Starting and running a business in Nigeria is itself tough enough. But it becomes even tougher when you don’t have access to supportive tools to get you going. To enable you work smarter, we have here a list of 10 great links every smart Nigerian Entrepreneur should visit to get awesome business support. Here you go:

Bank of Industry. You really want to translate your ideas into business? Then you need funding and business coaching especially as you start out. This is what the Bank of Industry offers. In addition, working with the bank of industry, you enjoy entrepreneurial support all the way through. The bank has a number of dedicated Business Development Service Providers that will guide you through the initial stages of your business development to ensure you surmount the initial challenges. What more? The bank offers funding in terms of single digit interest loans with almost no collateral requirement at all. Visit the Bank of Industry today and enjoy the services it offers.

Small and Medium scale Enterprises Development Agency of Nigeria SMEDAN. If you are running a small or medium scale business, then SMEDAN is where you would want to visit quite often because the agency has so many support services it offers to businesses. From the provision of soft loans to business coaching, connection of entrepreneurs to lifetime mentors and markets etc., SMEDAN ensures that businesses receive all round support.

SME Toolkit Nigeria. No other platform has a constellation of support services for businesses in Nigeria as much as the SME Toolkit Nigeria. From guidance on product development to free web design for your business, SME Toolkit Nigeria is a must join platform if you want your business to get to the next level. It links to Enterprise Development Centre, World Bank, UNIDO and other external links that support entrepreneurship. It’s free to join so, visit the SME Toolkit Nigeria website today and browse through the gamut of services offered.

Corporate Affairs Commission. Registering your business name is one of the things you can do to protect your brand. You wouldn’t want to build an image and product brand only to have to change it later simply because someone else has registered your business name. Besides, registering your business gives investors some level of confidence in your brand. So, visit the Corporate Affairs Commission’s online registration portal today and have your company or business name registered so your branding campaign won’t be a wasted effort.

Standards Organization of Nigeria. If you want to be set apart from the competition, then premium quality should be the hallmark of your brand. The best way to convince first timers of your brand’s exceptional experience is securing a SON certification for your product. So, visit the Standards Organization of Nigeria today and get started with acquiring a certification for your product.

Federal Ministry of Trade and Investment. The federal government of Nigeria has put in place programmes to support small and medium scale as well as large businesses to expand and create job opportunities. The federal ministry of trade and investment host most of these programmes. Trade opportunities for product developers, support for small scale industrialists as well as investment links for local businesses are some of the benefits businesses can derive from being part of the ministry’s programmes. So, head over to the website of the Federal Ministry of trade and investment and check out how your business can benefit from trade and investment programmes of the government.

Industrial Training fund. Having well-trained staff is indeed the best strategy to set your business on the path of success. Human capital, as you know, is the best asset of any business. So, investing in the training of your staff is critical to business success. This is what the Industrial Training Fund offers. To be part of this fund, visit the official website of the ITF today and check out more of its services.

Nigeria Export Processing Zones Authority. This is a specialized agency under the Federal Ministry of Finance that identifies and supports businesses with strong export potential to develop commodities that can compete globally and take advantage of the Africa Growth Opportunities Act (AGOA). Therefore, if you consider moving beyond the domestic market, you would definitely want to identify with the NEPZA. Visit the NEPZA website now!

Nigerian Export Promotion Council.  If you have a business with a strong export potential, then, this might be a proper channel to develop your product for export. The NEPC’s main mandate is to promote the development of export related industries in Nigeria. So, why not take advantage of this platform to get your products abroad, earn foreign exchange, expand your business and employ more people. Visit the Nigerian Export Promotion Council today.

Nigerian Investment Promotion Commission. For businesses desirous of attracting both domestic and foreign direct investment, NIPC is the best place to hone your business prospects to the admiration of prospective investors. The commission’s main mandate is to co-ordinate, monitor, encourage and provide necessary assistance and guidance for the establishment and operation of enterprises in Nigeria. So, visit the NIPC website and learn how you can get your business across to investors.

This is by no means exhaustive. Though more of such links will be coming soon, if you have any such relevant links to share, please leave them in the comments section below.

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