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For incorporated businesses and the self-employed

Many agencies of the Brussels-Capital Region are there to provide advice and information to managers, the self-employed, start-ups and established businesses alike.
Manager or sole trader, you are constantly faced with new challenges. Whether you need help getting your business off the ground or are looking for advice about training, recruitment or expertise to meet new opportunities, many agencies or trade organizations of the Brussels-Capital Region can assist you.

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A premium source of advice for businesses

  • hub.brussels is one of the preferred public partners of everyone who does business in the Brussels-Capital Region. The agency provides assistance to project initiators, business founders, SMEs, self-employed persons, companies in the process of international expansion or foreign investors at every stage of development, advising them on all the aspects of their economic activity in Brussels (subsidies, financing, administrative formalities, urban planning/environmental regulations, etc.).
    UNO
    Chaussée de Charleroi 110, 1060 Brussels
    Phone: +32 (0)2 422 00 20
    Email: info@hub.brussels
    Online: hub.brussels

  • The main purpose of the Brussels Regional Investment Company (BRIC) is investment in Brussels-based businesses. In addition to actual investments, the BRDA also follows developers through every step in the life of their business, helping them in their key decisions. If you need advice about how to grow and manage your business, the BRDA could be the partner you are looking for.
    Rue de Stassart 32, 1050 Brussels
    Phone: +32 (0)2 548 22 11
    Email: info@srib.be
    Online: www.srib.be (FR/NL)

Trade organizations

Several bodies promote and defend the interests of businesses, the self-employed and liberal professionals in the Brussels-Capital Region. Some of them provide a full range of services to their members, including general information, legal advice and a business desk.

The following trade organizations are recognised by the Brussels-Capital Region’s economic and social council as representatives of the self-employed (Order of 24 June 2010 (FR/NL)):

Bilingual bodies

  • Brussels Enterprises Commerce and Industry (BECI-CCIB)
    Brussels Enterprises Commerce and Industry (BECI) represents thousands of businesses, defending their interests and providing a host of services to help them manage their affairs: sector representation, providing a wide range of advice (taxation, social security legislation, commercial strategy and more) and assisting them with administrative formalities, business opportunities and communication.
    Advice department
    Avenue Louise 500, 1050 Brussels
    Phone: +32 (0)2 643 78 19
    Email: info@beci.be
    Online: www.beci.be (FR/NL)

  • IZEO asbl/vzw is a independent interprofessional non-profit organization founded by BECI and Partena. IZEO unites federations and professional organizations and aims to represent and defend self-employed persons and SME company managers in Brussels.
    Avenue Louise 500, 1050 Brussels
    Phone: +32 (0)2 563 68 52
    Email: info@izeo.be
    Online: www.izeo.be

  • Liberaal Verbond voor Zelfstandigen (LVZ)
    The 'Liberaal Verbond voor Zelfstandigen' (LVZ) defends the interests of self-employed, entrepreneurs, SMEs and liberal and intellectual professionals at all levels.
    It has a branch in Brussels for both French- and Dutch-speaking members.
    Its departement 'Doing business in Europe' provides information to entrepreneurs over European subisidies and the necessary procedures.

    LVZ Brussels
    Boulevard Adolphe Max 108/15, 1000 Brussels
    Phone: +32 (0)2 219 55 16
    Information Office SMEs : 
    Boulevard d’Anvers 30, 1000 Brussels
    Mobile phone: +32 (0)475 773 921
    Email: info@lvzbrussels.be
    Online: www.lvz.be (NL)

  • Syndicat des Indépendants et des PME (SDI) The 'Syndicat des Indépendants et des PME' (SDI) is a totally apolitical interprofessional federative union for the self-employed and SMEs active throughout Belgium. The SDI is split into three sections: tradespeople and artisans, liberal and intellectual professionals, and SMEs.
    Avenue Albert Ier 183, 1332 Genval
    Phone: +32 (0)2 652 26 92
    Email : web@sdi.be
    Online: www.sdi.be (FR/NL)

  • Fédération des Professions Libérales et Intellectuelles du SDI (FPLI-SDI)
    The FPLI represents the liberal and intellectual professionals within the SDI.
    Avenue Albert Ier 183, 1332 Genval
    Phone: +32 (0)2 652 26 92
    Email : web@sdi.be
    Online: www.sdi.be (FR/NL)

  • Syndicat Neutre pour Indépendants (SNI)
    The 'Syndicat Neutre pour Indépendants' (SNI) represents the self-employed, liberal and intellectual professionals and SMEs throughout Belgium.
    Square Sainctelette 11/12, 1000 Brussels
    Phone: +32 (0)2 217 29 28 - +32 (0)2 217 76 42
    Email: info@sninet.be
    Online: www.sninet.be (FR/NL)

Bodies for French speakers

  • Fédération nationale de l'Union des Classes moyennes (FNUCM)
    The 'Union des Classes Moyennes' (UCM) is an interprofessional organization that defends the interests of the self-employed (SME directors, artisans, tradespeople, liberal professionals). It consists of professional bodies set up to defend the interests of a specific sector. The UCM also provides services to all these groups.
    Brussels-Capital Office
    Rue Colonel Bourg 123, 1140 Brussels
    Phone: +32 (0)2 743 83 80
    Online: www.ucm.be (FR)

  • Union nationale des professions libérales et intellectuelles de Belgique (Unplib)
    The 'Union nationale des professions libérales et intellectuelles de Belgique' (Unplib) is a body that represents liberal professionals in Belgium. It belongs to the group UCM.
    Rue Colonel Bourg 123, 1140 Brussels
    Phone: +32 (0)2 743 83 83
    Email: info@unplib.be
    Online: www.unplib.be (FR)

Bodies for Dutch speakers

  • Unie van Zelfstandige Ondernemers (Unizo)
    Unizo represents self-employed businesspeople in the Flemish and Brussels-Capital Regions. Its members are active in trade, distribution, manufacturing, transformation and services as well as the liberal professions.
    Rue de Spa 8, 1000 Brussels
    Phone: +32 (0)2 238 05 24
    Email: anton.vanassche@unizo.be
    Online: www.unizo.be (NL)

  • Brussel Federatie voor Vrije en Intellectuele Beroepen (FVIB)
    The FVIB represents the liberal and intellectual professionals within Unizo.
    Rue de Spa 8, 1000 Brussels
    Phone: +32 (0)2 238 05 04
    Email: fvib@unizo.be
    Online: www.fvib.be (NL)

Accreditation of social enterprises

Does your company, cooperative or organisation have a democratic governance structure and do you limit the redistribution of profits? Then you can apply for accreditation with Brussels Economy and Employment, as the Brussels-Capital Region supports social projects!
For your initiative to be accredited as a social enterprise, you must implement an economic project, pursue a social purpose and have a democratic governance structure.
In practice, this means that you must limit the redistribution of profits and comply with certain principles.
Social enterprises promoting vocational reintegration can apply for accreditation in order to receive funding in 2020.
More information: www.entreprisesociale.brussels (FR/NL)

Social economy

  • The Fédération Bruxelloise des organismes d'Insertion Socio-Professionnelle (Brussels federation of social and job market integration agencies, FeBISP) is a rich source of essential information for employers with regard to social and job market integration and social economy integration.
    Galerie Ravenstein, 3 box 4, 1000 Brussels
    Phone: + 32 (0)2 537 72 04
    Fax: + 32 (0)2 537 84 04
    Email: secretariat@febisp.be
    Online: www.febisp.be (FR)

  • Tracé Brussel asbl
    Boulevard d'Anvers 26, 1000 Brussels
    Phone: + 32 (0)2 412 02 85
    Fax: + 32 (0)2 511 98 27
    Email: ellen.christiaens@tracebrussel.be
    Online: www.tracebrussel.be (NL)

Employment and training

Actiris, the Brussels regional employment office and as such responsible for implementing regional employment policy, offers specialist employment services and information to employers and jobseekers in the Brussels-Capital Region.
Tour Astro
Avenue de l'Astronomie 14, 1210 Brussels
Phone: +32 (0)2 505 14 11 - (0)2 505 77 77
Fax: +32 (0)2 511 30 52
Email: employeurs@actiris.be
Online: www.actiris.be (FR/NL)

Environment

  • Bruxelles Environnement can answer all your questions about businesses’ environmental obligations, laws and regulations, regional assistance for energy-saving initiatives and sustainable investments.
    Tour & Taxis
    Avenue du Port 86C/3000, 1000 Brussels
    Phone: +32 (0)2 775 75 75
    Fax: +32 (0)2 775 76 21
    Online: bruxellesenvironnement.be (FR/NL)

  • hub.brussels provides free personalised support to businesses for all environmental questions (including permit types, establishment plans, regulations on water discharges, waste, air emissions and transport plan) in the Brussels-Capital Region.
    UNO
    Chaussée de Charleroi 110, 1060 Brussels
    Phone: +32 (0)2 422 00 20
    Email: info@hub.brussels
    Online: hub.brussels

Export

hub.brussels accompanies Brussels-based companies looking to export abroad. It supports export companies in entering new markets and organises joint economic missions, coaching and various events relating to exports. hub.brussels provides advice about markets, training, subsidies or contacts with partners abroad.
UNO
Chaussée de Charleroi 110, 1060 Brussels
Phone: +32 (0)2 422 00 20
Email: info@hub.brussels
Online: hub.brussels

Guichets d'Economie Locale

The Guichets d'Economie Locale (GEL) are local economy units tasked with stimulating socially and economically disadvantaged neighbourhoods. They provide all businesses with information to help them bring their plans to fruition (business plan, financing, grants, regulations, training).

Foreign investment

hub.brussels is a preferred partner for international companies looking to establish their activities in the capital of Europe. In addition to providing specific information, the agency also supports them in their strategic establishment in Brussels.

UNO
Chaussée de Charleroi 110, 1060 Brussels
Phone: +32 (0)2 422 00 20
Email: info@hub.brussels
Online: hub.brussels

Mobility

The Bruxelles Mobilité website is the best place to go for mobility information and regulations for businesses.
Rue du Progrès, 80 box 1, 1030 Brussels
Phone: 0800 94 001 (free)

Online: mobilite-mobiliteit.brussels/fr/societe (FR/NL)

Research & Development

In the section 'Innovation and R&D' of this website you will find information on the bodies responsible for research and innovation in the Brussels Region.

Urban development

  • For information on the regulations governing occupation, conversion and use of buildings and sites in the Brussels-Capital Region, contact the Direction de l'Urbanisme of urban.brussels.
    Mont des Arts 10-13, 1000 Brussels
    Phone: +32 (0)2 432 83 00
    Email: urbanisme-patrimoine@urban.brussels
    Online: www.urbanisme.irisnet.be (FR/NL)

  • hub.brussels provides free personalised support to businesses for all urban planning questions (including assessing permit applications, office, car park and advertising regulations, procedures and recommendations) in the Brussels-Capital Region.
    UNO
    Chaussée de Charleroi 110, 1060 Brussels
    Phone: +32 (0)2 422 00 20
    Email: info@hub.brussels
    Online: hub.brussels

Brussels Economy and Employment

Brussels Economy and Employmentis, an administration of the Brussels Regional Public Service, promotes sustainable economic development and job creation in the Region. The AEE supports businesses by providing advice and assistance in a huge number of sectors.

Boulevard du Jardin Botanique 20, 1035 Brussels
Phone: +32 (0)2 800 34 52
Email: info.eco@sprb.brussels
Online: werk-economie-emploi.brussels