Barely a year after the commencement of the SME radio programme, The Economy & You, First Bank of Nigeria Limited has empowered millions of Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) across the nation. The programme it said has featured over 45 entrepreneurs from diverse backgrounds since its debut.
The programme, which is broadcast live every Sunday at 6:15pm on Rhythm FM with a repeat broadcast streamed on the Enterprise Development Centre (EDC) website www.edcradioonline.com every Wednesday, is a joint initiative of EDC and First Bank. The objective of the programme is to educate, inform and build capacity for small business owners by providing them with the information and resources needed to grow their businesses.
The weekly programme focuses on live interviews of industry experts, accomplished SME entrepreneurs and regulators who take listeners through the process of identifying and making use of opportunities that abound for small and medium businesses in the economy. Discussions also dwell on how SMEs can prepare business plans, budget, deal with tax issues and government policies, among others.
According to First Bank’s Deputy Managing Director, Mr. Gbenga Shobo, sponsorship of the programme is in sync with the bank’s strategy to build capacity among SME players and foster the growth and development of small and medium scale businesses in Nigeria.
“We are committed to providing practical help on relevant challenges faced by small businesses and SMEs will have an unrestricted access to the archived materials from ‘The Economy and You’,” he said.
Just recently, the DMD hosted SME entrepreneurs to a breakfast session which fostered direct interactions with SMEs and provided practical solutions to support their businesses.
Other First Bank’s interventions towards the growth of SMEs include African Start-Up on CNN, the sponsored TV documentary on CNN showcasing SME success stories across Africa; SME Toolkits in association with EDC of Pan-Atlantic University for empowering small businesses; Ignite, an after-school graduate employability and enterprise training initiative; constant social media engagement; and the SMEConnect website, which is at the heart of all First Bank’s SME activities.