Piccola Industria, the Organization of Confindustria (the General Confederation of Italian Industry) aimed to promote the development and growth of SMEs, organizes the National Day of Small and Medium Enterprices – SME DAY every year since 2010. This is an open day for Confindustria SMEs, focused on students and teachers. Its goal is to tell the new generations about the business world, its values, and the opportunities it could offer through guided tours inside the companies.
During this day, young people have the opportunity to visit a company, to learn through directly from the entrepreneurs about its history and objectives, to see closely how the business is carried out.
Thanks to organizational support of local Industrial Associations, these tours take place all over Italy and involve hundreds of companies and thousands of students accompanied by their teachers. Tours are also open to the participation of local administrators and journalists. In the latest edition of November 11, 2016, the SME DAY involved more than 1,000 companies and over 40,000 participants.
In the last two editions, the participation of Confindustria Albania, Confindustria Bulgaria and Confindustria Serbia brought the SME DAY also to the Balkans, which were attended by more than 400 students. In this way, we have also promoted awareness about the Italian business culture abroad.
Starting this year, Miami Scientific Italian Community, in collaboration with ISSNAF, ODLI, The Embassy of Italy in Washington DC and The Italian Consulate General in Miami, has been charged to organizing and selecting partners for Confindustria SME DAY in the United States.
The next edition will be held on November 17th, as customarily coinciding with Confindustria Business Culture Week. The initiative is also included in the European SME Week promoted by the European Commission.