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Expert tips for Siliguri investors
- Calcutta consultancy firm roped in for guidance

Siliguri, Nov. 15: Arise, awake and come out of that fear that a little risk will ruin you.

This was the message that members of a Calcutta-based consultancy firm had for Siliguri-based traders and prospective entrepreneurs at a seminar and interactive session held today at the hall of the Siliguri Mahakuma Parishad here.

The event was no high-brow North Bengal Calling-type investors' meet that was organised by the state government along with the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) in April this year. It had no top-notch industrialist from other parts of the country or leading government names. In fact, a CII representative as well as urban development minister Asok Bhattacharya, who were invited, did not turn up, even though they had said they would 'try their best'.

But what the event had was a sincere and honest attempt to goad prospective businessmen out of their slumber. 'It is time to sit up and take notice of the latest developments, otherwise globalisation will pass us by,' said Khokon Bhattacharjee, secretary of Seth Srilal Market Byabsayee Samiti, which organised the seminar.

In a bid to achieve development, the Samiti had invited two partners of Emerald Group, the Calcutta-based single-window consultancy firm in the private sector, to offer proposals, evaluate likely projects, and provide finance from NRIs willing to take part in the region's growth.

'What does Calcutta and south Bengal have that north Bengal does not' asked Suman Dasgupta, a graduate from Jalpaiguri Engineering College and one of the partners. Both he and Hirak Adhikari, another partner of Emerald Group, pointed out later that the region's people lacked the right attitude for setting up a new business or industry. 'Parents must imbibe among today's youth an inclination towards business and enterprise,' they pointed out.

The consultants will meet individual businessmen tomorrow to discuss what can be done about new enterprises in the region.

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