Scheduled for 1 to 5 October, the expo is being held under the patronage of HE Sheikha Al Mayassa bint Hamad Al Thani. The upcoming exhibition is part of a broader SME outreach program, the Home-based Business National Program (HBBNP), which was launched by the development bank in 2015 to stimulate the private sector through facilitating the entry of a greater variety of SMEs into the local economy.
With the launch of the latest expo, QDB aims to develop the capabilities of Qatari home entrepreneurs by offering them a unique opportunity to display and sell their products, create new marketing windows, exchange experiences with other home-based entrepreneurs involved in a wide range of specialized fields, promote local products and encourage new entrepreneurial pursuits.
QDB CEO Abdulaziz bin Nasser Al Khalifa said: “Through our latest exhibition for home-based businesses, we now reach a more diverse range of SMEs than ever before. Our ‘Made at Home’ exhibition introduces the public to an important group of businesses – the home-based business industry – with whom they previously may have had only limited contact.”
He added: “Around the world, home-based businesses are active contributors to economies and at QDB, we believe that we can help Qatari home-based businesses overcome the typical challenges entrepreneurs face while entering the market by arranging promotional exhibitions that highlight their products and services. “
Exhibition organizers, QDB and Qatar Chamber, encourage exhibitory participation by local home-based businesses operating across all sectors, provided they conform to the regulations stipulated by the Ministry of Economy and Commerce .
Director-general, Qatar Chamber, Saleh Hamad Al Sharqi said: “The cooperation between Qatar Chamber and QDB is a testament of our commitment to support home-based businesses and their products. At Qatar Chamber, it is part of our strategy to support hardworking, productive families, who wish to make the most of their natural talents and contribute positively to the national economy.
“Through this exhibition, we help home-based business owners introduce their products to the local market. In the past, we have successfully helped many other SMEs participate in a number of exhibitions, such as Made in Qatar, Made in China and Expo Turkey.
Regulations and controls
Participation in the exhibition is subject to certain controls, such as the condition that the home-based business owner holds Qatari nationality as well as a valid business license or commercial registration.
Furthermore, the products exhibited must meet the quality criteria and packaging standards set by the exhibition organizers. Importantly, all products must be locally-produced, as exported products are not within the scope of this exhibition.