On 17 June Bari hosts the Assizes of Piccola Industria, at the Kursaal Santa Lucia Theater. This is the most important System event of 2022, in which SMEs are protagonists in defining an economic agenda, the result of a long and articulated process of listening to the membership base. “Listening, courage, enterprise”. These are the keywords chosen to represent the productive heart of the country. The aim is to define an agenda of proposals for strengthening small businesses, the backbone of the Italian production system, so that they can successfully face the transitions necessary to remain competitive and the changes imposed by the current situation. In fact, the Assizes come after two years of pandemic and at the same time as the explosion of the conflict in Ukraine. These are events that have produced and are still producing strong impacts on the Italian economic fabric, putting a strain on the resilience and innovation capacity of our companies. The proceedings will be held in the presence of the Ministers Giancarlo Giorgetti (Economic Development) e Patricio Bianchi (Minister of Education). The president of Confindustria will close the works, Charles Bonomi. Moderator Monica Maggioni, Director of TG1. “We have decided to support and promote this initiative because we believe it is an extremely useful moment of discussion and dialogue for the business system, in a particular and delicate moment for our country. The productive fabric of SMEs is the beating and productive heart of Italy, for this reason even a large company like ours wanted to do its part, in a participatory way that was that of full support and economic support for the success of such an important initiative hosted in our city of origin”. – said Angelo Volpe, CEO of La Lucente SpA.