WEConnet and ExxonMobil Preparing Nigerian Women-Owned Businesses for the Future

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[media-credit name=”WeConnect Nigeria” align=”aligncenter” width=”640″]WeConnect Nigeria ExxonMobil[/media-credit]WEConnect International Nigeria and ExxonMobil had a series of workshops in Akwa Ibom, Lagos, Abuja and Port Harcourt for women entrepreneurs. It was a ‘Meet the Buyer’ event and the aim was to prepare Nigerian Business women for a future in the business world.

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We were at the Port Harcourt event which held on October 29, 2014 at the Golden Tulips Hotel, Port Harcourt GRA and had a full room. It was a day’s training with top female executives from ExxonMobil and each session was power packed and intense. At the end of it, most women there were inspired to take their businesses to new heights. The information passed across was invaluable particularly for anyone who had  any desire to do business with multinational companies and at an international level. The women were taught about the necessary certifications they needed in order to compete on a global platform and resources were shared that would make that possible. One recurring theme was connecting women enterprises to global markets, which is not surprising as it is WeConnect International’s tag line.

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[media-credit name=”WeConnect International Nigeria” align=”aligncenter” width=”640″]WeConnect Nigeria ExxonMobil Port Harcourt[/media-credit]WEConnect International is an organization committed to promoting women enterprises. They teach and train businesswomen, equipping them to take their place as global business leaders. Women entrepreneurs face a lot of challenges, but at the top of the list are: access to markets and access to capital. These two are problems that can be solved with access to information, which is what WEConnect International provides.

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WEConnect is a platform and businesswomen can become members, thereby gaining access to their vast information and resources. There are two ways to join: the first is by self-registration which you can do by clicking on this link. The second way is by getting a WEConnect Certification. What this does is include you in their large database of women-owned businesses. Being WEConnect certified tells the world that you are ready for business and that you are trustworthy.

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Comfort A Sakoma, Executive Director, WeConnect International Nigeria
[/media-credit] Comfort D Sakoma, Executive Director, WeConnect International Nigeria
WEConnect International is new in Nigeria, not even a year old, but it’s impact has been felt already. The Executive Director of WEConnect International Nigeria, Comfort A Sakoma is an inspiring speaker. Listening to her is eye-opening and illuminating. She talks on the many opportunities available to businesswomen and how many of us in Nigeria are not utilizing them enough. Most Nigerian businesswomen prefer to go after the small stuff not realizing that it takes the same energy to go after the bigger things. Comfort A Sakoma challenges us to think bigger and aim higher. We captured a part of her speech at the Port Harcourt event and we really think you should listen to it. It’s less than 2 minutes, but it’s going to change the way you view business.

 

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