Government and Institutions’ Role in Promoting Micro-Enterprises: A Study among Handicraft Entrepreneurs in Dimapur District, Nagaland
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This paper discusses about the initiatives taken by the local government and institutions for innovating entrepreneurship in Dimapur district, Nagaland. A conceptual framework is constructed based on the previous empirical research findings and considered several key factors to analyze, by questioning the effectiveness of regional institutions and government’s initiatives towards promoting entrepreneurship. The objective of the study is to confer the initiatives taken by various organizations towards promoting entrepreneurship and to understand the impact of training and skill development programmes among the entrepreneurs. The study is also designed to identify the problems faced by the entrepreneurs. Marketing and financial assistances from the local government and banks are also discussed later in the paper. The primary data were collected through self-administered mail survey from the bamboo and wood handicraft entrepreneurs based on five-point Likert scale questions. The result indicated that there is a significant difference on the impact of training programmes on entrepreneurs. Moreover, access to finance, market information and technological setback was the major problem faced by entrepreneurs, irrespective of the business experience. The study also recommends the handicraft entrepreneurs to open a bank account in the business name to avail overdraft facilities.
KeywordsGovernment intervention Micro-enterprises Handicraft entrepreneurs Problems Nagaland
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