Sterling Bank Plc has introduced the Sterling MSME (Micro, Small and Medium Enterprise) Academy as part of its value-added offering for its SUPA Business Account holders. The academy which will commence with a pilot session in Lagos is a result of the Bank’s partnership with BusinessDay.
This is in furtherance of the Bank’s commitment to enriching 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 Nigerian economy at large.
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 is to be facilitated by IFC/EDC (International Finance Corporation and Enterprise Development Centre) certified and seasoned MSME trainers and will run from September 23rd to October 14th. Registration however commences on Monday, August 17, 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: www.sterlingbankng.com/msme
It would be recalled that the Bank had last June partnered with LEAP Africa on the 10th edition of the Annual Africa CEO Forum. The forum themed: ‘Staying Ahead: Maximizing Profit And Mitigating Risk’ was an avenue for the CEOs to understand how to ensure proper risk identification, assessment and analysis.
Source: Collins Nweze, Nation Online