Abuja Enterprise Agency Organizes 1st Abuja SME Expo 2015

Abuja Enterprise Agency (AEA) is the FCT vehicle for wealth creation, employment generation and poverty reduction. The Agency focuses on the development of micro, small and medium enterprises and aims to assist new and existing entrepreneurs to overcome obstacles to growth through access to finance, proper business planning and developing entrepreneurial skills
To celebrate the Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW) billed to hold from the 16th to 22nd of November, 2015, AEA is organizing its 1st Abuja SME Expo tagged “Promoting SMEs for Economic Development” which will provide a platform for SMEs with good local content to showcase their products and advertise their services to the general public, while expanding their market base and exploring new opportunities.
The Expo will be an avenue for entrepreneurs/SMEs operators to showcase their products
and services to prospective customers and also to network with other industry operators or competitors, government regulators for industry growth and sustainable economic and infrastructural development of our country.      
The event will hold at the Old Parade Ground, Area 10, Garki Abuja from 17th – 22nd November, 2015

Target Categories of SMEs (Exhibitors)
·        Fashion and Designing
·        Food and Confectionary
·        Manufacturing/processing Companies
·        Agro-allied businesses
·        Service providers
·        ICT
·        Government Regulatory Agencies
·        Financial Institutions 

Opportunities and Benefits for an Exhibitor (SME)
·         Showcase products and services to targeted audience
·         Create or reinforce product/service visibility and raise awareness and interest about supply capacity
·         Attend to enquiries and share necessary information
·         Identify prospective customers and strengthen relations with the existing ones
·         Negotiate offers which may result in actual offers
·         Meet potential partners that can lead to business alliance
·         Identify agents
·         Establish backward and forward business linkages

ACTIVITIES
The 6-day event promises to be captivating, educative, informative and fun to participants, as it shall have four (5) main activities holding simultaneously.            
The various activities are:  

Exhibition, Business Matching & Market Linkage:
This will enable SMEs to display and demonstrate their products and services, meet their target audience, make sales, network (get contacts for potential partnerships) and as well achieve their overall participation objectives.

Business-to-Business (B2B) Networking Event
The networking event is the first phase of a Business Development Drive (BDD) which will bring together MSME business owners across different sectors for a 1-day discussion with business development service providers handpicked by the Agency. At this event, the business owners discuss their challenges in running their enterprise and the business development experts work through their information to provide on-the-spot solutions that will improve performance. Most importantly, the event will provide the Agency with a medium to document business challenges and reference them with their owners. This information will serve as a critical tool for the second phase of the BDD initiative.
          Other stakeholders include angel investors, venture capitalists, finance institutions and government regulatory bodies.

Talent Exhibition:
This is designed and intended to encourage, promote skills, support creativity and also create opportunities for the abundantly gifted and talented youths to showcase their Gods given talent. This will include music, dance and comedy etc.

Industry Days
The expo will provide entrepreneurs from different sectors of the economy opportunity to showcase their products and services on a specific day assigned to such sector.  Such days are: (Fashion Day, Food Day, Agricultural Day and Entertainment Day)

PARTICIPATION FEES
SMEs: 25,000

CORPORATE ORGANIZATIONS: 250,000

ENQUIRIES
For any other enquiries please contact the team via any of the following: 07037775151, 08180307118, 08032530615.
Visit our website: www.aea.org.ng/expo
Address: AEA Entrepreneurial Complex, plot B15, sector A Jahi, Abuja, FCT.
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