Hacilar is a small town of 19,000 people on the lower slopes of Erciyes Mountain only a twenty minutes ride away from the center of Kayseri. This small town has given birth to nine of Turkey's Top 500 firms, including the cable producer Hes Kablo and the Boydak furniture company.
Hacilar is also home to a dynamic civil society. Most initiatives focus on education, development and religion. Thirteen out of fifteen schools have been built with private donations. The Hacilar Mutual Aid Association, led by the most prominent entrepreneurs, provides 340 scholarships for University students from Hacilar, distributes coal and wood during winter and invests in the social infrastructure of the town.