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About AIM

Alliance of Small and Medium-sized Enterprises from Moldova is a non governmental, membership-based business association. FSEA’s members are small & medium-sized businesses working in the Republic of Moldova. Our members work together as allies through networking, resourcing, advocacy, and other initiatives to encourage and protect the development and growth through sharing common principles.

Our Mission

Our mission is to advance and protect the general welfare and prosperity of small & medium-sized businesses and those doing business with small businesses in the Republic of Moldova, so that the business community and its citizens shall prosper.

Our Vision

AIM is a small & medium-sized business community working together toward common goals that will develop a clear and understandable business-legal environment, in order to promote economic growth and investment in the Republic of Moldova.

Areas of AIM activity

Business community development

Networking events
Educational events
Development events

“First call” resource

Consultations
Recommendations
Reports

Policy & advocacy

Identification and systematization of members ‘challenges
Participation in dialogue with state institutions
Improvements of the regulatory framework

Our Founders

David Smith

President

I am a native of the Commonwealth of Virginia and I lived around the world before moving to Moldova in 2012 as a Volunteer with the Peace Corps. After completing Peace Corps service in July 2014 I cofounded Smokehouse, Chisinau’s first American BBQ restaurant with Matt Stahlman and Vlad Shuleansky. Since successfully opening Smokehouse in June 2015 I can be found at Smokehouse daily chatting with customers about BBQ, craft beer and business in Moldova.

Matt Rutter

Co-President

Moldova is my home. I moved here in 2012 to serve as an entrepreneurship and economic development consultant for the Chamber of Commerce in Gagauzia. After three years with their office, it was clear Moldova has huge economic potential and a very serious need for job creation, but lacked the key start-up resources and entrepreneurial ecosystems that are the key drivers for a nation’s growth. With Kingdom Paradigm SRL, my co-founders and I are empowering local entrepreneurs with the financial and professional resources they need to launch in Moldova truly excellent and scalable enterprises. My prayer is for our clients and other excellent businesses like them to build a stronger Moldova, a better home for all those who live here.

Kelsey Walters

Vice President

I live in Moldova and I love Moldova. I come from a 6 generation ranch in Oklahoma USA. After receiving a diploma in Agriculture Economic studies I moved to Moldova in 2007 as a Peace Corps Volunteer to serve my country through serving Moldova. In 2009 I married a wonderful guy, Iurie, and we started a company in Agriculture Production. I have experienced every level of agriculture in Moldova, from hoeing gardens, managing 12 hectares of field peppers, to selling at the wholesale market, to investing in large equipment to work thousands of hectares. I understand agriculture and farmers from a very personal level, but I also know that Moldova can do better in Agriculture.

Our Board of Directors

David Smith

David Smith

AIM president

Vitalie Condrațchi

Vitalie Condrațchi

Advocacy vice president

Iuri Cicibaba

Iuri Cicibaba

Board Member

Alexei Kishlaru

Alexei Kishlaru

Board Member

Viorica Rumleanshi

Viorica Rumleanshi

Board Member

Igor Prunean

Igor Prunean

Board Member

Our Executive Team

Liliana Busuioc

Liliana Busuioc

Executive Director

Andrei Jizdan

Andrei Jizdan

Accountant

Igor Ciurea

Igor Ciurea

Fundraiser

Declaration of Our Principles

We, as members of AIM commit ourselves to the principles of fair, honest and open business with respect for the law and legal regulations of the Republic of Moldova. In striving to follow these principles we will:

avoid doing business with others who do not accept our values and who may harm our reputation.

set out our processes in a transparent way, so we can keep and support our values.

make sure that everyone in our business and our business partners know our principles.

strive to keep these principles even when it becomes difficult.

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