Nations and Governments across the globe are in agreement that SMEs remain the soul of any economy, forget all stories about GDP or growth of the economy when SMEs are actually suffering and dying for seen and unseen reasons. It is for this reason that I proudly invite you to attend this year’s Enterprise Development Centre (EDC) event for SMEs.
3 Reasons Why you Should Attend this Event
1. On-going Learning
Are you an emerging entrepreneur thinking of doing an MBA? Not a bad idea but for many SMEs (at least for me) the kind of MBA they really need is an event like this where more established entrepreneurs come around and teach them certain life and business skills that go beyond theories. Business especially start-ups in my opinion, is more of practicals than theories, so you need to keep learning a thing or 2 from folks that are way ahead of you in this game of life and death called entrepreneurship.
Business is all about learning on an on-going basis so do not fail to make the most of opportunities like these.
2. Networking! Networking!! Networking!!!
For those who know me, I am a die-hard networker. It is something I love to do with ease and passion, for the simple reason that “our success in life is tied to the quality of our network and relationships.”
Instead of remaining in your world and crying how terrible the Nigerian economy is, come to this event hopeful (like the Chinese and Indians) trusting that God will turn around your situation by connecting you to a potential customer or investor or even a partner. I just hope you are not one of those SMEs that are so scared of partnership? Click here to read my previous post on why SMEs are so scared of partnership.
3. Highly Discounted
Finally, this event is highly discounted. I am involved a great deal with training and human capital development and based on this experience I can tell you that this is event is not-for-profit because the cost involved in brining together is quite huge and therefore N20,000 fee is simply affordable.
I suggest you make the most of this opportunity by attending this event.
The Theme is Model, Market and Money- Positioning your Organisation.
Three Sessions will hold:
- 1st session – What model is right for your business?
- 2nd – Innovative approaches to expanding financial access
- 3rd – Conversation with the CEO
At the conference, delegates will have the opportunity of listening to seasoned speakers with expertise on various fields as they talk on the various topics. Some of the Speakers are:
- Obi Ezeude – Beloxxi Biscuit,
- Helen Emore – Warri Industrial Park,
- Chima Nnadozie – Diamond Bank,
- Oludare Talabi – Talion Capital.
Date: 25th September, 2013.
Time: 9am – 4pm
Venue: Sheraton Hotel and Tours, Ikeja, Lagos.
Register by sending an email to Nnenna on nugwu[@]pau.edu.ng or call 08174583175 0r 08033343092.
On a Final Note
Let me thank the entire EDC team for the giant strides they have made so far. A few days ago, I was at an event with the Director, EDC, Mr. Peter Bamkole and I introduced him to a friend who happened to be a visiting faculty at PAU but has never met him in person. As soon as I made the introduction, my friend said; I have heard so much about you and I said exactly, this the man taking entrepreneurship to the next level in Nigeria through EDC.
The EDC story is the story of the mustard seed that has grown tremendously (and keeps growing). I remember Prof. Pat Utomi once told me the story of the early days of EDC – how people within the system did not believe in the idea (does this ring a bell?). Well, the team led by Bamky (as he is popular called) stayed focused and kept at it and today EDC remains the pride of PAU both home and abroad. This is a post for another day!
I look forward to seeing you at the event. Once again kudos to EDC!!!
This is to your success in life and business,