BSC Bar was founded in 2007 through the project of opening of business centers and incubators 2007-2010. The project was funded by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands was conducted by the Dutch NGO SPARK. As part of the same project similar centers in Bitola (Macedonia), Kragujevac (Serbia), Pristina and Mitrovica (Kosovo) were established. BSC Bar is part of this regional network and it collaborates with other centers at the regional level.
In 2009, in order to achieve sustainability, the project management was transferred to local partners registered in the Foundation Business Start Center Bar. Seven institutions founded BSC Bar:
Municipality of Bar,
Faculty of Tourism Bar,
High School of Economics,
Employment Agency of Montenegro, Bureau Bar
Montenegro Business Alliance and
Association of entrepreneurs of Bar
Mission of BSC Bar to its support the creation of an enabling environment for economic growth through the creation of small and medium-sized enterprises.
The goals that guide us are to:
1. Facilitate the creation and growth of small and medium-sized enterprises in Montenegro and to increase employment;
2. Support the development of the education system to better meet the needs of the labor market;
3. Influence the reduction of business barriers with our programs;
4. Provide easier access to financial capital for start-ups;
5. Influence the strengthening of institutional support for SMEs.
Particular attention is paid to the inclusion of young people, women, minorities and vulnerable groups in our programs.
In 2010, the BSC Bar opened Business incubator with aim to support the development of start-up businesses in the municipality of Bar. The incubator space is contributed by The Municipality of Bar and it is used for development of entrepreneurship. The current capacity of incubator is 34 spaces for start up businesses, a conference room and 2 meeting rooms. Start up businesses can use these facilities for the first 3-to-5 years of the business, after which they need to leave the incubator and start working in the free market.