The 2-day event is under the theme, “Turning Ideas into Profitable Businesses to Drive Ghana’s Private Sector”. Taking part in this year’s Business Sense are over 30 SMEs, 50 delegates and an expected audience of 5,000 visitors. Anita Wiafe, Managing Director of OML Africa, organizers of Business Sense 2011 says,” This event is for anyone starting a business or expanding a business in Ghana. With a conference, exhibition, one-to-one advice, business plan competition
and networking events, it is the perfect opportunity to find all the tools and information to start and develop a profitable and sustainable business in Ghana.”
Opening the event is Trevor Henry, Country Manager of Arik Air who are major sponsors of this important SME event. Another reputable keynote speaker at the opening is Ed Heyden, Director, Securit World Limited, UK’s largest ID distributor. International speakers and local experts will address Managing Directors, Executive
Directors, CEOs, Business Owners, Business Development Managers on all key areas of business including but not limited to writing of business plans, accessing capital, business law, accounting, marketing, sales, customer service, human resource management, etc.
Some key speakers include Dr Daniel Quaye who is lecturer of the University of Ghana Business School; Jeanine Bowen, Vice Chair, Ghana-South Chamber of Commerce; Matthew Boadu Adjei, Founder of Oasis Capital and Douglas Oppong, Founder of Angel Finance
(an equity capital firm based in the UK). Others are Anthony Annan, Senior Business Development Manager, Grofin; Tayo Olawale from the Chartered Institute of Personnel Management, Nigeria; Kojo Amissah, Lead Executive of Commonwealth Institute of Technology and Management and many other reputable speakers from diverse backgrounds of industry.
Running alongside the conference is a business exhibition where businesses will showcase their services and products to a high-calibre business-oriented audience. Exhibitors at Business Sense 2011 will have the unique opportunity to network with highly targeted and focused visitors on a face to face basis as well as major decision-makers attending the conference. Admission to the exhibition is free. Business Sense 2011 expo will also be a platform to launch new business products and services. Miss Wiafe added, “Imagine thousands of potential customers walking through your front desk over 2 days. Exhibitors will generate sales leads from new contacts which will culminate into more business and profits. Any business that supplies the SME industry (which constitutes 90% of the economy) should make a presence at the Business Sense 2011 exhibition as linkages between small and large businesses are enhanced”.
Some registered exhibitors are Arik Air, Ghana Home Loans, Living Image Innovations Ltd, AirFrance/KLM, Taxi Adverts Media Ghana, Citylink Airlines, Groconsult, Bany Laboratories, etc. Others are Grofin, Business Innovation Systems, Daily Guide, Joy
Business, Virtual Security Africa, Aco Cellular Ghana Limited, Kasante ID Systems, Spearhead Networks and UT Bank. Sponsors of Business Sense 2011 include Arik Air, Joy Business, The Daily Guide and Modern Ghana.
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