Developing a business
The City of Brussels offers a variety of ways for promoting businesses. Traders can participate individually or with their neighborhood association.
Sunday Shopdays are thematic events organized by the Entreprendre.brucity association, each Sunday of the month in the Pentagon (city centre). More information about the calendar of the events and participation:
In all quarters, numerous rummage sales and flea markets are held by trade associations:
Lights on Trade is a vast route that leads past the lighted streets of the city centre during the Christmas holidays. Shops can participate by extending the opening hours or by offering specific events:
Trade labels are an initiative which, every second year, select the most beautiful shops of a quarter in cooperation with the trade associations. So why not provide some additional advertising for your business and present yourself as a candidate?
If you want to propose the organization of a market, you can contact the Markets Unit.
If you want to propose the organization of a rummage sale or flea market, you should first contact your trade association.
If you want to propose a new project for the quarter, if you want so set up your own association, or if you would like to ask financial support, you can contact (for advice and guidance):
Subsidies make it possible to support and financially encourage non-profit organizations and associations of merchants wishing to organize a commercial event (rummage sales, flea markets, illuminations,...).
The applications will be validated by the Alderman in charge of Economic Affairs, then must have the agreement of the Board, the Municipal Council and the tutelage.
If you wish to receive subsidies, make sure to fill out the grant application form. The Commercial Events Unit centralizes the requests and will then take care of the administrative procedure.
- Grant application form (PDF, 199.92 KB) (in French)
- Grant application form (PDF, 200.95 KB) (in Dutch)
A showcase, signboard or terrace are the main elements that determine the attractiveness of a business. The City offers various measures to beautify your business:
- free removal of tags
- bonus for the beautification or renovation of a facade
- harmonizing terrace furniture at district level through the Horeca Unit