‘Women entrepreneurs need to understand money matters’

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 23 Oct 2017 09:17:06




Business Bureau,

ENTREPRENEURSHIP Forum of Vidarbha Industries Association (VIA) recently held a panel discussion by women start ups on ‘How I started a successful business’. The elite group of panellists were Deepshikha Thakur of Agora-The Flea Market, Kavita Saraf of ‘Miraki’ a holistic healing centre, Rashmi Kulkarni of Navitas LED lights and Bhawana Janabandhu of B.J’s Creations.

Deepshikha Thakur said she started Event Agora –The Flea Market along with a partner, which has taken Nagpur by storm and has several successful editions till date. Before any women decides to become an entrepreneur, she should understand the purpose behind it, the reason why she wants to be an entrepreneur.

According to her before starting a business, one must do the homework thoroughly and should gather maximum information taking the help of technology. The global trends should also be taken into account, to get a head start. “The mantra for success is the keen understanding of money matters,” she added.’

Kavita Saraf said that she felt a strong pull towards holistic healing and addressing mental health issues and started ‘Miraki’ her holistic health centre. She soon started conducting training sessions, parental workshop and counselling sessions for distressed teens. “On should never give up and should always treat success as a journey and not a destiny”, she pointed out.

The third panellist a software engineer, Rashmi Kulkarni never imagined that she would become an entrepreneur some day. She set up a venture ‘Navitas’ to manufacture LED lights. She faced all challenges bravely and with true grit and perseverance set up a health market for her products. Her entrepreneurial mantra has been to learn all the principles of management be it Marketing, HR, Finance, Inventory etc.

Bed ridden for four years with the deadly rheumatoid arthritis, the entrepreneurial journey of the fourth panellist Bhawana Janbandhu owner of B.J’s Creations is nothing short of a miracle. She fought and emerged victorious from her ailment and went on to earn a PG Diploma in Textile Management and underwent several training courses to hone her skills. Today, she is into a profitable business of fabric painting, Warli art, tribal art, flower and candle making etc.

Present were Dr Suhas Buddhe, Secretary of VIA, Akash Agrawal, Chairman of VIA Entrepreneur Forum, Ashit Sinha, Mentor and Anita Rao, Convenor.