- The federal government has not hidden its concern for the welfare of small businesses across the country
- An award has been organised to reward outstanding Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises in the country
- The time for nomination of the award categories has been extended to enable many Nigerians partake in the exercise
The federal government has extended the nomination period of the forthcoming Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) Awards.
The awards is a new initiative by the government organised by the National MSMEs Clinic to reward outstanding small businesses in the country.
NAIJ.com gathered that the window open to Nigerian entrepreneurs to nominate either themselves or worthy small business owners has been extended till Friday, July 20, in order to allow more SMEs and the general public to participate in the process.
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Terlumun Ikya, project coordinator, National MSMEs Clinics, informed that the selection committee whose members would remain undisclosed, will begin the final phase of selection after the nomination ends.
“As earlier stated at the news conference, MSMEs can nominate themselves by sending short videos about their businesses (stating their unique selling propositions) to 07068979641, 09058648938, 09058648848, 08184371124 or visit www.nmsmeawards.com.ng,” he said.
The award scheduled to hold on Thursday, August 2, at the State House Conference Centre, Abuja, will be cash-backed and aimed at encouraging MSMEs in the country.
The event starts at 6pm with a red carpet while the main ceremony commences at 7pm.
The award will be in 12 categories namely: MSME of the Year, Young MSME of the Year, Most Friendly MSME State, Excellence in Creative Arts, Excellence in Agriculture, Excellence in Manufacturing, Excellence in Technology Innovation and Excellence in Fashion and Style.
Others categories are: Excellence in Leather Works, Excellence in Furniture and Wood Works, Excellence in Beauty, Wellness and Cosmetics as well as Excellence for Non-Profit Service to Humanity.
Criteria for the selection process will include: outstanding business concept, locally produced goods, use of local technology, provision of conducive atmosphere for MSMEs to thrive among others.
Vice President Yemi Osinbanjo is expected to grace the occasion and handover the prizes to the award winners.
Winners in various categories will go home with a brand new car, cash rewards and important work tools to enhance their businesses.
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