The United States (U.S.) Consulate General in Lagos, last weekend, held a mentoring programme for 65 emerging entrepreneurs being trained in business and entrepreneurship.
The event, which was a follow-up to a two-day intensive training held for the participants in March, was organised in collaboration with Field of Skills and Dreams (FSD) Academy in Ogba, Lagos.
It was aimed at helping the participants evaluate their progress in the course of the programme and learn how to overcome challenges hindering the growth of their projects.
At the event, the trainees were mentored and equipped with practical tips on how to drive profitability and transform their businesses by experts and successful entrepreneurs, including the Academic Director of Owner-Manager Programme at the Lagos Business School, Dr Henrietta Onwuegbuzie, and FSD Chief Executive Officer, Mrs Omowale Ogunrinde.
In his remark, the U.S. Consul General, Mr John Bray, renewed the consulate’s commitment to enhancing the skills and capacity of budding entrepreneurs.
He said: “We made a commitment to you all in March on behalf of the U.S. government that we would do our best to support you on your journey to establish a successful business. I am pleased to learn that some of you have achieved a certain level of success since then. I am equally pleased that all of you are dynamic, forward-looking and committed to the economic success of Nigeria, which is the spirit of the Nigerian entrepreneurs.”
The consulate’s Public Affairs Officer, Ms Darcy Zotter, said the follow-up training became necessary to equip the entrepreneurs with the set of skills and networks to assist them to grow their businesses.
She said: “We are pleased to see that many of the emerging entrepreneurs we trained in March doing well in their chosen projects. We know entrepreneurs can be made and not necessarily born. Business skills can be taught. The process of learning and honing their entrepreneurial skills is ongoing. We hope that when they finish today, they would have a stronger network of supportive friends and mentors.”