Organised by the Tamil Nadu Corporation for Development of Women Ltd., (TNCDW) in partnership with the US Consulate, entrepreneurs were given an insight into the ways they can develop their business plans, sustain enterprise, make a sales pitch and develop networks. Trainers Uma Reddy and R Rajalakshmi from eMerge, a network of women in engineering technology and services, conducted the workshop.
US Consul General Robert Burgess, said, “This is one of the many such workshops that will be held as a run-up to GES in Hyderabad. Ivanka Trump, Advisor to US President, will lead the delegation. This is a part of administration’s efforts to develop women’s entrepreneurship, which is a major theme of the summit.”
Burgess, for whom the workshop was his first official event since assuming office, said that next week marks 70 years of Indo-US relationship.
Praveen P Nair, MD, TNCDW, said that women entrepreneurs and officials from 12 districts attended the workshop held in the city on Friday. “Women entrepreneurs engaged in sanitary napkin units, handmade paper products, food processing, especially millets and pickles, attended the workshop,” he added.
Hans Raj Verma, Additional Chief Secretary, Rural Development and Panchayat Raj Department, said the government has identified three areas for development of women entrepreneurship. “The government is committed to development and empowerment of women. We want to mobilise and create disciplined collective of women, to take their businesses to the next level, where these entrepreneurs become job creators. We have identified three areas: agriculture and allied services, tourism and biodiversity conservation- which can offer immense potential,” he pointed out.
Uma Reddy of eMerge said, “There is a larger need for women to grow their businesses and employ more people.”