We already know the first guests of the European Congress of SMEs!

The European Congress of Small and Medium-sized Enterprises | the 7th edition | Press release
The first guests of this year’s edition of the European Congress of SMEs to confirm their participation. Between the 18th and 20th October in Katowice, there will be a chance to meet Jarosław Gowin (Deputy Prime Minister, the Minister of Science and Higher Education), Brian Sandoval (the Governor of the State of Nevada) or Elżbieta Bieńkowska, the Commissioner for Internal Market , Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs, all of them to take the floor during the congressional discourse.

The European Congress of Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises is the largest meeting of representatives of science, self-government and business in Europe, which apart from the government authorities, will be honoured by presidents and directors of Poland’s best performing companies, experts from different offices (National Labour Inspectorate, Social Security Institution, Voivodeship Fund for Environmental Protection and Water Management), universities, as well as other organizations.
– This Congress is a space for exchange of thoughts, as well as an arena on which a transfer of knowledge is carried out. And it is a reliable, practical and most of all, a helpful knowledge in everyday challenges imposed on entrepreneurs – says Tadeusz Donocik, the President of the Regional Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Katowice and the Organizer of the European Congress of SMEs. – in order to satisfy this promise, we invite experts from different areas, including ministry representatives.
As a part of 10 thematic paths, speakers will approach the issues of e.g. inspection in
a company, trying to answer the questions whether one should worry about it, how to proceed, and what is the role of inspection institutions in the state policy. Among experts invited to engage in discussions one will find e.g. Maria Banaś, Edyta Bielak-Jomaa (General Inspector for Personal Data Protection), Marek Posobkiewicz (Chief Sanitary Inspector), Izabella Żyglicka (Ombudsman for Entrepreneurs Rights at the Regional Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Katowice).

Whereas together with Stanisław Szwed from the Ministry of Family, Labour and Social Policy, the participants of the Congress will deliberate on the challenges of the labour market, on making use of the Silver Economy potential or on the question of migration. Jarosław Gowin in turn, will participate in several panels. He will take the floor during the discussion related to dual training, modern strategies of acquiring competitive advantage by SMEs and Future Mobility. The Minister will also speak during the session of the Regional Assembly of the Voivodeship of Silesia, addressing such issues as e.g.: “Science – economy – self-government. Cross-sectoral cooperation as a prerequisite for development of innovation”.

There will also be a lot of guests from abroad. Among them e.g.: Brian Sandoval (the Governor of the State of Nevada), Ma Xianghui (Ministry of Industry and Information Technologies), or Hamat Bah (the Minister of Tourism and Culture of The Gambia). Their appearance during the opening ceremony will highlight the International dimension of the Congress, which will include panel sessions related to cooperation with the US, or entering of Polish entrepreneurs on the Chinese and Belarusian market.

– Panel sessions related to International cooperation are fitted into the main theme of this year’s editions, which is “Unleash Business!” – adds Tadeusz Donocik. – We not only invite to foreign expansion, but also give a chance to initiate it by establishing relations with entrepreneurs from numerous EU countries as well as from China, US, Egypt, Iran, Kazakhstan and Belarus.

Apart from the Congress itself, the Business Expo Fair which as the largest accompanying event of the Congress, is also worth mentioning. Nearly 100 exhibitors on over 5000 square metres will present their services and products intended for SMEs. It will be worthwhile to visit the Presentation Zone, the place of workshops and lectures, and also the Expert Zone, in order to get advice related to e.g. running of a company, changes in law or possibility to get a grant.

The participation in the Congress is free of charge, it requires registration on www.ekmsp.eu only.

Organizer: The Regional Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Katowice
Co-hosts: The Municipality of Katowice, The Marshall’s Office of the Silesian Voivodeship, the Metropolitan Association of Upper Silesia, the Voivode of Silesia
Main Co-organizer: The Ministry of Science and Higher Education
Co-organizers: The Silesian University of Technology, The Marshall’s Office of the Lesser Poland Voivodeship, the National Chamber of Commerce
Main Content Partner: The Polish Agency for Enterprise Development
Honorary Patronage: The Ministry of Economic Development, The Voivode of Lesser Poland

This event is held under the High Patronage of the European Parliament.