With effect from 1 January 2009, the SME portfolio replaces BEA, the Budget for Economic Advice. With this new electronic portfolio, entrepreneurs can receive support in the field of training, advice, technology reconnaissance, and international business advice.
SME's and the independent professions can make use of the aforementioned subsidy, providing they meet the following criteria:
Recognised service-providers can apply for support providing they are an eligible SME, and if they use the services of a third service-provider.
You can fill in the application form on the website www.kmo-portefeuille.be. You must apply for the subsidy at least 14 days from the date of receipt of the service. The procedure is fairly complex, but it will proceed smoothly providing you follow the step-by-step plan. Please feel free to contact us for any advice or assistance.
|Training||Advice||Technology reconnaissance||International trade advice||Strategic advice|
|Support %||50 %||50 %||75 %||50 %||50 %|
|Support limit per field||€ 2.500||€5.000||€10.000||€5.000||€25.000|
|Maximum per period||€15.000||€25.000|
|Support %||Support limit per field|
|Technology reconnaissance||75%||€ 10.00|
|International trade advice||50%||€ 5.00|
|Strategic advice||50 %||€ 25.00|
|Maximum per period||Period|
|Technology reconnaissance||€ 15.00||1 year|
|International trade advice|
|Strategic advice||€ 25.00|
Many joint industrial committees run their own training centres to provide additional training to white and blue collar workers who are members of this social fund. Employers pay (compulsory) a small percentage of the salary cost to these sector-based funds. This money is then used to subsidise training courses.
Each social fund has its own form of subsidies, terms and conditions, and procedures. In case of doubt, please contact your social fund.
Please do not hesitate to contact us for additional questions. You can always e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org for additional information.