Sinapis, a business accelerator program over the weekend held the second female entrepreneurship workshop titled ‘Successfully growing your business as a female entrepreneur’at Daystar University Valley Road Campus, Nairobi.
Attended by over 300 women across different sectors, the workshop armed women with more knowledge on topics such as; major hurdles you will face as a woman when growing your business, the top 5 things women need to stop doing that are hindering their business growth and resources that will help you take your business to the next level. Panelists included veteran entrepreneurs namely: Terry Mungai – renowned entrepreneur in Kenya’s beauty industry, running the Ashleys chain of high-end salon and beauty shops, Judith Owigar – co-founder of AkiraChix and the founder of Juakali Workforce, Pat Okelo – founder of Conferencing In A Box Limited and Willart Production Limited, She is also the author of “A Candid Handbook For Women Doing Business in Kenya.”Mary Muthoni – The 1st elected female director (Women & Gender) at the Kenya National Chambers of Commerce & Industry and Renee Ngamau (Moderator) – A certified business and career coach, NLP trainer and speaker.
“Make no mistake, starting a business is a lot of work, but personally, I love hard work, as do so many of us. And I much prefer to pour all of that work and all of those hours into something that my team and I own – financially and emotionally, and I know many women who feel the same way and while the rise in female entrepreneurship is being enabled by technology, it’s rooted in the fact that the qualities women bring to the workplace can also make us terrific entrepreneurs.” Said Terry Mungai.
“Many people want to change their financial situation but aren’t willing to change their choices and this eventually, changes nothing, you have to get up and act, when you reach an hindrance which will constantly happen, turn it into an opportunity, refuse to throw in the towel. Go that extra mile that failures refuse to travel.” Added Pat Okelo.
The Sinapis Training Program held bi-monthly tackles the challenge of insufficient business knowledge among Kenyan entrepreneurs by providing practical business training skills in areas such as sales and marketing, finance, operations and human resource management which are critical ingredients for a successful entrepreneur.