Confindustria – SME Day 2018
The 9th National SME Day, organised by the Piccola Industria (Small Industry section) of Confindustria in partnership with Trade Associations, will be held on 16 November.
This year too, the initiative will involve more than 1,100 enterprises and almost 42,000 people who will hold the visits and meetings with the students and teachers of middle and secondary schools which are also open to local administrators and journalists. The aim is to tell the story of the enterprises, their role in production and in society, and to show the development of a product or service and how an idea is transformed into a project and a passion is converted into a result.
The SME Day will involve almost 90% of the Trade Associations in a number of initiatives that will be scheduled on different dates in Italy and abroad. In addition to the Balkan States – with the confirmed participation of Confindustria Albania, Confindustria Bulgaria, Confindustria Romania and Confindustria Serbia – the event will also be organised for the second consecutive year in Belgium, in association with the Confindustria Delegation in Brussels, and in the United States, in cooperation with the Italian Embassy in Washington, the Miami Scientific Italian Community (MSIC), ISSNAF, Baia, Mayac, AbroadTo the Community of Italian Companies and Orgoglio Brescia. Thanks to this network, more than 50 Italian companies operating in the United States will meet with around 1,200 American students to illustrate the points of excellence of Made-in-Italy products and the values that make our enterprises big around the world. The celebration of this SME Day is becoming increasingly international also thanks to the patronage granted by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation. Through continuous cooperation with Confindustria’s Made-In Technical Group chaired by Paolo Bastianello, also this edition will be mainly focused on combating counterfeited products, extending the debate to Italian sounding products and the protection of intellectual property rights. The debate will also include promoting the culture of prevention and resilience through the Emergency Management Programme (PGE). This Programme – born of the experience of Confindustria Fermo during the 2012 earthquake in Emilia – was developed at the initiative of the Small Industry section in the aftermath of the earthquake that struck Central Italy in 2016 and has become an all-around national project consolidated through the synergy with the Civil Protection Service. It is principally aimed at planning, coordinating and monitoring the support activities provided to companies and the population in case of emergencies but also at implementing initiatives to promote the culture of prevention in companies at local level through a constructive public-private cooperation effort.
The partnership with Confagricoltura continues at local level in: Alessandria, Bergamo, Brescia, Gorizia, Lecce, Novara, Nuoro, Siracusa, Torino and Vercelli. Visits will also involve several farms, thus giving youth the possibility of learning the value of the food supply chain in agriculture. The event also received the support of 4.Manager, an organisation chaired by Stefano Cuzzilla, who had a flag made for each participating farm with the logo of the event, which is recognised to be an important opportunity to disseminate the corporate culture and promote SME management skills.
The event, organised by Stefano Zapponini, the national coordinator of SME Day Piccola Industria, is part of the 17th Week of Corporate Culture organised by Confindustria and of the European SME Week promoted by the EU Commission.