KnowHow initiative, other organizations seeking technical assistance, and ways to participate by visiting www.knowhowexchange.org.