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BNI, GEMS to host Goa Biz Fest

BNI, GEMS will be hosting Goa Biz Fest on April 25. With business friendly decisions and initiatives coming up from the Indian government, a feeling of hope has descended among the business community.

In Goa, a very holistic and well calibrated investment policy considering Goan ethos was formulated and implementation followed through. This too is generating the right business climate in our state of Goa.

In order to accelerate this positive momentum ‘Goa Biz Fest’ is being organized. The idea is to ‘Celebrate Entrepreneurship and fuel business aspirations’.

The event will include three main sessions:

BNI session – Changing the way the world does business.

Breakthrough session – covering breakthrough ideas, breakthrough strategies and breakthrough impact to be addressed by top business leaders from India and oversees.

Budding entrepreneurs’ session – where besides the businessmen, we will have budding entrepreneurs as well as final year students from colleges, polytechnics and other educational institutions. In this session ‘GEMS Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award’ will be presented.

Following dignitaries have confirmed their attendance for this event – Manohar Parrikar (Union Defense Minister), Rajiv Pratap Rudy (Minister for Entrepreneurship and Skill Development), Niiraj Shah (Co-National Director of BNI India).

For invitation, contact +919158885733 or drop an email to

Seminar on ‘pumps’

Don Bosco College of Engineering is an upcoming college in Margao and is focusing on new innovative methods to sharpen minds of students by going beyond the course curriculum. One such initiative is a seminar on ‘pumps’ that will focus on pump selection, installation and maintenance of pumps and pumping systems. It would be a good opportunity for users and suppliers of pumps and related items to attend and keep themselves abreast.


Date:  March 7; Venue: Don Bosco College of Engineering

For any queries, you may contact: (0832) 2743944 / 2741045


‘Business opportunity & franchise expo’

Date: Feb 26 – 27

Facilitator: Wild Orchid Entertainments

For any query, please call 0832-2426299 / 9623316299


Government makes 20% procurement from MSEs mandatory

The government has issued directions under the Public Procurement Policy for Micro and Small Enterprise (MSEs) Order 2012, to all the central public sector undertakings (CPSUs), central government ministries and departments for an overall procurement of minimum of 20 per cent of products and services from micro and small enterprises (MSEs) units.

This 20 per cent procurement from MSEs will be mandatory with effect from April 1.


MSE – Cluster development programme

The Ministry of MSME has adopted the cluster approach for holistic development of micro and small enterprises in a cost effective manner. Soft Inventions (such as diagnostic study, capacity building, marketing development, technology upgradation, organising workshops, seminars, training, study visits, exposure visits, etc). Hard Invention (setting up of common facility centres) and infrastructure upgradation (create/upgrade infrastructural facilities in the existing industrial/ clusters of MSEs).


National manufacturing competitiveness programme

NMCP for the MSMEs aims at enhancing the competitiveness of enterprise in this sector. There are various components of the NMCP which have been approved and are available for MSMEs. These are:


             Lean Manufacturing Competitiveness Scheme (LLMCS) for MSMEs

             Design clinics scheme for design expertise to MSMEs manufacturing sector

             Marketing assistance and technology upgradation scheme for MSMEs.

             Enabling manufacturing sector to be competitive through Quality Management Standards (QMS) and Quality Technology Tools (QTS)

             Technology of quality upgradation support for MSMEs

             Promotion of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) in MSME sector

             Building awareness on intellectual rights for MSMEs

             Scheme for providing support for “Entrepreneurial and Management Developments of SMSs through Incubators”


(This information is compiled by GEMS – Goa Entrepreneurs Mentoring Services Trust. Readers can email queries to along with contact details)

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