Calcutta Chamber of Commerce: the oldest chamber of commerce in IndiaCalcutta Chamber of Commerce: the oldest chamber of commerce in India

Ladies Business Forum

The Calcutta Chamber of Commerce, set up way back in 1830, is the oldest business body in Asia. During the 175 years of its passage, the Chamber has largely contributed to the growth and development of trade, commerce and industry in this region of the country.

The Chamber has a ladies wing styled as “Ladies Business Forum (LBF) “where members are industrialists, professionals, exporters, educationists and the like from all over the Eastern Region.

The prime objective of the Forum is to promote entrepreneurship and managerial excellence among women. It also acts as a catalyst for the social and economic advancement of women. The programmes held are designed to bring awareness among women in their social and economic life. Delegations abroad also are sponsored to promote internationalism and fellowship among women. LBF is consulted by the Government on matters relating to women entrepreneurship and other related issues. The activities of LBF include :

  • Regular programmes directed at improving entrepreneurial skills.
  • Providing forum for exchange of ideas between men of public life, academicians, intelligentsia by organising workshops, symposiums, seminars, etc. on subjects of importance.
  • Organising study tours.
  • Training programmes in areas like entrepreneurship development, export, taxation, management, industrial relations etc.
  • Visits to factories, institutions, laboratories, etc.
  • Taking business delegations abroad and receiving foreign visitors.
  • Organising community development programmes.

LBF is also planning to institute 2 awards to recognise outstanding work in the area of:

  • Woman entrepreneur / woman professional.
  • Woman social worker / Social welfare institution for women.
Download the LBF Membership Application form

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