Starting a business venture is one of the most important decisions young people take.  It can be a daunting experience for young entrepreneurs that don’t have previous experience of setting up and running a company, even, some small business owners are caught in the web of expanding their business. However, Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria (SPDC) has put up Shell LiveWIRE Nigeria Programme to help young entrepreneurs start and run their own businesses successfully.

Shell LiveWIRE Nigeria Programme is a youth enterprise development programme supported by The Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria Limited (SPDC). The programme operates mainly in the Niger Delta region and aims to inspire, encourage and support young people aged 18-35 to start up their own businesses through the provision of finance and training for young entrepreneurs.
Activities associated with the Shell LiveWIRE Nigeria programme include:
1. Young Business Leaders Awards: A prestigious cash awards programme for young owner managers who have been in business for up to 2 years and can demonstrate significant (best) progress in the areas of production/service, financial growth, employment opportunities generation, and improvements in management strategies. These awards are expected to help these young people to further grow and/or diversify their businesses.
2. Bright Ideas and Become a Successful Business Owner Manager (BSOM) workshops: These are run for groups of young people to stimulate exchange of ideas, encourage good planning for the most viable business idea, and to facilitate a good foundation on which to start up businesses. At the end of the Bright Ideas Workshops, outstanding participants are encouraged to complete the BSOM training workshop, at the end of which there are opportunities for awards and/or micro-credit through partner organizations for business start up.
3. Business Awareness Forum:This forum will provide a basic introduction to enterprise for young people as they prepare to graduate from universities. Potential business owners identified through this forum will be assisted further through a short BSOM course.
4. Business Information and Enquiry Service: By providing Business Opportunities Profiles (BOPs), young people are introduced to the requirements for starting a particular business in terms of; capital, legal, technical and human resources, and the market opportunities that exist for such a business.
To participate in this programme, kindly apply HERE

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