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GRASSROOTS ENTREPRENEURS FOR COMMUNITY EMPOWERMENT IN NIGERIA (GECEN)
GECEN was founded on February 4th, 2014 by a group of young entrepreneurs to support the common interest of all entrepreneurs and got registered as a corporate body on the 26th of August, 2015 with the Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC). The Association is established to connect and empower entrepreneurs, create jobs and alleviate poverty in Nigeria.
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WHO WE ARE
In early February 2014, a set of motivated entrepreneurs sat together to consider the lot of entrepreneurs in Nigeria.
They thought about the ongoing activities of Governments, Federal and States in encouraging Entrepreneurship. They thought about how government agencies like SMEDAN, Central Bank, Bank of Industry, Ministries of Agriculture, Science and Technology are collaborating with private sector to facilitate entrepreneurship and empower Small and Medium Scale Enterprises.
These guys concluded that a lot of information is not readily available to Grassroot Entrepreneurs in Nigeria so they decided to take action. They decided to form GRASSROOTS ENTREPRENEURS FOR COMMUNITY EMPOWERMENT IN NIGERIA (GECEN)
GECEN is community formed by Entrepreneurs to support, mentor and empower Grassroot Entrepreneurs. GECEN is here to connect with Governments, the Organized Private Sector on behalf of our members to unravel what is going on behind the scenes to assist Grassroot Entrepreneurs prosper, create jobs and fight poverty in Nigeria.
GECEN wants to assist members to access better finance packages, obtain incentives and grants from government, training, overseas trips to Trade fairs, etc We have an a well appointed office in Wuse Abuja behind Banex Plaza, and Yes, there is a small membership fee of N5,000 per year which is really small considering what we do for our members, so we will increase it very soon because we have a lot to offer Grassroot Entrepreneurs this year.
BENEFITS OF GECEN MEMBERSHIP
This Grassroot Entrepreneurial Community is probably the only one of its kind in Nigeria and the new Leadership Team is determined to use this platform to engage, support and empower Nigerian Entrepreneurs to grow their businesses, create jobs and tackle poverty throughout Nigeria.
GECEN has had constructive and maintains top level consultations with Federal Government and State Ministries, Departments and Agencies on issues that border on Entrepreneurship Development in Nigeria.
GECEN has plans to create Geo-Regional support centers throughout Nigeria to enable Grassroot Entrepreneurs gain unhindered access to unique support and empowerment programs to create wealth and mentor new Entrepreneurs in Nigeria.
In recent times, we have been receiving serious enquiries from the International community to enable Nigerian Grassroot Entrepreneurs network, collaborate and increase their business connections especially in the areas of local manufacturing and export of Made in Nigeria products and services.
Below are a few of the tremendous benefits of GECEN Membership.
Members of GECEN attend international events to expand their business horizon, gain fresh collaborations and gain new partnerships for business development at home. GECEN members attending 119th Canton Trade Fair in Guangzhou China in April 2016.
The dynamic leadership team at GECEN have been at the forefront of engaging Federal Government to do more for Grassroot Entrepreneurs in Nigeria. Here are GECEN Executives with Technical Assistant to MD/CEO NEXIM Bank after a strategic meeting.
GECEN provides a wide range of Cross Border Entrepreneurship Consultations and Collaboration Initiatives for members in business development. Here GECEN Executives had consultations with The Economic & Commercial Counsellor, Chinese Embassy for special concessions for GECEN Members.
GECEN members host Federal Ministry of Industry, Trade and Investment officials who visited to access members’ businesses with a view to supporting and sponsoring training programs to improve various aspects of their growing businesses. Entrepreneurship is not a hobby. We are here to CHANGE THE WORLD. Watch us!
At GECEN we encourage members to diversify their businesses especially in line with Government polices. We obtain necessary information about policy direction of Government and pass it to our members. Some of our members have invested in Agriculture. At GECEN we don’t mess around. JOIN US FOR FREE TODAY. Entrepreneurship is serious business.
STARTUP MENTORING SESSIONS
GECEN is not for timewasters. We mean business here. If you have a business or planning to start one and are confused on how to grow it or take your ideas to the next level. Don’t worry about it. Contact GECEN and arrange to attend our FREE Mentoring Sessions. But First you have to Register FREE to JOIN GECEN.
MEET OUR EXECUTIVES
UHIARA KELECHI – NATIONAL PRESIDENT
Businessman, Real Estate Developer, Corporate Branding Consultant, and General Printing. Kelechi holds a B.Sc. Hons in Geography and Regional Planning from the University of Calabar. Team Player and Motivator. He hails from Umuahia South LGA of Abia State and has three kids. Loves playing football and Table Tennis.
YVONNE BENSON – NATIONAL VICE PRESIDENT
Business Entrepreneur and Marketing consultant.
OLALEYE AYODELE – NATIONAL SECRETARY
An Entrepreneur from Ekiti State who studied at the famous University of Nigeria Nsukka In Enugu State. He is the MD/CEO of Richfam Nigeria Limited. A member of the International Facility Management Association, USA (IFMA). He is also an associate member of Advertising Practitioners Council of Nigeria (APCON) and he is married with four loving girls. Enjoys travelling, meeting people and playing table tennis.
OSITA IGBOANUGO – NATIONAL TREASURER
Osita is into Production/Distribution of Hotel Amenities, Branding and Customization, Photo-Print and Frames. He holds a B.sc in Psychology from Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife. Hails from Neni, Anaocha LGA of Anambra state. Married with Three children. Great starter and Team player. Loves playing lawn tennis, Body Building and long distant travelling.
GIDEON ELOHO – NATIONAL ORGANIZING SECRETARY
A creative artist with passion for excellence in executing works of arts and printing. His drive for perfection and the awareness of the untapped potentials in the area of printing motivated him to set up an outfit with state-of-the-art machinery/equipment to meet the Challenging situation in the printing industry. Gideon is a graduate of Arts from the University of Uyo, Akwa Ibom State, where he graduated with Second Class Honours Degree in Fine and industrial Arts (Sculpture Major) and some other awards. In 2008, he bagged the award of the Best Poster Design of the year from United Nations World Habitat Day celebrations organized by Federal Ministry of Lands, Housing and Urban Development. He is an astute member of the society of Nigerian Artist (SNA) and pan Africa Circles of Artist (PACA) As an Artist, his works of Art has been exhibited across Nigeria and Europe. Presently, Gideon is the Managing/Artistic Director of CHROMEWATERS LTD.
YAGANA MALA KACHALLAH – PRO
Entrepreneur from Borno State. She specializes in Interior decoration and Interior management. Public Administration graduate from University of Maiduguri. Presently, she is the MD/CEO of SUMSUM.
MOHAMMED JAMU YUSUF – EX NATIONAL PRESIDENT Holds a Bsc Hons in Business Management from University of Maiduguri. Business man, active politically, an Enterprise Developer. He has chaired and coordinated Kano State Government Joint Entrepreneurial Development and recorded tremendous success in areas of simplified access to finances, markets etc. A sport enthusiast, from Nasarawa Local Government of Kano State.
GECEN IS MAKING THE NEWS
EASE OF DOING BUISNESS
GECEN Executives attended a Seminar on the Ease of Doing Business in Nigeria. We engage Government from time to time to push for a favourable business environment in Nigeria so our members can create wealth, employ more and tackle poverty.
SMEDAN PARTNERS GECEN
SMEDAN is one of the initiatives of Government to support Entrepreneurs in Nigeria. From early days GECEN started engaging with them to unravel what is in it for us. Here our Ex-President Mohammed Yusuf is presenting an Ambassador of GECEN Certificate to The Former DG of SMEDAN. Our AIM is to support the Common interest of Entrepreneurs in Nigeria
GECEN AT EXPORT CLINIC
The promotion and exploitation of NON-OIL EXPORTS is at the forefront of Federal Government policy direction and we welcome it wholeheartedly. We do not just dream and wait for things to happen. We make things happen at GECEN. We attended the workshop and our members are keying into exports of non-oil commodities. JOIN US FOR MORE INFO.
GECEN REJECTS MULTIPLE TAX
During the Talk shop GECEN organized recently, our ex-National President Mohammed Yusuf charged government to look into the issues of multiple taxation, lack of electricty and roadblocks to SME finance. He identified these as the main pain points holding back Entrepreneurs from creating wealth, creating jobs and ending poverty in Nigeria.
MSMEs HUB FOR IND. GROWTH
Everywhere in the world, Small and Medium Scale Enterprises like ours, drive the engine of industrial growth and National Development. We raised these issues during the last workshop we had with critical Stakeholders in Nigeria.
GECEN SEMINAR ON GROWTH
GECEN actually tasked Government Stakeholders in developing the Nigerian dream to roll up thier sleeves and create better working environments for Entrepreneurs in Nigeria.
WHAT OUR MEMBERS ARE SAYING
As a Grassroot Entrepreneur, I have gained a lot from my Membership of GECEN. There have been seminars, workshops and excursions to various places of internet to me and my business. The GECEN leadership is very committed to the growth, stability and profitability of entrepreneurs in Nigeria.OKAYSON DIGITAL
I am a Part Time Entrepreneur. When I heard of GECEN and how they support people who want to start their own business, I took action and visited them at Wuse behind Banex Plaza. When I got there I was very impressed. Their office is well furnished and I have since joined GECEN as a full member.EZEKWEN IJEOMA GODSTIME
This is a very nice organization. In short, I’m happy to be a member. What I am gaining from GECEN is more than ordinary N5,000 I’m paid for Full Registration. I have attended seminars where I got trained on how to run my business. Another thing I like about GECEN is the Executive, they are always checking to find out if I need any help.ANYANWU SUNDAY
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GECEN HEAD OFFICE SUITE C7 SAHAM PLAZA, PLOT 10, ALEXANDRA CRESCENT, WUSE 2, ABUJA.