Frequently Asked Questions

Q. What is ISSME?
A. The International Society for Small and Medium Enterprises (ISSME) is an ISO 9001 certified International Non-Government Organisation with its headquarters at New Delhi, the capital of India. It works with members, affiliates and partners across the world for the promotion and sustainable development of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs). It enjoys special consultative/ observer status with concerned agencies in UN system such as ECOSOC, etc. It also cooperates actively with several intergovernmental and international organizations like UNGC, etc. ISSME brings together policy makers, facilitators, experts, educators, researchers and small business enterprises from around the world. They use this platform to share their experience, knowledge and expertise in their respective fields.

Q. What is ISSME’s area of working?
A. As an International Non-Governmental Organization, ISSME is working for the promotion and development of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) across the World.

Q. What is the organisational structure of ISSME?
A. There are two main organs of ISSME: Council and Governing Body. It has members, affiliates and partners in different countries across the world. Please visit Home>About Us>Governance for more information.

Q. What is the main objective of ISSME?
A. ISSME aims to foster, promote and co-ordinate International co-operation and generate a movement for dissemination of knowledge for the promotion of Small and Medium Enterprises. It does so by pooling the creative genius of micro and SMEs at the National, Regional and International levels and the capabilities of Government and Non-Government agencies engaged in promotion and protection of SMEs. Please visit Home>About Us>Mission and Objectives for more information.

Q. I want to know about the membership system of ISSME?
A. ISSME has seven categories of membership: Founder Members, Lifetime Members, General Members, Corporate Members, Institutional Members, Donor Members and Associate Members. They represent industrial promotion organizations of various types and come from highly industrialized, developing and transition economies, as well as least developed countries. Please visit Home>Membership for more information.

Q. I want to work for the ISSME. Where can I send my resume?
A. To apply, please see employment opportunities or volunteering sections under Home>About Us>Work with ISSME of our website.

Q. Can I apply for an internship?
A. The ISSME provides opportunities for students enrolled in a doctoral, graduate or masters programme to undertake an internship at its International Secretariat in New Delhi, various Regional Offices around the world and member organisations. Please visit Home>About Us>Work with ISSME for more information.

Q. I have a project to advance ISSME’s goals. Does the organization offer financial, logistical or legal assistance?
A. No. Being a not-for-profit Organization, its resources are allocated only to programmes which have been officially approved by its Governing Body. However, there are several ways International, Regional, and National level Organizations can collaborate with the ISSME on its activities. Please visit Home>SME Services and Home>Events and Programs sections.

Q. I have a school assignment about the ISSME. Where can I find more information?
A. Please visit Home>About US section for general information about the ISSME.

Q. Does the ISSME offer scholarships?
A. The ISSME offers no general scholarship or student exchange programme.

Q. I am a student; can the ISSME provide financial assistance?
A. No, the ISSME offers no general scholarship or student exchange programme.

Q. Can I receive financial assistance from the ISSME?
A. Financial aid is not available through the ISSME.

Q. How can I contribute to the work of the ISSME?
A. The organization accepts voluntary financial and non-financial contributions if these are consistent with its aims and activities. For more info, please check our Home>Support Our Work section.

Q. I have received an email from an ISSME organization and/or an ISSME official. Could this be a scam?
A. Some electronic messages may falsely state that they are issued by, or in association with, the ISSME. See the Home>Fraud Alert section.

Q. Is there any business opportunity with the ISSME?
A. Yes, ISSME’s International PR Section offers various kinds of services and consultancy assignments. The Human Resource Section looks after procurement for the ISSME Secretariat in New Delhi, India. If you are interested in doing business with the ISSME, contact:

International PR Section
International Society for Small and Medium Enterprises (ISSME)
PO Box 4354, Kalkaji HPO,
New Delhi 110019, India
Fax: +91-11-29993845
Helpline: +91-8587000190
Email: pr@issmemail.org
Human Resource Section
International Society for Small and Medium Enterprises (ISSME)
PO Box 4354, Kalkaji HPO,
New Delhi 110019, India
Fax: +91-11-29993845
Helpline: +91-8587000190
Email: hr@issmemail.org

Q. Can I donate money to the ISSME?
A. Yes, the ISSME accepts voluntary financial and non-financial contributions provided that the purposes are consistent with the policies, aims and activities of the organization. People who wish to make contributions to the ISSME can make demand drafts or crossed cheques or money orders payable to the ISSME. Online donations can also be made at Home>Support Our Work section.Contributions can be sent to:

Supports Section
International Society for Small and Medium Enterprises (ISSME)
PO Box 4354, Kalkaji HPO, New Delhi 110019, India
Fax: +91-11-29993845
Helpline: +91-8587000190
Email: support@issmemail.org

Q. Is there an ISSME Awards or Medals?
A. Yes, the ISSME offers Global Awards in different categories during its Annual World Conferences. All awards are subject to the approval of committee constituted for this purpose. For more info Contact us:

ISSME Global Awards Section
International Society for Small and Medium Enterprises (ISSME)
PO Box 4354, Kalkaji HPO, New Delhi 110019, India
Helpline: +91-8587000190
Fax: +91-11-29993845
Email: iga@issmemail.org

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