Free business advice is available to everyone in Finland. Advice is offered, for example, by:
New Enterprise Centres (Uusyrityskeskus)
Centres for Economic Development, Transport and the Environment (ELY centres) (Elinkeino-, liikenne- ja ympäristökeskus, ELY-keskus)
Employment and Economic Development Offices (TE Offices) (Työ- ja elinkeinotoimistot,TE-toimistot)
Enterprise Finland (Yritys-Suomi) (through their website and by phone)
These establishments provide guidance to people interested in entrepreneurship all over Finland. If you have a good business idea, contact your nearest business development agency. Experts there will help you shape your business idea, conduct preliminary market research, make profitability calculations and chart the availability of financing. You will also receive advice on making a business plan and support for your decision to establish a business.
Business advice is given in Finnish and Swedish and, at least in larger towns, also in English and other languages.
Enterprise Finland provides business counselling over the phone in Finnish and Swedish. The number of the Enterprise Finland telephone service is:
0295 020 500, service in Finnish
0295 020 501, service in Swedish
If you would like to receive counselling in English, send your question through the English-language website of Enterprise Finland. You will be contacted by the service staff.
Telephone service is available from Monday to Friday 9:00–16:00.
Courses for entrepreneurs
Different establishments organise courses and information events for entrepreneurs, and these are very useful for people who are starting a business. The subjects covered in the courses include, for example, how to make a business plan, launching business activities, bookkeeping, company taxation, legal matters, marketing, sales and customer service.
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