SME Tink Tank Platform is for the upwardly mobile smart and visionary entrepreneurs that are ready to chase their dreams and fulfill their mission on earth.
A platform where investors seek to buy in, where direct government policies are interpreted for business development, advocacy making, building network and structures.
With various interests in business endeavours, this platform has grown to over 250 members since its inception in Sept, 2015 and was founded by Mr.Sola Dawodu ACMA,MBA,ILO-SIYB Trainer.
Sectors covered in the Platform are but not limited to, manufacturing, services, media, creative industries, events management and hospitality, tourism and travels, fashion, branding, agriculture etc.
To be the most preferred platform solutions provider for SMEs in Nigeria with the aim of conquering Africa.
To harness, develop and promote SMEs with the aim of developing different business trades, seek investors, buy in and creating value in return.
- As a member of SMETT and to operate successfully as one solid platform, we offer ourselves a commitment of love and unity.
- Articulate and promote policies and regulations favorable to the development and promotion of SMEs in Nigeria and beyond.
- To create and establish a robust platform for SMEs growth and development.
- To showcase small growing businesses and their products to the world through exhibitions fairs etc.
- To organize opportunity fairs, SMEs conference for members.
- Total campaign of youths in policy, governance and decision making projects
In trying to harness all opportunities, the platform organises a lot of workshops, seminars and trainings. This led us to the inaugural SEED CONFERENCE held last year “tagged.. (Staying ahead of the curve’ as an entrepreneur.) Held at OAKWOOD HOTEL, LEKKI CHEVRON with over 335 people in attendance.
SEED stands for Sustainability, Economic and Entrepreneurship Development, a way of giving back to the society as well as grooming entrepreneurs.
BRIEF REPORTS OF THE LAST YEAR CONFERENCE:
Sola Dawodu, Convener SME Tink Tank Platform, (left); Tunji Falade Chief Executive Officer Kingsway Quality Foods (2nd left), Femi Oke, Chairman, All Farmers Association of Nigeria (AFAN) Lagos State Chapter (3rd left); Bamidele Odufuye CEO Tsaboin, Folorunso Alaran of Emzor Pharmaceutical, (3rd right), Remind Ogunkoya of Red Media Limited and Kuti George, President, National Association of Small Scale Industrialists (NASSI) at the SME Tink Tank Sustainability, Entrepreneurship, Economic Development (SEED) conference in Lagos.
Nigerians have been advised to show more interest in agriculture and also see it as a business, which can earn them more money.
This is the submission of the various speakers at the SME Think Tank Sustainability, Entrepreneurship, Economic Development (SEED) conference in Lagos.
The conference brought together speakers ranging from agribusiness, information technology, financing and marketing.
Convener of the conference, Sola Dawodu, said the essence of the conference was to re-strategise people on how they can do their business, most especially during this economic recession, to stay ahead of the business.
He advised participants to be consistent and always be on top of their game,despite any challenge they may face while doing the business.
Tade Falade, Managing Director of Kingsway Quality Foods, encouraged more Nigerians to go into agriculture, while sharing his experience in agro-processing, stressing that this is the way to go now since oil is not forthcoming.
Falade, who is also the Managing Director of the Lagos Chambers of Commerce and Industry (LCCI) Integrated Farming Project, said Nigeria is blessed with vast land and human beings and that the country is very prosperous in agro-industry, adding that Nigeria may not be able to compete in other areas but can compete in agro-processing and can also do well in agro-industrialization which is the combination of agriculture and agro-processing.
Speaking on the LCCI integrated farming project, he said LCCI did a collaborative meeting with the Lagos State government in ensuring that Nigerians take advantage of agribusiness by looking at the large scale farming, large scale farm estate and ensuring that Nigeria be the best for it through agro-processing.
Another speaker, Managing Director of Highhill Agribusiness Development Centre, Adeniyi Sola Bunmi, said we need to understand that agriculture has come to stay, adding that agriculture should be seen as business.
He said it is high time Nigerian begun to take agriculture as a business because it is the next solution for this country.
He said, based on the body language of this present administration, agriculture will change the face of this country.
“We need to understand that agriculture has come to stay, agriculture is a business and we need to start taking it as a business. Agriculture is the next solution for this country”.
“Based on the body language of the present government, I think agriculture will change the face of this country”, he added.
Otunba Femi Oke, Chairman, All Farmers Association of Nigeria (AFAN), Lagos State chapter, advised participants to make judicious use of the knowledge they gathered at the conference so as to be better persons.
With the success experienced last year, we can’t but further activate our impact as to growing businesses, a move which have necessitated another series 2 of the conference.
The current economicnce.
The current economic crisis calls for the development and efficient performance of SMEs and the private sector. We have a passion in us to pioneer an SME change movement that will aid business growth and development, better equip us to face current business challenges and plan better for the future by optimizing the opportunities and resources at our disposal to deliver maximum value to our stakeholders. We have done it before and we have our success story, we shall do it again.
Details of SEED 2017:
Event Title: SEED Conference 2017 (Second Edition)
Theme: SMEs RESET-“Thriving in an Economic Storm”
Venue: Academy Inn (Former WAEC Hall) Agidingbi, Ikeja- Lagos.
Date: September 1st, 2017
Invited Speakers: Some of our invited speakers are as follows:
Nike Adeyemi Fate Foundation,
Jimi Tewe Ceo Inspiro,
Professor Pat Utomi CVL
Emeka Okafor MD/CEO Connect Nigeria.
Nneka Okekearu LBS,
Mobolanle Adesanya. .CEO XDS Credit Bureau
Conference website: http://www.smettconference.com.ng
Benefits of attending SMETT SEED CONFERENCE 2017:
- Participants get access to media and live interviews or short videos to advertise their brands.
- Participants and members can advertise their products or businesses on the conference website
- Breakout session for people using the Lean SIGMA series to reduces operational business costs.
- Instant on boarding of participants on to financial solutions products that is automated to help with cash flow, invoicing, receipts etc free of charge as most entrepreneurs do not have records.
- Businesses shall be listed on SMEDAN database free of charge.
- Access to fund providers that you will network with at the venue.-Angel investors, Equity funders, etc.
- One on one counselling with speakers and Lead Convener of the Conference
- Exhibitions and collaborations with different brands for visibility, sales of products and patronage.
- Business to Business meeting with different International Chambers of Commerce’s.