Improving Economies for Stronger Communities (IESC)
2000 M Street NW
Washington, DC 20036
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Small and medium enterprises create jobs, drive innovation, and are strong community partners. But only when they can access the skills and resources—human, technological, financial—to launch and grow. We bridge this gap.
Global small and medium enterprises are at the heart of what we do. IESC works throughout the business ecosystem to catalyze the growth of SMEs and foster entrepreneurship.
In Tunisia we worked through existing small business development centers to provide long-term, sustainable assistance to Tunisian SMEs. And we trained about 400 SMEs on a preferential tariff system to encourage export-ready businesses to take that step.
In Afghanistan we led a flagship enterprise development program, partnering with almost 300 SMEs to acquire new equipment or technologies to expand and modernize.
In Georgia, we established a business consulting network to be a technical and informational resource for SMEs and helped the regional Chamber of Commerce develop a printing and advertising service—the first of its kind—to support SMEs for broad-based economic growth.