If you are thinking about your own business and you would like to obtain more information about running a business, you can seek professional advice.
Counselling in Voivodship Labour Offices
Each voivodship has a unit called Information and Professional Career Planning Center. They provide free professional counselling and maintain a Register of Training Institutions, as well as a schedule of available trainings.
During individual interviews with the professional counsellor you can find out more about setting up business activity, and obtain or expand knowledge which may be useful in order to open your business. You can also participate in various types of free training enhancing your professional competences.
More information can be found on the Voivodship Labour Offices competent for the place of your residence.
Free online training
A vast offer of free multimedia training is available through the PARP Academy which is an educational portal for small and medium enterprises. The topics of the courses cover principle knowledge in the field of tax law, marketing, public procurement and other significant information for an entrepreneur.
If you want to take advantage of the training courses, see
Development Services Database
The Development Services Database is an online database containing offers of training, postgraduate studies, vocational courses, counselling, e-learning and other services, thanks to which enterprises and private persons can develop their competences. The portal is administered by the Polish Agency for Enterprise Development. You should use the training courses (for yourself or your employees) that are available in the database if, for example, you receive a subsidy from the EU (in your region) for training.
Training companies may place their offers in the database (after meeting certain requirements - this applies in particular to entities which offer training courses with a possibility of co-financing).
If you are looking for training on a specific topic, please refer to the database of trainings, courses that can be selected according to the subject, place, duration, as well as type (e-learning, open/closed training) or price.
Erasmus for Young Entrepreneurs
Are you a young entrepreneur and would like to gain experience in a foreign company? Erasmus for Young Entrepreneurs is a European Commission programme for the exchange of experiences between new and experienced entrepreneurs from EU countries, improving access to new markets and searching for potential business partners.
Beginners (max. 3 years of business activity) can complete several months' internship in another EU country with an experienced entrepreneur and gain skills necessary to implement their own business project or to better manage and develop their own business.
(Future) activity can be carried out within any sector and age does not matter at all.
Entrepreneurs interested in participating in the project should apply to one of the contact points in their country of residence and submit an application to the Erasmus system for Young Entrepreneurs (a new entrepreneur should fill in online applications, submit a current CV and business plan, an experienced entrepreneur should only submit an electronic application and a current CV). Once such an application is accepted, entrepreneurs gain access to an online database of registered entrepreneurs from all over Europe and can search for potential partners for the exchange. The call for proposals for the programme is ongoing.
A new entrepreneur's stay with an experienced partner may last from 1 to 6 months. A new entrepreneur receives financial support for a stay to cover the basic costs of a stay abroad on the basis of a contract concluded with a contact point.
Consultancy services under the PFR
Consulting services can be found on the website of the Polish Development Fund (PFR)