FSDH Merchant Bank, in collaboration with Enterprise Development Centre (EDC), has unveiled a capacity development programme for Nigerian women in business.
The FSDH-EDC Women Business Impact Programme is designed to help female entrepreneurs bridge their business skills, and knowledge gap and increase the success rate of women in business.
Bukola Smith, managing director, of FSDH Merchant Bank, said “The FSDH-EDC Women Impact Program is not just another capacity development programme.
“It is a movement to equip and empower women with the right skills and business knowledge required to run their business excellently and consequently contribute to the growth and development of the female economy.’’
She said empowering women-led businesses is an important part of this programme and a critical step towards achieving our goals for the FSDH Women in Business Initiative.
“We have seen that women constitute a large percentage of medium-scale businesses and by supporting them, we can create a more stable, prosperous, and sustainable future for the female economy and the wealth of Nigeria at large,” Smith said.
The Women Business Impact Programme aims to offer participants an opportunity to learn from seasoned faculty, business leaders and mentors who have a wealth of experience and expertise in various fields.
The Women Business Impact Programme will run for a total of three months beginning from May 2023.
During the programme, participants will get access to a robust curriculum and practical learning, one-on-one business advisory, business support services, access to finance, and a community of women entrepreneurs.
Nneka Okekearu, the gender desk lead, of Enterprise Development Centre, said ‘’in the last two decades, EDC has led the way in creating programs that empower women and enhance their skills.
“We believe that helping women entrepreneurs grow their abilities and raise their voices contributes to nation-building and community development,” Okekearu said.
Gold Nwoke, head of women in business banking, at FSDH Merchant Bank, said “The program offers women in business an opportunity to learn, connect with other like-minded professionals and grow their businesses.
“This year, we have lined up a number of initiatives to help women in business achieve their goals.
“We believe that through the business impact programme and with a reputable partner like the EDC, our participants will get the required knowledge to grow their businesses,” Nwoke said.
The programme is set to offer a robust curriculum and practical learning ranging across entrepreneurship finance, business planning, operations management, and marketing management.
The initiative is open to women in business across different sectors who are interested in growing their businesses.
The launch of the FSDH-EDC Women Business Impact Programme aims to bridge the knowledge gap and empower women entrepreneurs with modern business skills required for business growth.