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COWE’s Annual General body Meeting

Event Date: (2011-11-05)

COWE’s AGM was held on 25th September 2010 at FAPCCI, Surana Auditorium from 3.00pm to 6.00pm. It was well attended and a few of our enthusiastic members displayed their products. The new Managing Committee was announced and vacancies in the Executive Committee were filled up with the elected members.Addition of co-opted members into the EC was based on their inputs and expertise.

Our guest speakers were from SBI and NSIC. Ms.Mukta Mala Das from SBI talked about the CGTMSE Scheme i.e loans upto 1 crore without collateral and assured us that they would extend all their support to our members to set up their units and to extend co-operation from SBI. Those members who were hitherto not aware were keen to avail this facility.

Mr. J. Chaganti, Manager, NSIC briefed us about all the NSIC schemes and programs and about their upcoming exhibition on 12th October 2010 at Hyderabad. COWE is entering an MOU with NSIC for the purpose, utilizing the services of each other towards the cause of promoting SMEs in particular and also to address the needs of SMEs in terms of technology upgradation, marketing & credit through NSIC schemes.

Our President, Ms. Uma Ghurka spoke on the year long achievements of COWE. From training to seminars to Trade Carnival and Infrastructure development, COWE has come a longway.

Ms. Girija, Secretary, tabled the audited accounts and the accounts were uninamously approved. The auditors P. Sivaramakrishna & Co. have been reappointed for the year 2010-2011; proposed by Ms. Vandana Maheshwari and seconded by Ms. Geeta Goti.

The new team of managing committee and executive committee was welcomed to take COWE forward.

Our new President (2010-2012) Ms.Sandhya Reddy outlined the structure of COWE and about future plans. She mentioned about Committees, delegating responsibilities to Managing Committee & Executive Committee members.

Our new Secretary (2010-2012) Ms. Madhuri Talluri talking on the upcoming trade Carnival mentioned that “COWE opts for a Trade Carnival instead of the drab Trade Fairs where only business is discussed. The Annual Trade Carnival combines the best of the Exhibitions i.e., Trade, B2B solutions, Interactions with financial institutions etc. and the Entertainment Programmes alongside, which not only lighten up the atmosphere but also makes it a family outing too besides business. COWE’s Trade Carnival is inclusive as most of the stall holders are COWE members or COWE associates and well wishers.

4th Annual Trade Carnival 2010 is held at People’s Plaza Necklace Road on 23rd, 24th and 25th of October 2010. Those of you who wish to take stalls to exhibit your products are requested to NOT wait till the last moment. Early planning will help in accentuating your business.

Finally friends thank you for all the support and expect to receive the same in future. Today COWE, which began as 22 members, is 400 members strong.


COWE Trade Carnival 2010

Event Date: (2011-03-05)

COWE’s Trade Carnival 10  is the Fourth in the series of annual fairs being organized by Confederation of Women Entrepreneurs (COWE) with the support from the Government of Andhra Pradesh, Leading Banks and Corporate Companies.

It was a Trade Carnival for showcasing the varied products of women entrepreneurs from India and abroad. The platform also allowed participation of commercial ventures who could provide variety and entrepreneurship opportunities.The special feature of this Trade Carnival 2010 was the exclusive pavilion earmarked for COWE’s Opportunity Pavilion to provide guidance on setting up and running a successful  venture and to obtain feedback on areas where women needed help in their ventures.  Start-up information kit and sample entrepreneurial projects ranging from low-skill, low-cost home based businesses to relatively high skilled, requiring moderate investments were discussed by following companies and shared their business development growth plans, ideas, schemes  with women interested in venturing into some enterprise or business.

  a) iSB
   b) NABARD
   c) State Bank of India
   d) State Bank of Hyderabad
   e) HDFC
   f) APITCO
   g) IT & C Department, Govt.of A.P
   h) KVIC
   i) BHEL
   j) Coconut Development Board
  k) Solar Energy and Environment Development
   l) College of Home Science, Hyderabad

The main goal and objective of the  event was to widen the market opportunities for all the participating businesses and to promote entrepreneurship, especially among women from different parts of the country to create/generate market linkages.

COWE had designed 158  stalls in all (inclusive of 3 COWEs exclusive pavilion) provided at subsidized rates exclusively for women to display their products manufactured or traded, 17 Commercial Stalls, 14 COWE’s Opportunity Pavilion,  and 10  Food Court with lip smacking items  for one and all.  The stall specifications were 3m x 3m and 2m x 3m.NSIC have extended their support by way of sponsorship for the event.NABARD had their subsidized stalls for their crafts women to show case their products.

Sponsorship: The whole event was made possible by generous sponsorships in cash and kind from :  Government of Andhra Pradesh, SBI, SBH, NSIC, Radio Mirchi, Lanco,  Margadarsi Chits Limited,  SIDBI and APSFC, Panasonic sponsoring Gifts  and  Pragathi Printers sponsoring the publicity materials.

Infrastructure:

The event was held at centrally located People’s Plaza  at Necklace Road located by the scenic Hussain Sagar lake.  The venue is a visitor friendly location with ample parking space.

Infrastructure consisted of a temporary structure  put up by A.L.K.R.Marketing Pvt. Ltd., Hyderabad.

Uniformly designed stalls were spacious at 3m x 3m and 2mx3m and aisles were wide and spacious.  Space left in the front and back gave a breathing space.  Additional modifications were made for the Food Court. The overall impression rendered was that of a professional event,   most of the  participants were happy with what they got and overall the event was a  success with huge number of turnout.

Publicity:

  1. Hoardings  at   strategic locations were sponsored by Kalamandir.
  2. Press Conference and Media Coverage: Solus media was hired to arrange the press conference which was covered in most newspapers with photographs of committee members. Subsequently leading news papers reported the event details like the inauguration, valedictory and individual stall holders were interviewed by TV channels and aired the programme in various channels.  Cultural programme and visit of Government Officials to the stalls was also well covered.
  3. 1000 large posters were posted – Courtesy Pragathi Printers of Hyderabad. Additionally A4 size posters were also displayed at prominent malls, super bazaars, institutions,  across city to create an awareness of the colourful event. 5000 Flyers were circulated along with the leading newspapers.
  4. Released Paper advertisements in all leading newspapers for almost 4-5 days.All the above publicity created an awareness and  witnessed huge turnouts and made the event a  success.
  5. Continuous entertainment programmes for children, and adults alike were delight to watch like :
  • Art workshop
  • Vedic Maths Workshop
  • Magic Show by Samala Venu ( Guinness Book Record Holder)
  • Ikebana Workshop
  • Program by Kindle Care School
  •  Music by Sa Re Gama

The winners were given prizes sponsored by Panasonic,  Surya Masala. Gifts sponsored by Panasonic were given to the winners of the everyday lucky draw. Best Stall Holder award was given. The award was handed over to her by Smt.D.K.Aruna, Minister for Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises. Various other awards and prizes were distributed and handed over by Sri.Tamma Reddy Bhadadwaj, Producer and Director.
Government Support and Presence for the Inauguration and Valedictory function are:

Sri.Kanna Lakshminarayana, Hon’ble Minister for Major Industries, Commerce & Export Promotion, Food Processing Our Guest of Honour was Sri. B.P.Acharya, Principle Secretary to Govt.of A.P & CIP, Industries Department.

Sri H.P Kumar, Chairman  & M.D of National Small Industries Corporation Limited Mr.Sudhir Garg, Chief Manager, State Bank of Hyderabad. Our special guest for the event was Dr.Hannah, Leader of Entrepreneurship, and University of East London. Smt.D.K.Aruna, Hon’ble Minister for Small Scale Industries Guests of Honour were Sri.Shiv Kumar, Chief General Manager, State Bank of India and Sri.Tamma Reddy Bharadway, Producer and Director.
Logistics and Event Management:

Event management was done by COWE members with volunteers obtained from Bharat Scouts and Guides and additional volunteers obtained by some of our members.


How was Trade Carnival 2009?

Event Date: (2011-11-04)

COWE’s Trade Carnival 09 , the third in the series of annual fairs organized by Confederation of Women Entrepreneurs (COWE) with the support from the Government of Andhra Pradesh and ZDH/Sequa partnership programme of Indo-German Chamber of Commerce was a grand success as were the previous ones.

It was a Trade Carnival showcasing the varied products of women entrepreneurs from India and abroad. The platform also allowed participation of commercial ventures and franchising organizations to provide variety and entrepreneurship opportunities. The special feature of this Trade Carnival 09 was the exclusive pavilions for Loan Mela, Franchisee Opportunities and COWE’s Entrepreneurial Opportunity Pavilion for aspiring entrepreneurs. The main goal of this event was to widen the market opportunities for all the participating businesses and to promote entrepreneurship, especially among women.

COWE had designed 135 stalls in all (inclusive of 3 stalls for COWEs exclusive pavilion) provided at subsidized rates exclusively for women to display their products manufactured or traded by them or for franchises, 32 Commercial Stalls and Food Court for one and all. The stall specifications were 3m x 3m and 2m x 3m. Infrastructure consisted of a fully air-conditioned temporary structure.

NSIC Pavilion had 25 sponsored stalls at subsidized rates exclusively for women to display their products manufactured or traded by them. NABARD had their subsidized stalls for their crafts women to show case their products.

Loan Mela Pavilion had the Banks interact with prospective entrepreneurs and highlighting all their schemes for benefit of women entrepreneurs. Participating Banks -State Bank of India, State Bank of Hyderabad, Punjab National Bank, Axis Bank, Small Industries Development Bank of India, Micro Small and Medium Enterprises.

Indian Franchisee Association had exclusive pavilion of 12 stalls from leading brands offering their franchisee options exclusively for women entrepreneurs.

Additional features consisted of:

l An exclusive arena for entertainment

l Cultural events, dance and music programs to enthrall the participants

l Choicest food from Food Court

l On display were colorful fashion designed women wear, art ware, trinkets, footwear, home need products, decoration products and handicrafts and many more consumer durables.

Additionally, COWE’s Entrepreneurial Opportunities Pavilion, was set up at the Trade Fair, to provide guidance on setting up and running a successful venture and to obtain feedback on areas where women needed help in their ventures. Start-up information kit and sample entrepreneurial projects ranging from low-skill, low-cost home based businesses to relatively high skilled, requiring moderate investments were discussed. 10 businesses shared their business development growth plans with interested participants, who could sign up business partners.

The whole event was made possible by generous sponsorships in cash and kind from : ZDH/Sequa, SBI, SBH, NSIC, Radio Mirchi, Lanco, GVK, Margadarsi Chits Limited, Punjab National Bank, SIDBI and APSFC and Pragathi Printers sponsoring the publicity materials.

The event was held at centrally located People’s Plaza at Necklace Road located by the scenic Hussain Sagar lake. The venue is a visitor friendly location with ample parking space. Hoardings were putup at 15 strategic locations (sponsored by Kalamandir). Press Conference was organized and Media Coverage was extensive.

Leading news papers reported the event and TV channels aired the programme in various channels. Cultural programme and visit of Government Officials to the stalls was also well covered.

The impact of the event is best borne out by the positive feedback received from participants. Feedback collected portrays a candid picture where the effort by COWE was well received and also highlights areas where COWE needs to improve upon in the future for such an event.

Overall the feedback received from stall holders, visitors were excellent and they all felt that COWE should organize such events again in the future to benefit the women group.

Memberships increased by 17% due to the event. The event has brought new hope and enthusiasm among start up entrepreneurs. Goodwill and awareness has multiplied and above all confidence in COWE to showcase their social commitment has been well displayed and accepted by not only the public but by those in the Government and financial institutions.


COWE Trade Carnival 2011

Event Date: (2011-11-12)

1. Title of activity: COWE Trade Carnival 2011

2. Goal: The Trade Carnival was organized with an aim to provide a platform for women entrepreneurs to display and market their products to a wider and larger section of the society. The Trade Carnival evoked good response and was well attended despite the situation in the city.

Signing of MOUs on October 13, 2011


Our partner, ZDH/Sequa has been very supportive to COWE in terms of funding for quality training and infrastructural support. At their initiative, we signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to recognize the common interest and cooperatively pursue activities that build economic parity and enhance business opportunities with the following organizations:
Faridabad Small Industrial Association
Indian Industrial Association of Lucknow
Mohali Industrial Association
Federation of Madhya Pradesh Chamber of Commerce Industry
Ramky Group of Companies
The MOU signed with the Ramky Group of Companies is a huge asset to the members of COWE. Ramky will extend their services to our EDP trained members by providing secretarial, legal, financial, operational and infrastructure and mentoring support which will immensely support budding entrepreneurs in establishing and sustaining their own enterprise.

3. Description of activity: The Trade Carnival 2011 was inaugurated by Dr. J. Geetha Reddy,

 

Hon. Minister for Major Industries on 13th October, 2011 at 6:00 PM. The other honorable guests at the event were Mr. Bhagvantha Rao, MD, SBH; Mr. V. Arumugam, Zonal General Manager, NSIC; Mr. N. V. S. Reddy [IRAS] MD, Hyderabad Metro Rail Ltd.; Mr. Suraj Singh Malhotra-CEO, Namdhari Events & Promotions Pvt. Ltd.; and Mr. A. Karthikeyan Project Director, ZDH/SEQUA; North Indian Partners of ZDH.

In her inaugural address the Hon. Minister, Dr. Geetha Reddy recalled her close association with COWE. She had mentioned that she’s always made time, despite other responsibilities, to attend COWE’s programs and assured that she will continue to support COWE’s activities in the future. On another note, she mentioned that the proactive leadership of the various Chief Ministers of our state has been helpful in her attempt to support women entrepreneurs by allotting 10% plots in all industrial areas to women.

Support

The Trade Carnival has been organized in association with National Small

 

Industries Corporation (NSIC). We were also supported by Ministry of Micro, Small & Medium Enterprises (MSME) – Govt. of India. Additional support was received from the Govt. of Andhra Pradesh, State Bank of
Hyderabad, Hyderabad Metro Rail, Margadarsi Chit Funds, State Bank of India, APSFC, SIDBI, TV9, Kalamandir, NABARD, Lakhotia Institute of Design, Vibes Beauty Clinic, and Apollo Pharmacy.

NSIC is known to organize Marketing Promotion events including participation / organization / co-sponsoring of exhibitions, buyer-sellers meets and marketing campaigns. They were involved with 963 such events in the last financial year. COWE’s trade carnival has been one such exhibition that they have been supporting right from the beginning and their support has enabled us to organize it continuously for the past 5 years. NSIC’s Training-cum Incubation centers have enabled COWE members to gain valuable skills through which they are able to create their own enterprises.

4. Implementation: The exhibition was separated into two sections this year- B2C for

 

businesses to customer interactions and B2B for business to business interactions. The B2C was the section where a wide variety of products were on sale such as designer and casual wear, food products such as custom made chocolates, solar dried fruits, home improvement items, Diwali-themed products such as diyas, candles and other decoration, etc.

The B2B hall was set up this year where meetings between big corporations and our members will take place. Corporations in engineering like BHEL, BEL, Ramky, Hyderabad Metro, Larson&Toubro, IT companies , Food sectors and chains, Textiles industries and others will interact with our members to provide opportunities and mentor in building their capacities.

The food court was set up with stalls selling food products such as south Indian, north Indian and Chinese cuisine along with fast food, desserts and beverages.

B 2 B Meetings

The Innovative feature of T-C 2011 has been the B2B pavilion where interactions were organized with Large Public Sector undertakings and Corporate Houses to explore mutually beneficial business activities.
The Objective was to create opportunities for Women Entrepreneurs. A platform was created where Women Entrepreneurs could interact on 1 to 1 basis with huge corporations in various fields as per the time slots given below.

B2B meetings were arranged for the following categories:

 

a] Multi product buyers for Service Enterprises
b] Multi product buyers for Supplier Enterprises
c] Multi product buyers for Engineering /Manufacturing Enterprises
d] IT and ITE buyers with Service Enterprises
e] IT and ITE buyers with Supplier Enterprises
f] IT and ITE buyers with Technical Service Enterprises
g] Textile groups with Product and services Suppliers
h] Food Sector companies for enterprises in Food and Health supplement Industry.
I] Hotels and Supermarkets for interaction with Caterers; Bakers and Confectioners etc.

Women Entrepreneurs were divided based on the fields of activity and invited in their specific time slot. After brief introductions, the company representatives discussed opportunities that are available for women entrepreneurs and explained the vendor approval procedures in their company. The company representatives then conducted individual meetings with each entrepreneur. The Entrepreneurs were asked to bring their catalogues, credentials, presentations and product samples to guide the conversations. After the initial round of 1 to 1 discussion, each Entrepreneur came back with feedback from the company about the relevance in the field of activity and the company’s interest and a proposal on how it could be taken up further.

Both, company representatives and the Entrepreneurs had appreciated the initiative taken and believed this could take them further in their business. Almost everyone suggested that there should be more such B 2 B meetings. Feedback forms were collected from most of the participants. We intend doing more such B 2 Bs with better organization, having learned from this initial experience.

The Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) that was signed between Ramky Group of Companies and COWE had germinated during the B 2 B planning phase and this was the first successful collaboration that took place during the B 2 B meetings.

Valedictory Ceremony
October 16, 2011, 6 PM

Dr. Daggubati Purandareshwari garu, Hon. Union Minister for Human Resource Development, Govt. of India was the chief guest for the Valedictory Ceremony that took place on the last evening of the 4 day Trade Carnival. The other honorable guests present at the occasion were Mr. R. Karikal Valaven, IAS. Commissioner of Industries, Government of AP, Dr. Hannah, Leader of Entrepreneurship-UEL London, Mr.P.Mohaniah-Chief General Manager, NABARD

 

Women have inbuilt multi-tasking potential and we only need to give strength to women to bring out their potential said Dr. Duggubati Purandeswari. She said that women and SHGs are contributing to the growth of India in a silent way. She said that Andhra Pradesh is an example of what a state can do with the help of SHGs and how Podupu Lakshmi is a huge success. She said that women are slowing overcoming the socio-cultural barriers but face hurdles such as availability of loans, etc. She said that more and more banks need to come forward to finance women entrepreneurs as women are considered safe payback world over.

She said that though women in rural India too contribute to the economy, their contribution is not recognized as they are largely in the unorganized sector. Sixty percent of India lives in rural India and fifty per cent of them are women. Women in rural India have a problem of marketing their products so she urged COWE to reach out to rural women and bring technology closer to them to bring out their potential.

Earlier Mr. R. Karikal Valaven,IAS, Commissioner of Industries, Government of Andhra Pradesh addressing the gathering said that MSME is the most important and vital and without strong MSMEs we cannot attract investments. He said that the Government has been very supportive of MSMEs and that MSME is the largest employment provider after agriculture. He said that AP state will soon have sector-wise policies and also an exclusive R&D policy. He said that in the 12th Five year plan major thrust will be on MSMEs. He requested COWE to go all out to promote MSMEs and make Andhra Pradesh grow industrially and achieve overall development. AP is ranked third in GDP and is the 4th most populated state in India. He said that AP can reach the No.1 position in GDP.

Launch of the COWE Online Portal

During the Valedictory Ceremony, Dr. Purandeshwari launched the COWE Online Portal – an online platform for cooperative social enterprise to benefit all women entrepreneurs. The Portal hosts updates like COWE news, program schedules, announcements, blog, resources likes schemes, downloads & newsletters, Entrepreneur tips and how-to’s for starting and growing businesses.

COWE Member Product Store is created to showcase member products widening the market opportunities across the globe. The Discussion forums facilitate B2B interactions and provide networking opportunities. They are designed especially for aspiring women entrepreneurs aiming to start or expand their own business. COWE likes to think of it as “A transfer of wisdom that supports growing businesses, nurtures emerging talent, empowering women in their path to success”.

Cultural Programs during T-C 2011

Cultural programmes were held all the 3 days – A brief summary.

October 14, 2011, 11 AM
Seminar on Security Measures for Women wherein Ms. Sundari Pisupati [Legal Expert]; Mr. Benjamin DCP Retd.; Caroline [researcher] and Caroline [Journalist] from U.K.; Mr. A.Karthikeyan spoke about their areas of work in Safety and Security for Corporate Women. The outcome of the Seminar was to take up the Task of preparing a Safety Manual for Women to be made for implementation by all employers. Mr. Karthikeyan suggested that COWE should take up the task for which ZDH will lend total financial support.

Annual Corporate Quiz

October 15, 2011, 11 AM
The Corporate quiz was conducted for the first time during this year’s Trade Carnival on 15th October 2011. It was conducted for women in the Corporate world. Collaborated by ITs AP, the quiz had participation of women employees from companies like App labs, Vision 2K+, Husys Consulting, Safa services, Intelligroup, Oracle India, Infosys , IIIT, Madhya Pradesh Chamber of Commerce, Almondz Insurance Broking company to name a few.

K- Circle India’s premier quizzing network was chosen to research and conduct the quiz. The theme of the quiz was “all that matter with women” and it was all women participation. The quiz was conducted with preliminary, semi final and final rounds each having four cycles of questions.

Ms. Sreemathy Surendar and Ms Chandrakala Gaddepu had won the quiz taking away the rolling trophy to Infosys.

The quiz was conceptualized and organized by COWE members Ms. Geeta Goti and Ms. Veena Prodduturi. The objective of the quiz was to bring in awareness among corporate women on entrepreneurship and the avenues to start their own ventures. The need to start a business on their own is felt by the women who are economically independent and wanted to channelize their innovative ideas that are restricted in their current work.

Participants said they had a good time at the quiz and could meet a lot of women entrepreneurs present at the venue. They were also glad to shop for the oncoming Diwali festival from the exhibition.

October 16, 2011, 11 AM

Workshop for Children in Math and Art

The Vedic Math institute conducted a workshop for children on various math tricks. COWE Member Ms.? Organized the workshop where tips were given to kids on how to perform better in Math.

Similary, an art workshop was conducted by XYZ where participants were given painting supplies and were taught how to create a painting. The participants were allowed to take back the masterpiece they created.

The children thoroughly enjoyed the workshop and were excited to try their newly acquired knowledge in school. The parents were able to enjoy shopping at the exhibition and were able to meet with resources that can help their own ventures. The workshop was a great way to spend quality time with the family on a Sunday afternoon.

Stall Holders Feedback on COWE’s TRADE CARNIVAL 2011

 

92% were happy, satisfied and felt that the publicity was fine while 8% felt it was not sufficient. This year, there were major uncertainties and hurdles due to bandhs. Despite that there was good publicity and a good footfall.

In general, 89% were very happy, satisfied with the infrastructural facilities, while 11% felt it could have been better and that they faced minor glitches.

There was overall appreciation regarding co-operation from COWE members. 73% were extremely happy, 23% happy (96% in total) and 3% were not so happy.
Trade Fairs are usually for showcasing the products, developing B2B and for year long contacts. While 81% were happy and satisfied, 19% felt they did not do much business. This was despite prevailing uncertain conditions in the city.

Most members and stall holders utilized the opportunity to network and develop B2B contacts. 92% used the platform for networking while 8% were unable to do so.

95% were happy and satisfied while 5% did not appreciate or were silent on the events per se.

88% were happy with the food arrangements while 12% felt otherwise. Some of them felt there could have been a better vegetarian spread.

Those who have been present in the previous Trade fairs opined that the impact is seen later. Some have utilized the opportunity to promote their product

95% are sure/keen on participating in the trade carnival again. Some wanted it more than once a year.Very few i.e. a meager percentage of 5% said they will not participate next year.
BRIEF ON B 2 B MEETINGS AT COWE TRADE CARNIVAL – OCTOBER, 2011

The Objective of B 2 B meeting was to create opportunities for Women Entrepreneurs. A platform was created where Women Entrepreneurs could interact on 1 to 1 basis with various big companies. Big corporates in different fields attended and the meetings in different fields were conducted in different time slots as per the details given below.

Participating Corporates

Representative details

Filed of interest where opportunities for Entrepreneurs possible

Date and time slot for meeting

MULTI PRODUCT

 

Members in the field of Service:

 

BHARAT HEAVY ELECTRICALS LTD

Ms.B.Rajashree, Sr.DY.GM-IT
Ms.S.Leela Sr.Manager-HR
Mr.P.Surya Chandra Raju, Sr.Manager-Purchase-Supplier Development
Cell: 9908155554

Ms.B.Rajashree, Sr.DY.GM-IT
Ms.S.Leela Sr.Manager-HR
Mr.P.Surya Chandra Raju, Sr.Manager-Purchase-Supplier Development
Cell: 9908155554

14th October
2.30 to 3.30. p.m.

BHARAT ELECTRONICS LTD

Mr.T.N.Ramesh
AGM
CONTACT NO.27194268

HYDERABAD METRO RAIL LTD

1.Mr.N.V.S.Reddy,M.D.
2. Mr.B.N.Rajeshwar
General Manager(Works)
Cell: 8008456866

RAMKY

1. Mr. Maruthi Rao, Head Facilities,
2.Mr.Gopal Iyer-9848015996

Members in the field of Supply

BHARAT HEAVY ELECTRICALS LTD

Ms.B.Rajashree, Sr.DY.GM-IT
Ms.S.Leela Sr.Manager-HR
Mr.P.Surya Chandra Raju, Sr.Manager-Purchase-Supplier Development
Cell: 9908155554

Suppliers of General Items; School Uniforms, Consumables, Computer Stationery, General Stationery, Gift Items, decorative items, Paintings, etc

14th October,
2.30 to 3.30 p.m

BHARAT ELECTRONICS LTD

Mr.T.N.Ramesh
AGM
CONTACT NO.27194268

HYDERABAD METRO RAIL LTD

1.Mr.N.V.S.Reddy,M.D.
2. Mr.B.N.Rajeshwar
General Manager(Works)
Cell: 8008456866

RAMKY

Mr. Maruthi Rao, Head Facilities
Mr.Gopaliyer

BHEL

Ms.B.Rajashree, Sr.DY.GM-IT
Ms.S.Leela Sr.Manager-HR
Mr.P.Surya Chandra Raju, Sr.Manager-Purchase-Supplier Development
Cell: 9908155554

Vendors/Suppliers of; Engineering
products/Electronics/Electricals/Chemicals
/Pharmaceuticals, Bulk drugs, machined products,
Solar Bases, Fabrication, Turnkey consultations,
Furniture manufacturing,etc

14th October
3.30 to 4.30 pm

BEL

Mr.T.N.Ramesh
AGM
CONTACT NO.27194268

HYDERABAD METRO RAIL LTD

1.Mr.N.V.S.Reddy,M.D.
2. Mr.B.N.Rajeshwar
General Manager(Works)
Cell: 8008456866

RAMKY

Mr. Maruthi Rao, Head Facilities
Mr.Gopaliyer

L&T METRO RAIL HYDERABAD LTD

1. Mr. T. Phaneedra Pavan,
Project Engineer,

TEXTILES

 

Suppliers related to Textiles like:

 

MEENABAZAR

Md.Qurashi,G.M.
Ms.P.Rukmini, Sr.Executive-HR
ContactNO.9705559205

Sarees designing, Block printing,
Embroidery, Fashion designers,
Tailoring, Packagings, dying, kanta works,
Jewellery making, etc.,

15th October,
10.30 to 11.30 a.m.

CHERMAS

Ms.Gul Pestenjee, Director
Ms.Jasmine, Director -Retail

   

Service Providers & General Product suppliers;

 

MEENA BAZAR

Md.Qurashi,G.M.
Ms.P.Rukmini, Sr.Executive-HR
ContactNO.9705559205

Web designing, Brochure designing, art work preparation, printing, Stationery, Consumables, etc

15th October
11.30 to 12.30 p.m.

CHERMAS

Ms.Gul Pestenjee, Director Ms.Jasmine, Director -Retail

SREEM OVERSEAS INC

Mr. Manoj Agarwal, Director
Ms.Sapna Agarwal
Contact No.9000633066, 23734271

FOOD SECTOR

     

Foods, Fats & Fertilizers

Mr.Susheel Goenka

Members in the field of Health related foods

16th October
11.30 a.m to 12.30 p.m

Kamath Lingapur Hotels

Mr.K.U.Shenoy, CEO,
Contact NO.9848409430

Members in the field of catering, Suppliers of Chocolates, daiary products, Bakery, Paper cup manufacturing, Herbal products.

16th October
11.30 a.m to 12.30 p.m

Ratnadeep Super MarketsMiscellaneousShubam Collections

Mr.D.S.Prasad,
Purchase Manager
Contact NO.9246334496Mr.Ghaneriwal

   

Women Entrepreneurs were divided based on the fields of activity and invited in their specific time slot ( as covered in the schedule). To start of the company representatives introduced themselves and the opportunities that they have in general and gave a brief on the vendor approval procedure in their company. After which the group was further broken in to smaller, individual meetings with each company interacting with each of the Entrepreneur one after the other. The Entrepreneurs had come with their catalogues, credentials, presentations and samples in some cases.

After the initial round of 1 to 1 discussion, each Entrepreneur came back with a feed back from the company on their interest/relevance in the field of activity and how it could be taken up further.

Both, representatives of Corporates and the Entrepreneurs had appreciated the initiative taken and believed this could take them further in their business. Almost everyone suggested that there should be more such B 2 B meetings.

Some of the comments that were received are as below.

1) An Entrepreneur, who is into training and development, after her interaction with the Engg.Corporate said that contacts she had developed in the whole year, she managed to make in just one hour.

2) A lady in Engg.Plastics was assured by Bharat Electronics Ltd. that she would be given specifications and tests that her FRP products need to meet. Once that is met, she could get an entry into BEL..

3) Two young Entrepreneurs in IT Services and Web designing were satisfied that they had been given direct contact to the Head of IT in BHEL.

4) An Entrepreneur from Goa was happy that she managed to contact companies in Hyderabad without having to step out of the exhibition grounds.

 

Many more such feed backs were received.

Feed back forms were collected from most of the participants. We intend doing more such B 2 Bs with better ,organization,having learned from the 1st experience.

The highlight of the B 2 B meetings was – signing of Memorandum of Understanding between Ramky and COWE.Both have decided to put together their energies for the cause of Entrepreneurial growth. Enclosed is a copy of MOU.


A day of inspiration

Event Date: (2011-11-05)

A day of celebrations…

COWE celebrated International Women’s Day along with Federation of Andhra Pradesh Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FAPCCI) at Surana Auditorium. Mr. Harishchandra Prasad, President FAPCCI, Mrs. Renu Chellu, MD,SBH, and other dignitaries added worth to the function. It was well attended by our members and members of FAPCCI.

A day of recognition

Three of our members have been felicitated at the venue by COWE’s Award of recognition and Certificate of Appreciation.

Shashikala, who has despite circumstantial pressures, has successfully become an entrepreneur in the rural segment. She has inspired a lot of people to produce natural manure and pesticides. She has educated many a farmer on the new technologies, she has also been awarded by the Government of Andhra Pradesh, when the Late Chief Minister Dr.Y.S. Rajasekara Reddy felicitated her for her contribution to the rural sector. A person who strives to blend the rural with urban advantages.

Aluri Lalitha, who has been an inspiration to many by her transition from an EDP member to an active Executive Member of COWE was recognized for her achieving a six crore turnover in a matter of two to three years. She is known for her simplicity and the quality of printing.

Mona Ranadev, one of our members who has taken her work as a passion and has participated in the ISB workshops and has made a niche for herself and her store that she recently opened. She is energy personified and passes on enthusiasm across the vicinity.

Three cheers for these ladies…

A day of inspiration…

We screened an inspirational film “ Panchi Banu Udthi Phiroon” a Hindi adaptation of the Chinese Film titled “The Invisible Wings” in English. We felicitated the producer of the Hindi and Telugu version of the film, Mrs.Sudha Rani Chava, who left no stone unturned to bring this film to India. The film is being shown in various schools and colleges and other venues to propagate the concept of extending oneself to achieve despite the oddities in life. COWE felicitated her on this occasion. Mrs. Madhuri Talluri, Jt. Secretary, COWE introduced Sudha Rani Chava and gave a brief introduction about Sudha who has since her teens struggled towards making a better place for the woman and the girl child.

Speaking on the occasion, Sudha Rani Chava, thanked COWE and how she started her career as a Corporator and shifted to full time voluntary work, working in bettering the lives of girl children.

A day of reflection

President of COWE, Mrs. Uma Ghurka, apprised the dignitaries on the dias and other members in the audience of the activities of COWE so far and also briefly touched upon our future plans. Girija.P, Secretary COWE, thanked all the dignitaries and the members in the audience, FAPCCI and all others who made the IWD this year a success.

Mrs. Madhu Tyagi, Treasurer COWE, ably conducted the entire proceedings of IWD at FAPCCI Auditorium.


COWE Celebrated the International Women’s Day

Event Date: (2011-11-05)

Confederation of Women Entrepreneurs (COWE) celebrated the International Women’s Day at the Surana Auditorium of Federation of AP Chamber of Commerce and Industries premises in red hills. Majority of COWE members, Executive and Managing Committee members took time off their otherwise busy schedules and celebrated International Women’s Day with gusto. IWD 2011 was graced by Smt. K. Ratna Prabha, IAS, Principal Secretary, Information Technology & Communications Department – Andhra Pradesh, as Chief Guest and Ms. Renu Chellu, M.D. State Bank of Hyderabad as the Guest of Honour.

The Programme began with a prayer song rendered by a group of EC members – Juin Sinha, Geeta Goti, Suseela Raj Pattam, Anuradha and Rashmi.

Ms. K. Sandhya Reddy, President, welcomed the guests and the members to formally start the proceedings. In her welcome speech she thanked Smt. Ratnaprabha garu for having immediately agreeing to have a session on Schemes and Benefits for IT & ITes and also for sponsoring the event. She then spoke about the various activities and participations by COWE members from November 2011. Sandhya Reddy thanked Smt.Renu Challu for the support extended by SBH to all our programmes and events

. An Initial round of Quiz on Famous women achievers conducted by Vandana Maheshwari was a way of remembering the achievers as well as for knowing a little more about them to take inspiration from. The President, then invited Ms. Renu Chellu, to address the gathering.

In her address, Ms. Renu Chellu, spoke about how things have changed from her initial days where it was felt that women can just do a 9-5 job and be happy and not aspire to get into credit or risk management or for assignments abroad. Yet, even today, there is further need for change in outlook towards women in the matters of appointments to top Institutional Positions. At the same time she cautioned that women should not take the positions for granted but should rather deservingly achieve them and once at the top, continue to prove themselves as effective leaders. She wished the gathering a very happy women’s day and a successful year ahead.

The Chief Guest, Ms. Ratna Prabha, made a detailed presentation of her department’s plans for Industry in general with emphasis on special benefits offered to women entrepreneurs in IT sector. She also highlighted the various incentives offered to women and mentioned that the security measures were being made mandatory for IT organisations / BPOs, employing large numbers women. A handbook on ICT was distributed to all the members. Smt. Ratnaprabha also reiterated that women in top positions were less in number in IT sector too and implored on the members to take up entrepreneurship which gave them an opportunity to prove their mettle as also providing employment to so many more.

Ms. Madhuri called the EDP candidates, who have taken initiative and began their units immediately after the EDP, on to the dais and felicitated them through the hands of the Chief Guest and the Guest of Honour.

Ms. Rama Devi, Premlatha and Swathi trio who began Live well foods, Ms. Prakruti for her venture Shibori, Mahita for her plum cake ready mix, Vijayasree for fuel briquetting, Gopi Lavanya for herbal products were appreciated and given momentous. Miss Durga launched her product Sahaja herbal bath powder. Sharada of Sharada Industries was felicitated for starting the first unit in COWE’s automotive and Industrial estate.

Entertainment programmes revved the place. With a dance recital by Ms. Srivalli, who is otherwise into Human Resource Management, enthralling the audience COWEs team got into top gear presenting a retro on Bollywood and Tollywood movies of the sixties and seventies, the numbers were presented so enthusiastically that the entire audience started cheering our heroines heartily.

The Entire Programme was Compered by one of our executive members, Ms. Vandana Maheshwari. Ms. Juin Sinha, who is the person behind the retro walk and also an Executive member, formally proposed a vote of thanks. The programme concluded by the recital of the National Anthem. Ms. Lalitha got the venue ready for the event. This event was organised entirely by the Executive Committee of COWE with logistic support from Managing Committee.

Media Coverage of the International women’s day celebrations had COWE’s event covered in Gemini tv’s City lights. In Medak District edition, Sharada Industries was covered as the first unit in the first women Automotive and Industrial estate in the country. This year, the entire programme was organised by the executive committee of COWE.


Women’s day celebrations, 2011

Event Date: (2011-07-08)

COWE President’s speech on the eve of Women’s day:

Good evening friends!

We are gathered here today to celebrate International Women’s Day. I have been invited as you all are by the Executive Committee of COWE, the organizers of today’s programme. Three cheers to all of them!

What is this all about?

International Women’s Day is celebrated in many countries around the world. It is a day when women are recognized for their achievements without regard to divisions, whether national, ethnic, linguistic, cultural, economic or political. It is an occasion for looking back on past struggles and accomplishments, and more importantly, for looking ahead to the untapped potential and opportunities that await future generations of women.

Why dedicate a day exclusively to the celebration of the world’s women?

Two reasons: to recognize the fact that securing peace and social progress and the full enjoyment of human rights and fundamental freedoms require the active participation, equality and development of women; and to acknowledge the contribution of women to the strengthening of international peace and security. For the women of the world, the Day’s symbolism has a wider meaning: It is an occasion to review how far they have come in their struggle for equality, peace and development. It is also an opportunity to unite, network and mobilize for meaningful change.

COWE celebrates March 8th with a gusto as it aims to bring in a socio-economic change in women through entrepreneurship and which is a better day than this to review, plan and celebrate than the International Women’s day?

Last year we had a showcasing of a Inspiring Film “ The Hindi adaptation of the Invisible Wings” which was produced by a women entrepreneur. We also felicitated three of our entrepreneurs for their successes.

In 2008, we had a film screening at ISB. The film was Provoked and the director of the film came down and shared his interactions with the the lady on whom the film was picturised.

In 2007, we had a get-together at Sailing club and had a talk on the budget by an expert.

In 2006, we felicitated our mothers and had a panel discussion.

This year, we are having a session on the Schemes and Benefits for Women in IT, Health related talks and a quiz. Our guests would enlighten us on the topics. At this Juncture, I would like to thank our Chief Guest Smt.Ratnaprabha, I.A.S. garu, who has immediately agreed to enlighten our members on the various schemes that would benefit us and has also been kind enough to sponsor today’s Celebrations.

Today’s Entertainment programmes have been organised by the EC, especially Juin played a keen role in co-ordinating.

As we learnt, review is crucial to see how far we have travelled and how much more we need to achieve. From what we began – as a 22 member team in 2004, we are today nearly 500 member strong, we have had around16 EDPs… 4 Trade Carnivals… 6 seminars of which two have been GITEX… 8 participations in foreign trade fairs and many conferences and meetings…5 MOUs… one automotive park is already up with another in the offing…. Reflecting on this, I must say, we have come a long way. Yet, this is only the beginning… we have a long way to go with many dreams.

In just on-liners, I would like to skim through the recent activities…i.e. from the November 2010..

  • COWE’s formation day – November 22nd 2010. Venue sponsored by our EC member, Sandhyasree, Food and beverages by MC members and the prizes for games by Brand Kraft.
  • Shri H.S.Meena, IAS., Joint Development Commissioner, MSME, Delhi visited our Industrial estate on ………. And interacted with our alottees. Ours is the first Women Automotive and Engineering Park in the Country.
  • We have applied under MSE-CDP scheme to develop our Industrial estate and for common building that would house the common facilities . I am  happy to announce that we already have In-Principal sanction letter from the Govt. of MSME and  we now, have submitted  our proposal  to MSME for final approval.
  • We have successfully completed an EDP in December 2010 wherein 28 members have undergone training and they are actively pursuing the setting up of their unit. The EDP was sponsored by SBH. We have another EDP now on, which began in mid-February. The participants of the current EDP have joined us today in our celebrations.
  • 10 of our  members have participated in the exhibition organized by MSME  at NSIC  exhibition center at Kushaiguda.
  • Fapsia has organized southern India exhibition at NSIC  exhibition center at Kushaiguda  from  ………….. and many of our members attended the exhibition
  • We have submitted two proposals to speed up our work with the support of governmental schemes available.
    • Rajiv Gandhi Udyami Mitra Yojana (RGUMY) for EDPs and skill development support
    • The STED Project  under Ministry of Science and Technology, New Delhi for technology upgradation support – 200 micro-enterprises in a district are expected to be up and running in a period of four years
  • I, as President of COWE and Member on Board of MSME,  attended the MSME board meeting on 22nd December at Delhi. Issues raised by the representatives from various associations were:
    • Cluster Development for the multi product to be considered
    •  Exit Policy for Micro and Small Industry
    • Status of SME exchange
    • Purchase preference for MSME – 20% to be procured
    • Popularization of CGTMSE scheme
    • Tax related issues – to increase excise duty exemption upto  5 crore
    • B2B exchange with in various clusters
    • ICT intervention at Cluster Park
    • Credit licence
  • Our members participated/attended various seminars, workshops and conferences to network and to understand the present trends and to pass on the information to our members.
    • Agri-Business Incubators – Common Practices Workshop
    • One day workshop on Vibrant Gujarat organised in Hyd
    • Workshop organised by the Ministry of Textile
    •  Seminar organised by FAPSIA
    • Workshop organised by MSME to understand how the discussions and policy changes in WTO impact SME
    •  Franchisee Exhibitio
    • IT Exhibition
    • Indo-German programme 2011-2012
  • Counselling at COWE office three days a week.

             After the review, what?

We are planning to have more participation by our members… please check your mails once a day and see if there are any opportunities that suit you

We need to have more number of people coming in to help take this social cause forward. Please give your time and thought and give us suggestions to make every woman strong through entrepreneurship.

We are providing information about various trade fairs and opportunities. Though these can be attended in your individual capacity, it helps to go through COWE as we could try to bargain for a better deal.

We would continue to have programmes like EDPs, Trade Carnival and participations in other exhibitions and trade fairs both in India and Abroad.

We are planning to have at least two seminars in a year, if not more.

This year, we have a lot to do with the projects taken up in the previous years have come for implementation.

Now, my personal thanks  to our guests who have always been our strength and support…to every member who is present here  who have joined COWE with a purpose…to our entire team of EC and MC, present and past,  who have kept us moving ahead towards our goals…to our staff who have been there with us in our good and not so good times…

I would like to end this with a quote by Margaret Thatcher -

“If you want something said, ask a man; if you want something done, ask a woman.”

So, this year, it is going to be a year of implementations… of our plans…our projects. Thank you.


China Tour Report

Event Date: (2011-09-29)

List of participents who went to the conference on 17/09/2011 are as below:

P.SOUDHAMINI
BESIDES Z NEWS,KHAIRTABAD,HYDERABAD -500 004
M:9848555222
soudhamini@gmail.com
VISION 2K+INC

UMA GHURKA
PLOT NO.28, NAGARJUNA HILLS, HYDERABAD – 500 082
M: 9849167655
ug@thermopads.com
THERMO SYSTEMS PVT LTD

A.SHYLAJA REDDY
501 FORTUNE CHAMBERS, #8-10, IMAGE GARDENS LANE, MADHAPUR, HITECH CITY, HYDERABAD – 500 081
M: 9849797907
Shylaja51@yahoo.com
CADVISION ENGINEERS PVT LTD

MADHU TYAGI
D-36 & 37, PHASE IV, EXTN IDA, JEEDIMETLA HYDERABAD
M: 9949010208
madhutyagi@svs-wires.com
SVS WIRES PVT LTD

P.GIRIJA
8-2-604/A/5A, ROAD NO.10, BANJARA HILLS, HYDERABAD500 034
M: 9246521140
swethahomecare@hotmail.com
SWETHA HOME CARE PRODUCTS (P) LTD

VANDANA MAHESHWARI
5-4-23/6576/a1119, 1st Floor, ISPAT BHAVAN, DISTILLERY ROAD, RANIGUNJ, SECUNDERABAD-500 003
M: 9440319108
vrkextrusions@gmail.com
VRK EXTRUSIONS PVT LTD

K.SANDHYA REDDY
10-3-56/4/1, RADHAKRISHNA STREET, EAST MARREDPALLY, SECUNDERABAD – 500 026
M: 9866287151
kesavaram@gmail.com
IBEESOFT TECHNOLOGIES

NISREEN CHASS
8-2-629/1/7, ROAD NO.12, BANJARA HILLS, HYDERABAD-500 034
O:040- 23370752
nisreenkc@gmail.com
TAS MANUFACTURING

VIJAYA SARADA REDDY
HIG 439, JNTU ROAD, KPHB COLONY, KUKATPALLY, HYDERABAD – 500 092
M; 9848046977
vijayasarada@gmail.com
VPR BUSINESS SOLUTIONS PVT LTD

SUNDARI .P
100/1, RAVI CHAMBERS, KAVURI HILLS, MADHAPUR, HYDERABAD – 500 033
M:9391155934
sundari@tempuslaw.co.in
TEMPUS LAW ASSOCIATES

NAMITA BANKA
A-111, EXPRESS APARTMENT, LAKDIPOOL, HYDERABAD – 500 004
M: 9246880060
enterprises.banka@gmail.com
BANKA ENTERPRISES

P.VEENA
PLOT#1.2 SYNO.105/C, MALLA REDDY COMPLEX, KOMPALLY QUTBULLAPUR – 500 014
M:9666463999
veenapro@gmail.com
ENDULA INFRA LLP

The International Trade Centre (ITC) is the trade promotion arm of the World Trade Organization (WTO). ITC’s mission is to enable small business export success in developing and transition economic countries by providing with partners, sustainable and inclusive development solutions to the private sector trade support institutions and policy makers. ITC organized the Global Women Vendors Exhibition and Forum in Chongqing, China as it felt that the demand for goods and services supplied by the women business owners is increasing day by day. Many Fortune-500 companies are taking their supplies to actively source from women in target markets. As sourcing is no longer local or national, this presents an enormous opportunity for women around the world to selling to global chains, including women from developing and transition economies.

 

On our way to Chongqing, China to attend the conference, we stopped over at Guangzhou, China. It is one of the largest cities of Guangdong province in the Peoples Republic of China. Guangdong seems to be a key national transportation hub and trading port. Apparently, it is one of the top manufacturing hubs of China and a leading commercial and trading city. As part of our study tour, we had an opportunity to visit a few manufacturing facilities and factories in Dongguan which is one of the suburban areas of Guangzhou city.

The visit to the factories revealed several aspects relating to how manufacturing activity is undertaken in China. Dongguan is approximately 100 miles from Guangzhou. Our first visit was to factories named (1) Thermo Pads Private Limited, (2) Thermo Systems Private Limited and (3) Thermo Cables Private Limited. These are large facilities where several machine tools used in the manufacture of Heaters were assembled and exported to various parts of the world. The entire floor of the factory had several machines displayed and workmen working on the same. The senior executives, CEO and senior engineers from the factory with the help of Chinese-English translator / interpreter explained to us the various activities carried on in the factory and how they earn value in the supply chain, the challenges and the potential that these companies face. We learnt that these factories typically have a highly qualified engineers and technical personnel from all over China and many people relocate to work in Guangdong because of the enormous employment opportunities there. We also discovered that several of these factories provide lodging / accommodation and boarding facilities for their employees who work on site including the day care facilities for the children of the employees. The factories have a really large space where these facilities are provided for their employees. We also learnt that the entrepreneurs / business women in China are eager to do business with countries like India and many are already doing a good size of business with India supplying several of the machines, tools, accessories, components and the like.

In our 2nd factory visit we were accompanied by a senior executive who was able to speak English, assist us and walk us through the manufacturing activities of the factory, by himself. We also noticed that 90% of the employees we interpreted with were very young and the younger generation is bilingual. Guangdong city is also a trading and supplier of furniture and parts to all parts of the world. From there we proceeded to Chonchin for the two day conference which was extremely well organized by ITC and WEConnect. The plenary session was addressed by Mr. Wang Yi, Director General of COFTEC and others. It is a very well attended conference with delegates from almost 26 countries all over the world attending the same and the seminar was classified into several parallel sessions where buyers, mentor group meetings were organized on a one-to-one basis for the purpose of interaction between suppliers and vendors in various sectors such as Agri business, Construction, Automotive and Clean & Green technology, IT & BPO, Textiles and Apparels etc. In the IT & BPO sector, there were several large technology companies like Accenture, IBM, HP, CISCO etc. The senior procurement executives from these companies have attended the conference to explain to the women vendors as to how the big companies sell or procure from women vendors globally, details about their diversity procurement initiative committed to their organizations to the diversity cause, how the entire procedure relating to the procurement works, what kind of accreditations are necessary for these vendors to qualify to be vendors of global MNCs, capacity building, networking initiative, support and infrastructure, resources available with ITC and WEConnect, the initiative of WEConnect in the US, how women vendors could participate or register as women owned businesses and other such details. There were several networking sessions to connect with global players such as Wal-Mart, CWMarriot and the like.

Multiple opportunities were created to interact across cross sections to understand what opportunities are available for women entrepreneurs and women vendors back in India relating to businesses all over the world with a special focus on industry verticals in China. Chongqing city has taken several initiatives to facilitate its growth and tours were given on the various industries and technology parks in Chongqing city with a focus on food industry, IT and Construction sectors. This was a great opportunity for women entrepreneurs in India to understand the global opportunities and the opportunities in China for women business.


COWE Walkathon:

Event Date: (2011-11-04)

A walk for Women Empowerment: Walkathon Though most walkathons are fund raisers, they also act as awareness campaigns. COWE’s Walkathon is basically organised to create a consciousness about bringing in women empowerment through entrepreneurship. Gearing women power towards empowerment through enterprise is the motto of this Walkathon.

“The first known Walkathon was held in San Juan, Puerto Rico in 1953 by the most famous and influential actor/comedian in the history of Puerto Rico, Ramón Rivero, better known as Diplo. He walked 80 miles (from the capital city of San Juan to Ponce, on the other side of the island, to raise money for the Liga Puertorriqueña Contra el Cáncer (the Puerto Rican League Against Cancer). In that Walkathon, Ramón Rivero raised the equivalent of $85,000 in 4 days. The Walkathon turned into a historical event that became part of the collective consciousness of Puerto Ricans all over the world” – Wikipedia.

October 8, 2011 will witness women assembling at KBR Park to join COWE in the walk. Business women, Industrialists, Working women, Home makers, and Students will take part in the walk which would promote the message of Women empowerment through Entrepreneurship.

Chief Guest – Mrs. D.K. Aruna, Hon’ble Minister for I&PR, Guests of Honor – Banda Kartika Reddy, Mayor of Hyderabad; Amala Akkineni, Actor and Animal Activist and Honorable Guest – Shilpa Reddy, Designer would add strength to the cause by their presence.


COWE’s Annual General body Meeting

Event Date: (2011-11-05)

COWE’s AGM was held on 25th September 2010 at FAPCCI, Surana Auditorium from 3.00pm to 6.00pm. It was well attended and a few of our enthusiastic members displayed their products. The new Managing Committee was announced and vacancies in the Executive Committee were filled up with the elected members.Addition of co-opted members into the EC was based on their inputs and expertise.

Our guest speakers were from SBI and NSIC. Ms.Mukta Mala Das from SBI talked about the CGTMSE Scheme i.e loans upto 1 crore without collateral and assured us that they would extend all their support to our members to set up their units and to extend co-operation from SBI. Those members who were hitherto not aware were keen to avail this facility.

Mr. J. Chaganti, Manager, NSIC briefed us about all the NSIC schemes and programs and about their upcoming exhibition on 12th October 2010 at Hyderabad. COWE is entering an MOU with NSIC for the purpose, utilizing the services of each other towards the cause of promoting SMEs in particular and also to address the needs of SMEs in terms of technology upgradation, marketing & credit through NSIC schemes.

Our President, Ms. Uma Ghurka spoke on the year long achievements of COWE. From training to seminars to Trade Carnival and Infrastructure development, COWE has come a longway. Ms. Girija, Secretary, tabled the audited accounts and the accounts were uninamously approved. The auditors P. Sivaramakrishna & Co. have been reappointed for the year 2010-2011; proposed by Ms. Vandana Maheshwari and seconded by Ms. Geeta Goti.

The new team of managing committee and executive committee was welcomed to take COWE forward. Our new President (2010-2012) Ms.Sandhya Reddy outlined the structure of COWE and about future plans. She mentioned about Committees, delegating responsibilities to Managing Committee & Executive Committee members.

Our new Secretary (2010-2012) Ms. Madhuri Talluri talking on the upcoming trade Carnival mentioned that “COWE opts for a Trade Carnival instead of the drab Trade Fairs where only business is discussed. The Annual Trade Carnival combines the best of the Exhibitions i.e., Trade, B2B solutions, Interactions with financial institutions etc. and the Entertainment Programmes alongside, which not only lighten up the atmosphere but also makes it a family outing too besides business. COWE’s Trade Carnival is inclusive as most of the stall holders are COWE members or COWE associates and well wishers. 4th Annual Trade Carnival 2010 is held at People’s Plaza Necklace Road on 23rd, 24th and 25th of October 2010. Those of you who wish to take stalls to exhibit your products are requested to NOT wait till the last moment. Early planning will help in accentuating your business.

Finally friends thank you for all the support and expect to receive the same in future. Today COWE, which began as 22 members, is 400 members strong.