Chamber of Craft and Small Business of Slovenia

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The Chamber of Craft and Small Business of Slovenia (Obrtno podjetniška zbornica Slovenije) is an umbrella organisation comprising the craft and small business chamber system jointly with 62 regional chambers of craft and small business. The Chamber of Craft and Small Business of Slovenia and the regional chambers of craft and small business are independent legal entities managed by craftsmen – officials (functionaries) – on a voluntary basis.

The Chamber of Craft and Small Business of Slovenia acts and communicates with the public to support and promote the traditional values of its members; hard work, effort, perseverance, honesty, honour, ethics, quality and excellence, and knowledge and innovation. The Chamber advocates preserving the tradition and peculiarities of small business. It provides for an equal role of regional chambers of craft and small business and offers full expert support and assistance to its members.

The Chamber of Craft and Small Business of Slovenia also links its members by activity. Thirty professional sections (successors of guilds) and two committees have been established for that purpose: Building Cleaners,  Car Mechanics, Cement Makers, Stonecutters and Terrace Makers, Chimneysweepers, Construction, Cosmeticians, Craft Associations, Domestic Arts and Crafts, Electricians, Electronics and Mechatronics, Energy Installations, Florists and Gardeners, Flooring, Food Producers, Funeral Services, Glass Makers, Goldsmiths and Jewellers, Hairdressers, Metal Processing, Opticians, Painting and Paperhanging, Photographs , Plastics, Printing, Retailers, Skin Processing, Textile Makers, Textile Maintainers, Tinsmiths and Roofers, Tourism and Catering, Transport, Wood.

Objectives:

  • To improve the conditions for doing business in craft, micro, small and medium-sized enterprises.
  • Craftsmen and their chamber have become an equal partner in the dialogue with the government and trade unions.

Functions:

  • Representing the members’ interests before the government
  • Informing the members
  • Performing services to members
  • Exercising powers conferred by public law

Services:

  • Consulting to the members (incorporating a company – the VEM one-stop-shop, taxes, labour and welfare law, company and civil law, wages and salaries, accounting and bookkeeping, technical regulations and standards, favourable sources of finance, entering foreign markets, environmental protection, health and safety at work and e-business).
  • Organising training
  • Organising fairs
  • Organising participation of members on fairs in Slovenia and abroad
  • Organising business conferences
  • Obrtnik Card (identification, paying and discounts)
  • Informing the members
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