Business Information and Consulting Centre (BICC – Sandanski) is a non-profit association founded in 1997 as a result of the initiative of local entrepreneurs and representatives in the municipality of Sandanski. The organization was established with the expert assistance of the German consulting organization GFA – International Management Consulting and the financial support of Deutsche Ausgleichsbank, Germany. The main objective of BICC is to foster the economic development of the region by assisting the development of private enterprises and by promoting the region as an attractive site for investment and tourism.
In 2008 Business Information and Consulting Center – Sandanski became a part of “Enterprise Europe Network” together with national consortium with 12 other organizations in Bulgaria. The new European network includes more than 600 organizations and 4000 skilled professionals from 40 countries.
The activities of BICC – Sandanski support the economic, cultural and educational development of South-West Bulgaria. It does this through providing assistance to the needs of the local Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) and through the promotion of the region as a modern economic, social, cultural and sports center. BICC – Sandanski assists the SMEs in the region by organizing exhibitions, conferences, business forums, matchmaking events, etc. The organization works to increase the competitiveness and competence of local companies by informing them about current economic and social topics through seminars, training courses, workshops, round tables, discussion forums, and also through the publication of a monthly electronic newsletter, as well as other periodic publications. The organization develops and maintains a business and investment related Internet portal with various business information and news from the region of South-West Bulgaria. BICC Sandanski strives to attract foreign investors to the region by creating conditions for easy and quick access to competent and timely information on opportunities and administrative requirements needed start a new business and/or invest in an existing business.