extract from dg enterprise report

Business support services that are specifically targeted at ethnic minority businesses already exist in some Member States. Others are making an effort to integrate advice to EMBs in their mainstream business support services. In addition to this, there are also a number of ethnic based business support organisations. These organisations though often small and unrepresentative with regard to ethnic groups in general, generally enjoy the support and trust from their own local communities that mainstream support providers may lack. The goal from a policy maker’s point of view, however, should be to make mainstream business support services accessible to all. The cultural divide between EMBs and mainstream business services providers is sometimes considered too large to be bridged immediately. An interim solution could therefore be to strengthen existing specific ethnic minority business support services and encourage the creation of new ones. The networking of specific and mainstream business support providers might also prove beneficial.

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