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Monthly Archives: June 2016

Networking Series (2) : “Creating Relationships” – Tokunbo Fasoro

The most important professional/business activity we engage in is networking. One sunny afternoon, I decided to go to the construction site to oversee how the renovations were going on an office space we just acquired. We had been cracking our heads on how we were going to partition it. This had become a big problem to us. As I parked my car, I saw a young woman just coming in too. I smiled at her and asked if she was a tenant as well. She said “Yes” and we got talking. We talked about her business then proceeded to talk about mine. I told her what I was passionate about and took her to the space we just acquired in the building. I went on to tell her how we would like to have a graduate school, and about how we intend to rent seminar rooms for that purpose. She immediately asked me, “Why don’t you not save your self some money and partition a training room out of this space?”. BOOM! That was it. I immediately changed all the designs. That decision saved us millions of naira. I am glad I smiled and spoke with her that day. Networking ...

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PITCH ONE IDEA TO MR.PRESIDENT

On June 23, 100 Nigerian innovators will get the opportunity to pitch their transformative business ideas to a panel of Judges (possibly including the President). It’s called The Pitch, it will hold at the Landmark Events Centre in Victoria Island, Lagos and it’s one half of a programme called Aso Villa Demo Day. The second half has been christened The Unveiling, and as the name implies, it’s the unveiling of the 50 startups/entrepreneurs who will make it through the Judges’ filter during The Pitch and it’s holding on July 28 at the State House Conference Centre. From the copy on the website, the focus is on startups with solutions in areas like Government social investments, Ease of doing business, Agriculture, Housing, Healthcare, Transportation, but it’s not necessarily limited to those. “President Muhammadu Buhari will host the brightest startups from across the country as they pitch to a wide range of investors and decision-makers in the public and private sector.” The Pitch will run from 9am till 7pm on June 23, and The Unveiling, between 9am and 7pm on July 28. No one is required to pay any fees for pitching or attending, and the only criteria is that you are a Nigerian citizen between the ages, 18 – ...

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Served or serving NYSC? CBN and Heritage Bank to give up to ₦10 million loan for YIEDP

Heritage Bank has been adopted by the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) as the sole pilot bank for the Youth Innovative Entrepreneurship Development Programme (YIEDP). The programme is aimed at harnessing the latent entrepreneurial spirit among the teeming youths by providing timely and affordable loans to implement their business ideas. This further provides a sustainable mechanism to stimulate employment, contribute to the Nation’s non-oil GDP, and address the challenge of youth restiveness. The following categories of youth (aged 18 – 35) are eligible under this scheme: * Serving youth corps members * Non-NYSC (not more than 5 years post NYSC) Qualified Business Sectors: * Agro – Allied, * Food Processing / Preservation, * Arts & Crafts, * Manufacturing / Cottage Industry, * Information & Communication Technology (ICT), * Construction Support, * Power & Energy, * Education & Financial Inclusion, * Film & Photography, * Automobile, * Others The details below are relevant for all eligible youth: Eligible youth can apply for the loan through this portal http://www.yiedp-hbng.com/ using his/her NYSC State Code. Applications can be made as an Individual or as a group (of 3-5 applicants with similar business interest). A single applicant can access up to a facility limit ...

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The Big “C” (CONNECTION) – Zika Nwaise

Many times, we feel the big ‘C’ is what gets us jobs. Well, maybe in the past! These days everyone wants employees who can actually deliver on the job after getting the job. Even if the big “C” is going to get you the job, you must be able to prove you can be trusted with the responsibility and deliver on that job. Let’s quickly take a look at what comes before the big “CONNECTION”. Most youths say “you can only get the great jobs based on who you know, not by your qualifications nor how well your interview went”. But the question is ‘how do you know who you know?’ You probably know a lot of people and vice versa but the crux of the relationship is what these people think about you! Do they know you as that unreliable friend who takes things for granted? Or as that friend who takes up responsibilities and ensures that you get things done in good time. Are you too proud to engage in a friendly conversation with people you meet? Your next opportunity to network might be at a casual party, and who knows, you just might be sitting next to ...

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