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The Social Entrepreneur - Greece - 1

Mrs F was born in Sweden and she came to Greece 25 years ago after meeting her husband. Based on her linguistic skills she worked for many years as a Swedish and English teacher in foreign countries.

It was seventeen years ago when she was asked to contribute to the networking development and the marketing of a specific brand name in cosmetics. She was attracted by the idea of starting a business dealing with cosmetics sales and promotion.

This was the first business venture for her, but she believes that her decision to start the venture was supported by her studies in business administration and moreover her partner who is a freelancer urged her to set up a business. Mrs F always had ambitions to increase her income which could also be gained through entrepreneurship.

Mrs F thinks that an immigrant has a lot of assets because he brings with him experiences from different cultures and often is a determined person who knows very well how to deal with difficulties. On the other hand a foreigner who doesn’t speak the national language may encounter difficulties in accessing information through everyday procedures and in understanding how the system works.

She would suggest an immigrant who wants to set up a business should start by gathering information from the local institutions e.g. Chamber of Commerce, about the basic steps to start a business and to get some directions on legal issues. She also thinks that it would be of great value to develop an online forum to provide useful information about business organization set-up.  

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