Helsinki, Finland

Helsinki: Business Counseling for Entrepreneurial Success


April 12, 2010

A business-counseling service helps new entrepreneurs launch their ideas with confidence

Immigrants arrive to new cities everyday with a wealth of innovative business ideas. How is your city helping new entrepreneurs turn good ideas into tangible and local success?

The City of Helsinki’s Economic and Planning Centre and Business Development offers EnterpriseHelsinki, a proactive and practical business-counseling service to help new entrepreneurs launch their ideas with confidence.

The City of Helsinki recognizes that small-mid sized business enterprises are essential for building a healthy and sustainable local economy. EnterpriseHelsinki is a one-stop service centre where companies with growth potential get all the information they need to start and run a company in Helsinki through personal consultation and online business tools. EnterpriseHelsinki offers business counseling by connecting new companies with experts, which are free of charge, and available in Finnish, Swedish, English, Russian, Estonian, German and Arabic.

Today, 37% of clients are immigrants. EnterpriseHelsinki offers basic and advanced entrepreneurship courses designed to familiarize new immigrant with Finnish business culture. Business advisors – all with experience of working with immigrants – give confidential, “hands-on guidance” on all aspects of establishing, running and developing a business, from writing an effective business plan, right through to applying for a start-up grant or loan.

Their program Regional Business Services for Immigrants Regional Business Services for Immigrants offers evening courses in English, which cover topics that include Labour and Business Law, Business Economics of a small company, Company legislation, and Offline and Online advertising.

Cities of Migration will be watching for more successful local business initiatives from The City of Helsinki.

To Contact this Good Ideas We’re Watching:
Mr Elie El-Khouri, Project Coordinator
POBox 37, 00099 City of Helsinki, Finland
Visiting address: Kaisaniemenkatu 6 A, 6th floor
Tel. +358 9 310 36360
Telefax +358 9 310 36369
E-mail: yrityshelsinki(at)

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