According to its statute, the Balkan Small Business Association has the following aims:
1. Supporting its members’ efforts for a better positioning of the skilled crafts sector and the small and medium-sized enterprises in the region at the political and social dialogue level;
2. Improving the status of the skilled crafts sector and SMEs in South-East Europe and establishing the modern European concepts of skilled crafts and crafts production in the region;
3. Assisting the craft enterprises and SMEs in growing out of the region and joining the European common market;
4. Supporting the sector’s efforts in improving the quality of handicraft production, in fostering and promoting the innovations in the skilled crafts in the region and in applying best practices from EU member states;
5. Assisting its members in implementing a modern, practically oriented and relevant system for vocational training and qualification.
The BSBA is developing as a regional network for exchange of information and experience in its members’ interest. In South East Europe the Balkan Small Business Association organizes conferences,expert workshops and seminars on topics important for the skilled crafts sector and SMEs. It also regularly informs its members about fairs, exhibitions, workshops and trainings relevant for craft enterprises and craft persons.
In addition, the BSBA has an important facilitating and mediating function in the search for cooperation possibilities and in establishing contacts between enterprises both from the region and from Europe, it also offers advisory services and technical expertise.
The Balkan Small Business Association unites at present 25 partner organisations from Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria,Croatia, Germany, Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro, Moldova, Romania and Serbia.
As a result of the good and productive cooperation between the crafts organizations in SEE the Laws of the Crafts in Bulgaria and Macedonia were developed and adopted, the draft-laws in Romania and Montenegro are expecting approval of their parliaments.
The BSBA is continually launching diverse initiatives in the interest of the skilled crafts sector and it serves the interests of the small business in South East Europe.