EU Turkey Business Centre, İzmir (İzmir Abigem) has been established in 2002 as a joint project of European Union and TOBB, The Union of Chambers and Commodity Exchanges of Turkey. EU Turkey Business Centres project has been the largest project that was financed by EU for the benefit of the SMEs in Turkey with a budget of 16 million Euros.
The main goal of İzmir Abigem has been to support the competition power of SMEs and regional economical development by offering professional business advice and training services to SMEs and Entrepreneurs. The impact assessment report shows that the performance of the project has been ‘’outstanding’’.
The activities are being carried out in the form of a Private Company with full sustainability upon the completion of the project and the funding of the European Union in March 2006. The main shareholders of the company are TOBB (The Union of Chambers and Commodity Exchanges of Turkey), EBSO (Aegean Region Chamber of Industry) and the chambers and business associations supporting SMEs in the region.
The main areas that activities are being carried out include Business Development, Export Development, Export Consortia and Internationalisation, Marketing Management, Design Management, Finance Management, Training, EU and National Funds for SME Development, Project Cycle Management, Entrepreneurship and Cluster Development.