My friend Aloke, introduced me to the SME toolkit which has been put together by ICICI Bank/ World bank. Its a great initiative and has a lot of useful information for entrepreneurs and small enterprises.


SME Toolkit is a project of IFC, a member of the World Bank Group. In India ICICI Bank has tied up with IFC to offer free business management information and training for small and medium enterprises /entrepreneurs .The SME Toolkit is an interactive system through which SMEs can share, exchange, learn and grow their business. It is a storehouse of business articles, tools, calculators and resources.

  • Around 48000 articles on local business information
  • More than 3600 updated business forms for all states in India
  • More than 20,000 notifications, 10,000 circulars, 4500 legal FAQ s , and 600 draft agreements
  • Hundreds of calculators & templates, available for download, to supplement SME businesses activities
  • Free software like business plan maker, catalog makers and website builder
  • How-to articles, online training, self-assessment exercises and quizzes and inspirational success stories
  • Business news in real time as well as headlines as mobile alerts
  • Tenders from across the industry to keep you aware of any business opportunity
  • Entire toolkit is available in Hindi as well as English to maximize reach
  • Log in and avail of the latest information

They are currently exploring options to move to the next level which includes adding Web 2.0 applications like a blog & communities for small businesses and entreprenuers