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Discover all the City's services to set up in Paris and help you create and run your business.

Paris Développement, the economic development agency backed by the City of Paris and an extented network of active members, oversees the economic promotion of Paris and its Metropolitan area through the prospection of international companies.

In partnership with the major Parisian economic stockholders, multinational companies and SMEs, real estate and financial undertakings, they assist companies which intend to set up in Paris by providing them with a customized and professional service at every step of their project:

-    Assistance regarding formalities, law and tax issues
-    Staff recruitment
-    Finding promises: rentals, business centres and incubators
-    Assistance for relocation

The Agency provides a network of experts in all the fields of company set-up, offering customized services to their global contacts. Its assignments are carried out in partnership with the Agence Régionale de Développement (ARD), the Agence Française pour les Investissements Internationaux (AFII) and the City of Paris.

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Maisons des Entreprises et de l'Emploi (Business and Employment Centres)
There are six business and employment centres called Maisons des Entreprises et de l’Emploi (MDEE) in the capital. These centres for information and advice on employment assistance and business creation schemes in the capital offer:
- individual reception and guidance,
- pre-recruitment sessions by sector and by job,
- free access to the internet and training courses
- help with starting a business.
They provide information on various training courses, jobs and sectors of activity, as well as economic development and local resources (employment-related associations, occupational integration organisations…).
 Want to start your own business?
The MDEE’s offer a complete diagnostic check of your business plan (viability, commercial, legal and financial aspects), as well as advice on technical aspects and compiling your Aide à la création d’entreprise (ACRE - application for business start-up assistance).
MDEE contact details and opening times (in French)

Ateliers de Paris creative workshops: the art, fashion and design trades

Located in the Bastille district, this organisation is dedicated to the development of creative businesses in the sectors of art, fashion and design.
Ateliers de Paris offers exposure, economic support, training and an incubator, and is also a real network providing a complete support programme for creative professionals, either in-house or extra-mural, and a range of events in Faubourg Saint-Antoine and outside (Carré des Ateliers de Paris, Place de la Bastille, pop-up shop at 104…).
The Résidence des Ateliers de Paris is an incubator and a support structure for business start-up plans. For a period of six months (renewable once), it hosts project developers and supports them in starting up their business. Applicants are selected by a committee that meets whenever the premises become vacant. They must prove that they have strong creative potential, technical mastery, and a sound career plan.
Website (in French):
Download the application pack (in French)

Espace Commerce Culturel (Cultural Business Space)

Located on 24 rue des Ecoles in the 5th arrondissement (5e), this new facility of the City of Paris is aimed at supporting independent bookshops and publishers and promoting the vitality of cultural businesses in Paris.
The Espace Commerce Culturel provides reception, support and information to help people with their business plans, offering economic, legal and social assistance to entrepreneurs in the cultural sector. This includes individual interviews with specialist consultants and/or group workshops on the themes of management, marketing and communication.
Contact: 24, rue des écoles - 75005 Paris- Tel: 01 43 26 73 24

Boutiques de Gestion (Management Shops)

The Boutiques de Gestion are designed to promote and support the creation and development of small businesses, encourage individual initiatives, support creative professionals throughout their projects and monitor new businesses. They also provide advice to business owners and offer specially tailored training courses.
Website (in French):
Boutiques de Gestion in Ile-de-France (in French)
Free legal and accounting assistance
There is a free service for Parisian business owners in difficulty to talk with honorary magistrates from the Paris Commercial Court free of charge. It takes place every Wednesday morning at the MDEE in the 13th arrondissement.
Who is this service aimed at?
Businesses, traders and craftspeople from all the Paris arrondissements can come here for assistance, guidance and information.

Practical information:
14/18, rue Auguste Perret 75013 Paris
Metro: Tolbiac or Maison Blanche (line 7).
Information and registration at reception at MDEE 13 or by telephone on 01 53 62 03 06.

A useful regional website: cré
This website launched by the Ile-de-France region has all the information you need to start or take over a business.
It is a practical tool to help you start your business and find your way around the procedures for starting, taking over or transferring a business (administrative procedures, funding, market research, legal status, taxation, accounting…).
Website  (English language version)

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