Female entrepreneurs countdown to October 14 date of the Covenant Christian Centre MSME Conference aimed at attending to the needs of entrepreneurs in Nigeria.
The Church’s small and medium-scale enterprise advisory arm, the Covenant Capital, has made it clear that it is time to focus on the female entrepreneurs in the country, as it has the obligation to reduce poverty through wealth creation and empowerment.
This position was made public Monday by the advisory arm, adding that the first edition of the Women SME conference would concentrate on providing female entrepreneurs with ideas, concepts and insights to do well in the Nigerian economy and worldwide.
It said that no fewer than 40 percent of Nigerian women are entrepreneurs, and that it is the highest population the nation has compared to other nations.
“We believe every woman deserves a chance to be successful in business; however, female entrepreneurs still struggle in business (more than their male counterparts) as a result of several gender-specific constraints such as limited access to finance, property ownership requirements, double duties (at home and at work) and cultural bias, among others.
“Removing these constraints is important, but equally important is ensuring that the Nigerian woman is equipped with the right resources to enable her thrive despite the glaring constraints in the market place.”
The program, which would hold on October 14 also have the keynote address to be delivered by the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Industry, Trade and Investment (Office of the Vice President), Dr Jumoke Oduwole, the Covenant Capital said.
The expectation at the event would include sharing of ideas, practical guides from businesswomen experts and professionals, alongside insights into early stage of business by young, trending and highflying business women. A special panel on the requirements to manage successful businesses in marriage by very successful couples in business would also be covered.