Our Chief Guest

Shri Nitin Gadkari Hon'ble Minister for Road Transport & Highways and the Minister of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises, Government of India.

“Politics is an instrument of socio-economic transformation and it is my mission to contribute as much as possible towards this noble cause.”

As the Union Minister for MSME Nitin Gadkari has already reached out to all the stakeholders and rolled out a host of welfare schemes for emancipation of the lesser-paid artisans and daily wagers in the cottage & village industries who have been preserving India’s traditional arts and its cultural heritage across the country.

As Union Minister of MSME Nitin Gadkari has brought into focus traditional industry in addition to creating an enabling eco-system for manufacturing and services by MSMEs, which is the backbone of the economy. Creating of common facility centres and developing clusters of traditional industry is the big program with Nitin Gadkari setting an ambitious target of creating 500 such clusters, with a special focus on the Aspirational Districts of the country. Use of technology, including green technology, is core of his strategy for promoting Khadi and Village industry. A comprehensive program for identifying and eliminating inefficiencies in the entire value-chain has been initiated by Nitin Gadkari with his goal of reaching out to the last person in society.


Pandemic has been rough on all of us but one community in particular – India’s small businesses, bore the severe impact of it. Most small scale businesses had to shut shop owing to the lack of digital infrastructure and working capital. But some rose to the occasion and came out stronger than ever, setting benchmarks and optimizing opportunities that paved their way.

Thousands of entrepreneurs from across the country have enjoyed this event physically in the last 9 years, however we know travel is not possible this year due to the pandemic, so this year we will be hosting the event digitally. Hosting the show digitally gives us the opportunity to scale the event and have audience from across the county. Small Business Congress & Awards will be held on a smart, seamless virtual platform which will give you ample opportunity to network and learn from other fellow colleagues. Small Business Congress and Awards 2021 is the voice of over 63 million small businesses in India and the 10th annual edition , promises to be , even more powerful and impactful.

Instant Information


Small Business of The Year - Manufacturing
  • Textile manufacturing business of the year
  • Leather goods manufacturing business of the year
  • Food
    and beverages business of the year
Small Business of The Year - Services
  • Food
    and beverages business of the year
  • Training and education business of the year
  • Automotive
    and ancillary business of the year
Small Business of The Year
  • Gems and
    Jewellery business of the year
  • Printing and publishing business of the year
  • Agri
    business of the year
Small Business of The Year - Trading Business
  • Best
    Exporter of the year
  • Wholesale
    business of the year
  • Retail business
    of the year
Small Business of The Year - Support Business
  • Professional
    service provider of the year
  • Financial
    institution of the year
  • Small
    business mentor of the year
Small Business of The Year
  • Micro
    business of the year
  • Small
    business of the year
  • Small
    business mentor of the year

    Small Business Awards is India’s most prestigious honor, recognizing and celebrating businesses emerging as winners during these tough times. The show is recognized as the nation’s most successful event honoring the silent pillars of the economy.


    Every year, the show witnesses a confluence of Small Business Owners, Entrepreneurs, Influencers and Innovators from across the country. This year, we aim to break barriers by organizing the biggest ever Congress and Awards for Small Businesses. With a whopping number of nominations for our notable categories, we strive to bring fame to those who deserve it the most.

Conference Agenda
26 February 2021
9:15 AM- 9:30 AM Welcome Note Ritu Marya, Editor-in-Chief, Entrepreneur Media- Asia Pacific & Franchise India
9:30 AM-10:00 AM Best Small Business Practices from across the globe- How are SME businesses worldwide becoming more resilient and changing the
trajectory of the business to remain relevant
  • Overcoming the economic struggle & growing its way back to sustainable debt path
  • Economic growth, innovation, job creation and social integration
Melinda Emerson "SmallBizLady", Best Selling Author, Fix Your Business
10:00 AM- 10:30AM Fireside chat with Harshil Mathur, CEO & Co-Founder, Razorpay and Shashank Kumar, CTO & Co-Founder, Razorpay
10:30AM- 11:00AM Policy & Growth for Small Business in India
The economic outlook for small businesses and communities, rural and urban
  • How is the Government and its new policy schemes are helping Small Business Adapt to the new normal
  • Growing an inclusive Indian Economy - Pandemic and Beyond
  • Emerging Schemes: Making MSME the catalyst of the economy again
  • Generating new age employment opportunities and Skills
  • Nurturing & supporting the financial wherewithal of new age entrepreneurs
Shri Nitin Gadkari, Hon'ble Minister for Road Transport & Highways and the Minister of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises, Government of India.
10:45AM-11:00AM Lessons learnt by SMB’s from the Covid pandemic, way forward
Animesh Saxena, President, Federation of Indian Micro and Small & Medium Enterprises (FISME)
11:00AM- 12:00PM Session 1: Finance for Small Business
  • Financing small enterprises - How the Indian Banking System can support by underwriting new loans
  • Making Access to Capital easy and qualified: New Rules of loan monitoring or risk rating systems by Financial Institutions
  • A Look into New Age Capital flows
Shachindra Nath, Executive Chairman and Managing Director, U GRO Capital
Manish Lunia, Co-Founder, Flexi Loans
Amit Mandhanya, Business Head, Retail Initiatives, Northern Arc
12:00 PM-12:20 PM Lessons learnt by SMB’s from the Covid pandemic, way forward. Animesh Saxena, President, Federation of Indian Micro and Small & Medium Enterprises (FISME)
12:20 PM-12:40 PM Scenario & Growth prospects for the MSME Sector Sanjay Aggarwal, President, PHD Chamber of Commerce & Industry and Chairman & CEO, Paramount Cables Group
12:40PM-1:40PM Session 2: Digital Transformation
How Small Businesses can operate and deliver value to customers, by integrating digital technology into all areas of the business.
  • How can Small Businesses transition to a fully digital business model. How to adapt products and services and delivery methods to the realities of a COVID-19 environment.
  • How Small Businesses can Connect, Engage & Collaborate in the digital landscape
Panish PK, Managing Director, Small Business (SB) vertical, Cisco India & SAARC.
Abhinav Kishore, Head of SMB (India), Google Cloud
Pranav Bhasin, Director, MSME & Selling Partner Experience, Amazon India
Nilesh Desai, National Vice Chairman of MSME Growth (Micro, Small & Medium Enterprises) | MSME Expert | Author




Award Categories


Districts of India





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    Multiple keynotes and sessions by an incredible line-up of renowed speakers. Listen to market leaders and experts.

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    • National Recognition

      Gain the credibility you deserve as one of India’s best businesses

    • Marketing Exposure

      Extensive Media Coverage and PR with our Partners


      Become a part of Small Business India community & build meaningful relationships with business leaders & influencers


      Featured media coverage in Entrepreneur India & The Franchising World Magazines


      Thought leadership & curated knowledge based content


      Engage with new clients, form new partnerships and attract new talent.


    • Advertisement

      Advertise & Promote your brand and establish future business opportunities

    • Brand Awareness

      Highlight your brand and amplify your idea

    • Networking

      Expand your network and presence by connecting with your contemporaries, engaging in discussions and nurturing relationships

    • Connectivity

      One-on-one meetings through videocalls, WhatsApp calls and other mediums

    • Visibility

      Be personally introduced to India’s top businesses

    • Lead Generation

      Generate leads from our diverse participants base, by connecting with potential tie-ups, clients and partners

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