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7 Upcoming Business Events You Should Not Miss In 2017

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We are already in September. The year 2017 is fast burning out like a candle stick. How many business events have you attended this year? This September is heavily loaded with business events in Africa and attending one of the events might just be the magic wand to open wide the gate to the world of your dream business.

Every year, African entrepreneurs and organisations host a series of business events and trade shows all over Africa, most of which take place in Nigeria and South Africa.

As an entrepreneur, you are free to attend these events and even participate by owning an exhibitor stand to showcase your products or services.

Attending or participating in business events come with numerous advantages such as networking. You will have an opportunity to connect and meet other African entrepreneurs within your community.

Below is a list of seven business events and trade shows that will be coming up soon in Africa. 

1.The showcase entrepreneurs’ fair 2017

The main aim of this event is to bring together micro entrepreneurs, small and medium size businesses together with large corporations, as well as financial institutions.

The leaders of these institutions will share their know-how with one another in order to help their businesses grow. If you are a business owner, this is an event you should not miss.

Date: 13th Sept-18th Sept 2017.

Country: Nigeria

Address: Main Bowl TBS, Lagos

              Tbs Bus Terminal, Awolowo Road

               Lagos Island, Lagos, Nigeria

For more information about the event visit the website

2. Angel Investor Masterclass Hargeisa   

This event is one of a kind in Africa. The event is aimed at mobilizing early stage investing communities which will help connect, share knowledge and talk about capital needed to help maximize the continent entrepreneurial potential.

Date: September 20, 2017: 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM

Country: Somaliland

Address: Hargeisa, Somaliland

              Maansoor Hotel, Hargeisa

For more information go here

3. Digital Swarm

This event is organised by digitlab, a South African based digital marketing agency made of online marketing experts ranging from Social media, content marketing to SEO and a lot more. This event will allow leaders to share their know-how and knowledge which will help transform the industry of digital marketing in Africa. If you are an online marketer, this is an event you should not miss.

Country: South Africa

Date: 27 September 2017

Address: Johannesburg South Africa

Visit digitlab.com for details

4. Future Energy Uganda

If you are an African businessman who specialises in renewable and nonrenewable energy, this is a must-attend event. The purpose of the event is to bring together decision makers and Uganda engineers to talk about the latest energy solutions in Uganda and Africa as a whole.

Also, they will be talking on how to increase the generating and manufacturing capacity of energy in Uganda.

Country: Uganda

Date: Wed September 13 2017- Thursday September 14 2017.

Address: Kampala Uganda

Website: Future Energy Uganda website

4. Women in Africa Entrepreneur’s

Women in Africa entrepreneur’s Hub is a network of global leaders made up of both men and women which main aim is to identify future influential women who will be the leaders of Africa entrepreneurship.

This hub also support women entrepreneurship in Africa by introducing them to a new way of governance.

Their first Africa annual meeting will be taking place in Marrakesh and they are expecting more than 300 leaders.

Country: Morocco

Date: September 25, 2017 – 9:00 AM – September 27, 2017 – 6:00 PM

Address: Beldi Country Club

For more information click here

5. Venture platform demo day 2

The venture platform demo day 2 is a Lagos based on invitation-only business event, that will feature companies and businesses from various industries such as the banking industry, real estate, health and even in the entertainment industry.

The companies to take part during the event have been going through a 4 months venture platform acceleration program. They will share with you what they have been doing at the program and some fund raising strategies they are using.

Country: Nigeria

Date: September 15, 2017: 12:00 AM

Address: Lagos Nigeria

 Go here for more information.

6. The Funding Space

 

The funding space event which will be taking place in Lagos Nigeria, is aimed at helping young African entrepreneurs with business ideas that solve social problems in Africa.

If you are a young African entrepreneur with an idea that has the potential to solve a problem within your community but do not have money to fund it, The funding space event is where you should be on the 27-28 September 2017 and pitch your idea.

This event is aimed at helping youths fund their business ideas

Country: Nigeria

Date:September 27, 2017 – 7:00 AM – September 28, 2017 – 6:00 PM

Address:Lagos, Nigeria.

For more information click here

7. iCubeFarm Business Showcase

iCubefarm business showcase is a trade show design to help businesses in Africa showcase their products and services like Pros. Participants will have an opportunity to own their stands where they can show their products to the public.

Country: Cameroon

Date: Friday 5, October 2017

Address: SPAR Conference Hall (L’Atrium)

             Douala, Cameroon

Website: iCubefarm

 

10 Ways To Motivate Your Employees To Increase Their Productivity

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The success of every business depends on the productivity and effectiveness of the team members or employees. But most often, employers have shown little concerns about the employees’ welfare with the consequence being poor output. As an employer, you must seek ways to motivate your employees in order to increase their productivity.

One of the highest costs in business is employee turnover. And one of the challenges faced by most employers is creating an enabling environment that generates productivity. Not only is it too expensive to replace an employee that leaves, it can also destroy the morale of the rest of the team.

I will like to share with you 10 ways to motivate your employees and increase their productivity.

 

1.It’s Not Just About Money

Money is an important factor when it comes to employee motivation. As an employer, you cannot pay someone 50% of their market value and expect them to be happy and motivated.

But you also have to understand that money is not everything. People want to advance in life and be part of something bigger than their imaginations.

If your employees are unhappy and you think paying them more will help you fix the problem, think again.

Employees want to be part of something huge. Promote your vision to your employees. Show them that you are building something they will want to be part of and they will be more than happy to help you build that vision.

2.Learn How To Say “Thank You” Whenever an Employee Does Something Nice

A simple “thank you” can go a long way to evoke positive action and boost someone’s morale. Call your employees and simply thank them for being best at what they do. This will motivate them and increase the productive spirit of others.

You can show them how their effort has contributed to the success of the company and thank them for that.

3.Use Positive Speeches Whenever You Are Speaking To Them

Instead of saying “I went through the report of this month and it was horrible” rather try to say “thank you for submitting your report for this month so fast, let me show you how you could do better next time”By saying this, it will motivate them to work more next time. As an employer, focus on how it could be done better, not the way is currently done.

4.Reprimand Them in Private And Congratulate Them in Public.

Have you ever been congratulated by your boss in a room full of people and everybody started clapping for a job well done? How does it feel? It’s feels good right? Do the same thing for your employees and you will be surprised to see the result you will get.

If your employee makes a mistake, call him/her in your office and tell them what they did wrong and advise them or show them how to do it better.

5.Listen To Your Employees

Get out of your office and pay more attention to people around you. If someone seems demoralized, ask him/her what is the problem and what you can do to help.

Take care of your employees and they will take care of your company.

6.Be Flexible

If you notice that one of your employees is more productive working from home, just let him/her continue. If one of your employees want to come to work early in order to leave early, just let it be that way, as long as he/she is productive.

As an employer, you must understand that some people are more productive when they find themselves in certain situations or location. But you’re advised to be quick to notice if some on your team are abusing this manner of flexibilty. If such an attitude is noticed, take action bring them to order.

7.Make Them Feel As They Are An Integral Part of Your Business

Sharing your business goal with your team is a good idea. Explain to them how their work is helping the company grow.

For example someone may have complete eight hours worksheet for four months. They will be much more motivated if they can understand that this worksheet will be used at a presentation that will help the company raise money.

8.Allow Yourself To Be Vulnerable

For some employers, they think is necessary to shout all the time so that some employees can respect them. And some employers also believe that if they are vulnerable they will lose the respect of their subordinate.

This is not true. When you are going through hard times in your company, talk to your employees, let them know what is happening. They will understand what you are going through, and will put in effort to make sure that the company moves towards the right direction.

9.Lead By Example

Have you ever asked your employees not to abuse the company’s credit card? But that is exactly what you are doing.

Have you ever asked your employees not to come late to work and the next day you the employer is late.

Demonstrate to your employees that you are a great leader and preach to them by example.

10.Help Your Employees

Most managers keep asking themselves “what can my employees do for me” but I encourage you to think this way “ What can I do for my employees”.

Take them to lunch and ask them what are their goals. Maybe they want to learn new skills, which can help grow your business and need your help.

Maybe they want to take a training and you could write a letter of recommendation for them.

Thank you for going through this article and do not hesitate to leave your comments and I will be more than happy to reply.

5 Steps To Becoming A Successful Young Africa Entrepreneur In 2017

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The dream of an average youth in Africa is to become an entrepreneur and a  successful one for that matter. For one to achieve the dream of becoming an African entrepreneur, he or she should brace up because it’s an uphill task, which is achievable and rewarding if driven by will, determination, and passion

It is very normal and I strongly believe that every young person in Africa should start thinking of developing entrepreneurial skills. This is because by developing these skills, you will have control over certain aspects of your life such as your destiny, your choice of career and above all, you will have an opportunity to impact other’s lives in Africa and beyond.

Becoming an entrepreneur in Africa, where there are a lot of challenges such as finance, infrastructure, and logistics that take more than saying you want to be an entrepreneur.

If you seek to become a young African entrepreneur, you must be willing to put in effort and time to make it work. Let’s be honest here – entrepreneurship is a very high-risk career choice and also a very rewarding venture as well when you have determination, persistence and above all passion.

I am Jijong Emmanuel and I will like to share with you these 5 steps in becoming a young successful African entrepreneur in 2017. These steps have worked for me and I’m convinced they will also work for you provided you commit you energy and time to master them.

 

1.Choose a Field You Are Passionate About

The number one reason people fail in business is that they choose a career they are not passionate about, as a result, they give up immediately they start facing challenges in business.

According to Larry Alton of entrepreneur.com, passion is key to keeping a business strategy moving and I support his idea 100%. So if you want to become a young successful African entrepreneur, the first thing to do, is to choose a field you are passionate about. This because passion is the only engine that will drive you toward persistence and above all, toward success.

2.Take Action

Nothing happens until you take action. What I often see are people who want to become entrepreneurs but keep saying “I will Start one day.” Nothing happens unless you start saying “I must start today.”

Just take action and start something. It must not be perfect from the start. Just start building your project while having a clear vision of what you want to achieve in future.

3.Learn from a proven mentor

I always tell people that the best way to learn something is to learn from someone who has done it before and has a proven track record that works.

Look for someone who is or has been where you want to be and work with him or her because by so doing, you will learn the mistakes and obstacles he overcame when he started his journey in the entrepreneur world. Find someone you know will be more than happy to teach you and learn from him. This will help you avoid some of the mistakes he made.

4.Make a plan

One ingredient in becoming a successful entrepreneur, irrespective of whether you are old or young, is planning. Many entrepreneurs always fail to plan their businesses which often lead to business failure.

As a young entrepreneur, planning can help you understand your business strategy better. Your business objective will be clearer and above all, planning your business will help you better manage and track your cash flow within the business.

5.Build your Team

Finding the right people with the right skills is essential for your business especially when you are trying to promote your brand.

But one thing I often see young entrepreneurs do is, they try to do everything themselves. Don’t do that! Did I just say that? If you doubt, just check it down the path.

Share your ideas with people, build a team because by so doing, this will help you increase productivity and above all increase your talent base.

Conclusion

Being an entrepreneur in Africa is not easy especially when you don’t have the resources and the connection.

I hope you learned something and would make good use of these 5 steps in becoming a young successful African entrepreneur in 2017.

Please if you have any question or think there is some information I should add, please leave a comment below and I will be more than happy to reply.