A broad variety of institutions support enterprises that provide business related services in Germany, such as the mandatory professional organizations and the voluntary industry associations.
The professional organizations are public corporations that implement the occupational self-government and supervision and represent their members' interests. For companies that are established in Germany, the membership in professional chambers is mandatory. The Chambers of Industry and Commerce represent the interests of businesses in the sector. Traditional liberal consulting professions, such as tax and legal consultants, are represented by sector specific chambers, authorized to oversee professional qualification requirements.
The voluntary professional and industry associations represent the specific interests of their members and offer them individual assistance. Although membership is not mandatory, it is often a helpful way of obtaining support. Please browse the related links to find the associations active in your business' sector.