Undoubtedly, the Silesian Voivodeship's strong points are business support organizations, i.e. regional and local development agencies, economic chambers, industrial chambers, commercial chambers, craftsman guilds, enterprise support centres, consulting centres, economic information centres and economic associations. The main aim of organisations supporting entrepreneurship is to increase the competitiveness of small and medium enterprises and promote their development. These companies usually offer the following:
- advisory and consulting services (also in the field of modern technologies introduction, quality management systems implementation, certificates acquisition, and obtaining national and the EU funds for company development),
- wide range of training services,
- basic and specialist information services,
- financial services such as credit loaning, loan guarantee and credit guarantee granting,
- aid in establishing economic contacts, for example by means of organising economic and commercial missions, business meetings etc.
Institutions most important regionally include the Regional Economic Chamber, the Chamber of Crafts and Small and Medium Entrepreneurship in Katowice, the Silesian Agricultural Chamber, the Upper Silesian Agency for Regional Development (GARR), the Upper Silesian Agency of Enterprise Restructuring (GAPP) and the Upper Silesian Fund. In addition, credit, guarantee and venture capital operate in the region, among them, the Silesian Regional Loan Guarantee Fund and loan funds, operating within GARR and GAPP. The Voivodeship is also home to venture incubators, as well as industrial and technological parks.
The region plays a very significant role as a trade-fair centre. Fairs are organised in Poland's largest show and sports hall "Spodek." Also, in the beginning of 2008 a modern venue, Expo Silesia Trade Fair Centre, was opened in Sosnowiec. At the moment, it is one of Poland's most innovative and largest facilities of that kind.
The Silesian Voivodeship has huge research and development potential for the country - the second largest centre in Poland. It consists of scientific and research and development units, development units and universities conducting research. Outlays on research and development activities in the Silesian Voivodeship account for 8.8% of total outlays on research and development in the country.
The activity of research and development institutions is mainly targeted at the environment protection, power industry, automatics, electronics, and building engineering.
In terms of entities operating in highly-technological industries, the Silesian Voivodeship can be deemed one of Poland's leaders. There is a large number of micro-enterprises (employing less than 10 people), running activity in fields such as the production of medical and surgical equipment and orthopaedic instruments, the production of television and radio sets and telephones and devices used in wire telegraphy, as well as the production of measurement, control, analytical, navigational etc. instruments and tools.
In Łaziska Górne, around 20 km from Katowice, there is a factory manufacturing computer memory modules - the only one in the Central-Eastern Europe. It means that nearly every second RAM memory and every third memory card sold in Poland has been manufactured in the Silesian Voivodeship.
Parallel to the development in the production of high technologies, also tele-information services should become more important. Increased society's wealth is followed by the increase in the number of people using a computer and the Internet as the basic communication means and source of information. It is necessary to adjust the level of services provided by public institutions to the users' requirements, which will result in significant investments in the information technology infrastructure and software. But this is just one of many opportunities for investors in the region.
Making use of the existing potential in the form of creative, highly qualified specialists trained in the regional universities will be possible by attracting investments, which will create jobs in the aforementioned industries.