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Heritage Bank has partnered with the Enterprise Development Centre (EDC) of the Pan Atlantic University (PAU) to organize EDCs 7th, SMEs annual conference. The theme of this year’s conference is: “Models, Markets, Money – Positioning Your Organisation,” and will hold on September 25th, at EDCs Pan Atlantic University’s campus. In a statement by the Group Head, SME, Heritage Bank; Mr. Bayo Ogunnusi, he said, “The bank was sponsoring the conference as part of its commitment to helping SMEs build the capacity needed to grow their business. He said the move would also create opportunities for more SME operators to know and access the various SME funding support services of the bank.” hbng “We want to help SMEs grow but we also realise that in addition to money, they need knowledge. You can give money to somebody but how does he or she manage the money? They also need knowledge in other areas like human resource, marketing, information technology, and how to put these things together to form a structure.” “So our partnering EDC is on the training, and to reach a larger set of people. They have a lot of alumni, thousands of people they have trained. So that is how we are going to reach out to them, because they already have a structure, they have passed through the training. So we are saying, you guys that already have a structure, come and take money from us.” Conference speakers will include, The Director General, Nigeria Stock Exchange (NSE), Mr. Oscar Onyeama; Managing Director/Chief Executive, Belloxi Biscuits, Mr. Obi Ezeude; President, Anabel Group, Mr. Nicholas Okoye; and Emmanuel Okoli of Light House Asset Management Company, Chima Nnadozie of Diamond Bank; Kunle Oketikun of Fortis Microfinance Bank; Oludara Talabi of Talion Capital; Babatunde Okupa of First Atlantic Oil and Gas; Helen Emore of Warri Industrial Park, and Deji Agboade of BPI Advisory;

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This article was first published on 24th September 2013

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