Helpful Institutions

Helpful Institutions

Besides the Points of Single Contact, there is a broad variety of institutions and websites offering support and useful information on the provision of services in Germany. You may browse through the following entities to find further assistance.

Free Professional Associations

The free professional associations represent the branch related interests of their members in public and offer individual support to their members.

Federation of German Industries (BDI)
The Federation of German Industries (Bundesverband der Deutschen Industrie e.V. - BDI) is the umbrella organization for industrial sector associations including industry-related service businesses.

Bundesverband der Dienstleistungswirtschaft (BWDi - German only)
The Federation of German Service Industries (Bundesverband der Dienstleistungswirtschaft - BWDi) is the umbrella organization for the professional associations of 26 service industries, which represent 100.000 middle sized service businesses. 

Bundesverband der Freien Berufe (BFB - German only)
The BFB is the umbrella organization for the professional associations of the liberal occupations in Germany.

Federation of German Wholesale and Foreign Trade (BGA)
The Federation of German Wholesale and Foreign Trade (Bundesverband Großhandel, Aussenhandel, Dienstleistung e.V. - BGA) is the leading organization for the wholesale, foreign trade and service sector in the Federal Republic of Germany.

German Retail Federation (HDE - German only)
The German Retail Federation (Hauptverband des deutschen Einzelhandels - HDE) is the overarching organization of the German retail sector. HDE is the legitimate voice of the sector vis-à-vis national and EU-level politics, as well as vis-à-vis other business sectors, the media and the public. 

Bundesverband Deutscher Unternehmensberater e.V. (BDU - German only)
The BDU is the trade association of management and personnel consultants in Germany.

Bundesverband Mittelständischer Wirtschaft
The Bundesverband Mittelständischer Wirtschaft (BVMW) represents the interests of nearly 55.000 small and medium-sized businesses in Germany. 

Confederation of German Employers' Associations (BDA)
The Confederation of German Employers' Associations (Bund Deutscher Arbeitgeberverbände - BDA) represents the employers' interests in social and tariff policy. 

Call Center Forum Deutschland (CCF - German only)
The CCF is the interest group of the german call center industry and represents 400 companies. 

Deutscher Dialogmarketing Verband (DDV - German only)
The DDV represents the interests of businesses that engage in direct marketing services. It also represents the interests of their customers. 

Institute of Public Auditors in Germany (IDW)
The Institute of Public Auditors in Germany (Institut der Wirtschaftsprüfer in Deutschland e.V. - IDW) is a privately run organization established to serve the interests of its members who comprise individual German Public Auditors and German Public Audit firms.

German Bar Association (DAV)
The representation of the economic, political and professional interests of lawyers vis-à-vis society, politics, and the state, is the object and task of the German Bar Association (Deutscher Anwaltverein - DAV), its state associations, and its local associations.

German Association of Tax Advisers (DStV)
The German Association of Tax Advisers (Deutscher Steuerberaterverband) is the umbrella organization of 15 regional tax adviser associations representing more than 32,000 voluntary individual members of the tax advising professions in Germany.


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