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The Portfolio Entrepreneur - Greece - 1

Mrs S is from the Netherlands; in 1985 she was working in the Greek islands as a tourist guide for a Dutch tourist company and then ran her own tourist agency and car rental office for five years. At the beginning she did not know the language and the people with whom she could communicate in English were very few.

Mrs S networked with other professionals and used her knowledge and experience to assist other immigrant female entrepreneurs. So when an immigrant entrepreneur wanted to start up a business in Thessaloniki they would contact Mrs S to get proper guidance about the procedures and necessary steps that had to be followed. Based on this experience Mrs S decided to make a career in business consulting.

Today Mrs S is a freelance international business consultant and belongs to a pan- European network of consultants based in London. She does not employ staff and her clients are mostly international companies wishing to come to Greece or Greek companies wishing to move abroad. Mrs S offers consulting related to knowledge management and corporate communication and serves as a coach for CEOs.

In terms of her success, Mrs S considers her foreign background as an advantage. Her family background in business and commerce is also a strong point. Mrs S thinks that anyone who decides to emigrate in a foreign country is a ‘strong’ person, mainly because it’s never easy to leave your home country. If someone possesses this strength and is a dynamic person then the chances for success in Greece are great. 

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