Connect Nigeria has announced the 2017 edition of its annual business fair. The E-Business fair is Africa’s largest business fair that connects micro, small and medium enterprises on the biggest scale the continent has ever seen. This will be taking place on Saturday the 18th of February, 2017 at Eko Hotels and Suites, Victoria Island, Lagos. ConnectNigeria.com is Nigeria’s foremost information portal with featured listings of local businesses such as Micro Small Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) and Small Medium Enterprises (SMEs) as well as businesses within its database. Since the launch of its first business fair in 2012, the event has become an impactful annual networking event in Lagos, Nigeria. It has had over 5,000 businesses in attendance along with industry giants in the country’s various sectors of commerce.
This will be the 6th e-business fair since its inception in 2012. The event is categorized into a conference and an exhibition, and is themed “E-Business and the Growth of Your Enterprise”, it illustrates how micro, small and medium enterprises can grow by taking advantage of the internet era and technologies to leapfrog their business to success.
Connectnigeria.com CEO, Mr. Emeka Okafor, cited the importance of using technology as a low cost tool for improved market share. According to him “Information and Communication Technology presents enormous opportunities for improved market access for SMEs, by facilitating communication and access to information, identifying international markets and selling online.”
Borne out of a passion to grow Nigerian businesses in a technology-based era, various organizations have partnered with Connect Nigeria to make the e-business fair a success. Past fairs have been sponsored by the likes of Samsung, Microsoft, Union Bank, Google, FirstMonie, Skye Bank, Heritage Bank, JMG, Etisalat, Printivo, Enplug and lots more.
Testimonies abound on how the e-business fair has offered exposure to businesses exhibited, a platform for networking for all participants, provided opportunities for deals on products and services, and business tips learnt from a pool of experts in various industries.
Such experts include speakers like the Business Leader, IT Business, SAMSUNG; Lola Masha, Country Manager, OLX; Babatunde Ajayi, Head of Products and Promotions, GTBank; Angel Fadahunsi, Deputy Director, Lagos TPS, Federal Inland Revenue Service; Ade Ajayi, Business Group Director, Microsoft; Shade Ladipo, Founder, Avienti; Zubair Abubakar, Co-Founder, Pledge 51; Muna Onuzo, Founder, Gazelle; Olaoluwa Samuel-Biyi, Co-Founder, SureGift; Mark Essien, CEO, Hotels.ng; Stanley Achonu, Operations Lead, BudgIT; to Oluyomi Ojo, Co-Founder and CEO, Printivo.
Past conferences have seen thousands in attendance, and a profitable return on investment for sponsors and exhibitors.