INTERREG FEM Seminar in Sigulda July, 13 -14, 2007 Latvia coordinator: Baiba Rivža WP 1 6 Resource centrs in: Jelgava; Bauska; Cēsis; Talsi; Ludza; Preiļi; 17 Meeting places: Liepāja; Ventspils; Tukums; Limbaži; Valmiera; Gulbene; Madona; Alūksne; Balvi; Krāslava; Daugavpils Jēkabpils Aizkraukle; Dobele; Rēzekne; Valka; Saldus. WP 1 RC and MP started to work as closely connected net RC advisor/consulter groups are additionally recruited with new members (in business organization, accountancy, legislation, project writing, e-commerce, NGO organization, home-craft). 10 persons from Latvia (RC leaders, WP leaders and mentors) participates in transnational meeting in Poland (2007) Meetings with Minister of Agriculture and Minister of Education - information of activities in FEM project and needed support. Manual for practical work WP 1: Young entrepreneurs advisors in the Resource centers Region Project Micro Craft design credit Mentoring Consulting in Ecommerce Total Zemgale 8 30 14 7 2 61 Vidzeme 9 30 12 5 2 58 Kurzeme 8 32 3 2 2 47 Latgale 8 29 6 4 2 49 Total: 33 121 35 18 8 215 WP 2 Creation of database of women - existing and potential entrepreneurs. Creation of joint strategy and action plan in Latvia Creation the concept of the project Web-page Organization national seminars in Riga and educational seminars in Latvia for near 4000 entrepreneurs Participation in meetings with other WP coordinators and project leaders in Latvia Latvian entrepreneur take place in international expo INTERTEXTIL Balticum 2007 Dissemination of information in near 20 different meetings Meeting with minister of economic J. Strods, secretary of state D. Lucaua, authority of LHZB bank V. Pučka WP 3 Developed questionnaires and selected Mentees and Mentors on the basis of questionnaires in the Zemgale, Vidzeme, Kurzeme and Latgale regions; Created data basis of existing and potential mentors; Collected and analyzed 100 questionnaires of existing and potential Mentees and 60 questionnaires of existing and potential Mentors of all regions of Latvia – Zemgale, Vidzeme, Kurzeme, Latgale; Formed 21 mentoring pairs and 3 groups Regular meetings, common seminars, consultancies and support (about 15 mentoring seminars in all regions); Training in mentoring and different branches connected with entrepreneurship (management, legislation, communication, finances, etc.); Monitoring and evaluation of results of mentoring cooperation (interviews with 10 mentors 15 and mentees) WP 3 4 FEM Mentors of the event “Mentor of the Year 2006” received rewards (Nelda Bailīte, Zeltīte Kaviere, Eleonora Maisaka, Vija Ancāne); 2 Mentors of of the event “Mentor of the Year 2007” received awards – Astrīda Vītola – mentor for micro-credit group in Iecava and Inara Vasilevska – pair mentor in Preili (Latgale region); Developed mentoring manual; Information providing for TV, other mass media (near 30 publications in newspapers) 6 scientific articles and 12 presentations in seminars and international conferences in Latvia, Finland, Denmark, Poland, etc. Mentoring is included in the National plan for development of Latvia for the years 2007. – 2013 as one of the priorities in creating new competitive enterprises, creation of unite and efficient support system for business launching (mentor consultations, finance supporting – “first seed grants", net supporting, seed grants, micro credits, investments guarantees, risk capital funding, resource centers etc.). WP 3: Mentoring Region Mentors Mentees Zemgale 11 17 Vidzeme 6 9 Kurzeme 3 3 Latgale 3 3 Total: 23 32 Mentor Nelda Bailīte received award „Mentor of the Year” from association „Līdere”, December, 2005 Project coordinator professor Baiba Rivza in mentoring seminar in Skulte, summer 2006. WP 4 Established 31 new microcredit group (99 women) in 17 of 26 administrative districts and 10 (38 women) are in the last stage of preparing; established data base about these groups Organized almost 100 microcredit seminars Latgale, Zemgale, Vidzeme, Kurzeme regions Organized meetings with leaders others WP Consultations about microcredit and business plan (~90 women) Networking groups leaders training (~80 women) Information in newspapers, in Radio company and TV 3 company about FEM project activities Organized meetings with business women and NGO Cooperation with 5 countries –Lithuania, Estonia, Finland, Norway, Sweden Meetings with banks, municipalities, with ministries and president Established new foundation –“Women’s entrepreneur support foundation” Participation in transnational meetings (the last one in Poland (2007) WP 4: Microcredit Region Groups Participants Zemgale 16 58 Vidzeme 13 40 Kurzeme 4 12 Latgale 8 25 Total: 41 137 Total: 137 women are involved in microcredit groups 14 WP 5 Creation the national database of women - entrepreneurs in Latvia based on Latvia Rural Women Association (LLSA) web page: www.llsa.lv/FEM, list of entrepreneurs with photos of their products. Information in international web page: www.feminfo.net, presentations of women entrepreneurs of Latvia, new contacts and development skills for internationalization for participants of WP 5 Educational seminars about starting and developing of entrepreneurship, marketing, e-commerce, international contacts etc. for women: more than 30 seminars in Latvia with about 650 participants. Network with other WP on national and international level: meetings with leaders of other WP, contacts by e-mail and phone, workshops. Participation in national and transnational meetings. Preparing and publishing book “Business of Rural Crafstmen in Latvia” with 120 pages in 4 languages: Latvian, English, German and Russian. Dissemination of information in 30 local newspapers all over of the Latvia, national and regional TV, different national, local and international meetings. Training for starting marketing and e-trade – attended by 195 women Summary of women’s experience participated in the project (by questionnaires in the internet) Final report for the future concerning women’s business internationalisation Summary In all regions of Latvia: 6 Resource centers 17 Meeting places 41 microcredit groups 21 mentoring pairs/3 groups Information materials Thank You for attention!