SME Workshop: Participants Laud CU, Revel in Benefits
Participants at the just concluded Small and Medium Scale Entreprises (SME) Workshop, put together by Covenant University and GoldTrack Business Palace Limited, have commended Covenant University on the initiative, which they claimed has enriched their business acumen and exposed them to new entrepreneurial skills.
The two-day workshop, held at the Centre for Entrepreneurial Development Studies of Covenant University, featured many participants, with facilitators making presentations on different topics like Mind Management; Business Models and Business Plans (Conception, Structure and Benefits); Quality, Production and Industrial Management; Relevance of Record Keeping to SMEs; and Accessing Low Interest Loan from Nigerian Banks.
The participants, some of whom are already into various businesses and others still planning to float one, admitted that the workshop has been of immense benefit.
A lady, who identified herself simply as Elder Olaseinde, said lessons from the workshop have woken up the hitherto sleeping business drive in her. “From this workshop I have been highly inspired. I have properties, I even have a shop that I locked up for over three years, but right now my mind is open to go and stock it and start working there. I’m blessed and I thank God for Covenant University, the organisers; the N10, 000 we paid is just peanuts compared to the knowledge that we have acquired,” she said.
Bamidele Olaniran, who came from Ibadan, Oyo State, described the workshop as “eye-opening”. The event, he said, has opened his eyes to some ideas on how to channel his strength for effectiveness and efficiency in the foreseeable future when he may need help professionally.
“I know how and where to channel my resources to. And one thing I’ve learnt which came lastly, which I really believe in as a network marketer, is Clustering. I know the benefit of the idea of clustering and I know fully well, without being a greedy person, clustering is like a ladder which can lead to success because one thing leads to another. I know I’ve benefitted a lot, and now I have exchanged contacts with people I can mingle with in the bid to cluster,” said Olaniran.
The workshop, according to Pius Olorunfemi, is a nice one, in that it has exposed participants to so many opportunities. The entrepreneur, who is into virtual automobile business, said: “I’ve been able to garner experience from here on how to improve on my business in terms of how I manage my staff and also how I can access loan in order to expand on what I have on ground right now. It’s actually a very wonderful programme that we’ve just completed and I pray that God will continue to lift the people that organised the programme.”
Speaking on the essence of the SME workshop, the Chief Executive Officer of GoldTrack, Pastor Abimbola Adewole, said it was designed to ginger the interest of young Nigerians in being enterprising and productive.
He explained: “When you look at it all over the world, the SMEs rule the world. And in Nigeria, what we are seeing is people talking about no jobs, no money, and we have many people that have ideas to produce so many things, but they don’t know what to do. So, that is the reason for this seminar or what we call ‘Transforming your Ideas to Actions’.
“So, in this seminar, we are trying to reach out to entrepreneurs, help them to bring their ideas to reality; is it funding? Is it technology? We’ll like to help them to integrate it into one so that they can become real entrepreneurs. That is the reason for this workshop.
Adewole, who revealed that the workshop is a continuous series, said his organisation is partnering with Covenant University in order to raise new set of entrepreneurs who would rule the whole world with their products.
“We are dealing with the people, new set of entrepreneurs who would take their products to the whole world, thereby creating jobs, alleviating poverty and making difference in line with the vision of the great man of God, Bishop David Oyedepo, the Chancellor of the university,” he stated.