The role of small business in rural India are as follows :
1. Employment opportunities : Cottage and rural industries create a lot of employment opportunities in the rural areas especially for the traditional artisians and the weaker sections of society.
2. Prevents migration : Establishment of these industries in the rural areas prevent migration of rural population to urban areas in search of employment.
3. Reduces inequalities : Cottage and rural industries help in reducing inequaMes in income, disperse development of industries and establish link with other sectors of the economy.