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ORGANISATION OF SELF-EMPLOYED
ENTREPRENEURS
CONTENTS
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UNIZO’s Mission
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Profile of UNIZO’s Members
3.
UNIZO Works Geographically
4.
UNIZO Works Via Target Groups
5.
UNIZO Works Via Sectors
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UNIZO Works Around Themes
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UNIZO Events
8.
UNIZO Membership
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UNIZO’S MISSION
UNIZO is the independent organization of and for
self-employed entrepreneurs who run a business at
their own risk and using their own resources.
UNIZO aims to unite, advise and inform
entrepreneurs as well as to promote their socioeconomic and societal interests.
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UNIZO’S MISSION
Anyone who runs a business at their own risk and
using their own resources is welcome at UNIZO
of and for selfemployed
entrepreneurs
• Starters, one-man businesses, growth SMEs, liberal
professions
• Active in the local, regional or international market
• From all sectors
The entrepreneurs themselves run the
organization
• Local associations of entrepreneurs
• UNIZO regions
• UNIZO national
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UNIZO’S MISSION
Unite
Unite, advise
and inform
• Trainings and information sessions
• Networking and activities
Advise
• UNIZO 24/7 Service Centre
• Personal advise at regional offices
Inform
• A network of websites, newsletters and magazines keeps
the UNIZO members up-to-date on a daily basis.
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UNIZO’S MISSION
UNIZO represents self-employed entrepreneurs wherever
their interests are at stake
Promote socioeconomic and societal
interests
• Lobbying with political leaders and administrations
• Representations in numerous consultative bodies
- High Council for Self-Employed Persons and SMEs (Hoge Raad
voor de Zelfstandige en de KMO)
- Council for Consumption (Raad voor Verbruik)
• As a social partner:
- at the federal level in the GROUP OF 10 (GROEP VAN 10)
- at the Flemish level in the SERV
In municipalities, Flanders, Brussels, Belgium and Europe
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UNIZO’S MISSION
Positive proposals aimed at securing and improving the
position of self-employed entrepreneurs
Promote socioeconomic and societal
interests
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Equal pension and disability insurance
Social protection in the event of payment difficulties and bankruptcy
Good financing possibilities
An agile government at the service of entrepreneurs
- company friendly and transparent taxes
- no excessive paperwork
- one unique enterprise counter
• A smaller difference between gross and net salary
• Strengthening of local commercial hubs
• More and better equipped SME areas
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PROFILE OF UNIZO’S MEMBERS
Entrepreneurs who build a business at their own risk, using their own capital
By staff
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39%: no staff
35%: 1 to 4 staff
16%: 5 to 20 staff
4%: 20 to 49 staff
2%: more than 50 staff
4%: not known
By sector
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32%: Hotel and catering/garages/wholesale and retail
23%: Construction
22%: Liberal professions/real estate
5%: Services/banks/insurance companies:
5%: Metal/chemical
4%: Food/textile
11%: Other
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UNIZO WORKS GEOGRAPHICALLY
278 local associations of entrepreneurs
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Voluntary deployment of 3,800 entrepreneurs
Networking and promotion of interests at the local
level
Actions: - information and training initiatives
- networking for entrepreneurs
- promotion of the local economy
- studies and surveys
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UNIZO WORKS GEOGRAPHICALLY
11 UNIZO regions with 23 regional offices
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First-line advice to all entrepreneurs
Networking and promotion of interests at the
regional level
Enterprise counters and guidance for starters
Support for local associations of entrepreneurs
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UNIZO WORKS GEOGRAPHICALLY
National secretariat in Brussels
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Managing director and staff
HRM, Finance and ICT
UNIZO Training Department
Marketing and Product Development Department
Communication and Media Department
Study Department
Sector Operation Department
Target Group Operation Department
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UNIZO WORKS VIA TARGET GROUPS
1. Candidate Starters
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www.startersservice.be: knowledge platform, advice,
online guidance, starter mail
Information sessions, textbooks, …
Flemish Starters Day (reaches 5,000 candidatestarters)
2. Starters (0-2 years)
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Starter pass with benefits
www.starterscoach.be: god-parenthood project
through monthly meetings with an experienced
entrepreneur
Experience sharing and information sessions
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UNIZO WORKS VIA TARGET GROUPS
3. Growth Companies
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SME Contact:
- SME information sessions and conferences
- experience sharing through round-table discussions and company
visits
- network activities and contact drinks
- SME Contact Pass
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UNIZO Enterprise Coach
- god-parenthood project: monthly meetings with an experienced
entrepreneur
- information folders and online tools
- HRM Coach, Quality Coach, Energy Coach, Takeover Coach etc.
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UNIZO WORKS VIA SECTORS
113 affiliated sector organizations
• 95 sector organizations from industry, construction, distribution, agri-food, services
and electro-technical professions
• FVIB: umbrella of 18 sector organizations of liberal and intellectual professions
Two affiliation options
• integration: affiliation with both the sector and UNIZO via a single membership fee
• association: the sector organization remains independent from UNIZO
UNIZO supports the sectors by:
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defending their interests with the government and at social consultations
giving legal advice and information
offering sector trainings: e.g. Construction Coach, Retail Coach, …
supporting the secretariat
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UNIZO WORKS AROUND THEMES
1. Doing Business Internationally
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Trainings in export management and export formalities
Collaboration projects: Go North, Grenswijzer, …
International luncheons: A taste-of-business
www.unizo-internationaal.be
2. Proper Management
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Buysse Code: code of conduct for adequate management
www.codebuysse.be
3. Doing Business in a Socially Responsible Way (DBSRW)
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Training, information sessions and publications
‘MVO Loont’ (‘DBSRW pays off’): support for implementation
www.unizo.be/mvo
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UNIZO WORKS AROUND THEMES
4. Takeover/handover
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www.overnamemarkt.be: online trade platform
www.overnamecoach.be: advice, training and experience sharing
5. Education & Entrepreneurship
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• Learning enterprises in schools
• Suitcase full of Entrepreneurship
• Vocational expert’s route
• UNIZO Enterprising School Award
www.ondernemendeschool.be
6. Psychological help for self-employed entrepreneurs
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www.tussenstap.be: help for bankrupts
www.zenitor.be: career coaching
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UNIZO WORKS AROUND THEMES
7. Job Channel
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Extra recruitment channel for disadvantaged groups
(ethnic minorities, people aged 50 and over, the disabled)
www.jobkanaal.be
8. UNIZO Crisis Coach
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Recession survival kit
Positive solutions to weather the recession
Recipes for financing, personnel management, energy policy,
marketing, government support etc.
Inspiring examples of successful entrepreneurs
Information sessions and activities
www.crisiscoach.be
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UNIZO EVENTS
Day of the Customer
• Self-employed entrepreneurs thank their customers for the trust
• Expert’s route
Flemish Starters Day
• Information day for candidate-starters
• 5,000 visitors in five Flemish provinces
Awards
• SME laureate = election of SME of the year
• ‘SME for Kyoto’ Ambassador= doing business in an energy- and environmentconscious way
• Enterprising School Award
Week of the Entrepreneur
• 2009 theme: Week of the female entrepreneur
Ring your bell on the way to the shop
• Annual campaign to promote shopping while riding bicycles
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ADVANTAGES OF THE UNIZO MEMBERSHIP
Free annual subscription to:
• UNIZO Entrepreneurs Net
- national portal site www.unizo.be
- theme-based websites
- regional sites and division sites
- daily news, advice and online tools
• UNIZO Advice & News
- biweekly electronic newsletter
• Z.O. Magazine
- biweekly business magazine for the self-employed entrepreneur
- biggest business magazine in Flanders
• Entrepreneur TV
- weekly video reports at unizo.be and msn.be
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ADVANTAGES OF THE UNIZO MEMBERSHIP
Free Advice
• UNIZO Service Centre (24/7)
• Personal advice at regional offices
Free tools
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Model letters and contract
UNIZO collection service for unpaid invoices
Free .be domain name and website
‘personal finance’ entrepreneurs guide
Discounts
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Trainings and events
Base business subscription
Holiday camps ‘Sporta’ and ‘Idee Kids’
Etc.
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UNIZO
8 Spastraat
1000 BRUSSELS
Tel: 078 35 39 39
Fax: 02 230 93 54
E-mail: [email protected]
Website: www.unizo.be
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