An Invitation to Attend the Business Manager Planning Workshop- I

The Business Manager Planning Workshop Series by Domino Information Company Limited is now in its 4th year and this 2014 edition promises to be the most exciting and constructive experience so far. This year’s event is being put together in partnership with a number of credible and result-oriented organizations.  The team of speakers and facilitators is of exceptional quality and the fact that Nigeria as a nation is in top-gear preparations for general elections makes the theme very relevant.  The DICL team is convinced that SMEs owners and managers, as well as aspiring entrepreneurs can hardly find a better opportunity to plan their annual business activities outside this workshop arena.

As always we promise that every participant will leave the workshop with their own business plan, or the participation fees will be refunded.  However, the participants must work with us through these 2 intensive but exciting days.


This year 2014 is promising a bumper harvest of revenue and profit to SME’s in Nigeria that can provide specific products and services to INEC, political party organisations and other actors within the next 12 Months.  INEC alone has a staggering budget of over N90b that will be almost fully expended within the next 12months.  The top 2 political parties alone are likely to spend more than this sum, even though there are no published figures to back this up.

As the 2015 elections draws nearer (or closer), there will be quite a number of political rallies which eventually will depend solely on services provided by SME’s. It is expected that there will be increased demand for printing, food, hospitality, transportation, consultancy etc. therefore SME’s in Nigeria should be properly positioned to respond to and take advantage of the business opportunities that will come from these demands.

So it is fact that a lot of cash and wealth will be injected into the economy this year.  It is also fact that a good percentage (50% is a good estimate) of these expenditure will be done through SMEs.  The big question is therefore: which SME has planned and positioned to capture this peculiar opportunity that comes around once every 4 years?

This year’s workshop is designed to help Nigerian entrepreneurs create their plans in a most conducive and stimulating environment, working with peers. DICL and her partners provide the tools, expertise and guidance that are needed as effective planning keeps established companies on track and serves as a guide for companies that plan to reach important milestones within a given time frame.

An Invitation to Attend the Business Manager Planning Workshop

The success of a business depends largely on effective planning. Business planning is an on-going process for all businesses – or at least it should be. Effective planning keeps established companies on track and serves as a guide for companies that plan to reach important milestones within a given time frame. 


“The coming elections in Feb. 2015 is a once-in-4year opportunity for SMEs.  Caterers, transporters, entertainers, event managers, these are only a few of the businesses that could harvest bumper revenues and profits in the year 2015. But, you must plan and position your business for this before the competition beats you to it.”

The objective of organizing such a workshop is to strengthen the management capacity of MSMEs operators and equip them with management system and tools they need to compete in today’s economy.


Media Partner:

i.            Business Day

Current Partners:

ii.            Rivers State Sustainable Development Agency (RSSDA)

iii.            Niger Delta Development Agency (NDDC

iv.            Quest Advisory Services Limited

v.            Nigeria-America Chambers Of Commerce (NACC)

vi.            Stanbic IBTC Bank

Other Partners:

i.            Sterling Bank

ii.            MoneyCom Finance

iii.            Abuja Enterprise Agency (AEA)

iv.            Lagos State Ministry of Agric and Co-operative


This is not your everyday workshop where tons of lectures are given; this is a practical workshop where all participants will be expected to work out their goals with guidance from our facilitators. The workshop is scheduled to hold in Lagos on 13th March, 2014. The workshop will hold at DRV Place, 9 Simeon Akinlolu Crescent, Oniru Estate, Off Ligali Ayorinde Street, near Fourpoints Sheraton. Victoria Island 


  • SME owners and managers.
  • Aspiring entrepreneurs.
  • Bankers with focus on SMEs.
  • Managers, leaders of NGOs and non-profit organizations
  • CEOs or frontline Managers in charge of Planning, Admin or Projects of SMEs 


  • Special inspirational session with veteran CEO and President of NACC, Mazi Sam Ohuabunwa.
  • Special session contracting strategies for SMEs with Fabian Ajogwu (SAN).
  • Business planning session with Uzo Nduka, CEO, DICL.
  • All participants will leave the workshop with their Business Plan and a clear idea of what they hope to achieve in 2014.
  • Opportunity to register with The Nigerian American Chamber of Commerce 


  • List and profiles of top 20 business ideas for the election year.
  • List of top 20 most risky business ideas for the election year.
  • Free copies of business planning toolkit.
  • All participants will get a free gift of the invaluable 150+ business management forms and templates


The first part of the workshop will be an information sharing session with seasoned, experienced professionals who will talk on Nigeria Economic and Political Outlook for 2014, Leading and Rewarding People for Business Success, Legal and Statutory Requirements for Businesses, Healthy Living for Busy Managers and Financial Management amongst others.

The second part of the workshop will be dedicated to perfect the business plan for every individual present. Our aim is to ensure that every participant will leave the venue with their own 2014 Business Plan that will help their businesses remain focused throughout the year.

A tentative workshop Agenda is given below:

Topic Facilitator
Leading a business in an atmosphere of uncertainties Mazi Sam Ohuabunwa- President Nigeria-America Chambers of Commerce
Contracting Strategies for SME’s in an Election Year. Dr. Fabian Ajogwu SAN,-Kennar Partners
Sales/Marketing/e-commerce Fred Agbata – CFA Leverage
Financial Management and Raising Funds for Business – Manager, Heritage Bank
Healthy Living for Business Executives Dr Gbenga Adebayo – CEO, Living Health International
i. Impact of 2015’s Election on SMEsii. Challenges and Opportunities for SMEs Uzo Nduka, CEO – Domino Information Company LtdContracting Strategy for SME’s in an Election Year.
Taxation for small businesses Mr Patrick Idode, Penielgate Consult
Business Planning All


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