Press Release: American Nonprofit Launches Platform to Help Syrian Refugee Entrepreneurs Gain Access to Customers & Capital

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Press Contact: Kavya Raman Phone: +1 212 785-0400 Email: newyork@buildingmarkets.org **For immediate release** NEW YORK, December 12, 2017 –– A new platform launched by the U.S.-based nonprofit, Building Markets, will help businesses operating in Turkey create jobs for Syrian refugees. The Syrian civil war has displaced twelve million people, forcing six million to flee across the country’s border to seek refuge in neighboring countries and Europe. This has left half of Syria’s pre-war population dependent on life-saving assistance, …

Over 50 events to be held around Myanmar at Global Entrepreneurship Week 2017

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Myanmar will join 170 countries worldwide in hosting Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW), the largest celebration of entrepreneurship in the world. GEW 2017 will reach all 14 divisions and states in Myanmar, with over 50 events in 20 cities during the week of November 13-19, 2017. This year’s celebration marks the 10th annual GEW globally and the 5th for Myanmar. Each year, GEW in Myanmar is expanding and reaching more entrepreneurs across the country. …

Our Myanmar Delegation Attends GEC 2017 and Wins GEN Country of the Year

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Myanmar’s Global Entrepreneurship Network (GEN), launched by Building Markets in 2016, is a nation-wide platform that builds on the annual Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW) by connecting entrepreneurs to initiatives and resources, year round. The global Network includes 160 member countries, 20,000 partners and 10 million people. In Myanmar, opportunities for entrepreneurs and start-ups are continually increasing as the country’s economy expands and faces new, global markets. However, many people lack the resources that allow them to take advantage of these opportunities. …

Liberia: Domestic Timber Value Chain Analysis

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Building Markets is pleased to announce the launch of Liberia: Domestic Timber Value Chain Analysis. Our hope is that this study will increase accountability and transparency in Liberia’s forestry sector, help ensure timber resources are sustainable, and contribute to long-term development goals. During Liberia’s civil war, the nation’s forests were exploited and illicit revenues from timber were used to sustain the conflict. Since the UN Security Council’s ban on timber exports in 2003, …

The Unique Opportunity for Syrian Entrepreneurs: A Conversation with the Syrian Economic Forum

Syrian Economic Forum will host the event, Promoting Business Formality for Syrian Entrepreneurs in Gaziantep on November 18, 2016 at the Gaziantep Chamber of Commerce. To attend this event, email gew@syrianef.org.
As the Syrian conflict is nearing its sixth year, causing enormous loss of life and displacement, the humanitarian needs have been acute and urgent. With the country in disarray, including its previously vibrant urban business centers of Damascus and Aleppo, it may seem out of place to talk about entrepreneurship now. However, starting and growing businesses continues to be a part of Syrian life, as it has been for centuries, both at home and in the diaspora, …

GEW is Here and We Can’t Wait to Celebrate Myanmar’s Next Generation of Entrepreneurs

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Today marks the beginning of the world’s biggest annual celebration of entrepreneurship. From competitions to workshops to networking gatherings, Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW) connects participants with collaborators, mentors, and even investors. Building Markets is thrilled to be hosting Myanmar’s fifth annual GEW – and with more than 50 partners and 60 events scheduled across the country, it promises to be the most exciting, yet. Now is the perfect time to encourage aspiring innovators to start new companies in Myanmar. …

SME Partners with Building Markets to Create Culture of Workplace Safety

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After 30 years of working for the Ministry of Labor, Philip H. Davis had a firm understanding of the problems employees faced in the workplace. After retiring from the Ministry, Mr. Davis contacted two of his friends, Wanyi Harrison and Jacob Nagbe, and shared his vision to create a culture of workplace safety in Liberia. In 2011, the three established the West African Institute of Occupational Health and Safety (WAIOHS) as an NGO. …

SMEs in Nimba County Win Contracts, Train Youth

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Ganta is the busy economic center of Nimba County and the second largest city in Liberia. Situated along the border with Guinea, businesses in Ganta benefit from the cross-border trade in the area, as well as from a strategic location on the well-paved road to Monrovia. Standard Metal Work Garage operates a noisy workshop on one of Ganta’s main thoroughfares. The business provides a number of metal works services, including welding, …

Building Markets Champions Female Engineer Working to Build Liberia

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Ruth Coker Collins, founder of Tabitha Renaissance Engineering & Design, has been an avid user of Building Markets’ USAID-funded SMI-L services since 2013. She originally contacted Building Markets because, after establishing her business, she found it difficult to identify larger clients and locate relevant tenders. Through SMI-L’s Tender Distribution Service (TDS), she now receives daily updates on tenders specific to her business. Tabitha Renaissance Engineering & Design also has a profile on the SMI-L Supplier Directory, …

Myanmar SMEs: Get Ready for Investment!

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The economy in Myanmar is rapidly expanding following the political and economic reforms that have opened the market to foreign investment. Positioned between the economic powerhouses of China and India, Myanmar has the potential to develop a robust international market. However, many businesses in Myanmar do not fully understand the process of opening their doors to foreign investment, limiting their ability to get involved. These businesses, especially small and medium size enterprises (SMEs), …

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