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Business Support Organisations (Chambers/Associations)

The objective of this PUM sector is to strengthen employers’ and entrepreneurs’ organisations in emerging markets to enhance the enabling environment for entrepreneurs and to promote the membership of entrepreneurs to those organisations. The sector also supports Chambers of Commerce and Export Boards as part of the enabling environment for business.

AREAS OF EXPERTISE:

MANAGEMENT AND SERVICE DEVELOPMENT OF CHAMBERS OF COMMERCE
A chamber of commerce (or board of trade) is a form of business network, for example, a local organisation of businesses whose goal is to further the interests of businesses. Local businesses are members, and they elect a board of directors or executive council to set policy for the chamber. The board or council then hires a President, CEO or Executive Director, plus staffing appropriate to size, to run the organisation.

MANAGEMENT AND SERVICE DEVELOPMENT OF EMPLOYER ASSOCIATIONS
An employers’ organisation or employers’ association is an organisation of manufacturers, retailers, or other employers of wage labour. Employers’ organisations seek to coordinate and support the efforts of their member companies during negotiations with trade unions or government bodies.

MANAGEMENT AND SERVICE DEVELOPMENT OF SECTOR ASSOCIATIONS
Association or sector association is an organisation founded and funded by businesses that operate in a specific industry. An industry trade association participates in public relations activities such as advertising, education, political donations, lobbying and publishing, but its main focus is collaboration between companies, or standardisation.

MANAGEMENT AND SERVICE DEVELOPMENT OF INCUBATORS
A business incubator is a company that helps new and start-up companies to develop by providing services such as management training or office space. Export boards: independent organisations or sections of a Chamber of Commerce, which make efforts to support companies in export activities through training, collection promotion or service.

To find out more, please download the sector sheet Business support organisations on the right hand side of this page.