The Styrian Economic Chamber represents more than 70.000 members from all industries with about 500.000 employees. It seeks primarily to defend the common interests of its members by taking on the concerns of the latter as well as by offering expert know-how and tailor-made services, suited to every stage in the progress of the business, from establishment to succession. Whether it concerns legal matters, collective agreements, business promotion or tax issues, the district offices and the Styrian Economic Chamber are available at all times as highly competent providers of services to their members.
Further products and services the Styrian Economic Chamber offers its clients: With its Specialized Organizations and Regional Offices it facilitates businesses as an advocate and service provider. The Immediate Service and Legal Experts guarantee fast, competent answers to legal and technical questions involving commercial law, tax law, economic, trade and environmental law as well as customs and foreign trade law. The Economic Service unites business and innovation, and inspects unauthorized pursuit of trade. The Start-Up Service is a one-stop shop for business founders, successors and franchisees. Women in Business aims at improving the situation for women in business and supports the reconciliation of career and family. The Junior Chamber assists young entrepreneurs during the start-up phase and thereafter. The Institute for Economic Promotion (WIFI) designs education and training programs tailored to the business world. Through Campus 02 University of Applied Sciences, students can respond directly to the needs and challenges of domestic companies in the global market. The Talentcenter, a common initiative of the Styrian Economic Chamber and the University of Graz, was created in order to examine within 48 test stations the inclinations, talents and the potential of young people aged between 13 and 15, who are faced with making a decision in terms of their further education and career choice.
The ICS Internationalisation Center Styria GmbH
In order to simplify the path for Styrian businesses into trading internationally, the ICS Internationalisation Center Styria (Internationalisierungscenter Steiermark – ICS) was established in 2005 as a joint initiative of the Styrian Economic Chamber (Wirtschaftskammer Steiermark), the Province of Styria (Land Steiermark)/Styrian Business Promotion Agency (SFG) and the Federation of Styrian Industries (Industriellenvereinigung Steiermark). Since then, obtaining valuable information on export opportunities has never been this straightforward. From legal aspects of international trade and funding opportunities to financial advice, valuable information on important topics is now available in one place: The ICS serves as the one-stop-shop for Styrian exporters and their questions on internationalisation.
The ICS offers practical support to help Styrian companies start operations abroad, enter new markets and step up their activities abroad. Not only does the ICS provide advice and support in export business plans, we also offer focus programmes in order to put interesting new markets on the radar of new exporters. Trade commissioners’ meetings, seminars on specific business sectors and specific country information help facilitate the entry into future export markets.