Small and medium-sized enterprises account for around 99% of all businesses in Bonn. To ensure that the elementary basis of the economic structure remains strong and dynamic, the Economic Development Office supports this target group with a wide range of services for companies and start-ups. In this context, the Service Center Economy is the first point of contact for all questions regarding business start-ups, company development or relocation within the city administration. In 2020, the team provided support for a total of 229 start-up projects and assisted 656 companies interested in relocating and resident companies with their projects. The number of target group- or industry-specific support projects and events was also recorded, which, with 178 individual measures, was also an essential component of the work. A total of 1,063 issues and projects were dealt with in the traditional areas of activity, and projects and events were initiated and organized.
Since the beginning of the Corona crisis, the team has additionally answered all questions regarding government aid programs and support services for trades and freelancers, and provided information on the applicable general rulings for trade and commerce. In the period from March to December 2020, more than 900 companies and self-employed persons have sought advice on this.
The proven service modules at a glance:
- "Pilot function" by the administration
- Accompaniment of approval procedures under building regulations and commercial law
- Provision of commercial land
- Preliminary clarification of issues relating to building regulations and planning law
- Mediation of contact persons in administration, in institutions and banks
Business start-up consulting
The start-up team provides support on the way to independence and is also available to start-ups for questions regarding the consolidation of the company after its foundation. One industry focus is on knowledge-intensive services. With the initiative "BonnProfits Start-up-Services", the Bonn Economic Development Office and Sparkasse KölnBonn motivate start-ups to implement their business ideas. This service is complemented by attractive office space in the BonnProfits Innovation and Start-up Center.
Real estate service
The real estate service works closely with owners and brokers of office and commercial space. Requests for space from self-employed persons, companies, institutions and public institutions can thus be met in a demand-oriented and neutral manner
Advice on financing and subsidies
Financing and subsidy consulting for start-ups and existing companies includes financing investments, creating liquidity or improving energy efficiency through public and private financiers.
Economic development networks the business community, be it larger companies (Town Hall Business Roundtable), the business community as a whole (Bonn Business Talks), specific industries (Producing Companies Discussion Group, Cybersecurity, Information and Communications Technology, Health, Geoinformation Industry) or in the industrial parks (Industrial Park Talks).
Unfortunately, due to Corona, almost all face-to-face events had to be cancelled. Many events have been switched to purely digital or hybrid formats. We very much hope to be able to offer a more diverse range of events again in 2022, also in presence.
Up-to-date information on this is available via www.bonn.de, www.bonnprofits.de, the e-mail newsletter and the profile of the Bonn Economic Development Office in the XING network.
Bonn Business Talks
In 1997, the city of Bonn invited leading representatives from business, science, politics and administration to an open-air reception in the courtyards of the Old City Hall for the first time. Since then, the event has grown steadily and has been held on the forecourt of the Bonn Opera House for many years with an average of 1,300 guests. In 2021, the Business Talks unfortunately had to be canceled for the second year in a row. Next year, the intention is to hold the business talks again in the usual form.