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FirstBank Takes Its Smes Business Clinic To Port-Harcout And Abuja

In recognition of the significant role SMEs play in achieving

sustainable growth and development in the economy of the country, Nigeria’s premier and
leading financial services provider,

First Bank of Nigeria Limited would host SMEs in its 2020
second edition of the SME Business Clinic. The event themed “Building a sustainable
Business” would be held on 25 th and 27 th February 2020 in Port-Harcourt and Abuja
respectively.

SMEs are encouraged to take the FirstBank SME diagnostic tool by visiting
https://smeconnect.firstbanknigeria.com/ in order to stand a chance to be amongst the
participants that will be in the SME Business Clinic in Port-Harcourt and Abuja. The FirstBank
SME diagnostic tool is designed for SMEs to check the health of their business, better
understand it and drive profitability.

The SME Clinic will feature one-on-one business advisory
services, mentoring, networking opportunities and participants will also be acquainted with the
requisite knowledge and business tools needed to drive efficiency in the day-to-day operations
of their business.

Speaking on the event, Gbenga Shobo, the Deputy Managing Director, FirstBank, said “at
FirstBank, we are proud of the giant strides we have taken over the years towards enhancing
the SMEs for their businesses to thrive, have a fair play in the market and contribute to the
Gross Domestic Product of the country. We remain the trusted financial partner of SMEs and
reiterate our resolve to be known as the brand that enables their success; much the same way
that we have for over 125 years enabling Nigerians and the economy at large”.

The coaches at the event are Seye Olurotimi, Lead Consult at Cedar Tribe Limited, an SME
branding expert and business growth consultant with vast experience helping SMEs grow
effective brands and Robert Yakubu, founder of the Instabiz Academy and the Business
Mastery Program, a digital entrepreneur and business strategist empowering entrepreneurs,
marketers and business professionals in Port-Harcourt and Abuja respectively.

The SME Clinic session is organized in partnership with SME Traction, a leading business
coaching platform aimed at empowering SMEs to make informed choices about their
businesses, thereby facilitating growth and bolstering their contribution to the development of
the economy.

Expressing her delight on the impact the inaugural SME Clinic has had on her business, the
CEO, Nibbles Plus More Ventures, Owoeye, Oluyomi, stated that “the first step I took after the
SME business clinic was do a strategic road map for my business. Riding on the information I
got from the business trend session on consumer landscape, I had a clearer understanding of
who my target audience are and have included that in my business plan. The feedback we

believe will help us identify untapped markets and problems in our industry, how to reach them
and what value we can offer them”.

Like we were told at the clinic, progressing into the counter intuitive zone of the business model
reinventing box is what brings about Innovation. Something must trigger innovation and not just
our intuition. Hence, we have chosen research, she concluded.

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