The annual forum, which is targeted at enhancing the growth of Nigeria’s 37 million Micro, Small and Medium-scale Enterprise (MSME), was slated for the 18th and 19th of October but has now extended its window by two weeks for the registration of rising attendees.
As part of their commitment to encourage the growth of the SME sector in Nigeria, tech giant Microsoft and leading accounting firm Sage is collaborating with BusinessDay Conferences on SME Market Access Forum.
BusinessDay Media Limited, Nigeria’s foremost financial newspaper, through its Conferences Unit, conceptualised the SME Market Access Forum to engender the viability and sustainability of the SME sector in Nigeria.
The SME Market Access Forum is an annual event comprising capacity building workshops and conference sessions held in number of locations across Nigeria. In its 7th edition in 2015, the forum took place in Lagos, Ibadan, Benin, Owerri, Enugu, Calabar, Abuja, Kaduna, Makurdi and Port Harcourt.
BusinessDay partnered with the Ministry of Industry, Trade and Investment and SMEDAN to bring the SME Forum across 10 different cities in Nigeria. This year, which will be the 8th edition, the Forum will follow the same pattern with the first conference taking place in Lagos State.
The partnership with Microsoft and Sage is very strategic. Participants can leverage on the company’s global platforms and experience as a leading technology firm in growing their businesses. Microsoft is the leading platform for the “mobile-first, cloud-first world,” and its mission is to empower every person and every organisation on the planet to achieve more. During this forum, they would having a Customer Immersion Experience and Business advisory session where participant would experience Microsoft solutions and ways their business can scale, leveraging technology.
As a market leader for integrated accounting, payroll and HR and payment systems Sage will be facilitating a workshop at the event focused on ‘How to make your small business a giant factor in today’s economic state’
Sage’s workshop will cover why small businesses, by virtue of their size, need to be adaptable in order to mitigate the risks that come from being a small operation with limited assets.
It will look at why sound bookkeeping is essential for a business’s financial well-being and how business management solutions can assist them.