The event titled Cesce and Chambers of Commerce, strategic allies of female entrepreneurship, with the purpose of offering a platform for various entrepreneurs, from different sectors, to share their experiences. These women provided valuable knowledge about the challenges and opportunities that exist in the field of female entrepreneurship. This meeting is part of the collaboration agreement between Cesce and the Chamber of Spain, in force since 2021, with the aim of promoting the development of entrepreneurs and businesswomen. This collaboration is carried out in the context of the Support Program for Women Entrepreneurs (PAEM) of the Chamber of Spain and the Women’s Institute, with co-financing from the European Social Fund.
Fruit of the alliance sealed in 2021 between Cesce and the Chamber of Spain, 15 conferences have been held through the network of Territorial Chambers of Commerce and more than 200 women have been sensitized.
Fernando Salazar, executive president of Cesce, recalled Cesce’s firm commitment to the Spanish Chamber and support for female entrepreneurship. He has also made special mention of the more than three years of existence of the alliance and the 15 training sessions that have been carried out aimed at future entrepreneurs. He has insisted that the objective for the coming years is to multiply actions that seek to empower and position women as the authentic driving force of responsible change. “We are a deeply economic but deeply social company. That distinguishes us,” said Salazar, while ensuring a firm commitment to equality.
The general director of the Chamber of Spain, Immaculate Riera, also recalled that “the field of female entrepreneurship is one of the hallmarks of the Spanish Chamber of Commerce and the chamber system as a whole. We have been fighting for decades for real and effective equality of men and women in the world of the company, promoting initiatives of all kinds to reduce barriers and obstacles”. Inmaculada Riera has stressed the importance of publicizing “the models of success” such as those of the entrepreneurs who have participated in the event.
Maria Toscadirector of Employment, Training and Entrepreneurship of the Spanish Chamber of Commerce, moderated the table on Female entrepreneurship, challenges and opportunities. In it, Paula Sierra, responsible for Distribution Channels of the Center Territorial Directorate in Cesce, explained the tools that can support women in accessing financing for their projects. She has also highlighted women’s economic contribution to society, especially in rural areas.
Allende Martin de Mateofounder of the platform of analysts and experts in Political Communication and leadership, CompoLider, has stressed the importance of “making success visible”, and grateful for the support of women’s entrepreneurship in the business world and in politics: “Together we are all stronger”. Dulcinea Ortizfounder and CEO of Biofood network, has highlighted from her experience, “the synergies that are created in exclusively female entrepreneurship programs”, which for her is satisfactory and rewarding “because of the mark it leaves for a better world.” Patricia de Lunafounding partner of the production company THE FILM BARRACKhas recounted its beginnings, a few weeks before confinement due to the Covid-19 crisis, “we were caught by the pandemic but we reinvented ourselves”, while pointing out that entrepreneurship has a “very rewarding aspect but it is also hard and requires a lot of passion and vocation”