Importance The article deals with the issues of the Vologda oblast economy's development, considering the role of small industrial enterprises in the oblast's budget revenues and the economy as a whole. Objectives The article aims to search for ways of sustainable development of the oblast's economy, primarily due to the development of small forms of industrial enterprises. Methods For the study, we used a statistical method of analysis of economic indicators, and the deductive method to find the reasons for the slow development of the oblast's industrial production and ways to properly meet the challenges. Results The article presents the results of the analysis of the economic performance of small industrial enterprises of the Vologda oblast over the past five years, and the development of knowledge-based manufacturing enterprises, as well. The paper shows the main ways to solve certain problems from the standpoint of the Vologda oblast Government. Considering the case of China, the article studies the foreign experience in the successful target achievement. As well, the paper offers certain recommendations on the problems solution. Conclusions The article concludes that low demand for industrial products of regional producers has certain reasons which is backed by concrete examples.
Keywords: production, economic development, trade, small business, Internet retail
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