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„Business Agency” Association, established in 2000, is one of the leading non-profit organizations in the North-Eastern region in Bulgaria with head office in Varna and branches in Dobrich, Sofia, Burgas and Razlog. The Association operates in three separate offices (90, 90, 60 square meters) in three directions - "Information center for immigrants", Center for Social Rehabilitation and Integration "Mission to Change", Center "Business Agency", located respectively at number 11, 13 and 13A of the street "Presbyter Kozma", Varna, fully equipped with necessary furniture for 12 workplaces, 12 computers, 2 servers, copiers, scanners. The offices are near Varna Regional Administration and the District Police Directorate for best serving of the needs of its main target groups.

 BA has been involved in more than 60 regional and international projects as a Lead organization and partner funded under PHARE 2002,2003,2004,2005, USAID, Open Society, and most of the Operational programs under the 2007-2013 financial framework. VBA has over 10 years of experience running and managing projects covering a wide range of actions including facilitating the public-private interaction,  planning issues, capacity building and knowledge transfer for SMEs, promoting best practices in business support, providing professional and structured support services stimulating the development of the local economy business sectors, entrepreneurship’s initiatives, cluster's initiatives, life-long learning, youth activities, immigrants’ integration, social entrepreneurship, empowering disabled people and cross-border cooperation. Special attention has been paid to the involvement of specific targets - young entrepreneurs, female entrepreneurs and socially sensitive groups including immigrants and refugees. BA works with over 200 partner companies in the sector of real economy and is the initiator and coordinator of two cluster formations - Tourism Cluster Varna and Varna ICT cluster, which unite many companies in the region.

In the last four years, the association has started to prepare and manage numerous projects under the EU structural funds-framework for the EU’s operational programs.  BA has received funding from the European Integration Fund and the European Social Fund in numerous projects regarding the integration of immigrants of third-country nationals, education seminars for repatriation of illegal immigrants and refugees, for social empowerment of disabled people, etc. Association “Business agency” has also submitted projects under the Bulgaria-Romania Cross Border Cooperation programme as a leading organisation and South-east Europe-Transnational Cooperation programme as a partner organisation. The company is also very interested in other CBC programmes, as well as the Black Sea Cross Border Cooperation programme. BA is also a member of the National Anna Lindh Association and has successfully worked with America for Bulgaria Foundation.

The highly-skilled team of the association has extensive and varied in-depth experience in the preparation, implementation, monitoring, reporting and dissemination of results of projects, both as a leader and a partner organization. BA is the second non-profit organization in the country to be certified by the quality management ISO 9001-2000. BA holds its own brand - "one-stop shop" for information, research, training, consulting and training services available to companies from the Northeast region, planning to increase their competitiveness in the long-term.

Among the objectives listed in the statutes of BA are initiating and facilitating public-private dialogue to promote social and professional integration of people in difficult socio-economic situation, to provide fora for exchanging information and best practices, transfer of experience with an emphasis on modern technology, e-business, web-based solutions, life-long learning, international cooperation and social dialogue, to participate in initiatives to develop policies for institutions and public councils responsible for development of local and regional development strategies, to act as a facilitator between the main representatives of the business, government and non-government  sector, etc.;

BA may provide established contacts, networks, resources and experience necessary to involve different target groups; bringing together actors and stakeholders to facilitate learning, exchange of experience, culturally and economically to develop further existing and create new creative industries within the region and beyond. BA is interested in participation in international projects as a logical follow-up of the previous projects related to fostering immigrants, refugees and other socially –vulnerable groups’s integration and finding solutions to their problems, while at the same time continuing its interest in  SME creation activities and commitment to business clustering activities and cross-border cooperation programmes in general. Further participation in large international project will complement the whole cycle of its services, add value to its mission and main activities, will creatively mobilize its resources and further the existing partnerships of BA, stimulating the creation of new links. A valuable output for BA is the opportunity to expand its internationalization and profit from the challenges of a broader partnership.

Three of the most recent projects are deeply involved with the integration of immigrants of third country nationals that would like to stay in Bulgaria, education of public authorities in European best practices in the repatriation of illegal immigrants or such that would like to return to their home countries, but lack the knowledge and financial means to do so and the improvement of the situation of refugees.