Attend Mazi Sam Ohuabunwa’s Nigerian Economic /Business Roundtable Conference 2013

Mazi Sam Ohuabunwa OFR. and the Sam Ohuabunwa Foundation for Economic Empowerment (SOFEE) invite you to the;Nigerian Economic/Business Roundtable Conference 2013 with the theme:

NIGERIAN BUDGET 2013; Translating Economic Growth Opportunities into Profitable Realities

Conference Objectives:

  • Review of 2013 Budget Projections with focus on Growth Opportunities& Profitability
  • Discuss How the 2013 Budget Implementation will affect Governance, Businesses & Citizens
  • Equip Participants with the knowledge for attaining Growth & Profitable Outcomes in 2013

Keynote Addresses:

Morning Session

Nigerian Budget 2013: Industrial Growth Opportunities through Expansive Infrastructural Investments – Dr. Olusegun Aganga, Hon. Minister of Trade & Investments, Nigeria

 Afternoon Session

Nigerian Budget 2013: Transformation & Value Creation in Agriculture for Economic Growth & Profitability Dr. Akinwumi Adesina, Hon. Minister of Agriculture & Rural Development, Nigeria

Special Guests

  • Mrs. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Hon. Minister of Finance
  • Hon. Emeka Nkem Ihedioha, Deputy Speaker, House of Representatives

Other Highlighted Topics for Discussion & Lead Discussants:

1. Nigerian Budget 2013: Balancing Fiscal Consolidation with Inclusive Growth  – Dr.Bright Okogu, Director, Federal Budget Office, Nigeria

2. Global Economic Uncertainties: Harnessing Local Economic Growth Potentials Dr. Ayo Teriba MD/CEO, Economic Associates

3. The Role of Banking Sector in facilitating All-Inclusive Economic Growth in 2013 Dr. Alex Otti, MD/CEO, Diamond Bank, Plc.

4. Achieving SME/Business Growth within the 2013 Budgetary Framework  – Dr. Kola Jamodu, President, Manufacturers Association of Nigeria (MAN)

5. Realizing Growth Through the subsidy Reinvestment & Empowerment Programme – Mazi Sam Ohuabunwa OFR., Founder, SOFEE/Committee Member

Participating Audience: Ministers, Commissioners, Permanent Secretaries,L.G. Chairman,Chairman & Directors of Boards of Public & Private Sector Based Organizations,Director Generals,Professional Agencies& their Deputies, company Secretaries, Business Development & Operation Members, Finance Managers,Policy Makers & Advisers;those Responsible for Transformation in Corporations, the Industries & Agriculture, SME owners& Members and the General Public Members.

[box type=”note” size=”large” style=”rounded”]Date: Tuesday,
12th February, 2013
Time: 08:00 am-05:00 pm Fee:
N25,000 per Participant / N17,500 per Participant. 
Venue: Sheraton Hotel & Towers, Mobolaji Bank-Anthony Way, Ikeja, Lagos.[/box]

REGISTRATION:

Payment of Conference Fees by Cheque or Bank Draft in favour of Sam Ohuabunwa Foundation for Economic Empowerment or Cash Deposit in Organisers’ ACCOUNT NO. 0006135237@ any branch of DIAMOND BANK or at the Event Venue.

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Apply for Goldman Sachs 10,000 Women Program

Apply for the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Women Scholarship Initiative

Apply for Goldman Sachs 10,000 Women ProgramWow! What a freebie for women only?

This is so so unfair, how would they give only women this great opportunity?

Goldman Sachs is one those giant corporations I personally detest because of the level of selfishness they exhibit in most cases. When these guys got together and told the world, Facebook is worth a $100 billion, I said no way guys! I simply knew that another heist was underway and so far it looks like that but we need to wait longer. Ok, let me not digress, this should be a topic for another day.

The focus of today is that Goldman Sachs in partnership with Pan-African University is training and building capacity in our women and they should be applauded for that irrespective of what their motives are.

Why the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Women Scholarship Initiative?

Business owners need to build deeper understanding, skills and knowledge in the environment where they operate to be able to successfully sustain their businesses. Hence, the need for capacity building is an integral part of business development.

Increasing numbers of women are becoming leaders/managers of their own businesses and many are actually still struggling to achieve success. Evidence has shown that when a woman is empowered, she reinvests into her family, her environment and the world at large.

In Nigeria, opportunity has been thrown open to female entrepreneurs to build their capacity through the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Women Scholarship Initiative in collaboration with the Pan-African University and over 200 female entrepreneurs have tapped into this great opportunity. Why not join the league of successful female entrepreneurs today? This is a chance to take your business to the next level!

If you are in doubt, read the story of Mrs. Ayodeji Megbope, the Moi-Moi seller that has travelled to different parts of the world and met with heads of states on account of her contact with this Goldman Sachs 10,000 women program.

So, what are you waiting for?

Are you a female Entrepreneur?  Do you seek to tap into this opportunity to take your business to a greater level? Have you been in business for at least 6 months?   Then apply for the scholarship now!

Download the application form here.

Download the flyer here.

Deadline for submission of the application form is June 25, 2012.

For more information send an email to aosinaike@pau.edu.ng or nojeme@pau.edu.ng

I hope this helps? Please share this information with as many women as possible because we need to support our women 🙂

FATE Foundation

Tips I shared with Young Entrepreneurs at FATE Foundation

Recently, I spoke to a group of young Entrepreneurs currently attending FATE Foundation‘s Aspiring Entrepreneur Program, a program I recommend for anyone just starting out in business.

FATE FoundationI spoke on the topic: “E-marketing as a strategic marketing tool in the era of Globalization.” I was pretty excited to take this class for 2 key reasons;

  1. eMarketing is something I do, day in, day out – so it’s going to be real fun to me.
  2. I played a role in making this course a permanent part of FATE Curriculum and I am full of smiles 🙂 that my little effort paid off.

But, it was sort of a mix feeling for me because 3 years ago I was a student at FATE Foundation, that was when we wanted to launch Natureline Solutions. In fairness to FATE, I learnt so much about business and we did everything humanly possible to see that the business succeeded, we created a good business plan, hire experienced consultants to lay the foundation with us, put systems in place etc. But things did not just pan out as we had expected. To cut the long story short; the company has more or less seized to exist in Nigeria, at least for now. Another, bitter-sweet lesson for me!

So, I decided to start by sharing some of my personal experiences with them before talking eBusiness/Internet, so as to enable them understand that success in business requires more than a good business plan or fantastic business model, you need to have passion, determination, faith in your dreams etc.

I proceeded to tell them how extremely important it is to keep their overhead low and one sure way of doing that is by Leveraging the Internet and technology properly.

I admonished them to start now because the Internet will not always remain easy and cheap, especially if you want your website to rank high on the Search Engine Results Page (SERPs.) You can be sure that the number of websites getting online is on a geometric increase.

What amazes me most is that a number of people still believe that Internet penetration is low in Nigeria and I don’t mean the lower class alone, this includes the middle and upper class. You might ask, how do I know this?

Well I have trained thousands (mostly free) on the subject of eMarketing, Internet Marketing, Blogging, email Marketing, search engine optimization, social media marketing etc. and each time duty calls, I ask a couple of questions and I know the kind of objections and excuses I get.

I am not saying the Internet is all-in-all, no far from that (only God Almighty is). I also not claiming that the internet doesn’t have its negative sides – I am so scared for my innocent children and can only pray God guides them through the ‘crazy’ world of cyberspace.

That said, the Internet still holds great opportunities for the average small business owner especially those with little or no cash, as long as they create the time to do what it takes.

Notice I said “create the time” because one of the greatest excuse humans easily make is “I don’t have time” and my response is usually; you will never have the time except you create it.

Seriously, a lot of business owners still don’t have a clue what we are talking about. People still look at Nigeria with that eye(s) of “nothing works” I have tried to let them know that eMarketing and eBusiness  would work in Nigeria and has come to say. Yes, things are not what they should be but it will not always remain this way.

I had fun with these young, talented Nigerians and my final words to them where this:

  1. Keep your dream alive, don’t let anyone kill your dreams
  2. Make sure you register your domain and keep your domain registration details safely – don’t leave it to your IT guy.
  3. Make sure your website has a blog and possibly add an eCommerce platform so customers can buy from you depending on your industry.
  4. Leverage social media with tools such as Ping.fm, Tweetdeck, Seesmic etc.

That’s it. Just like I said to them, I say to you; All the Best!!!

MINE Conference 2012 promises to be the Best!

Yea, you heard that right. This year’s MINE conference promises to be the best and just incase you are wondering what MINE is? It simply means Made in Nigeria Entrepreneur Conference.

The made in Nigeria conference is backed by a number of notable organizations namely The CEO SR Limited, Lead Business School and Odu’a Investment Company and they have joined forces to bring this to us 🙂 The Media partner is Inspiration FM. MINE is an initiative of the Young Nigerian CEOs Network – a brainchild of Timi Tiamiyu.

I love the intro sent the organizers sent to introduce this event;

There are few places in the world where today’s answers that will last till tomorrow are being provided, where the future is being built… M!NE Conference is one of them! Join the brightest young Nigerian CEOs, entrepreneurs, business leaders, executives and managers for a weekend retreat in Ibadan for one the most effective networking event in the world.

Talking of retreat, I believe it is beneficial for entrepreneurs to make out time for such retreats as they go a long way in helping to properly nurture your business. I attended one (Fate foundation alumni retreat) earlier this year and after a weekend of training and strategizing, CFA Leverage’s One Stop Shop for your Internet Solutions became a reality.

I am certainly going to attend this retreat. If for nothing, I would love to connect with those hardworking, budding, young and emerging entrepreneurs scattered all over Nigeria.

Date: July 19th – 21st, 2012.

Venues: Premier Hotel Mokola Hills and Lead Business School, Ibadan, Nigeria.

I would also use the opportunity to introduce my humble self and businesses to the following guest speakers, who are scheduled to discuss key business topics:

  1. Bashroun Dele Momodu – Lessons learnt through my entrepreneurial journeys.
  2. Mr. Soni Irabor – Lessons learnt through my entrepreneurial journeys.
  3. Chief Adebayo Akande – Lessons learnt through my entrepreneurial journeys.
  4. Bashorun Kola Daisi – Lessons learnt through my entrepreneurial journeys.
  5. Mr Adebayo Jimoh – Vision, Discipline and Passion: The Challenges of Leadership in Nigeria.
  6. Mr. Dayo Olomu – Reinventing Your Customer Relationship Management Experience: The Strategy for Customer Retention and Increased
  7. Profit. Mr. Wale Ewedemi – Creativity and Innovation: The Enduring Characteristics of Every Successful Business
  8. Mr. Lai Labode – Effective Uses of New Technologies for Strategic Development: The Social Media Advantages.
  9. Mrs. Tara Durotoye – Exceptional Leadership: The Purpose, The Principle and The Price.
  10. Mr. Taiwo Adepoju – Reasons Business Leaders/Managers Should Reconsider the 9 – 5 Workday Structures: The Strategy for Maximization of Employees Potential and Increased Profitability
  11. Mr. Audu Maikori – Building an Exceptional Company: The People and The Brand.
  12. Dr. Ayobami M. Owolabi – Corporate Communication: The Key to Effective Customer Relationship Management

If you ask me I personally think this conference is worth over N50,000 per participant due to the line up of activities and experience that is sure ti be gained. That said, I am happy to announce the the organizers realize their target audience are young and enterprising and have therefore made the registration cost to be highly affordable;

  • Diamond Package – N15, 500 single accommodation.
  • Gold Package – N9, 500 shared accommodation.
  • Student Package – N5, 500

The Benefits

Participants will understand timeless principle that has worked for every successful business and how it will work for their own businesses. The participants will understand how to build the most effective Customer Relationship Management Strategy that work for any customer, anywhere in the world.

Participants will understand how to turn new customers to lifetime customers and how to deepen the loyalty of the existing ones. The participants will have the opportunity to expand their networks and meet some of the most interesting and brightest Nigerians from around the country. The participants will have a needed retreat while learning and empowering themselves for bigger opportunities

I’ll be attending and I hope to see you there. Are you coming? I think you should and please make a difference by sharing this post on social media. Thanks 🙂

Click here to order your ticket right away or contact Timi on 0818 535 6818 or BBM:30DFC2C8

CEO Domino Information Company Limited

Highlights of the DICL Small Business Enterprises Workshop

CEO Domino Information Company LimitedThe Domino Information Company Limited (DICL) small business enterprises workshop has been more than a blessing to me personally, it presented me another opportunity to learn from much more experienced entrepreneurs and consultants and I say kudos to the DICL team for putting this together.

One thing was clear at the event;

….for any economy to develop, Micro, Small and Medium Scale Enterprises have to be supported and nurtured to grow, otherwise there will be no meaningful development for that economy.

The Small Business Enterprises workshop was very successful because of the quality of training and resource persons that delivered them.

Agenda for the 1st day of the event was as follows;

  • Planning Process
  • Previous year’s review of small business enterprises
  • Panel session on Finance and Human Resource Management

While I appreciated the presentation and past year’s review, I enjoyed the panel discussions most because it presented small business owners the opportunity to ask questions on issues that are bothered them most.

The panel discussion sessions featured 6 people; 3 for Finance and HR respectively:

Finance Panel discussion on financing your business plan had;

  1. Mr A. Sowunmi – Development Finance Directorate
  2. Mr Sonny Ekadayen – Bank of Industry
  3. Mr Sola Olubode – CEO, Money Com Micro Finance Bank

Small Business Enterprises

The panel discussion on HR management strategies for Small Business Enterprises had;

  1. Mr Emmanuel Etomi – Former, Head of Recruitment, Shell Nigeria
  2. Ms Aisha Maina – CEO, Aquarian Consult, Abuja
  3. Mr Dele Ajisebutu – CEO, Global Outsourcing Services Ltd

Small Business Enterprises

Both panel discussions were moderated by the CEO of Domino Information Company Limited, Mr Uzo Nduka.

It was a great event. We picked the brains of the discussants as much as we could and as always I learnt so much.

The workshop continues tomorrow, with the sole aim of helping all participants present to come up with at least the first draft of their business plans.

I intend to follow their guidelines to produce a business plan for an Internet start up idea currently being pursued by our team.

Trust me to post my experience after tomorrow’s session until then…. I have to go now.

If you would like to attend this event, then I suggest you call Onome on 08166263527 right away!

What’s the experience of being a Small Business Enterprises owner been like?

Uzo Nduka of Domino Information Company Limited

Special Invitation to Attend a Small Business Workshop Series

Uzo Nduka of Domino Information Company LimitedI urge you not to underestimate the importance of small business workshops, I strive to attend a number of workshops yearly especially if they are highly practical.

To this end, I wish to invite you to attend this highly practical and informative small business workshop organized by Domino Information Company Limited led by Uzo Nduka, a small business coach and strategist who has earned my respect!

Consider this….

On the 1st of January 2012 fuel subsidy was removed, workers went on strike, businesses were forced to shut down and many people went to the streets to protest. We are now in February and most micro, small and medium enterprise (MSME) operators are asking ‘’what next?’’. The ongoing banking sector reforms, Boko Haram and the cost of fuel are combining to make life difficult for MSMEs.

While we may never be able to know what is next, we can plan and prepare to adapt, to survive, to grow and to make profit in 2012.

The Domino Information Company Limited (DICL) team is very pleased to invite you to the 2012 Small Business Planning Workshop Series.

Date: 1st – 2nd March, 2012

Time: 8-30am to 4pm

Venue: Peninsula Hotel, Block 94, Plot 16, Beside Brass Motors, along Lekki-Epe expressway, Lagos.

Small Business

Please note that this Small Business workshop series is not your usual workshop and that you are not coming to receive a lecture from experts. It will be a hands-on and practical exercise and you will be working with peers and colleagues to create your own robust business plan for 2012.

Below are 3 Objectives driving the DICL Team

  1. It is time to run your business with precision and direction, spend 2days with us and have a business plan
  2. Show me a successful man, and I will show you a man with a plan, come get your 2012 Business Activity Plan
  3. Success in business is not by default, 2 days at this workshop will clearly show you the how, where and when.

Hear them: We promise that at the end of the workshop, every participant will leave the venue with their own 2012 Business Plan. A plan that will help you and your team remain focused on your business goals throughout the year.

DICL and her partner, Moneycom Micro Finance Bank, will provide the tools, technical expertise and other resources needed to achieve this. The Small Business Planning Workshop Series are backed by DICL money-back guarantee.

Remember, it is reasonable to spend one and half days planning and deciding how to the rest of the year should go.

For enquiries, please contact us using the information provided on the attached flyer.

God bless you and see you at the workshop.

I endorse this small business workshop 100%

domain name

4 Tips to Help You Choose a Good Domain Name

A good domain name is synonymous to having a good name. Most parents are usually happy after child birth, so they carefully select a name for the child and in places like Africa, extended family members also give the child a special name.

This is to prove that names are not just cultural but very significant.

Domain name defined

A domain name is basically the address of a website online, so for instance this blog is called Conditioned for Accomplishments (CFA) with the domain name www.CFAgbata.com which I formed out my first, middle and surname names.

Tips to help you select a good Domain name:

1. Go for a Keyword Rich Domain name

SEO again? Someone might say not again, why so much noise about SEO?

Well, it’s simply because SEO professionals now play a major role both in choosing a good domain name as well as building a new website, so SEO plays a key role here.

CFAgbata.com is no doubt becoming an authority domain by the day but this domain name is nowhere near being keyword rich. Think about it, who is going to search for cfagbata online? It is not a product nor a service, so it’s tough.

Now, compare the domain name CFAagbata.com with www.AwesomeBizTips.com, owned by Fayo Williams, one of my partners and students. She has a much better keyword rich domain that is likely to do much better because ordinarily people are searching for “biz tips”

Now am I worried about the CFAgbata.com domain name not being keyword rich? The answer is a Yes. As early as yesterday, I asked my US based SEO colleague what he thought about it? Below is a screenshot of his reply;

domain name

Marketing takeaway: Make sure your domain name contains a highly searched keyword or keyword phrase.

2. A Good Domain Name should be Short

Yes you are free to register a 50 word domain name but why do that? Imagine the pain you would put your clients and subscribers through if you do that?

Imagine someone says to you, my domain name is callmeandIwillbetherewiththefoodforyoualone.com? (this will be every hilarious to see or hear). This is one of the reasons I chose to stick with CFAgbata.com, though not keyword rich, it is only 7 characters which means it meets one of the criteria of a good domain name.

I remember back then it was a struggle between fredagbata.com and CFAgbata.com, then I had not yet come up with this whole CFA concept. I actually registered the domain name fredagbata.com but the guy refused to develop my blog even after payment.

Boy was I sad? You bet I was but guess what? I am glad he never did because that bad experience helped me come up with the CFA concept which I am so very proud of today. This is a case of turning a bad experience into a good story!

Marketing Takeaway: Insist on a shorter domain name, if possible try other extensions. The shorter the better.

3. Register some other extensions of your domain name

Domain names come with different extensions while some i.e. .com, .net, .org, are referred to as Top level domains (TLDs) others are known as country specific domains i.e. .com.ng is for Nigeria, .com.uk is for United Kingdom, .co.za is for South Africa.

Almost, all countries of the world have theirs and some smart nations are using theirs as a foreign exchange earner. For example .tv is the country code top-level domain (ccTLD) for the Islands of Tuvalu, a small but smart country that has earned some much from this gift of Nature.

I understand that Nigeria actually has another exclusive .ng that is sold for as much as One Million Dollars ($1,000,000) each (I have not verified the exact cost) but to prove that it really exists here is Google’s version of the. ng url www.google.ng – clicking this redirects you to the main www.google.com site.

Marketing Takeaway: Don’t bother registering all your domain extensions, just register a few. In my case, I registered www.CFAgbata.com and CFAgbata.net (which I use for sending email newsletters) and then I registered a country specific domain name www.cfa.com.ng to protect the CFA brand locally. Both are redirected to this blog.

Notice I said some and not all. You can only register all if you are as a big as Google.

4. Avoid Domain Names with Hyphens

If you are a newbie to the internet space then heed my advice and warning: Avoid a domain name that has an hyphen.

Yes there are a couple of very successful websites that have domain names with hypens, which means there is an exception to this rule. Should that be a reason for you not to adhere to my advice? Well its up you but I encourage to obey.

Some Exceptions to this Rule

Yaro Starak is founder www.entrepreneurs-journey.com while this domain has an hypen, it is

yaro starak's domain name age

a pretty old domain, which makes it an authority domain.

Also note that it has “entrepreneurs” a highly competitive and highly searched keyword as the first part of the domain name. He is an early bird to the internet and a lot worked in his favour. If you are starting out today, I doubt if you will be that lucky, except for those with a huge SEO budget.

Recently, I was appointed to the ICT committee of Full Gospel Business Men’s Fellowship International Nigeria, a 60 years old fellowship of the Happiest People on Earth, when I was asked to review the website and come up with recommendations, I got confused because how am I supposed to tell my fellowship that the domain name www.fgbmfi-nigeria.org registered since 2003 should be changed because it has an hypen?

I am sure you know what I did……

Marketing Takeaway: Just save youself any unforseen stress and avoid domain names with hyphens. If you have an old domain name with an hypen, you can live with it as long as competition does not have the exact same one without an hyphen.

Someone might ask, what if my Small Business’s name is not keyword rich?

Well that is a brilliant question, I can’t imagine a small business looking for international clients to have a domain name as difficult as www.gbongbongidiyakpa.com irrespective if that is the business name or not.

Wisdom is profitable to direct – Ecclesiastes 10:10

This is a practical example of how we handled this sort of situation. Our company name is CFA Leverage, so we registered the domain name www.cfaleverage.com which is the natural thing to do.

But www.cfaleverage.com is not a keyword rich domain name, so we registered another domain www.seoexpertng.com that represents one of our major services which is SEO Services. We then created a permanent redirect such that if you click on www.cfaleverage.com it takes you to www.seoexpertng.com

I hope this helps and you learnt a thing or two? Please go on now and implement!

Feel free to share your experience if you have a website? How did you go about choosing a domain name?

Note: If this sounds too difficult for you then you should order our comprehensive Keyword Research, Domain Name Ideas and Title Tag SEO Services package. Prices start from as low as N10,000 ($60) and you can be sure of getting the best value for your money!

An Invitation to attend the FATE Foundation 11th Annual Celebration

We are pleased to invite you to attend the 11th FATE Foundation Annual Celebration & Entrepreneurial Awards Ceremony to honour outstanding Nigerian entrepreneurs, and celebrate the 2011 graduands of the various FATE programmes.

The theme of the event is The Price, Prize & Pride of Entrepreneurship.

Please find the details below:

Date: Thursday, December 8th, 2011
Time: 3:00 p.m.Venue: Shell Hall, MUSON Centre, Onikan, Lagos
Guest Speaker: Mr. Adewale Tinubu, Group Chief Executive, Oando Plc

Do make it a date with us.

We look forward to welcoming you at the event.

Thank you.

Warm Regards,
Osayi Alile Oruene
Executive Director
1st Floor,
Water House
Lagos State Water Corporation Building,
Ijora, Lagos.
Website: www.fatefoundation.com
07098123371/08023565900
Join us: Facebook: facebook.com/FateFoundation
Twitter:  twitter.com/fatefoundation
LinkedIn: linkedin.com/fatefoundation

FATE Foundation    . . . Producing World Class Entrepreneurs

[box]CFA’s Note: I am proud to be part of FATE Foundation both as an Alumni and a Volunteer, freely giving back to the system. I suggest you attend any FATE Foundation courses before launching out your small business.[/box]

Are you going to make it?

SME Toolkit Nigeria Conference 2010

Highlights of the SME Toolkit Nigeria Conference 2010

My experience at the SME Toolkit Nigeria Conference 2010.

SME Toolkit Nigeria Conference 2010
SME Toolkit Nigeria Conference 2010

The SME Toolkit Nigeria Conference 2010 was sponsored by IFC, SME Toolkit, IBM, Grofin and Enterprise Development Centre of the Pan-African University. It was held on the 24th of November, 2010 @ Terra Kulture, Plot 1376 Tiamiyu Savage Crescent, Victoria Island, Lagos.

[button]The theme of the SME Toolkit Nigeria Conference 2010 was Harvesting Innovation in Small Business Solutions.[/button]

The purpose of the was;

  1. To bring together Trainers, Users, Experts, Content and Service providers to redefine and set a new agenda on how the toolkit can impact even more on the SME sector in Nigeria.
  2. To discuss critical matters, gather ideas for the further improvement of the SME Toolkit using the conference to drive the process.
  3. To reflect and discuss on the localization, customization, delivery and quality assurance of Business Edge Training methodology.

Roll call of speakers at the Event;

  1. Peter Bamkole is the Director, Enterprise Development Centre
  2. Solomon Adegbie Quaynor is the Country Manager of IFC Nigeria
  3. Bosun Tijani is Project Manager, Social Entrepreneur, Development Consultant, and Principal Partner of InnCite Ltd.
  4. Sunday Ojuolape is the CEO of Life Entrepreneur Institute
  5. Moyowa Owolabi is a Serial Entrepreneur and technology opportunist.
  6. Hermann Cakpo is the founder and CEO H & C Technologies, a business development service provider based in Cotonou (Benin).
  7. Tolu Akindele currently works with Grofin Nigeria – a venture finance company.
  8. Chidinma Lawanson is the Proposition Head, Micro, Small & Medium (MSME) at Diamond Bank.
  9. Mario Gomes is an Operations Officer, working in the Advisor Service for SME’s Sub Saharan Dept. of the IFC
  10. Nneka Okekerau is the Centre Manager of Enterprise Development Centre.
  11. Lolo Masha is the Business Development Manager for English-Speaking West Africa at Google Inc
  12. Nuhu Danjuma is the Chief Project Officer in charge of training and research for Small and Medium enterprises at the Centre for Microenterprise Development.
  13. Kate Iketubosin is the Managing Director of Stern & Kay Consulting.
  14. Adeyemi Adewole is the Managing Director of Adcem Pharmaceuticals Ltd.
  15. Bolanle Adekunle is a Manager in one of the Healthplus Pharmaceuticals outlets in Lagos.
  16. Margaret Jackson is the Managing Partner of Rainbow Consult.

With this lineup of Speakers you can reach a conclusion if the conference was richly rewarding or not, all the speakers did a good job dishing out tips and tactics that will help SMEs perform better. Personally, I took particular interest in 3 of the speakers because they focused on areas that are business growth drivers in Nigeria, the Speakers are; Lolo Masha of Google Inc, Chidinma Lawson of Diamond Bank and Tolu Akindele of Grofin Nigeria. They spoke a lot about what there organisations are doing to help small businesses grow and I wholeheartedly say Kudos to them!

If you are Small Business Owner make sure you attend events like this, because your “Network determines your Networth.” Start a FATE Foundation or Enterprise Development Centre entrepreneurial course to help us understand how to manage your business better and build a network of like minds.

Young entrepreneurs need to attend more conferences like the SME Toolkit Nigeria Conference 2010.