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Sterling Bank’s MSME Academy Begins

Sterling Bank’s Micro, Small and Medium Enterprise (MSME) Academy is billed for Wednesday, this week. It is part of the lender’s value-added offering for its SUPA Business Account holders.
The academy, which will commence with a pilot session in Lagos, is a product of the bank’s partnership with BusinessDay.
This is in furtherance of the bank’s commitment to enrich lives by focusing on the unique needs of its entrepreneurial customers, and giving teeth to private sector involvement in the development of small businesses and the economy at large.
Managing Director, Mark-George Consultants, Olugbolahan Mark-George, will train SMEs during the programme in which operators will be engaged one-on-one on their business challenges and offered advisory services.
According to the bank’s Group Head, Strategy & Communications, Shina Atilola, “the Sterling MSME Academy is aimed at capacity building for existing and emerging Micro, Small and Medium-sized enterprises to enable them build viable businesses and position them to access funds for expansion. MSMEs would also enjoy access to relevant and reliable business intelligence and information that would help them to navigate the challenging operating environment.”
The academy will also be facilitated by International Finance Corporation and Enterprise Development Centre certified and seasoned MSME trainers and will run from September 30 to October 21. Registration started on August 17, this year and is to last for three weeks.
Business owners/ MSME operators interested in participation are expected to fill in their details and get the necessary information on the registration portal.
The bank had last June partnered with LEAP Africa on the 10th edition of the Annual Africa CEO Forum. The forum with the theme: ‘Staying Ahead: Maximising Profit and Mitigating Risk’, was an avenue for the CEOs to understand how to ensure proper risk identification, assessment and analysis. These factors were identified as key to minimising revenue loss and ensuring continued business survival.

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