WEConnect International in Nigeria identifies, educates, registers, and certifies women's business enterprises that are at least 51% owned, managed, and controlled by one or more women. WEConnect International is the only non-profit connecting women-owned businesses with multi-national corporate purchasing organizations outside of the United States.
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The WEConnect Academy is an online learning tool put together by our corporate member, Walmart. Due to accessibility issues, our Executive Director Nigeria, Comfort Sakoma, transformed it into an intensive, week long executive development program for WEConnect International’s self- registered and certified businesses. The program focused primarily on increasing the competitive advantage and robustness of the participant's business. Participants formed a learning community which continues to provide a source of support, expertise, opportunities, and strategic alliances long after the program completion. Participants were awarded certificates at the end of the program and were celebrated as Africa's first WEConnect Academy class. Facilitators included experts in International Law, Human Resources, Financial Services, and Business Strategy Execution.
WEConnect International in Nigeria hosted 50 women entrepreneurs in its fourth and final Meet the Buyer event in collaboration with ExxonMobil on October 30, 2014, in Abuja at the Transcorp Hilton Hotel. It was a very emotional event as we wrapped what has been an extraordinary two months of touring Nigeria with our corporate member ExxonMobil to teach women how to grow their businesses by winning large corporate contracts. We look forward to repeating this event with other multinational corporations.
WEConnect International in Nigeria hosted 60 women entrepreneurs in its third Meet the Buyer event in collaboration with ExxonMobil on October 27, 2014, in Abuja at the Transcorp Hilton Hotel. This event presented another opportunity for WEConnect Certified Women Business Enterprises and current or potential suppliers to ExxonMobil to understand how to interact and do business with multinational companies and especially oil and gas companies like ExxonMobil.