Issue 5 - Volume 1 | January 2018
Mentors’ Mantra
2017 State Business Tax Climate Report
Chintan Patel
Taxes are levied by governments on their citizens to generate income for undertaking projects to boost the economy of the country and to raise the standard of living of its citizens.
In conversation with
Yogesh Chaudhary
Founder, Jaipur Rugs
In a Face2Face interview with SMBConnect 's Founder. Sandipan Ray at #SME #event, Jaipur Rugs Director, Yogesh Chaudhary speaks about perfecting the timeless art of handmade rugs and also about his growth story.

Rise and Shine
Sarika Baheti
A globe trotter, born in a culturally rich country ‘India’, Sarika was brought up in the cosmopolitan environment of New Delhi.
Events & Happenings!

Deepening the roots of small business services in India, SMBConnect an ecosystem platform for entrepreneurs has concluded 2017 with its annual flagship event Smart-Manage-Expand, Season 4. The theme of the series was “Digitizing SMEs in the GST Era”. The ostentatious event rolled out in 10 cities, connecting over 1000+ delegates and over 50 eloquent speakers on one platform.The prominent cities included Ahmedabad, Vadodara, Surat, Pune, Jaipur, Lucknow, Agra, Meerut, Dehradun and Delhi. The focus of this year series is to ensure the knowledge and understanding of GST, reaches each SME business head.

SMBConnect also makes an endeavour consistently for long term engagement with business entrepreneurs by providing a complete suite of communication solution, advisory services and time to time master class – workshops for business growth.

Tata Docomo Business Services & SMBConnect
Take your business to the next level and empower yourself at the ' Do Big Forum' by Tata Docomo Business Services and SMBConnect- a product conclave focusing on Smart Solutions for Smart businesses.Learn what makes business enablers tick and hear well known speakers talk to you about secrets that have been changing the industry in the recent past. DO BIG Forum also gives you an  opportunity to interact with the prolific entrepreneurs .It is the biggest conclave about the solutions, products and technologies, that will help you shape your business, with a whole line up of future ready solutions !
Quote of the month
From the Director's Desk
Sandipan Ray, Editor, SMB Connect   A very happy New year 2018! As the industry preps up for the year ahead with SMEs and MSMEs being regarded as the frontrunner of the socio-economic development of the country, we can now look upto a very interesting  2018 ahead  with a plethora of advantages ready to play during the year.
Amidst a challenging environment, the Small and Medium Enterprises ( SMEs) of India experienced several highs and lows in the past few years. With the Indian economy expected to emerge as one of the leading economies in the world and likely to become a $5 trillion economy by 2025, major impetus is being given to strengthen the backbone of our economy - the SME sector.
With changing customer preferences, an increasing base of customers and more initiatives, small businesses have seen great growth in 2017. Indian SMB’s have a lot to look forward  to in the coming year. Here are the top trends that will impact the Indian small businesses  in 2018.   Sandipan Ray, Editor, SMB Connect

Best Wishes,

Sandipan Ray
Director, SMBConnect

Padman Spotlight!

"I decided to wear a sanitary pad myself for a week. I experienced the period menstruation as I attached the pad to a bladder with animal blood. I did it for my wife and the women in our community," says real life Padman Arunachalam Muruganantham- the man who pioneered the manufacturing of low-cost sanitary napkins in India, and also kickstarting a menstrual hygiene movement in the rural areas.The trailer for #Akshay Kumar's, # Padman - has brought the focus back on  #Arunachalam Muruganantham, the innovator/social entrepreneur on whom the film is based. #SMBConnect is proud to be associated with him as he shared his journey on our podium! #padman #akshaykumar Sonam Kapoor Radhika Apte Akshay Kumar Fans Group(AKFG) Arunachalam Muruganantham #innovator

Industry focus
» Google's first India Cloud Platform set to empower SMEs
Several Indian enterprises have chosen Google Cloud to grow their businesses in the past few years
» Listed SMEs to touch 1,000 in next 2 years: Merchant banker
More companies will tap the initial public offer (IPO) route for business expansion plans, to support working capital requirements and other general corporate purposes
» launches self-booking platform for SMEs
SMEs can now manage their company and employee profiles, travel policy compliances and approval workflow, said in a statement
SMBConnect Blogosphere
The 5 Best Lessons from the 5 Best Business Books of 2017
Heena Sharma
At SMB Connect, we value books and reading! Because books have the ability to take us deep - deep inside narratives and stories...
T3 - Tips, Tricks and Techniques
Digital Adoption by SME's in 2018
Small and Medium Businesses (SMBs) form the backbone of the Indian economy making large contributions to important economic indicators . Digital technologies have transformed the landscape in which SMBs operate. Digitization can help SMBs grow revenue & profit up to four times faster and scale.Government actions, like Digital India Initiative, have been complemented by the private sector to raise digital awareness and skills levels among Indian SMBs.


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