Get Ready To Shop, Wine, Dine, Network and Unite at Cocktails & Dresses 2017: Africa’s Greatest Retail Experience | May 7th, 2017

Africa’s largest fashion industry event, Cocktails & Dresses, is here again! After two fantastic editions of unparalleled success, we are pleased to announce that Cocktails and Dresses is taking a giant leap forward. The popular semi-annual event promoting the greatness of all things Africa, is scheduled to hold on Sunday, May 7th 2017. The popular semi-annual event promoting the greatness of all things Africa, is scheduled to hold on Sunday, May 7th 2017 at the luxurious Intercontinental Hotel, Lagos, Nigeria. Cocktails & Dresses 2017 will host over 2,000 attendees inclusive of over 50 fashion & beauty brands & manufacturers across Africa, over 50 Notable personalities in Government & Leading Industries and most importantly YOU. Black Carpet Starts at 12 Noon. An event not to be missed thus make it ...

Promote a local business and get N500 airtime reward

Why #PromoteNaija Here at VConnect, we are all about helping local businesses connect with their customers. We understand that sometimes it can be quite difficult finding the right vendor or business to render a service. This is why the #PromoteNaija campaign is meant to promote small businesses that are offering quality services and products. We believe that helping these small businesses has a multiplier effect, helping people looking for quality service find the right business to patronise, in turn getting increased patronage for small businesses that offer great service, this we believe, benefits the economy as a whole. Therefore, we decided what better way to promote a local business than through word-of-mouth. These businesses are broadly categorised under cleaning services, electronic services and home decor services. How to get the airtime reward How do you ...

Last week was the SME Conference 1.0 and this is everything that happened

Two months ago, the official email kicking off the SME Conference came in from the management. Many months before, Facebook had told us of their intention to partner with us. After many days of hard-work and preparation by our team, the SME Conference 1.0 happened on Thursday, 19th, January, 2017. Over the last six years, VConnect has hosted knowledge transfer sessions for small businesses, but the SME Conference was going to be our biggest outing yet. We pulled all the stops on this one. With the help of Facebook, Diamond Bank, Airtel and our other partners, it turned out exactly how we hoped. Here’s what happened: Early arrivals. We admitted 200 entrepreneurs for the SME Conference and people turned up early.

SME Conference 1.0: This why we are doing this

We believe SMEs are too important for the local economy to be left without the right support. Since we opened shop 6 years ago, VConnect has invested heavily in ideas that help small businesses grow rapidly. We’ve built a product that constantly evolves with the needs of small businesses. Our latest update puts the business front and center of our operations  with a business owner dashboard that lets you add products for inquiries, a robust reporting tool and a user interface that makes sure visitors get all the relevant information about your business at one glance. Aside from our last update, we are also doubling down on offline activities we hope will help SMEs grow. It’s why we are hosting an SME conference this year. We are calling it SME Conference 1.0. The event ...

Sterling Bank holds the MSME Fair on Sunday; free booth available for businesses

Editor’s Note: This is a sponsored blog.vconnect.com article, which means it’s written by the editorial team of the sponsor organization and financially supported by same, in this case Sterling Bank Nigeria. Read this to learn more about advertising on VConnect. Sterling Bank just concluded its MSME Academy where it taught small businesses like you on how to run successful companies. The 2016 project which started in April, has held in Ibadan, Kaduna, Onitsha, Port Harcourt and Lagos and had top industry experts teach on how to get finance from both local and international financial donors.  Following that, the Bank is having a fair for small businesses to sell and grow their network on the 20th of November. Booths were provided for free and the event promises to be a great pre-holiday ...

Learn how to grow your business at the High Growth Africa Summit (at 50% off)

Growth is the most important predictor of success for your business. If more people are using your product or service, then profitability is only a matter of time. But the tricky part is that it’s hard to grow as a small businesses. The cost of marketing is crippling. For two days in November - 17th and 18th - more than 150+ successful business founders, top growth experts from the US, UK and Africa will share practical guides on strategy, tactics and tools startup founders can use to grow their business in Africa. The event is the first High Growth Africa Summit. According to Starta and Ingressive, co-organizers of High Growth Africa Summit, the conference “is exclusively dedicated to teaching entrepreneurs how to build, scale and fund high growth businesses ...