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in innovation activity in the years at the peak of this phenomenon reached 300 in Zarechny. For instance, there were 10 small enterprises in the field of medical laser device manufacturing alone.

At that time, there appeared a multitude of intermediary promotional firms, firms that became involved in technology transfer and firms that offered engineering services. A long list of such firms could be compiled. However, the main point is that only a few of them survived. In his report on innovative firms, Yevgeny Loguntsev discussed the most illustrative individual cases and cited specific examples. The goal of my report is to provide more detailed information on the current situation regarding support for small business and especially innovation-oriented small business. Table 1 presents some basic information regarding business conditions in Zarechny in recent years.

The mid-1993 establishment of the Technopark, which was created to provide favorable conditions for entrepreneurial development and small business, can be considered to mark the beginning of business support

TABLE 1 Overall Picture of the Local Business Sector in Zarechny

 

Year

 

1995

1996

1997

1998

1999

Population

32,000

32,900

32,400

33,000

33,100

Working population

19,200

19,400

19,800

19,800

19,900

Persons registered as involved in business activity, of which:

1,684

1,520

2,043

2,145

2,195

Individual entrepreneurs

1,260

1,081

1,611

1,708

1,750

Incorporated entities

424

439

432

437

445

Persons actively involved in operating small entreprises, of which:

419

462

510

516

545

Individual entrepreneurs

310

350

400

420

445

Incorporated entities, by industry:

109

112

110

96

100

Manufacturing

 

 

22

20

22

Construction

 

 

21

12

12

Retail trade

 

 

36

31

32

Other

 

 

31

33

34

Proportional share of small business in the municipal economy (in percentages)

 

Workers employed

 

 

6.2

6.2

6.7

Volume of goods and services produced

 

 

1.5

2.5

2.75



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