Between 2011 and 2013 during his management as Minister of Industry, Commerce and Mining of the Province of Córdoba (Argentina), Jorge Lawson created the first SME and Entrepreneurial Development Secretariat in the Province of Córdoba and in the country. Until 2011 the public provincial policies were scarce, they were divided in: support to micro enterprises (small amount loans for social entrepreneurs mainly working in the gastronomic and textile field) and counseling to SMEs, as a step towards other national programs.
The name of the new Secretariat was not just declamatory; on the contrary it changed the way of becoming aware and working in pursuit of entrepreneurial development in the province from the point of view of a systemic competitiveness. Initiatives were divided into: encouragement and development of entrepreneurial culture from secondary schools to public in general, support of startup undertakings and strengthening of the existing ones and boosting competitiveness of SMEs along the Province of Córdoba.
The aim of the secretariat was really innovative because they set from the assumption that only through coordination and joint work among public government, non-government and private parties, focused on the entrepreneurial development, it would be possible to consolidate a unique entrepreneurial ecosystem in Latin America. So he called organizations in Cordoba related to the activity. There were thirteen entities which worked individually, had no connections among them and competed against them. A joint and coordinated work was proposed to consolidate this entrepreneurial ecosystem, where the state would coordinate the actions of these organizations, so processes would be more efficient, services would not be duplicated for the same type of public and it would provide solutions for needs that no organization was offering to develop entrepreneurial culture and entrepreneurship.
During Jorge Lawson´s management authority as Minister of Industry, Commerce and Mining of the Province of Córdoba, the SME and Entrepreneurial Development Secretariat created training, advice, financing and connection programs reaching more than 68,000 people and 3,000 companies between 2012 and 2013.
Subsequently, Lawson continued fostering these policies from the provincial public management as Strategic Development Minister between 2013 and 2015.
In the present, National Government is uses his policies as a reference, creating the first National Entrepreurial Secretariat.
Lawson's creaed, aswell, The Program Comunidades con Valor (COmmunities With Value) with the objective of contributing to the development of regional economies, strengthening the local entrepreneurial framework, the participation and commitment of public and private parts and civil society. This encouraging policy for local initiatives helps to detect and promote undertakings which are close to be launched into the market or which are at an early stage of their development, increasing and speeding up their growth possibilities, which leads to having more value and employment, helping their communities to think about their future.