This is the second SME Council set up by Facebook globally, the first one being in the US. Over 45 million small businesses actively use Facebook Pages to connect to their consumers.

"Small businesses are the backbone of India's economy. From kirana stores to restaurants and online clothing sites, these businesses drive economic growth, create new jobs and enrich the lives of people across the country", said Facebook India Managing Director Kirthiga Reddy.

Facebook is focussed on helping people connect, including giving them access to the Internet, and assisting businesses to grow, she added. A group of leaders from different industries will meet Facebook team and help understand how the social media company can better serve the businesses that are creating jobs and opportunities for the people across India, she added.

The Council will have members like Amruta Walvekar (Wrapistry), Anaka Narayanan (Brass Tacks), Anitha Nayak (Floured), Gautam Ivatury (MeraDoctor), Maya Chandrasekaran (, R Balakrishnan (GIO Adventures) and Vivek Iyer (English Dost), among others.

The group will meet throughout the year to share feedback, discuss new ideas and work with Facebook to build better ads solutions.