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The Knowledge Entrepreneur - Finland - 1

Mrs P runs a one woman consultancy in western Finland offering consultations on intercultural communication, presentation skills and team building. The company has now been running for three years. She is in her early thirties and was born in the Netherlands Antilles

After matriculation Mrs P studied intercultural communication in the Netherlands, where she graduated in 2004. She has a Finnish husband and in 2005 they moved to Finland. Mrs P then found she had problems finding a job. This was mostly due to the fact that she could not speak any Finnish. So she took a three month language course which helped her to get a position as a trainee in a local school. Recently she has worked mostly as a lecturer with several fixed term contracts at the University of Applied Sciences near her home town.

Mrs P started to plan for a business of her own couple of years ago. She joined a business start-up course for foreigners, where she got help in designing her business idea. She also got a mentor, which in her opinion was highly significant in encouraging her in entrepreneurship and who helped her in further developing and testing her business plan.

During the last three years Mrs P has been gradually building up a clientele. Her clientele is steadily growing, mostly due to networking. She finds it important to be active, to talk with people, to promote her business on every occasion. She finds Finnish people have a cautious attitude, so building up trust is important part of the process.

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