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Event Date: (2012-09-27)
  • Seventh Annual General Meeting of the members of m/s confederation of women entrepreneurs held on Thursday 27th September, 2012 at 3.00 p.m. at the at Surana auditorium, Fapcci, red hills, Lakdikapool, Hyderabad – 500034, Andhra Pradesh, India.

  • The Change in Managing Committee was announced after the annual accounts were tabled and approved.

  • Mr. Akadas, MSME director in his speech pronounced the about the various opportunities provided by the Ministry of Micro, Small and medium Enterprises for facilitating the promotion and development and enhancing the competitiveness of micro, small and medium enterprises, encouraged and appreciated Confederation of Women Entrepreneurs for the good work .

  • Ms.Sandhya Reddy handed over charge to her successor Ms.Soudhamini as President for the ensuing period 2012-2014. The Outgoing President will continue to be part of the Managing Committee as per the organizational structure of COWE.

  • The outgoing President gave a report on the two years’ activity. The incoming President outlined the future programmes and solicited support and emphasized on consolidation and growth. The new Managing Committee 2012-2014 was announced.

  • Approve the Amendment in the Bye-Laws of the company Elections for Executive Committee.

  • Elected Executive Committee, Members and Co-opted Members were announced.

  • Members from EDP were shared their success followed by High tea and entertainment.


One day seminar on ‘ Preferential Procurement Policy’ & celebrated International Women’s day, 2013

Event Date: (2012-05-07)

COWE is celebrating International Women’s day on 7th of March at 10.00 am ( as 8th is falling on Holi festival) by organizing a one day seminar on ‘Preferential Procurement Policy’ at Residency Hall, Green Park, Begumpet, Hyderabad. International Women’s Day, originally is called International Working Women’s Day, and is marked on March 8th every year. In different regions the focus of the celebrations ranges from general celebration of respect, appreciation and love towards women to celebration for women’s economic, political and social achievements.

Since inception COWE celebrates IWD to empower business women through programs of substance like respecting mothers, or have women achievers as panelists or just movies of women oriented success stories. Today’s topic is to highlight the advantages of the new brought out policy of the Govt of India to benefit MSMEs. “Preferential Procurement Policy” as it is called, where the Govt of India has announced that 20% of the purchases in the Govt sector will be from MSMEs.

MSMEs are engine of growth, 45% of the industrial output in India, 8% contribution to GDP, 40% to Indian exports & over 8 crores jobs are created. Women entrepreneurs and workers form 15% of the SMEs and 50% of the work force. They have also grown almost 15 times since the last decade and Cowe is working towards increasing their participation. Hence, this seminar to create awareness of this important announcement of the Govt of India. The event aims at developing marketing linkages between Government Departments, Public sector Units and Medium and Large scale Industries with our members. This event gains significance in the view of the rolling out of the ‘Preferential Procurement policy’ by Ministry of MSME, Govt of India.

The morning session contains ‘The Preferential Procurement Policy’ which requires all Central Ministries and Public Sector units to purchase at least 20% of their total annual purchases from the MSME sector, which was approved by the Union cabinet in November 2011 under the MSED Act 2006. This would be a powerful tool to boost the MSE growth, as the government and public sector units (PSUs) are the biggest buyers in the country. This will help link the large and small industry and benefit the entire supply chain.

We are inviting Chief Guest Dr.J.Geetha Reddy, Hon’ble Minister for Major Industries for the inauguration of the event and officials from Public sectors, large private sectors in Engineering, Electronics, Railways, Food, Textile sector and also from We Connect International, India Head to interact with the participants.

In the afternoon session will be celebrating the International Women’s Day with entertainment programs and the members will display their products in the stalls.


One day seminar on ‘ Preferential Procurement Policy’ & celebrated International Women’s day, 2013

Event Date: (2012-03-07)

COWE is celebrating International Women’s day on 7th of March at 10.00 am ( as 8th is falling on Holi festival) by organizing a one day seminar on ‘Preferential Procurement Policy’ at Residency Hall, Green Park, Begumpet, Hyderabad. International Women’s Day, originally is called International Working Women’s Day, and is marked on March 8th every year. In different regions the focus of the celebrations ranges from general celebration of respect, appreciation and love towards women to celebration for women’s economic, political and social achievements.

Since inception COWE celebrates IWD to empower business women through programs of substance like respecting mothers, or have women achievers as panelists or just movies of women oriented success stories. Today’s topic is to highlight the advantages of the new brought out policy of the Govt of India to benefit MSMEs. “Preferential Procurement Policy” as it is called, where the Govt of India has announced that 20% of the purchases in the Govt sector will be from MSMEs.

MSMEs are engine of growth, 45% of the industrial output in India, 8% contribution to GDP, 40% to Indian exports & over 8 crores jobs are created. Women entrepreneurs and workers form 15% of the SMEs and 50% of the work force. They have also grown almost 15 times since the last decade and Cowe is working towards increasing their participation. Hence, this seminar to create awareness of this important announcement of the Govt of India.

The event aims at developing marketing linkages between Government Departments, Public sector Units and Medium and Large scale Industries with our members. This event gains significance in the view of the rolling out of the ‘Preferential Procurement policy’ by Ministry of MSME, Govt of India

. The morning session contains ‘The Preferential Procurement Policy’

which requires all Central Ministries and Public Sector units to purchase at least 20% of their total annual purchases from the MSME sector, which was approved by the Union cabinet in November 2011 under the MSED Act 2006. This would be a powerful tool to boost the MSE growth, as the government and public sector units (PSUs) are the biggest buyers in the country. This will help link the large and small industry and benefit the entire supply chain.

We are inviting Chief Guest Dr.J.Geetha Reddy, Hon’ble Minister for Major Industries for the inauguration of the event and officials from Public sectors, large private sectors in Engineering, Electronics, Railways, Food, Textile sector and also from We Connect International, India Head to interact with the participants.

In the afternoon session will be celebrating the International Women’s Day with entertainment programs and the members will display their products in the stalls.

 


Participation Of Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC) 2012 National Conference & Business Fair. June 19 to June 21, 2012

Event Date: (2012-06-21)

Members of COWE had the wonderful opportunity to attend the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC) 2012 National Conference & Business Fair. The Conference was conducted in the city of Orlando, in the south east part of the United States from Tuesday, June 19 through Thursday, June 21, 2012. WBENC is very similar to WeConnect in its primary objective – to connect women vendors that would supply goods and services to corporations. Due to the laws in the USA and Europe all major corporations are required to achieve diversity in their supply chain by giving opportunity to women owned businesses, giving a great advantage to us, women entrepreneurs.

The conference had three main aspects to it: 1) talks and workshops to develop skills and motivate women entrepreneurs, 2) A full day exhibition to display your products and services and meet potential clients 3) One-on-One meetings with matched corporations to pitch your product. The exhibition held on the 20th of June was the highlight of the event with around XYZ number of stalls and XYZ participants. Every major corporation had a stall at the exhibition and a representative from their company

available to answer questions and connect the women to the procurement heads of the various divisions. Major MNCS such as Walmart, IBM, Target, Dell, Accenture, HP were present to name a few.

Mike Jones, President, Discover Leadership TrainingMike Jones is president of Discover Leadership Training, an enterprise created with the purpose of providing trailblazing, sustainable, and relevant training solutions to the business community.

Frances Cole Jones, Author Frances Cole Jones is the author of The Wow Factor: The 33 Things You Must (and Must Not) Do to Guarantee Your Edge in Today’s Business World (Ballantine Books/Random House) and How to Wow:

Proven Strategies for Selling Your (Brilliant) Self in any Situation. She also has an app for the iPhone and iPad called “Interview Wow Guest Speaker Lisa Price, Founder, Carol’s Daughter beauty products From humble beginnings in her Brooklyn kitchen, Founder of Carol’s Daughter, Inc., Lisa Price transformed her beloved hobby of mixing up fragrances and creams at home into a multi-million dollar beauty empire


COWE & WEConnect Round Table Conference On 10 Sep – 2012.

Event Date: (2012-09-10)

Ms.Katherine Dhanani, Consul General US. Addressing the gathering

Ms.Dhanani has emphasized the need fow women to network and gain the power of collective representation.

Ms.Virgina Little john, Global advisor of WEConnect International and Founder CEO of QuantamLeaps has given an inspiring speech with example from US on the WEConnect representing for women to be part of the preferential partners for the fortune 500 companies. She has promised to guide and mentor COWE in their future activities to take women to represent

globally.Ms.Sucharita Eshwar, MD WEConnect International shared the plans of WEConnect’s program in India.

Ms.Amita Kasbekar, Inclusion Lead of Deloitte has shared her opinions on corporate connect with women entrepreneurs.Mr. M V Sudhir Kumar, Asst.Director MSME shared extensively on the government programs that are available for women entrepreneurs and how one could benefit from these programs.

Ms. Aarti Patil , MD of Helsa-Icon , Dr.Sudha Reddy, MD KBN Enterprises and Ms.Rasheed Adenwala , MD of RA Associates have shared their experiences as women entrepreneurs

. Ms Sandhya Reddy, President of COWE had set the context and has put a proposal to organize WEConnect International global event at Hyderabad in 2013, earlier these events were conducted in China and Mexico.

Ms.Soudhamini, Sr.Vice President of COWE has proposed vote of thanks and committed to make the networking experience of women entrepreneurs reach global horizons.This Round table was sponsored by Vision 2K, an organization into enabled services of health care. Incidentally this is the first organization to be certified by WEConnect International.Around fifty participants attended this session which was excellently managed by Geeta Goti, Executive Committee member and Director Husys Consulting Pvt. Ltd.


NATIONAL VENDOR DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME CUM INDUSTRIAL EXHIBITION

Event Date: (2012-11-24)

Confederation of Women Entrepreneurs (COWE) co-organiser with MSME Development Institute, Ministry of MSME, Govt. of India, Balanagar, Hyderabad organized a two-day National Vendor Development Programme cum Industrial Exhibition – MSME EXPO 2012, on 24th and 25th, November 2012, at EMDBK, NSIC Campus, Kushaiguda, Hyderabad has organized Vendor Development Prgramme for the benefit of SME sector to create a platform for vendor development. The programme was attended by about 500 participants, PSUs such as VSKP, BHEL, SCR, NMDC, HAL and 150 MSME entrepreneurs have exhibited their products during the exhibition. This Programme was coordinated by Confederation of Women Entrepreneurs, Hyderabad.

Dr.Sailajanath, Hon ble Minister for Primary Education, SSA, Adult Education, AP Open School Society, Jawahr Bala Bhavan, AP Mahila Samatha Society, SIET, Public Libraries, SCERT, AP Text Book Press was the Chief Guest and inaugurated the exhibition. Shri R.K.Wanchoo, Executive Director, BHEL was the Guest of Honour. Shri G.R.Akadas, Director, MSME-DI, Hyderabad, Shri Kotha Ramarao, Corporator, Kapra Division(GHMC), Shri B.Vijay Kumar, Dy.Director , MSME-DI, Hyderabad, Smt.Soudhamini, President, Confederation of Women Entrepreneurs and Shri P.Subba Rao, DGM, Andhra Bank also graced the occasion.

Dr.Sailajanath, in his inaugural address expressed his happiness for participating in the programme and appreciated the organizers for conducting the MSME Expo for the benefit of buyers and sellers. While briefing the promotional policy of Govt of Andhra Pradesh for MSE sector he said that steps are being taken by the Govt of AP in providing self-employment opportunities to the educated unemployed youth in the State and Hon ble Minister further informed that the Govt of AP has earmarked a sum of Rs.700 crores for skill development of artisans under Rajiv Yuvakiranalu which would result in availability of skilled manpower to the MSE sector

. The Hon ble Minister reiterated the need for encouraging educated unemployed youth and women entrepreneurs on which the State Govt is working on devising various schemes. He emphasized the need for encouraging entrepreneurs hailing from semi-urban and rural/backward areas to enable them to compete in the market. Dr.Sailajanath, Hon ble Minister also released the Souvenir brought out by the MSME-DI, Hyderabad and declared the exhibition open to the public. After the inauguration of the exhibition all the dignitaries visited various stalls and interacted with the entrepreneurs.

Sri G.R.Akadas, Director, MSME-DI, Hyderabad in his key note address briefed about the Public Procurement Policy which is aimed for the benefit of MSE sectors. He appreciated the contribution made by PSUs, financial institutions in respect of Procurement Policy. He further informed that 3 more NVDPs are scheduled to be held in current financial year at Visakhapatnam, Vijayawada and Rajahmundy and appealed the MSMEs and PSUs to take advantage of the proposed programmes by taking active participation.

Shri R.K.Wanchoo, Executive Director, BHEL, Hyderabad while addressing the gathering appreciated the role played by the MSME-DI in formulating schemes and organising programmes like NVDP for promotion of MSME sector in the country and stated that MSME is the backbone of the country’s economy which provides 45% in manufacturing output and total export from the country which provides employment to 600 lakh people across the country. He emphasized the need for devising policies for encouraging this sector. He further stated that in line with Public Procurement Policy, BHEL is already offloading 31% of their requirement to MSME sector to the tune of Rs.600 crores during last year.

Shri Kotha Ramarao, Corporator, Kapra Division, while appreciating the efforts taken by the organizing in conducting the NVDP in his division and hoped that more and more such programme would help and encourage entrepreneurs in and around Kapra division to avail such opportunities. He desired that the participation of the entrepreneurs from nearby industrial estates in such programme should be ensured in future.

Shri P.A.Subbaro, DGM, Andhra Bank in his address stated that Andhra Bank is one of the premier institutions in the country catering to the credit needs of MSME sector by extending timely credit facilities and advised the participating entrepreneurs to have interaction with the bankers and know about various schemes extended to MSE sector specifically through Central Micro Processing Centre which was recently launched and aimed at timely processing of sanctions and advances.

Smt.Soudhamini, President, COWE explained the various achievements of women entrepreneurs of COWE under various entrepreneurial activities. She shared that every year COWE organizes B2B programmes for their members during their annual event “COWE TRADE CARNIVAL”. Several corporate attend this B2B programme to encourage women sellers. It is worth to note that with the sponsorship of MSME , COWE members represented at the Women Vendors Exhibition and Forum in China (2011) and Mexico (2012) organized by WEConnect International and International Trade Center of UNO. This year as part of the preferential procurement two members of COWE signed contracts with Wal Mart under Apparel Section.

Earlier, Shri Vijay Kumar, Dy.Director (Chem), MSME-DI, Hyderabad informed welcomed the Chief Guest and other dignitaries. In his welcome address, he briefed the importance of the NVDP with special reference to the activities of MSME Development Institute, Hyderabad for promotion and development of MSME sector.

The technical session was followed by a seminar where VSKP, BHEL, SCR, NMDC, HAL, and financial institutions have participated along with MSEs where elborative deliberations have taken place on vendor registration procedures, their requirements and briefly informed the various schemes for the benefit and growth of MSE sector.

 


Orientation to Entrepreneurship at Alluri Institute of Management Sciences, Warangal, Andhra Pradesh

Event Date: (2012-09-09)

The Orientation to Entrepreneurship Program was conducted on September 9th, 2012 at 11-00 A.M. at the premises of the Alluri Institute of Management Sciences (AIMS), Hunter Road, Warangal. This was the very first event with Young COWE participation conducted for the students in Management courses.

Along with the College Management, a number of Government Officials, including the General Manager of the District Industries Centre, Mr. Hrushikesh and Assistant Manager of NABARD, Mr. Vijaya Bhaskar participated in the event spelling out their schemes and offering support and guidance to student entrepreneurs from the AIMS Institute.

Successful Women entrepreneurs took the lead to motivate and inspire the participants, especially students, apart from highlighting the activities of COWE and the importance for entrepreneurs. This included President, Smt. Soudhamini, Secretary of COWE, Mrs. Geeta Goti and Founder of YoungCOWE Ms. Veena Reddy Endula.

The staff and students of the Entrepreneurship Development Cell (EDC) and Women Empowerment Cell (WEC) of AIMS participated in the event along with hundreds of students making it a huge success.