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National Conference on Small and Medium Enterprises – Challenges, Growth Opportunities and Ease of Doing Business

Report on National Conference on Small and Medium Enterprises – Challenges, Growth Opportunities and Ease of Doing Business; 28-29 February 2020.

“It takes tenacity to build an enterprise. Courage, consistent action and hard work are some of the ingredients that go into building a successful business”, said Mr. Anand Chordia, Director- Technology and Innovation at Pravin Masalewale and Founder- The Eco Factory Foundation. He was delivering the key note address at the National Conference on Small and Medium Enterprises – Challenges, Growth Opportunities and Ease of Doing Business; hosted by the Institute of Management Development and Research (IMDR) Pune. He further stated that the purpose of a business is not just to create economic wealth but also social wealth by giving jobs, creating innovative products and maintaining quality.

Dr. Sharad Kunte, Chairman of the Governing Body and Council of Deccan Education Society, while delivering the opening remarks on the conference shared that enterprises can contribute to society and the nation by generating employment and doing business ethically.

The two-day conference saw a diverse set of speakers and participants. On the fist day Mr. Abhijit Joag, Managing Director, Pratisaad Communications spoke on the marketing challenges facing SMEs. Mr. Ashish Palande, Director, Palande Courier and Logistics held forth on the Operations and Logistics challenges of SMEs. Later IMDR Alumni turned entrepreneurs shared their first-hand experiences of running small and medium enterprises through a “My Story” session. These included – Mr. Abhijit Gangoli, Founder at Demand Shore and Martech Advisor; Mr. Rohit Lodhi, Co-founder and Chief Strategy Officer at 3Point Light; Mr. Nitin Pangam, Founder and Managing Director at Maeflower Consulting.

The second day of the conference saw a panel discussion as well as paper presentations on the conference theme. Speakers at the Panel Discussion included Mr. AdvaitKurlekar, CEO Upohan Management Consultants; CS Ashutosh Muglikar, Director Propelis Consulting; Mr. Amit Bhatta, IMDR alumnus and Co-Founder The Daftar; Ms Ashwini Nair, IMDR Alumna and Head of Marketing at HIIT80 and CA Shailendra Marathe, author and senior finance professional.

For their paper on ‘Impact of Union Budget 2020 on MSMEs’, the IMDR student team of Piyush Nakhrani and Hrishikesh Deshmukh received the Best Paper Award. Dr. Rashvin Tailor, SRIMCA, UkaTarsadia University received the second prize.

photo credits to Aarti Kumar and Pratik Jawke (Media Cell)