I have an idea, and now what?

The past January 22nd 2020, within the framework of EmprendeBeLux, programme sponsored by ING Belgium, the Official Spanish Chamber Of Commerce in Belgium and Luxembourg organized an informative session with Euclides, business center in the Brussels-Capital Region.

During the talk, the counselor specialized in entrepreneurship Beatriz de la Cruz, answered to the attendants all their doubts for developing a business project or idea in Brussels. The event took place at the headquarters of Euclides (Rue du Chimiste 34-36 B, 1070 Anderlecht).

Amongst others, the counselor informed about the following topics:

  • Where do I start from?
  • Which are the administrative procedures that need to be done?
  • How can I look for a working space?
  • How do I start my financial plan?
  • How can I look for financing for my project?
  • How does the VAT, social contributions or taxes work?

 

ABOUT EMPRENDEBELUX

Through the EmprendeBeLux programme, the Chamber wants to support Spanish people in BeLux in their long way towards entrepreneurship and accompany them in the consolidation of their business. For more information you can contact the organization through info@e-camara.com.

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Information session “Discover how to benefit from a financial aid for entrepreneurs in the Region of Brussels”

Within the framework of the EmprendeBeLux, a program sponsored by ING Belgium, the Official Spanish Chamber of Commerce in Belgium and Luxembourg, in collaboration with Bruxelles Economie et Emploi, organized an information session in Spanish last December 4 to present the different financial aids available for entrepreneurs in the Brussels-Capital Region.

Attendees had the opportunity to learn from Jonathan Fernández Valle, benefits officer at Bruxelles Economie et Emploi, the most recommended benefits for each of their profiles. Each entrepreneur presented their questions to the representative of Bruxelles Economie et Emploi. These focused mainly on how to present a dossier, the moment most convenient to present the dossier and the percentage of grant that could be awarded to them. Jonathan Fernández Valle also indicated to the participants how to access and complete a grant application through the online platform of the Brussels-Capital Region.

ABOUT EMPRENDEBELUX

Through the EmprendeBeLux Program the Chamber aims to support Spanish people in BeLux on their long way to becoming an entrepreneur and accompany them through the consolidation of their business.

Programme sponsored by:

The Official Spanish Chamber of Commerce in Belgium and Luxembourg participates in the SME Open Day in Luxembourg

On November 28th, the Official Chamber of Commerce of Spain in Belgium and Luxembourg participated in SME Open Day: L’Europe au service des PME in Luxembourg during the European SME week. This annual initiative coordinated by the European Commission aims to highlight European SMEs by promoting entrepreneurship and helping to create a more favourable environment for small and medium enterprises. This year the different events of the campaign took place throughout Europe from November 25th to 29th.

To the event attended Mr. Lex Delles, Minister of Middle Classes and Tourism of Luxembourg, Sabrina Sagramola , Manager of Enterprise Europe Network-Luxembourg, and Giacomo Mattino, Head of Unit – Enterprise Europe Network and Internationalisation of SMEs – Directorate General for Growth (DG GROW), who highlighted the importance of the Erasmus program for young entrepreneurs as a tool to promote entrepreneurship.

The attendees to the event had the opportunity to learn more about the benefits of EYE at the Chamber’s stand. In addition, at the demo corner of the program attendees could share their questions with the program manager, Soraya Bravo, who highlighted the flexibility and ease of the program to register and participate and who invited the attendees to be part of the program.

Presentation of JobYourself: become a freelancer without risks in Brussels Region

Within the framework of the program EmprendeBeLux, The Official Spanish Chamber of Commerce in Belgium and Luxembourg, in collaboration with JobYourself, a cooperative of activities of the Brussels-Capital Region, organized last 21st of November a presentation of said institution mainly aimed at unemployed people who have a business idea and complementary freelancers. The attendees had the chance to learn about this cooperative, which offers assistance in the development and testing of entrepreneurial projects in the market, as well as the other services that it offers.

Through the EmprendeBeLux Program the Chamber aims to support Spanish people in BeLux on their long way to becoming an entrepreneur and accompany them through the consolidation of their business.

 

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Information session on public aids for entrepreneurs in Brussels Region

Within the framework of EmprendeBeLux program,  the Official Spanish Chamber of Commerce in Belgium and Luxembourg, in collaboration with 1819, the information service for entrepreneurs in Brussels, organized an information session lastTuesday, September 24th from 6 pm to 7.30 pm in Spanish to inform about the different public aids for entrepreneurs in the Brussels region.

Attendees had the possibility to get to know the regional service offered by 1819; as well as the administrative procedures to start-up a company and the structures in terms of accompaniment in the Brussels Region. Moreover, the speakers went over the public funding, subsidies and identification of commercial premises for rent.

Through the EmprendeBeLux program, the Chamber seeks to support Spanish residents in BeLux on the long road to entrepreneurship and business consolidation.

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19/09 III Meeting with Spanish entrepreneurs in Belgium

Third meeting with Spanish entrepreneurs in Belgium

On 19 September, the Official Spanish Chamber of Commerce in Belgium and Luxembourg organized the third meeting between Spanish entrepreneurs in Brussels, at the offices of Language Studies International, a company member of the Chamber.

On this occasion, the meeting was focused on the training grants available for entrepreneurs in Brussels region. The attendees discovered in detail how to access to these training grants, in particular to language courses.

One of the main obstacles for foreign entrepreneurs in Brussels is the bilingualism of the region. It is estimated that those who know French or Dutch are more likely to succeed when implementing their business in the city.

Additionally, participants had the opportunity to interact with other entrepreneurs and exchange contacts and experiences around this topic.

The Chamber took the opportunity to present the new website of EmprendeBelux, a programme aimed at supporting Spanish entrepreneurs in the country and designed to accompany them in launching their project and/or consolidating their businesses.

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The Chamber launches the EmprendeBeLux’s website

Whilst the Chamber celebrates its first anniversary of EmprendeBeLux, a new website fully dedicated to the programme has just been launched. This initiative aims at giving visibility, networking and training to entrepreneurs and freelancers in Belgium and Luxembourg and that will be sponsored by ING Belgium.

The new website offers a full range of free tools to facilitate the starting up of a business in BeLux. With this new website users can download the Guide for Entrepreneurs where all the steps to set up a company are explained. The website also includes a set of guides with the different public aids and a collection of the latest updates that affect the companies.

The new website will also offer the opportunity to stay up-to-date with the latest news and next activities as well as showcase some of the participants that have already joined the programme.

We invite you to visit the website for more information.

New update of the Entrepreneur’s Guide in Belgium

On the occasion of the new Belgian Code of Companies & Associations that came into force last 1st of May 2019, the Chamber has published a new version of the Entrepreneur’s Guide in Belgium. You can download the latest version via this link.

The Official Spanish Chamber of Commerce in Belgium and Luxembourg has also published a document summarizing the most relevant changes introduced by the new law. We invite you to review the document via this link.

Do not hesitate to contact us should you require further information.

Second meeting with Spanish entrepreneurs in Belgium

On 28 February, the Chamber organized the second meeting between Spanish entrepreneurs in Belgium, which was attended by more than 20 participants.

On this occasion, we invited two Spanish entrepreneurs to share their experience and, above all, the problems they faced and continue to face when it comes to developing a commercial activity in the country.

The first guest was Ramón Suarez, founder of the Betacowork coworking space in Brussels. Ramón related the challenges he personally faced, highlighting the importance of achieving a solid network of contacts, knowing the local languages and having a series of reliable suppliers.

The second speaker was the entrepreneur Jorge Vidal, who launched nearly four years ago DomoSOS, a company dedicated to offering multi-service solutions for households. In his case, he found the key factor in orienting his business strategy towards customers´ satisfaction and offering services in various languages, which enabled him to diversify his customers.

The participants also had the opportunity to present their businesses or projects in Belgium to the attendees. The Chamber took the opportunity to present EmprendeBelux, a program aimed at supporting Spanish entrepreneurs in the country and designed to accompany them in launching their project and/or consolidating their businesses.

Sergio Galaso, new entrepreneur to join EmprendeBelux

Sergio Galaso, owner of Churros Valyser, has recently joined the Chamber through the programme EmprendeBelux, an initiative that aims at supporting Spanish entrepreneurs in Belgium and Luxembourg.

After moving to Belgium, Sergio soon realized the business opportunity and decided to launch Churreria Valyser. Besides selling churros at his premises in Vilvoorde (Flanders) and with his food truck, Sergio has designed a plan to diversify his business by renting machinery and equipment to elaborate churros and also selling churros’ dough.

This entrepreneur is now working to achieve that Churros Valyser becomes a recognized brand in the whole country.

We invite you to read the complete interview via this link.