‘She Means Business’ – Opportunities for Women SMEs in the Western Balkans

Many small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in the Western Balkans lack adequate information on how to access affordable finance, expand their businesses, and improve their supply chains. This is particularly true for women-owned SMEs (W-SMEs). To unlock private capital for SMEs and W-SMEs in the region, USAID CATALYZE initiated the Engines of Growth Activity (EoG). CATALYZE EoG collaborates with Business Advisory Service Providers (BASPs) and financial institutions (FIs) on developing new and sustainable financial products and services that facilitate W-SMEs’ access to finance, which can drive inclusive growth, lead to job creation, and increase the competitiveness of the Western Balkans.

Join Marketlinks on Friday, March 31, 2023, at 03:00 pm CET/09:00 am ET, for a webinar featuring the USAID CATALYZE EoG Activity in the Western Balkans. CATALYZE EoG will share its approach and lessons learned in supporting W-SMEs’ access to finance, showcase successful examples of W-SMEs from the Western Balkans that have accessed finance with EoG support, and discuss with various stakeholders from the region and beyond USAID CATALYZE EoG’s efforts to build the resiliency and growth of SMEs and W-SMES through improved access to and utilization of appropriate finance.

Time: 9:00 – 10:30am (EDT)


Location: Virtual

Date: Friday, March 31, 2023