Support for women entrepreneurs, including those who manage the business of husbands mobilized into the ranks of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation, will become a separate area of the United Russia Women’s Movement and Entrepreneurship party projects. This was announced by the Deputy Secretary of the General Council of the party, chairman of the public council of the federal party project Daria Lantratova following the results of the videoconferencing with the regional branches of United Russia with the participation of the Ministry of Economy of the Russian Federation, the Chamber of Commerce and Industry, the business school of the Russian Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs, as well as representatives business community.
“United Russia Help Centers received more than 17,000 applications from mobilized families. We see it as our task not only to provide one-time assistance – everyday, psychological, legal, but also try to find systemic solutions to issues. We receive many requests from the wives of the mobilized, who were engaged in entrepreneurship. Now women must continue the family business, save the business. But many do not have the relevant experience, knowledge and competencies,” – said Daria Lantratova.
According to her, to help organize this work, United Russia is planning to hold thematic receptions and consultations with the involvement of specialized specialists – the tax service, deputies of all levels, My Business centers. If necessary, within the framework of party projects, curators from the business community, specialized public organizations will be assigned and the necessary educational programs will be organized.
The experience of organizing such work was presented by the Novgorod region, where the wife of a mobilized person turned to the regional branch of the party. Her husband, before being sent to the NWO zone, was engaged in the sale of auto parts and planned to expand the business. Now the woman herself is in charge of the company. Specialists from the My Business Center, the Ministry of Investment Policy of the Novgorod Region, and the regional Ministry of Labor and Social Protection of the Population are now helping her to understand the legal and tax foundations of business processes. United Russia will use this experience in other regions as well.
Alfiya Kogogina, First Deputy Chairman of the State Duma Committee on Small and Medium Enterprises, spoke about the measures in place in Russia to support entrepreneurs in the face of sanctions during the videoconferencing session. Among them are the abolition of supervisory measures, tax incentives and low-interest loans.
“Literally in mid-November, a zero VAT rate was introduced for trade with entrepreneurs of the Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics, Zaporozhye and Kherson regions, which applies to relations that arose before September 30, 2022,” – told Alfiya Kogogina.
Tatyana Mineeva, Commissioner for the Protection of Entrepreneurs’ Rights in Moscow, noted the successful practice of association in industry communities – it appeared during the coronavirus pandemic.
“In Moscow, we help in public receptions under the Commissioner, and our lawyers also provide assistance. We analyze different situations: we advise, talk about loans, deferrals, government support measures, and so on. We are ready to help the wives of entrepreneurs both individually and through the Association “Women of Business”, – said Tatyana Mineeva.
Head of the Association of Large Families of Moscow Natalya Karpovich came out with the initiative to introduce the concept of “family business” into the legislation.
“This will allow to have continuity in the transfer of business to spouses, which would now be relevant in the case of mobilized citizens, as well as to attract their children to work in a family enterprise,” – said Natalya Karpovich.
She also clarified that the organization of food production, children’s educational centers and babysitting services are now popular areas of women’s entrepreneurship.
One of the most relevant types of business now has become the production of goods that are necessary for the participants in the special operation.
In conclusion, Daria Lantratova noted that the proposal to improve the mechanism for concluding a social contract by the wives of those mobilized on preferential terms also requires elaboration.