In continuation of Google India's commitment todigitally empower small and medium business community in thecountry, the company today announced the central region winners ofSMB Heroes 2017, a nationwide program to showcase and celebratesmall and medium businesses that have embraced the internet to powertheir growth.
The SMB Heroes Awards had received entries from over 142 citiesincluding cities like Hoshiarpur, Rajkot, Rajamundhry, Jamshedpur,Coimbatore, Hisar, Bhimavaram and many more.
The three businesses that emerged as central region winners undereach of the categories were Shrikant Parulekar's Astra Concrete forBusiness Impact through Digital, Elsa Marie DSilva's Safecity forImpacting Change through Digital and Shuchi Pandya's Pipa Bella forWoman Business Leader. The winners were felicitated by YogeshAndlay, Co-Chair of FICCI Startup Committee and Founder DirectorNucleus Software along with RCPR School of Agriculture ChairmanManguirish Pai Raiker.
Speaking on the occasion, Shalini Girish, Director - MarketingSolutions, Google, said, India now has 400 million internet users,and this has had a transformational impact on how people consumeinformation, connect with one another and find businesses. We seethe internet as a great democratizing force that breaks downbarriers of language and location. The business journeys of the SMBHeroes winners are a great testament to this, as each of them hasleveraged technology to address challenges and grow their businesses.
Emphasizing the need to focus on building the technologycapabilities of Indian SMBs, she shared findings from a jointresearch study with KPMG titled "Impact of internet and digitizationon SMBs in India". UNI AKM NV NP1341
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