CEA-PME

CEA-PME (Confédération Européenne des Associations de Petites et Moyennes Entreprises) is a Brussels-based business federation which currently counts 15 European associations of small and medium enterprises (SME) among its members and maintains relations with 11 partner associations in Europe, Asia, Australia and New Zealand. The Confederation's president is Mario Ohoven since 2004.

CEA-PME was founded in 1992 and was registered in Belgium in 2004. It represents the interests of its members towards the institutions of the European Union and offers its members services in the field of public relations. From 2006 to 2008, CEA-PME has coordinated a research project to the benefit of SME associations, which was co-financed by the EU and is entitled InCaS - Intellectual Capital Statement. CEA-PME is politically neutral and non-profit seeking.

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Mario Ohoven

Mario Ohoven (born 1946 in Neuss) is a German business man. He is the president of BVMW (the German Association for Small and Medium-sized Businesses) and of Confédération Européenne des Associations de Petites et Moyennes Entreprises (CEA-PME).

Mario Ohoven is married to Ute Ohoven. Michael Ohoven and Chiara Ohoven are their children.

Small and medium-sized enterprises

Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) or small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) are businesses whose personnel numbers fall below certain limits. The abbreviation "SME" is used by international organizations such as the World Bank, the United Nations and the World Trade Organization (WTO).

SMEs outnumber large companies by a wide margin and also employ many more people. For example, Australian SMEs make up 97% of all Australian businesses, produce one third of total GDP, and employ 4.7 million people. In Chile, in the commercial year 2014, 98.5% of the firms were classified as SMEs. In Tunisia, the self-employed workers alone account for about 28% of the total non-farm employment and firms with fewer than 100 employees account for about 62% of total employment. In developing countries, smaller (micro) and informal firms, have a larger share than in developed countries. SMEs are also said to be responsible for driving innovation and competition in many economic sectors. Although they create more jobs, there is also a majority of job destruction/contraction.

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