‘The achievements of the past are only as valuable as the vision they inspire in us for the future’. In the very beginning of the year, we at SMBConnect, have taken stock of our efforts, reflected on our achievements, charted a course and planned meticulously to amplify the remarkable momentum built in the last year.
2018 marked the launch of our niche initiative for women entrepreneurs- Advaita with the recognition that women represent an economic and social engine with the potential to transform the global economy. In 2019, we will refine our efforts to open up a new world of possibilities for them. We have planned the Advaita- Women Entrepreneurs Awards in Punjab, Chandigarh & Haryana in mid-April, the nominations for which are already open. We also plan to organise Advaita in Jharkhand in the last week of May, in New Delhi in June-end, in North east India in the first week of July, in Karnataka and Telangana in August beginning,

in Gujarat in mid-September, in Madhya Pradesh in October-end, Season 2 in Rajasthan in mid-November and in Uttar Pradesh in December-end.

We intend to infuse renewed vigour into our knowledge series- Start Manage Expand which aims to build and hone the technical and business capabilities of entrepreneurs across India. After reflecting on the achievements of the previous four seasons, we have planned to launch Start Manage Expand in Jharkhand in May, in Maharashtra in July, and in Karnataka & Telangana in August.

We are also excited to launch Excellerate Entrepreneur Awards in 2019. We have conceived Excellerate Entrepreneur Awards to honour exceptional entrepreneurs and magnificent people who have the potential to translate their intellectual capital into real-world impact and to reshape the dynamics of Indian business world. Taking cognizance of that fact that North-east India has an enormous entrepreneurial flair which remains unrecognised and unappreciated, we will launch the maiden Excellerate awards in North-east India in the first week of July. Next, we will organise Excellerate awards in Gujarat and Madhya Pradesh. 

In our quest to ensure entrepreneurial success in the rapidly changing business world, we have planned Trade Expos in Amabala, Karnal and Pune, and Small businesses conclave in North-east India.

I am grateful to everyone who made tangible contributions to make 2018 a success for us. 2019 will be a watershed year and I hope you will support us to help us realise the exciting trajectory that we have envisioned for SMBConnect!

Ask Guru
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Vikas Jain
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Rakesh Seth
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How Can SMEs Invest in Employee Wellness to Ensure Organisational Efficiency?
Deepak Bharara
Director- People A2Z

Effective and successful workplace wellness programs can help SME to improve organization’s efficiency and effectiveness as it builds culture and change individual’s lives. SME can also benefited from improved attrition indexes, lower absenteeism, increased productivity & higher job satisfaction.

Lovely Kumar

Co-founder & Director - Larks Learning Private Limited

As a young child, I loved to read. I would read anything I could get my hands on. And I loved to share what I learnt. My mother shares how on our trip to Canada, the 6 year old me was enthralling co-passengers by reciting the 7 continents.  However, I didn’t know then that this would actually propel me to business. But right from the beginning I knew that I wanted to be financially independent.

Industry Focus
Govt’s financial inclusion paying dividends, GeM an enabler for MSMEs: Piyush Goyal
Considering the critical role of MSMEs in the Indian economy, the government has undertaken a number of measures to enhance the capacity building of MSMEs, he added.
Nothing in it for SMEs: Why the interim Budget is a missed opportunity
Terming it as a 'Diwali gift" for the sector, Modi had laid out the key pillars to help MSMEs, which included access to credit, access to market, technology upgradation and ease of doing business.
Over 100 Indian MSMEs to feature in Singapore export forum
The business forum along with an exhibition is being organised as part of the India Week.

Yes Bank study shows significant opportunity for digitization in the MSME sector
Greater digitization of MSMEs has the potential to enhance the sector’s GDP contribution (from the current 8% share), heighten employment opportunities for India’s growing workforce and boost overall economic growth.

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