Mr. Chandrakant Salunkhe has taken initiative to set up Women Entrepreneurs Development Council to provide a platform to establish and enhance business contacts, exchange business ideas and products / services, identify emerging opportunities for domestic market, export promotion, Joint Venture, Business Collaborations, Strategic Partnership, Contract Manufacturing, Franchise, Distributorship and Alliances and other business activities.Click to View Full Profile Click to View Personal Website
As a successful entrepreneur, influencer, mentor, SME & business rights activist, Mr. Chandrakant Salunkhe has been providing guidance and support for the last 35 years to SME Sector, manufacturing industries, young entrepreneurs and start-ups for exploring emerging business opportunities as well as he has been on the forefront to resolve the issues & grievances and putting efforts for policy framework change and its implementation, imparting the knowledge and skill for better business growth, strengthening and empowering entrepreneurs/Enterprises for the global competitiveness.
Mr. Chandrakant Salunkhe has founded SME Chamber of India in 1993 to integrate SMEs to provide unique platform to enhance business contacts and business growth. The Chamber has been providing value addition & business advisory services for business transformation, diversification & expansion as well as identifying business partners, channelising finance and investment, international collaborations, export promotion, improving excellence in manufacturing, quality productivity, preparing them for contract manufacturing, joint ventures, technology transfers, private equity & external commercial borrowings for further business growth, support for supply and procurement, improve creditworthiness and credibility to attract strategic partners & investors, encouraging them to enter into capital market, to take up issues and grievances with the appropriate authorities.
Mr. Chandrakant Salunkhe has been regularly interacting with the heads of regulatory authorities, financial institutions, corporates, MNCs & diplomats, guidance and support to young & women entrepreneurs and members of family-owned businesses, awareness & educational programs on the various schemes, policies, benefits, advantages and incentives, branding of made-in-India products manufactured by Indian SMEs, support to set up manufacturing units in India and abroad, organise various business promotional programs for enhancement of knowledge and skill as well as revival of sick and struggling SMEs. Under his dynamic visionary leadership, SME Chamber of India has been organising regularly various high profile and useful National & International level trade promotional activities, events, conferences, seminars, webinars, round table discussions, study visits for the benefit of SME sector, to enhance and establish business co-operation with the potential business partners.
Mr. Chandrakant Salunkhe has also been instrumental to secure the interests of SME sector for change in “Ease of Doing Business”, affecting rules & regulations of various regulatory bodies, strongly advocated to set up “SME Stock Exchange”, TReDS – Electronic platform for Trade Receivables, National Skill Development Corporation, Change of Definition of SME sector in the years of 2002 & 2020, exclusive SME Divisions in the various State Governments and SME Desk in Indian Embassies in the various countries, Start-up India platform and collateral free financial facilities for SME sector.
Mr. Chandrakant Salunkhe is being involved in the family-owned business from 1982, having Commerce & Business Management educational background, has established his own business group “Macro Group of Companies” in 1991, situated in Mumbai and involved in manufacturing and export of Packaging Machinery, Equipments and material, industrial products, food processing products, industrial Equipments and supporting various Industries & SMEs for the upgradation of their packaging units & adoption of the advanced packaging technology, patented and advanced industrial technologies for quality productivity.
Macro Corporate Services Pvt. Ltd.
Salunkhe Packaging Pvt. Ltd
SME Industrial Park India Pvt. Ltd.
Salunkhe Exports Pvt. Ltd
SME Credit Check Pvt. Ltd.
Geoptech Solutions Pvt. Ltd.
Mr. Salunkhe has been recognising entrepreneurs, small & medium enterprises & institutions for their outstanding contributions & remarkable achievements in their respective businesses for innovation, invention & towards nation building for the last 22 years by conferring the national levels “India SME Excellence Awards” for projecting “Rising SMEs of India”, “Pride of Maharashtra”, “Pride of Gujarat” & “Emerging & Innovative SMEs of the Year” Awards.
Mr. Salunkhe has established various organisations & brands to provide platforms to the entrepreneurs to connect, communicate & commercialise their business ideas, business & export growth. Mr. Salunkhe has been travelling extensively for the business growth & establishing co-operation with the various organisations from USA, Canada, UK, Israel, various European Countries, Japan, Australia, New Zealand, South Korea, Hong Kong, China, Turkey, Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia, Vietnam, Egypt, Singapore, Bahrain, UAE, South Africa, Oman, Mauritius, Qatar, Taiwan, Sri Lanka and all GCC Countries.
Mr. Salunkhe is keen to receive various suggestions and recommendations to support & transform SME sector and manufacturing industries for their better business growth, global competitiveness, industrial output & to avail emerging business opportunities in global markets.
SME Chamber of India (Small and Medium Business Development Chamber of India)
Federation of Indian SME Associations
India International Trade Centre (Investment and Trade Promotion Organisation – recognized and supported by the Government of India and the Government of Maharashtra)
Maharashtra Industry Development Association (MIDA)
Gujarat Industry Development Association
Marathi Chamber of Business and Industries
World SME Trade Centre
SME Industrial Parks of India
SME Export Promotion Council
SME Business Management Institute
SME Credit Check Pvt. Ltd.
Packaging Industry Association of India (PIAI)
SME Investment Promotion Council
SME Technology Development Council
SME Insurance Promotion Council
SME Shark Tank
SME News 24/7 & India SME TV
Start-Ups Council of India
SME Business Forum
Entrepreneurship Development division
Women Entrepreneurs Development Council
“SMEtalks” & “SMECoach” Platforms
SME Connect – Magazine
India – US SME Business Council
India - Canada SME Business Council
India - Europe SME Business Council
India – Japan SME Business Council
India - Hungary Business Council
India - Africa SME Business Council
India - Germany SME Business Council
India – South Korea SME Business Council
India – GCC SME Business Council
India - UK SME Business Council
India - China Business Council
India - Brazil SME Business Council
India - Poland SME Business Council
India – Italy SME Business Council
India - Romania Business Council
India – Bulgaria Business Council
Mr. Salunkhe was invited by Mr. Narendra Modi, Hon’ble Prime Minister on 27th December 2019, to give a presentation on the various issues and grievances of SME sector and provide his suggestions & recommendations as well as the initiatives and strategies to be adopted by the Government Departments for the empowerment of SME sector for better performance & global competitiveness.
Mr. Salunkhe organised SME & Entrepreneurship Awards function in the presence of the then Hon’ble Prime Minister, Mr. Atal Bihari Vajpayee on 1st May, 2002 at New Delhi and recommended to change the definitions of Small-Scale Industrial sector and to create new MSME Act.
Member of RBI Governor’s Pre-Monetary Policy Review Committee for the last 15 years.
Member, RBI Empowered Committee for SMEs and SLIC for the various States for the last 15 years.
Member of the working group to study “MSME Development Act, 2006” for advocating to change the definitions of MSME sector constituted on 8th January 2020 by the Ministry and previously 2002, 2005 & 2006.
Key note Speaker at “European SME Congress” organized by European commission in October 2016 at Katowice, Poland.
Key note Speaker at “SME Assembly” organized by the European commission in November 2013 at Vilnius, Lithuania.
Speaker at “World Trade Symposium” annual conference organized by the Financial Times in June 2016 at London.
Speaker at G-20 Conference on SME sector at Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, 2014.
He has inaugurated the “Industrial & Commercial Bank of China” – ICBC Bank, India Branch on 15th September 2011 at Mumbai. ICBC is the world’s largest Chinese Bank, with a brand value of more than US$ 55 billion. ICBC Bank ranks 13th amongst the most valuable financial brands.
Active Member of the Industry and Task Force, Maharashtra, under the Chairmanship of the then Chief Minister (2002 – 2007).
Member of the National Advisory Board of MSME, Government of India (2011-2013).
Advocated to set up “SME Stock Exchange” during the tenure of Mr. C B Bhave, as the Chairman, Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) from 2008 to 2010.
Board of Director of Bharat Heavy Plates and Vessels Ltd. (2002 – 2004).
Board of Director of Asia Mergers and Acquisitions Association.
Advocated to initiate National Skill Development Corporation through Mr. Montek Singh Ahluwalia, the then Deputy Chairman, Planning commission of India in 2008.
Organised SME & Entrepreneurship Awards function in the presence of the then Hon’ble Deputy Prime Minister, Mr. L.K. Advani on 1st May, 2003 at New Delhi.
He was on the forefront to organise the first ever & a mega event on “Global Investors Meet” - Advantage Maharashtra, jointly with the Government of Maharashtra in 1996 at Mumbai. He had invited the then Prime minister, Mr. H.D. Deve Gowda and the then Chief Minister of Maharashtra, Mr. Manohar Joshi and 500 plus foreign delegates, who attended 3 days event.
Mr. Salunkhe was appointed as the Chairman of Law & Order of “Federation of Association of Maharashtra”, and he was on the forefront with the Commissioner of Police, Mumbai to weed out goons & anti-social elements, which were affecting the businesses and industries in Mumbai region and they have deteriorated law and order situations in Mumbai from April to November, 1998.
Mr. Salunkhe has taken lead to provide collateral free loans to micro and small enterprises in 1997 and SIDBI has accepted his proposal and Shri Prakash Nimbalkar, the then Chairman of the Bank launched this scheme. Thereafter, Mr. Salunkhe has also pursued for the enhancement of collateral free loans from Rs.25 lakhs to Rs.50 lakhs and from Rs.50 lakhs to Rs.1 crore and subsequently, from Rs.1 crore to Rs.2 crores.
Mr. Salunkhe has also suggested and pursued with the Prime Minister’s Office to enhance collateral free loans up to Rs. 5 crores for SME sector, which is considered and approved by the Government.
He has been active Member of the various Government Committees, Study Groups and expert group to present new concepts and new ideas and given inputs on Industry, Finance and SME Sector for the last 20 years.
He has been regularly participating in the national and international conferences as a speaker and sharing his views on the current affairs through various medias, TV channels, Business magazines, newspapers and webinars, conferences, round table, debates and various events & business meetings.