International Benchmarking Report looks at SME support programs.

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International Benchmarking of Countries SME Support Programs and Policies builds on Information Technology and Innovation Foundation's (ITIF) recent report by identifying and analyzing manufacturing support programs and practices for SMEs that have been implemented in 10 countries in addition to those of USA. Emphasis is given to countries that have created formal agencies, institutions, or programs to provide manufacturing extension services to SME manufacturers.



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International Benchmarking of Countries SME Support Programs and Policies



International Benchmarking of Countries SME Support Programs and Policies

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This report builds on the Information Technology & Innovation Foundation's (ITIF's) recent report The Case for a National Manufacturing Strategy by identifying and analyzing manufacturing support programs and practices for small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) that have been implemented in ten foreign countries, Argentina, Australia, Austria, Canada, China, Germany, Japan, Korea, Spain, and the United Kingdom (in addition to those of the United States). Specific emphasis is given in the report to Australia, Canada, Germany, Japan, Spain, and the United Kingdom, countries which have created formal agencies, institutions, or programs most like the United States' Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) program to provide manufacturing extension services to their SME manufacturers.

Related to the report, ITIF hosted an event September 14th, 2011 featuring presentations from key officials in U.S. and foreign governments crafting SME manufacturing policy in their countries, including MEP Director Roger Kilmer. Visit the ITIF event site to watch the presentations.

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) is an agency of the U.S. Department of Commerce.

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