Numerous public and private organisations in France offer business support at local, regional, national and European level.
The help provided ranges from individual expertise through to assistance with project planning.
The Réseau Entreprendre business start-up network offers loans to new businesses.
France Angels is an association fostering contacts with business angels, i.e. wealthy benefactors with experience in a particular field.
Love Money is an association that provides information and help for businesses wishing to attract new shareholders. It offers business owners advice and puts them in touch with potential subscribers.
France Initiative supports and finances new businesses and business takeovers in France.
The chambers of commerce and industry (CCI) represent the interests of businesses and offer them financing tailored to particular projects.
The chambers of trades and crafts (CMA) support small businesses in the craft industry.
The chambers of agriculture provide help for agricultural and rural start-ups.
The Sémaphore® database lists available financial and technical help for businesses in France and in French overseas départements and territories (DOM-TOMs ).
The observatory of business and economic development assistance brings together government sources of financial help for businesses.
Another useful reference source is the guide to finance and business start-up tools.
The council of business leaders, management and accounting experts (CER) supports and guides businesses in their managerial, administrative, commercial and legal duties.
The business start-up agency (APCE) offers procedural guidance (factsheets, publications, etc.) for businesses.
Access to finance is crucial for setting up and running a business.