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Starting Up in France

 a colleague website " start your business in france", has made a useful list of abbreviations for people involved in business in France, see more here. Also if you follow them, it is a good guide to start your business

Auto-Entrepreneur
www.lautoentrepreneur.fr
Official auto entrepreneur web site.

APCE
www.apce.com
Reliable information on starting a business in France.

Base de marques INPI
http://bases-marques.inpi.fr/Typo3_INPI_Marques/marques_recherche_marques.html
National database enabling to check if the trademark or brand your are thinking of is already registered in France.

CCI
www.cci.fr
Chambre du Commerce et de l'Industrie - Information and business registration for industry, trade and tourism.

CESU
www.cesu.urssaf.fr/cesweb/home.jsp
Cheque Emploi Service Universel - Cheque book to hire someone at your home (cleaner, gardener, IT support).

Chambre d'Agriculture
www.chambres-agriculture.fr
Registration for farming activities.

Chambre de Metiers
www.artisanat.fr
Registration for artisans.

CIPAV
www.cipav-retraite.fr
Body managing pensions for professions liberales.

CNAV
www.cnav.fr
Body managing pensions for employees within trade, industry and services activities.

Debit de boisson
www.guichet-entreprises.fr/mgun_accueil/activity.jsf?code=95959
Drinks licences required for bar, restaurants, chambres d'hotes

Declaration de meuble de tourisme
www.vosdroits.service-public.fr/pme/R14321.xhtml
Compulsory registation for gites and chambres d'hotes with your Mairie.

Douanes
www.douane.gouv.fr/page.asp?id=580
Customs, information on selling goods across Europe.

Greffes du Tribunal de Commerce
www.greffes.com/fr/formalites/guide-des-formalites/agents_commerciaux/immatriculation_d_agent_commercial/153-452.html
Registration for agents commerciaux.

Infogreffe
www.infogreffe.fr/infogreffe/index.do
Find information about your competitors.

INPI
www.inpi.fr
Institut National de la Propriete Industrielle. National body to register your trademarks and patents in France.

INSEE
www.insee.fr/en/default.asp
National institute of statistics and economic studies.

MSA
http://www.msa.fr/lfr
Mutuelle Sociale Agricole - Body collecting social charges for farming activities.

Permis d'exploitation debit de boissons
www.umihformation.fr/fiche_pe-3j.php
3 days compulsory training for cafe & restaurant owners.

Pole Emploi
www.pole-emploi.fr/accueil
Registering as unemployed in France.

Portage salarial
www.sneps.fr
Way to work with customers without registering a business. A commission of 8% to 15% is taken on your sales for managing your books.

RSI
www.le-rsi.fr
Regime Social des Independants - Body collecting social charges and managing pensions for artisans and commercants.

SACEM and SPRE
www.spre.fr
Membership to be paid when playing music in public places (authors' copyrights).

Societes.com
www.societe.com
Find information about your competitors.

TESE
http://www.letese.urssaf.fr/tesewebinfo/cms/index.html
Titre Emploi Service Universel - Cheque book to hire an employee for a small business.

URSSAF
www.urssaf.fr
Body collecting social charges for professions liberales. Registration for profession liberale.

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