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Issue 4 - Volume 8 | September 2017
From the Director's Desk
Sandipan Ray, Editor, SMB Connect  

With immense pride and delight, I am proud to share that we have successfully initiated the first leg of the START-MANAGE-EXPAND, Season 4, connecting over a lakh of entrepreneurs, across 100+ SMEs in 4 cities of India.

The season commenced in the state of Gujarat with Ahmedabad as its first stop on 18th September followed by Vadodara and Surat and finally Pune on 22nd September.  The successful event reinstated the fact that small and midsize businesses in India today are the giants of the economy-creating jobs, driving innovation and being the engines fuelling our economy.
It was overwhelming to hear a dynamic line up of speakers sharing insights on the trends about the SME industry in India and the waves of change driving it. The enthralling panel discussions and networking along with knowledge sharing and enriching experiences were the hallmarks of the first step in the mega series of the flagship SMB Connect series START-MANAGE-EXPAND, Season 4.
The theme of the event “Digitizing SMEs in GST Era” resonates well keeping in sync with the fact that Digital technologies have transformed the landscape in which SMEs operate, led by consumers going online primarily through mobile. Rising internet penetration coupled with digital dividends for SMEs, could help increase SME contribution to India’s GDP by approximately 10 percentage points by 2020.
The season is powered by Verisign, a global leader in domain names and internet security, renowned for ensuring the security, stability and resiliency of key internet infrastructure and services. Along with this SMBConnect has joined hands with government, supporting the initiative of Digital India, Crisil as Knowledge partner, Hero Fincorp as Banking Partner and SAP as Technology Partner to deliver an impeccable series of events.

We are looking forward to charting more territories with our second leg that happens in October in 16 more cities of India. I invite you to join us and witness the experience of the series unfolding in your city. May the SME tribe grow ! With this, as always your suggestions and feedback are most welcome. Drop them at

Best Wishes,
Sandipan Ray
Director, SMBConnect


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