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OCCIA formed to help people set up businesses
Rujuta Parekh | Friday, 14 April 2017 AT 10:46 AM IST
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Pune: In order to facilitate new entrepreneurs and small businessmen in their businesses, a group of Punekars from various sectors have come together to form the OBC Chamber of Commerce, Industries and Agriculture (OCCIA).

Under the Chairmanship of Hanumant Sutar, the body will strive to guide new businessmen from across the country and help them in setting up their enterprises.
Sutar said it is difficult for entrepreneurs to find office space, get appropriate infrastructure, the correct technology and funds to start their enterprise. “The common man isn’t even aware of the numerous government schemes under which they can obtain funds for their start-up or enterprise. With the OCCIA platform, we will help the common man who wishes to start a business, in obtaining funds under various government schemes and also acquire office space and proper infrastructure,” Sutar explained.

He said special focus will be provided to women entrepreneurs under OCCIA Director  Kiran Gosavi. “Most women are not aware of the schemes available for their businesses or how to take their business forward. Under the leadership of Gosavi, we will undertake activities to educate women about the schemes they can avail and also take up activities as a part of women self-help groups,” he explained.

According to Sutar, while the Mahratta Chamber of Commerce, Industries and Agriculture (MCCIA) has been doing commendable work in facilitating start-ups, the needs of the common man remain addressed. “It is comparatively easy for large businesses to get the correct amenities, permissions, funds and contacts. But the common man has to struggle to get all these. Even banks are not ready to fund them at times. We want to ease these problems faced by the common man through the OCCIA platform,” Sutar said. He said they will hold workshops and seminars to educate people about various government policies and how they can benefit from them.

Speaking about the agriculture wing of the body, Sutar said they want to educate farmers across the country in new farming techniques to maximise production.

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