During the past three weeks IBCM hosted two Business Clubs on the topic of Business Growth Through Association. The first Business Club was held at Riverview Campus on the 26th October and the second one on 15th November at the Riverside Campus. Both events brought together dozens of representatives from micro, small and medium agro-businesses from around Kosovo to be part of the meetings and to discuss on the topic. The Business Club meeting at Riverview Campus was moderated by our Professor Aleksandar Djikic, an expert in the field of Agriculture and Business; and the meeting at Riverside Campus was led by our Professor Ekrem Gjokaj an expert on the Economics of Rural Areas, assisted by Professor Djikic. These two Business Clubs brought together people from several agricultural industries, such as farming, beekeeping, horticulture and so on. The main aim of the event was to provide a suitable space for the participants to interact and network and to coach them in the the functions and benefits of establishing associations. Details and publications on all other previous Business Clubs at IBCM can be found here.
26th October 2017
The first ‘IBCM Business Club: Business Growth Through Association’ held at Riverview Campus brought together a dozen representatives from micro and small businesses to discuss the topic of ‘growth through association’. Moderated by Aleksandar Djikic, the discussion focused on the opportunities created by operating through associations, such as the ability to implement better pricing strategies, the ability to better organize and push for better policies. During the discussion on benefits, many participants also raised issues and challenges they face, including sales channels and sales price – discussing options how to overcome them. This business club, apart from the discussion on the topic provided also a friendly and relaxed atmosphere for all participants to get to know each other and make new contacts and share best practices.
15th November 2017
The second ‘IBCM Business Club: Business Growth Through Association’ held at Riverview Campus brought together over 30 representatives coming from micro and small to medium agro-businesses from around the country. This meeting was moderated by our Professor Ekrem Gjokaj, assisted by Professor Djikic. Professor Gjokaj focused on the benefits of establishing associations and mentioned several options farmers have to start and register their associations. Given his experience in the governmental sector, Professor Gjokaj gave valuable and specific advice on the steps needed to follow and the supports available for association establishment. Professor Djikic also talked about the benefits of associations and some of the best international practices, including more specifically the Denmark experience. Both professors highlighted the importance of joining forces through associations to be able to compete in an ever more globalizing market – stressing the fact small businesses won’t be able to compete against scale economies of larger international companies. Agreeing on most of what was discussed, many participants also raised many issues they face in their everyday business, ranging from unfair competition, disproportionate governmental subsidies and so on. IBCM remains committed to supporting the development of the business environment and the business practices in the country, by directly sharing the best experiences with the business community, as well as educating the future generations.
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