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February 3, 2022, 09:01


Consulting support is one of the main activities of MBM. Most entrepreneurs turn to specialists to find out what kind of assistance the city provides to small and medium-sized businesses. Others were interested specifically in subsidies and grants. The issue of registration of individual entrepreneurs also got into the top three.

About 800,000 free consultations have been received by entrepreneurs over 10 years from specialists from the Moscow Small Business Project (MBM). This service has been provided by MBM since its foundation in 2012. As noted Natalya Sergunina, Deputy Mayor of Moscow, helps everyone to understand the issues of starting and running their own business, and also informs about city support measures.

“Last year, MBM specialists conducted 109,000 consultations, and in just 10 years – about 800,000. This service remains one of the most demanded among entrepreneurs. Experts help choose a tax regime, find suitable premises, talk about subsidies, grants and other support measures provided by the city,” said Natalia Sergunina.

Most popular consultation topics

At the end of 2021, the MBM compiled a rating of the most popular questions. Most often, entrepreneurs were interested in the support measures that the city provides to small and medium-sized businesses. More than 30 thousand appeals (almost 28 percent of the total number of consultations) were related to this topic last year. In addition, entrepreneurs asked about specific types of financial assistance that can be obtained in the capital. Subsidies and grants were discussed at almost 20,000 consultations (more than 18 percent). Also in the top three was the question of the state registration of individual entrepreneurs – it was asked to specialists over 10 thousand times (almost 10 percent).

MBM specialists also often helped determine the optimal taxation system, select city premises for rent, advised on the issues of making changes to the information contained in the Unified State Register of Individual Entrepreneurs or the Unified State Register of Legal Entities.

How to get advice

You can get advice both in person and remotely. First, the service is provided online on the site You need to open the “Menu” tab in the upper left corner of the site and select the “Consultation” section. Next, you need to decide on the subject of the appeal: for example, “Explanation of tax regimes”, “Participation in procurement” and “Self-employment”. And in a special field you can ask your question. Specialists respond within one to two business days, depending on the complexity of the issue.

In addition, you can get advice by phone: +7 495 225-14-14 or in person at business service centers located in different districts of the city. Addresses and working hours of the centers are published on the site. Advice on starting a business is also provided at the flagship offices of My Documents and at the Interdistrict Inspectorate of the Federal Tax Service No. 46, where you can also apply for registration of an individual entrepreneur or LLC in one-stop mode. When visiting in person, you should take precautions: wear masks and maintain social distance.

The Moscow Small Business project is supervised by the Moscow Department of Entrepreneurship and Innovative Development. MBM helps citizens to open and develop their business in the capital.

EDITOR’S NOTE: This article is a translation. Apologies should the grammar and or sentence structure not be perfect.

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