Regional conference ENTREPRENEURSHIP AND DIRECT SELLING
Thursday, December 14th, 2017 at 9 a.m. ZAGREB, hotel WESTIN
09:00 – 09:30
Registration of participants
09:00 – 09:10
OPENING OF THE CONFERENCE Candan Corbacioglu, President of the Direct Selling Association of Slovenia Nina Šebečić Crnolatac, President of the Direct Selling Association of Croatia
09:10 – 09:40
»Overview of GLOBAL DIRECT SELLING«
Tamuna Gabilaia, Executive Director and Chief Operating Officer, World Federation of Direct Selling Associations (WFDSA)
Direct selling is an industry of myriad opportunities, especially now in the age of the internet. It continues to create jobs, which is not the case in all industires. What is the key to success and what can be done more to make direct selling opportunity more attractive for youngsters, unemployed and people who would like to earn extra income? What are best practices in other countries and what are challenges and opportunites in the SEE region?
09:40 – 10:40
»CONSUMER PROTECTION AND SELF REGULATION OF DIRECT SELLING COMPANIES Legitimate business vs. illegal schemes«
Nina Šebečić Crnolatac, President of the Direct Selling Association of Croatia Pontus Andreasson, Global Regulatory Affairs, World Federation of Direct Selling Associations Dr. sc. Denis Perinčić, President of the Consumer Protection Union of Serbia
Moderator: Katarina Moškatelo, Croatian radio journalist
Direct Selling Associations maintain and promote high standards for responsible and ethical conduct in direct selling industry with main focus on consumer protection. Their mission is to promote direct selling and to ensure that the national policy makers in Croatia and Slovenia are aware of the industry's benefits and advantages, as well as its contribution to national economy. How to establish strong more effective framework for cooperation in the field of control and enforcement which will improve compliance with consumer protection laws, educate consumers about the differences between legal and illegal business, and provide companies and consumers greater legal certainty?
10:40 – 11:00
»OPPORTUNITIES AND CHALLENGES OF ENTREPRENEURSHIP«
Mrs. Ana Mandac, Assistant Minister, Ministry of Economy, Entrepreneurship and Crafts prof. dr. Mitja Ruzzier, University of Primorska, Advisory Board of the Amway Global Entrepreneurship Report Mrs. Candan Corbacioglu, President of the Direct Selling Association of Slovenia Mrs. Anamarija Meglič, consultant, Ypsilon Institute, non-governmental organization
Moderator: Katarina Moškatelo
The roundtable will seek to address and find a possible answer to the important finding of Amway Global Entrepreneurship Report which is still the above average interest in entrepreneurship among young people, while demonstrating a decrease from last year, as well as the decrease of most AESI score dimensions (feasibility, desirability and stability). The research was carried out in over 45 countries on 50,000 + respondents, including Slovenia, carried out by the Technical University of Munich (TUM), in cooperation with GFK and support of company Amway.
What can we do that this potential won't be lost and keep the high level of positive attitude toward entrepreneurship? What might we do to support the self-employment of young people and equip them with the needed skills to be prepared for the challenges they will encounter, as it is likely that self-employment will increase?
12:30 – 13:30
13:30 – 15:00
»THE IMPORTANCE OF WOMAN ENTREPRENEURSHIP«
Ms. Kim Drabik, Advocacy Chairman, World Federation of Direct Selling Associations Ms. Marie Lacroix, Director Internal Affairs, European Direct Selling Association (SELDIA) Ms. Sanela Dropulić, leader of Virtual Women Entrepreneurship center Ms. Marijana Šarolić Robić, President of the PWN Zagreb (Professional Women's Network) Ms. Anja Žagar, Woman Entrepreneurship organization Trust in Youself
Moderator: Katarina Moškatelo
In Europe, the question of women in the economy and women's entrepreneurship is increasingly important for macroeconomists. European research shows that in Hungary there is the largest share of women entrepreneurs but they have relatively little impact on the economy of the country, while in Sweden there are very few women in the economy, much less women entrepreneurs, but the impact of women on the national economy is very large. The same indicator, the impact of women on the economy of the country is very low in Slovenia, too.
What prevents women from business growth and how to change this? How to help women to develop successful companies that will exploit opportunities for joint European market? How influential are here knowledge, intellectual property, and modern technology?