Happy New Year! For some, 2015 was a tough one, including for business. I'm not sure I know any business-owners who didn't experience some sort of challenge – from the sole trader to the SME.
As the New Year turns in, it will be very rewarding to position well so as to finish strongly in the year. If you had known 15 years ago what you now know today, would you have been more successful?
The German-African Energy Forum by Afrika-Verein offers a platform for companies, stakeholders from politics and science from the energy sector for ten years now.
The government needs to ensure that there is a growing ICT sector to stimulate growth in job-rich sectors like manufacturing and services. The public sector must also lead by creating a favourable regulatory environment for investment in ICT and new technology.
Patrick Osaji, Nigerian entrepreneur, started Glowtel in Netherlands as a service to ease international calling costs both for individuals and companies. His interview with Africa Business Communities:
There's a line from a song that's been playing in my mind – bare necessities; these are the bare necessities – for days, now. I can't remember the actual song, or where I heard it; but a couple of situations have made the lyrics that I can actually remember rather apt.
Emmanuel Douglas is a Nigerian entrepreneur, a beneficiary of the Tony Elumelu Entreprenership Program through which he started his company, El Classico Foods. His interview with Africa Business Communities:
After several months of testing, Africa Business Communities offers with Africa Press List a platform for journalists and bloggers and an highly effective PR tool for companies
Falk Benke discusses with Africa Business Communities on how his company, Beam, has created opportunity for Ghanaians living abroad.
Paul Midy, CEO of Jovago.com, talks on how Jovago.com makes the process of finding and booking hotels in Africa easy and the need to boost the culture of travel within Africa.
Adequate and proper reward systems fuel the appetite of employees to go for more. It drives employee engagement and productivity to very high levels. Performance itself must have a basis of measurement.
In a previous post, I talked about staffing issues faced by Nigerian business-owners. To be fair, I appreciate that staffing issues are a bit of a general problem, regardless of the country in which you are.
I listen to a lot of pitches. This is part of my job description and I am able to tell someone who is passionate about something from someone who is just going in for a trial and error.
In an industry where it’s increasingly difficult to gain entry in the first place – providing added value for your patients and core customers is essential to secure and maintain market share.
“Now that policy rate is presumably below the neutral interest rate to buttress Nigeria’s stance on expanding the economy, there is no room for an insensible fiscal interaction”.
Some of you may decide to become entrepreneurs. Entrepreneurs naturally dream big, but start small. Unfortunately for most youngsters, they want to start big, sometimes, ironically, even without dreaming.
Paul Oghoghorie is founder and promoter of Nigerian music platform, TopNaijaMusic.com. He is also prominent in the Nigerian fashion industry as founder of Top Naija Models, a company that organizes frequent competitions for aspiring male and female models in Nigeria.
Imagine you are in a shopping arcade; say one of the Nakumatt retail outlets and you are just about done with the cashier when you spot a former workmate with his family walking in your direction and towards the exit. You just set up your company a few months ago and are actively seeking out new clients.
As you know with a rise in the government’s control over pricing in pharma and a lack of communication between stakeholders, patients don’t get the drugs they need.
One of the amazing things about business ownership in Nigeria is the perception that folk have. OK, make that the perceptions. Plural. But for this blog post, we'll focus on one area.