In its size, Joensuu wants to be the most business friendly city in Finland, a good place for entrepreneuring and growth.

Prosperous businesses create a vigorous Joensuu: work and a better life for everyone. Following its new strategy, the city of Joensuu invests in vitality, entrepreneurship, and employment. In the fall, the business whisperers will arrive once again to help entrepreneurs with topics such as growth and development, recruitment and personnel matters, the business environment, the well-being of entrepreneurs, training matters, and company acquisition planning. As August turns to September, the campaign starts with the aim to help local businesses in the different phases of business operations easily and free of charge.

– We would imagine that currently, amidst the turmoils of the world and the changing business environment, topics related to growth and competitiveness and the availability of skilled labor and components would be foremost in the minds of the businesses. But making things clear requires but to ask, and it is important that we move in to listen to the businesses in their home ground, contemplate Kari Karjalainen, the city mayor of Joensuu, and Tomi Haring, the CEO of Business Joensuu, who are also taking part in the business whisperers campaign this year.

Simply hearing about the challenges, wishes, and worries of entrepreneurs is not enough – for matters, the business whisperers try to find solution options and suitable services.
During the campaign last fall, the business whisperers contacted almost 800 companies. Formed from the representatives of organizations taking part of the business whisper, the whisperer pairs are selected, when possible, on the grounds of the needs of the companies. The meetings – which can be arranged remotely, too – are meant to be relaxed, but also concise and informative by listening to the entrepreneurs’ needs. During this year’s campaing, the business whisperers will host coffee and lunch meetings for companies. More information about these events can be found on the Business Joensuu event calendar.
Entrepreneurs can contact business whisperers by visiting:
www.businessjoensuu.fi/yrityskuiskaajat

Organizations taking part in the campaign this year:
Luotsi Joensuu, Business Joensuu Oy, the North Karelia Chamber of Commerce, Joensuun Yrittäjät ry, Pohjois-Karjalan Yrittäjät ry, and the North Karelia TE-office
Business whisper schedule:
Wk. 35 Eno, Uimaharju, Pyhäselkä, Reijola, Tuupovaara, Kiihtelysvaara and Heinävaara
Wk. 40 Joensuu’s grid plan area and industrial area
Wk. 45 other Joensuu

For more information:
Marjatta Rummukainen – training manager, Luotsi Joensuu
050 478 0795 marjatta.rummukainen@joensuu.fi
Satu-Minna Piiroinen – business specialist, Business Joensuu Oy
0400 287 787 satu-minna.piiroinen@businessjoensuu.fi