Among Russian regions, Tomsk Region is one of the leaders not only in the number of small enterprises, but also in the number of employees in small business. The investment promotion of small enterprises per 1,000 population is rather high.
There are about 50,000 small and medium enterprises and individual entrepreneurs. Approximately one half of the total number employees are involved in small and medium entrepreneurship (including individual entrepreneurs).
Besides small and medium enterprises and individual entrepreneurs, there exists a wide network of different organizations and centers: business incubators, commercialization agencies of innovative solutions, Tomsk Chamber of Commerce and Industry, including regional subcontracting center, regional integrated center of Enteprise Europe Network, Tomsk regions' Fund of small and medium enterprises development, municipal centers of entrepreneurship support within all municipal organizations, business-training and consultation centers, agencies of investment generation, leasing companies and public entrepreneur associations.
Tomsk Regional Guarantee Fund was organized for small and medium business credit assistance.
Regional Center of Export support is acting with the support of Tomsk region's Fund of small and medium enterprises development.
Tomsk Regional Cluster Development Center and regional engineering centers were organized under the program of the Ministry of economic development and trade of the Russian Federation.
According to the key indicators of entrepreneurship development, Tomsk Region is one of the leading regions in Siberia. It was awarded nine times (2004, 2005, 2007-2013) “Best Region of RF in the Development of Small Entrepreneurship”, promoted by Federation Council of RF in collaboration with Tomsk CCI RF and Russian Union of Industrial & Entrepreneurs (RUIE). In 2007 Tomsk Region was honored prestigious Russian Chamber of Commerce and Industry award “Gold Mercurius”, nomination “Best RF Region in Favorable Entrepreneurship Development Environment”.