The purpose of the study is to review the foreign practice of operating representative offices in Russia and other countries, develop criteria for their performance evaluation. The methodological framework of the study is based on the review and analysis of the existing mechanisms for evaluating performance of representative offices of foreign companies. in this study, general research methods are used: methods of empirical research, monographic method, structural-logical method, methods of multidimensional classification. For many economies, entrepreneurship is the major driving force behind economic growth. Small businesses create employment opportunities and improve the quality of people’s lives, which in turn favorably affects the country’s own development. Entrepreneurship is a powerful mechanism to reduce unemployment, which is one of the pressing issues of today. The originality and novelty of the study rely on the need to formalize and implement a systematic approach to governmental support of entrepreneurship throughout all business areas in Russia. It will positively affect the development of the economy in general and the efficiency of entrepreneurship in particular.