msmementor.in
...helping Micro, Small & Medium Enterprises
to find Professionals
     
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FAQs
General FAQs
What is msmementor.in and how does it work?
Who are the founders of msmementor.in?
What is an MSME?
FAQs for Professionals/Professional Firms
What types of roles can I play in an MSME?
What are the services that I can provide to an MSME?
Why should I enroll on msmementor.in?
How much do I need to pay for enrollment?
Should I enroll as a Professional or a Professional Firm?
How do I enroll?
I am facing problems in finding the correct industry of my expertise. The list is very big. What do I do?
Why is it necessary for me to provide references?
Will you recommend my name to an MSME or will you highlight my name on your website?
FAQs for MSMEs
Who is a Professional/ BDS Provider?
How can a Professional help me?
How will enrollment on msmementor.in help me?
How much do I need to pay for enrollment?
How do I enroll?
How do I search for Professionals?
How do I contact the Professionals appearing in my search results?
In some cases, after conducting a search, I am not able to view the profiles of all the Professionals. Why?
I am not finding the right Professional. What do I do?
 
 General FAQs
 
What is msmementor.in and how does it work?
 
Micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) have emerged in India as the engine of economic growth and for promoting equitable development. The 2.6 crore Indian MSMEs play a pivotal role accounting for more than 80% of the total number of industrial enterprises and produce over 8000 value-added products. It is estimated that in terms of value, the sector accounts for 45% of the manufacturing output and 40% of the total export of the country and employs over 6 crore people.

Yet, many MSMEs in India have problems such as sub-optimal scale of operation, technological obsolescence, supply chain inefficiencies, increasing domestic and global competition, fund shortages, change in manufacturing strategies and turbulent and uncertain market scenario.

MSMEs need professional expertise in several areas. It is, however, often difficult for them to find professionals easily; horizon being limited to personal contacts or through word-of-mouth.

On the other hand, India has lakhs of professionals who are looking for opportunities to use their expertise. This is also true for the retired personnel with a life-time of expertise across various disciplines However, it is almost impossible for such professionals to find out who needs their expertise.

msmementor.in now provides the answer. It is India’s first platform that creates a database of Professionals across the country and across all disciplines in a simple searchable format and for MSMEs across the country to identify the Professionals, who would be of help to them, through a simple but powerful search mechanism. This online platform thus allows Professionals to submit their profiles and for MSMEs to reach the experts they need. msmementor.in would thus help MSMEs in their capacity building and competitiveness.

This online service is initially being provided free of charge to both the Professionals to enroll and for the MSMEs to search for Professionals.

 
Who are the founders of msmementor.in?
 
msmementor.in is a joint initiative of SIDBI- India’s premier institution for the growth and development of the MSME sector, NSE- India’s premier stock exchange and PRIME- India’s premier database on the primary capital market, and a leading consultant in information management and website development.

 
What is an MSME?
 
MSME (Micro, Small and Medium Enterprise) has been defined as follows by the Government of India:

Manufacturing Sector
•   A micro enterprise is an enterprise where investment in plant and machinery does not exceed Rs. 25 lakh;
•   A small enterprise is an enterprise where the investment in plant and machinery is more than Rs.25 lakh but does not exceed Rs.5 crore; and
•   A medium enterprise is an enterprise where the investment in plant and machinery is more than Rs.5 crore but does not exceed Rs.10 crore.

Services Sector
•   A micro enterprise is an enterprise where the investment in equipment does not exceed Rs.10 lakh;
•   A small enterprise is an enterprise where the investment in equipment is more than Rs.10 lakh but does not exceed Rs.2 crore; and
•   A medium enterprise is an enterprise where the investment in equipment is more than Rs.2 crore but does not exceed Rs.5 crore.

 FAQs for Professionals/Professional Firms
 
What types of roles can I play in an MSME?
 
You can mentor, hand-hold and guide MSMEs in the following different ways:
•   Offer Consultancy
•   Engage in Retainership
•   Undertake Specific Projects
•   Conduct Skill Development and Training Programmes
•   Accept Full-time or Part-time Employment
 
 
What are the services that I can provide to an MSME?
 
You can help an MSME in their business by:
•   adding value with your technical, marketing, financial, production, and other expertise
•   providing access to potential clients
•   bringing greater confidence among existing and prospective lenders/investors with your association
•   providing liaison opportunities with the Government and other authorities
•   helping them develop a corporate profile which will help them raise funds far more cost-effectively – whether from lenders, the VCs or the capital market
 
 
Why should I enroll on msmementor.in?
 
msmementor.in is a platform for you to:
•   Use your expertise for the benefit of MSMEs
•   Earn additional income for the services rendered
•   Maximise your potential to serve the society and nation

As a Retired Professional, it is an opportunity for you to:
•   Keep abreast of and use your life-time expertise
•   Remain gainfully employed, even post-retirement
•   Travel and interact with people
 
 
How much do I need to pay for enrollment?
 
msmementor.in is a free service, and there are no hidden costs.
 
 
Should I enroll as a Professional or a Professional Firm?
 
If you are associated with or run a firm comprising many professionals and you want to enroll all or some of these professionals in one go itself or if you feel that you can best provide services to MSMEs as a group comprising multiple professionals, then you should enroll as a professional firm.

However, if you wish to provide services to an MSME as an individual, you should enroll as a professional.
 
 
How do I enroll?
 
You can enroll on msmementor.in by following these 5 simple steps:
1.   Select ‘Professional’ or ‘Professional Firm’ as the category on the left hand side of the homepage under the section of ‘New User? Enroll here’ and click ‘Go’.
2.   Complete the Enrolment Form, to choose your Username and Password
3.   Start building your profile by providing us details about your educational qualifications, work experience, industries of expertise and other relevant information.
4.   Click on the ‘Submit’ button on the last screen.
5.   Confirm your profile by clicking on a link sent to you for the same on your email address.
 
 
I am facing problems in finding the correct industry of my expertise. The list is very big. What do I do?
 
Our list of Industries has been made exhaustive keeping in mind the specific needs and requirements of the MSME sector. As an example, an MSME would be more interested in searching for a Professional who is specifically into ‘Manufacture of cordage or rope made of jute’ rather than just a Professional from the broad ‘Jute’ industry. We would thus urge you to spend some time and identify the specific industries of your expertise.
 
 
Why is it necessary for me to provide references?
 
This is to ensure only high quality professionals are enrolled on this platform, who should not find it difficult to provide references; in fact they would prefer to do so.
 
 
Will you recommend my name to an MSME or will you highlight my name on your website?
 
No. We do not recommend or highlight any one’s name to MSMEs.

 FAQs for MSMEs
 
Who is a Professional/ BDS Provider?
 
A Professional/ BDS (Business Development Services) Provider is an entity possessing competence in a particular activity or a function and provides this expertise at a fee to an enterprise which needs this expertise for restructuring/growth.

While many Professionals/ BDS providers specialize in certain areas, together as a sector, they offer advice and solutions across all of a business’ main functions: from inputs, through production, to final marketing and sales.
 
 
How can a Professional help me?
 
msmementor.in can help MSMEs in getting Professionals who can:
•   add value with their technical, marketing, financial, production,and other expertise
•   provide access to potential clients
•   bring greater confidence among existing and prospective lenders/investors with their association
•   provide liaison opportunities with the Government and other authorities
•   help develop a corporate profile which will help raise funds far more cost-effectively – whether from lenders, the VCs or the capital market
 
 
How will enrollment on msmementor.in help me?
 
msmementor.in provides a simple, efficient and cost-effective way of identifying and reaching Professionals. These Professionals can be hired on a part time/contractual basis at a lower cost without having to induct them in your firm or incurring any fixed liabilities. Such part-time/ contractual roles may be in the form of:
•   Consulting Assignment
•   Retainership
•   Undertaking Specific Projects
•   Conducting trainings/ skill developmental programmes
 
 
How much do I need to pay for enrollment?
 
msmementor.in is an absolutely free service, and there are no hidden costs.
 
 
How do I enroll?
 
You can enroll on msmementor.in by following these 3 simple steps:
1.   Select ‘MSME’s’ as the category on the left hand side of the homepage under the section of ‘New User? Enroll here’ and click ‘Go’.
2.   Complete the Enrolment Form.
3.   Click on the ‘Submit’ button.
Within 2 working days, you will receive through an email your password, which you can use to start searching the database of Professionals.
 
 
How do I search for Professionals?
 
To search for professionals, you have to first login to the website using your User ID and Password. Once you have logged in, you need to click on “Search for Professionals/Professional Firms”. You can then search for Professionals by using the following two options:-
1.   ‘Search Using Parameters’- Various search parameters have been provided for you to be able to define your requirements. For example, some of the basic parameters that have been provided are:
o   Industry/Industries to which professional should belong
o   City, State, Country in which the professional is located
o   Preferred age group
o   Preferred minimum work experience
Apart from the above basic parameters, additional search parameters, such as Preferred current work status, Roles for which professionals needed, Preferred organisations etc have been provided for you to further refine your requirements.
2.   ‘Search Using Keywords’- If you do not wish to use the search parameters and wish to search for professionals using a specific word/s that may be appearing in their profile, you may use this option. All profiles featuring your selected keyword/s would appear in your search result. Keywords could range from City names such as Agra to expertise of the professionals industries such as Leather.
 
 
How do I contact the Professionals appearing in my search results?
 
Search results have been categorized into 2 sections:

Section I contains profiles of those professionals who have chosen to disclose their contact details. You can contact them directly.

Section II contains profiles of those professionals who have not disclosed their contact details. For these, you would need to click on their respective Professional Codes. Clicking on the Code will generate an automatic email to the Professional informing him of your interest. If he is willing to provide his expertise to you, his contact details would be sent to you through an email.
 
 
In some cases, after conducting a search, I am not able to view the profiles of all the Professionals. Why?
 
In case the search conducted by you yields a very high number of results, it is recommended that you refine your search and not waste time on a long search output.
 
 
I am not finding the right Professional. What do I do?
 
If you are unable to find the desired professional, we request you to:
•   Broaden your search parameters OR
•   Try different keywords or combinations of keywords in case you are searching using keyword.
If you still do not find the desired profile, it may be because no professional matching the profile desired by you has till now registered. You should re-visit the website after 15/30 days to see if a professional suiting your requirements has registered.
 
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