Zoho, FICCI FLO organise workshop in Chennai on January 25, 2019 empowering women entrepreneurs

Zoho, one of the leading Information Technology giant in India has joined hands with FICCI FLO, the women’s wing of the Federation of Indian Chamber of Commerce and Industry in organising a workshop in Chennai on January 25, 2019 helping them to learning decoding financial numbers and further leveraging cloud accounting.

Reshma Roy (Zoho), Lavanya Mohan (CA), Kavya Sabareesh (Entrepreneur and Zoho Books user) and Anupama Shivaraman (Chairperson, FICCI Flo Chennai Chapter) at the event.

In excess of 70 FICCI FLO Chennai members including business professionals, entrepreneurs and homepreuners picked up the nuances of business finance management and the benefits of moving to a cloud accounting solution such as Zoho Books in the GST era. Prominent speakers from the Charted Accountants community conducted the workshop, which included three key sessions: Basics of accounting and making key business decisions by CA Sripriya Kumar and the benefits of cloud accounting by Kavya Sabareesh, Varam group of companies. An entrepreneur and a Zoho Books user, Kavya Sabareesh shared how cloud accounting has benefited her business. In addition to that, practical tips to get GST-ready and compliant for your business by CA Lavanya Mohan, enlightend the audience and set the tone for the events to unfurl.

Sivaramakrishnan Iswaran, Director of Product Management, Zoho said, “We believe that women entrepreneurs contribute immensely to the growth of our economy, and technology can play an important role in their business growth. By partnering with FICCI FLO, we aim to empower women entrepreneurs to take informed financial decisions for their businesses, learn how to stay GST-compliant and understand the benefits of embracing cloud accounting for their business.”

Talking about the workshop, Anupama Shivaraman, Chairperson, FICCI FLO Chennai Chapter said, “This workshop is aimed at empowering women entrepreneurs to take bold and confident decisions when it comes to their business finance. The expertise and practical guidance given by the speakers will definitely aid in making those decisions. By partnering with Zoho Books, we are also able to show women how to leverage the power of cloud technology for their day-to-day accounting and back-office operations.”

Diya Mehra, an entrepreneur and founder of ‘A Little More’ (playschool in Chetpet, Chennai) opined: “I am glad I attended the workshop organised by FICCI and Zoho. Everything that we needed to know about GST – right from how to apply them, set it off and the other tax requirements was explained in a very simple manner. As a women entrepreneur, I strongly believe that women should learn about the basics of accounting and tax compliance and how it’ll apply to their business.”

Ramya PC, Founder, Skuillions said, “When you start your business, for the few years you are busy doing business development and you don’t really have the time to learn basics of finance. After this workshop, I have more clarity on the accounting and GST concepts.”

Zoho is the operating system for business—a single online platform capable of running an entire business. With apps in nearly every major business category, including sales, marketing, customer support, accounting, and back office operations, and an array of productivity and collaboration tools, Zoho is one of the world’s most prolific software companies. In 2017, Zoho introduced the revolutionary Zoho One, an integrated suite of applications for the entire business.

Participants at the Zoho workshop with FICCI FLO held in Chennai.

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