Union Micro, Small & Medium Minister, Kalraj Mishra has said that the small entrepreneurs across India deserve greater recognition for their stellar contribution to the Indian economy.
Lauding the Super SME Award initiative launched by SMEpost.com, an exclusive digital media start-up to give small entrepreneurs their due voice, Mishra said, “I welcome the initiative of SMEpost.com. The SME sector plays a very important role in Indian economy, be it boosting growth rate or giving a push to exports and manufacturing.”
The minister congratulated all award winners and wished that they will win many more awards in the future. “I hope that SMEpost.com will organize more ceremonies like this in more effective way which will propel the growth of SME Sector,” he observed.
SMEpost.com and WASME announced the winners of the inaugural edition ‘SMEpost.com - WASME Super SME Awards 2016’ at an event held at the PHD House, New Delhi. Theseawards have been constituted to celebrate the Success Stories of Indian SME Sector who have scored big through innovative thinking, operational efficiency, futuristic strategies, smart marketing, business growth, contribution to employment generation and exports besides setting new benchmarks in product & service innovation.
The awards witnessed attendance from some of the biggest names in the Indian Super SME industry who all came together to felicitate the best in the sector.
Delivering the awards overview & welcome address on behalf of SMEpost.com,Raktim Das said, “The significance of MSMEs to India’s economic growth and prosperity is well established. The objective of #SuperSMEawards is to celebrate SME Success Stories”. Detailing the screening process, Das said, “A proprietary model which is quantitative as well qualitative in nature by featuring key aspects that would determine the performance of an SME was developed by SMEpost.com for screening nominations for the Super SME Awards. The final set of 20 Super SMEs was chosen from among the shortlisted entries by the eminent jury based on a combination of the quantitative scores and qualitative information and discussion around it.”
The high powered Jury panel comprised Editors and media professionals having been associated with leading media brands. It also comprised former and current senior bureaucrats associated with Union & State Governments in various capacities apart from professionals from the Industry and civil society organizations.
Explaining the rationale for the Super SME Awards, Sharad Gupta, Editor, SMEpost.com, said, “The future of Indian business and economy will be driven to a great extent by the SME sector. This award will help motivate SMEs to deliver their best, imbibe better business practices and contribute to the overall growth of the country.”
Speaking on the occasion, Gyan Prakash Agarwal, Secretary General, WASME said,“SME Award is a tradition of WASME to recognize the performers of world’s most thriving sector, i.e. SME Sector. WASME is an international NGO that works closely with MSME experts across the world.
Sampa Banerjee, Executive Director, WASME said, “This year WASME is organising SME Awards with SMEpost.com , which is a digital media brand to give voice to SME sector and provide regular updates. Super SME Awards 2016 leverages the power of digital media. This is probably first of its kind initiative where entire campaigning has been done digitally.”
Talking about this initiative, Piyush Pandey, Director, SMEpost.com said, “The vision of SMEpost.com is to enable and empower the SME sector to be the growth engine of Indian business &economy. I am confident that the SMEpost.com –WASMESuper SMEAwards will soon be the best yardstick for SMEs in India to compare themselves with their peers”
Uma Nath Tripathi, Director – Operations, SMEpost.com said “We have extensively leveraged the power of the digital media to promote these awards. Despite the fact that the call for nominations has been mostly limited to social media, it evoked considerable traction amongst all relevant stakeholders”.
The winners of SMEpost.com -WASME Super SME Awards2016are as follows (in alphabetical order)
WINNERS OF SPECIAL AWARDS
Special Contribution Award – IndiaMART | IndiaMART offers a platform and tools to over 2.6 crore buyers to search from over 3.3 crore products and get connected with over 22 lakh reliable and competitive suppliers. Founded in 1996, the company’s mission is ‘to make doing businesses, easy’.
Social Entreprenuership Award - Citizens First - A Special Social Entrepreneurship Award was conferred on ‘Citizens First’ a non-profit organization based in Chesapeake, Virginia that promotes non-violence, peace, human-rights, diversity and justice for all.
Launched in January this year by the Union MSME Minister Kalraj Mishra, SMEpost.com is India’s leading digital media platform‘for, by and about small & medium enterprises’. It has in a very short span of time evoked appreciable traction amongst relevant stakeholders.
WASME is an international NGO that works closely with MSME experts across the world. Over 35 years, it has emerged as one of the most representative, effective and leading organization promoting SMEs worldwide. It enjoys Consultative / Observer status with many UN agencies like UNCTAD, ITC, WIPO, UNIDO, UNESCO, UNESCAP and ILO, several inter-governmental and international organizations.
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