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Tally Solutions, a leading global provider of business management software, hosted its third annual MSME Honours awards event in Dubai.

The initiative celebrates the remarkable achievements and contributions of Micro, Small, and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) in the Middle East and the wider region. This year, Tally Solutions recognised outstanding MSMEs across categories, including those from the Middle East, India, Africa, Bangladesh, Nepal, and Indonesia.

The awards were presented to entrepreneurs, creators, small business owners, and independent business leaders who demonstrated excellence and embraced best practices at the grassroots level. Held on June 22, the event highlighted the significant impact these businesses and entrepreneurs have on driving the regional economy.

The MSME Honours, which are presented once a year to commemorate World International MSME Day on June 27, encompassed four categories: ‘Wonder Woman,’ ‘E-preneur icon,’ ‘Tech Transformer,’ and ‘Business Maestro.’ Both self-submissions and nominations were considered for these accolades.

A panel of three industry experts in the MSME field judged the nominations. The panel included Fazeela Gopalani, Head of ACCA Middle East; CA Harikishan Rankawat, Chairman of ICAI Dubai Chapter and Managing Partner at RNG Auditors; and Bijay Shah, National Director of BNI UAE.

Within the MENA region, five nominees were selected for each category, resulting in a total of 20 winners across the four categories:

Wonder Woman: Recognising women entrepreneurs who have redefined businesses and pursued their dreams. This year’s winners include Latifa Mohammed Zaheer of Lahori Chatkhara – Kiraak Hyderabadi Restaurant, Vandana Jain of Vandana Jain Culinary Courses, Anishkaa Gehani of Yardstick Marketing Management, Rajani Nalla of Trusity Innovations Learning, and Dr. Heike Lieb-Wilson of Brightly Labs.

Business Maestro: Honouring stalwart businesses that have demonstrated resilience and continuous growth. The winners in this category are Dr. Hidayat Khan of Humancare Worldwide Medical Treatment Facilitation Services, Swati Vedvyas of Cosmo Advertising Gifts, Umendra Chaturvedi of Nadeem and Umendra Chartered Accountants, Preeti Rege and Suhas Rege of Liwa Advertising DMCC, and Wasim Mourad of Fleet Management Systems Company WLL.

Tech Transformer: Recognising businesses that have effectively adopted modern technology to drive superior outcomes. The winners in this category are Rajiv Shah of Someli Marketing and Technology, Shafeek Shahul Hameed of Gamerzone, CA Abhishek R. Vaishya of Dynamic Business Services, Puneet Sakhuja of Tequila Digital, and Dixit Jain of The Tax Experts DMCC.

E-preneur icon: Celebrating rising solopreneurs based in the UAE who deliver creative solutions to their clients. This year’s winners include Ekta Kumar of Ekta Kumar Photography, Azzal Chotani of Azzallure LLC, Nanki Sehgal of Nanki Makeup Artistry, Sreemanti Gijare of HealingWithSree LLC, and Rajni Bapna of StylDesi FZE.

Vikas Panchal, General Manager - MENA of Tally Solutions, expressed his enthusiasm ahead of the event, stating, “The innovation brought about by MSMEs in the market is inspiring and exciting at the same time. It is those efforts that we aim to Recognise through the MSME Honours initiative. Every year, we bring to the fore stories of transformations that are disrupting existing products and services. The thousands of stories we learn about and share through the program are a testament to our economy’s giant leap towards evolution and unbridled determination to grow. This is the third edition of Tally MSME Honours, and it continues to gain wider acceptance and a grander celebration each year.”

The MSME Honours awards event received strong support from various partners, including Gulf News as the Media Partner, ACCA as the Knowledge Partner, Singhular as the Associate Partner, BNI as the Networking Partner, RAK Bank as Banking Partner, ICAI Dubai Chapter as the Support Partner, and Talk 100.3 as the Radio Partner.