INCEP-SME: The International Center for the Promotion of Small and Medium Enterprises – Our International Work

Why SMEs?

The SME community has witnessed in recent years a growing worldwide awareness of the importance of SMEs to national and regional economies. Governments now recognize that SMEs are vibrant and innovative engines of growth and of job creation. This is because they are quick to respond, flexible, and can adapt to changing circumstances.


SMEs are also important for the development and acceleration of change in economies in transition – such as those in which agricultural predominance is giving way to industry and services, or those moving from a centralized to a free market economy. SMEs also serve as important vehicles in facilitating people-to-people conflict resolution through direct interaction between important sectors of society. In this way, they can help create growing mutual trust between ‘enemies.’


In spite of this recognition support programs available today, small businesses still face many and varied obstacles and constraints. Some of the problems are inherent in the very nature of small business and of start-ups and others are direct outcomes of economic changes, which can affect SMEs in a more crucial manner than they affect big businesses.


In order to encourage the growth and development of small business endeavors, INCEP-SME works in a number of capacities:


INCEP-SME conducts education and training programs for the promotion and development of SMEs and entrepreneurship, initiates and manages projects, and offers consulting services.

Israel is an apt location for such a center, as we have shifted from a centralized economy to an open, free market, and have developed alternative sources of income for agricultural communities. These processes, together with the rapid development of high-tech based start-ups, led to the establishment of a modern, comprehensive and efficient support system for SMEs, that incorporates public and private business sectors.

INCEP-SME conducts workshops, seminars, courses and study tours for people and groups around the world concerned with and responsible for the advancement of SMEs and entrepreneurship. These include decision-makers, officials of central, regional and local governments, officials of banks and of development and financial institutions, leaders of national and regional support systems, leaders of SME organizations and chambers of commerce, academics, business consultants, trainers and SME entrepreneurs.

Since its inception, INCEP-SME has conducted tens of training programs in English, Arabic, Russian and Portuguese .

INCEP-SME has signed a permanent, institutionalized connection with the World Association for Small & Medium Enterprises (WASME). Shmuel Bahat (read more), the Chairman and chief trainer of INCEP-SME is also a Senior Adviser to WASME. INCEP-SME is also recognized as a training center by MASHAV, the Center for International Cooperation, Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs and by ISMEA – Israel Small and Medium Enterprise Authority.

Our courses include:

  • Comprehensive and Integrative Public Support Systems for SMEs – Development Policy
  • The Promotion of Small and Medium High-Tech Enterprises and R&D Based Start-Ups
  • SMEs in the Era of Globalisation (Preparing SMEs for Export and International Trade)
  • Comprehensive Training for Development: Linking Vocational and Entrepreneurial Education
  • Role of SMEs in Developing Rural Areas
  • How to Become an Entrepreneur and Start Your Own Small Business