Philip Morris helps start up of small and family businesses

Non-governmental organization ENECA presented in City Hall in Nis 58 new entrepreneurs who started their own businesses in 2012 with the support of the program “Start Up for Your Business”. At the same time, the beginning of a new national cycle which will support 100 small and family businesses in Serbia during the year 2013 was presented. The program is implemented with the support of the company Philip Morris International.
At the time of high unemployment rate being the key economic problem of the country and its citizens each job has a significant importance. Philip Morris International recognized the need to become involved in resolving this burning issue and in 2009 launched a program for start up and improvement of small family businesses. This program has been implemented in Nis for three years and up to now it supported 160 small businesses which employed over 600 people.
„This program differs from other programs as it helps those who have sound business idea and expressed entrepreneurs’ spirit but due to their social status are deprived of credits from commercial banks. The program “Start Up for Your Business” awards grants for the purchase of equipment necessary to start up or improve a business. Besides, beneficiaries are offered advisory assistance from economic experts who will give them insight into basics of small entrepreneurship“, said Мilivоје Јоvаnоvić, a manager at NGO ЕNЕCА.

“"Start Up for Your Business” is one of the most important donor programs of our company in Serbia. It was launched so to directly contribute to the decrease of unemployment rate as well as to encourage self-employment through small and family businesses. We are exceptionally proud to present 58 new entrepreneurs in Nis who, throughout this year, started their own businesses and provided a chance for better living for themselves and their families. I hope that their example will motivate other citizens with similar ideas for starting their own businesses to apply to a new, recently opened call“, said Jelena Preradovic Stevanovic, Philip Morris Community Relations Representative.
The call is opened from 3 December 2012 untill 28 February 2013. More info on the competitions at

2012. ENECA, Prijezdina 6/2, Niš, 18000, Republic of Serbia
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