Centre for Entrepreneurship, SMEs, Regions and Cities

We help local and national governments unleash the potential of entrepreneurs and small and medium-sized enterprises, promote inclusive and sustainable regions and cities, boost local job creation and implement sound tourism policies.

Chaired by Italy's Deputy Minister of Enterprise and Made in Itay, Mr. Valentino Valentini, this year's Roundtable specifically focused on the integration of Aritifical Intelligence (AI) in SME business models and practices and aimed to explore a range of business use cases, highlighting opportunities and strategies for SMEs to fully harness the potential of AI.

Financing SMEs and Entrepreneurs 2024: An OECD Scoreboard monitors SME and entrepreneurship financing trends, conditions and policy developments in close to 50 countries. 

This report examines how government policies can release untapped entrepreneurial potential from under-represented parts of the population of impactful entrepreneurs, including women, youth, seniors, the unemployed, immigrants and people with disabilities.

Featuring a programme of 30+ virtual events, the #OECDatCOP28 Virtual Pavilion ran from 23 November - 12 December.

Explore the past sessions on SMEs, local action and finance, convening leading experts, policy makers, OECD Champion Mayors and civil society. 

Building on broader OECD work on climate, this report proposes a new OECD territorial climate indicator framework and demonstrates that the potential to mitigate greenhouse gas emissions, adapt to climate impacts and address vulnerabilities varies across different territories.

Dig deeper to explore our climate work on entrepreneurship, SMEs, regions and cities.

This report provides evidence on the evolution of inequalities between OECD regions over the past twenty years and sheds light on the role of productivity in addressing regional inequalities.

This OECD Recommendation outlines 10 pillars for effective regional development policy to unlock the potential of places and communities and build resilient regions around the world.

This report helps regional and national policy makers to understand how individual regions fare in a new global environment that continues to deal with the impacts of the COVID-19 crisis, the war in Ukraine and existing megatrends.

Ministers endorsed the OECD Declaration on Enhancing SMEs and Entrepreneurship Policies for Greater Resilience and Successful Green and Digital Transitions during the last SME Ministerial held at the OECD HQ 27-28 June 2023

Shocks are a regular feature of the economy, and governments need to ensure that the right framework conditions and enabling environments are in place to support the resilience of SMEs and entrepreneurship. Read the Key Issues Paper on Managing Shocks and Transitions.

The OECD SME and Entrepreneurship Outlook 2023 provides new evidence on recent trends in SME performance, changing business conditions, and policy implications. It reflects on the broad underlying theme of SME integration into a series of networks, including global production and supply-chain networks and the role of women led-businesses in international trade.

The OECD Champion Mayors for Inclusive Growth gathered for their sixth meeting on 13 June 2023 at the Brussels Urban Summit. They endorsed the “Brussels Blueprint for Affordable Cities and Housing for All” to ease short-term pressures on the cost of living and to ramp up action on housing.

"Confronting the cost-of-living and housing crisis in cities" highlights the systemic issues underlying the housing crisis in cities, and offers inspiring examples of how cities in OECD countries and beyond have been addressing these challenges.

"OECD Financing SMEs and Entrepreneurs Scoreboard: 2023 Highlights" provides the latest data on SME financing in close to 50 countries.

The Centre for Entrepreneurship, SMEs, Regions and Cities (CFE) helps national, regional and local and governments unleash the potential of entrepreneurs and small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), promote inclusive and sustainable growth in regions and cities, boost local job creation and implement sound tourism policies. Find out how.

This report offers guidelines for developing a subnational green budgeting approach, including case studies from OECD and EU countries and a self-assessment tool for measuring capacity.

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