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Successful Training at the ECWA Theological Seminary in Kagoro, Nigeria

The Trepmakers taught about 600 students at the ECWA Theological Seminary in Kagoro, Nigeria on December 14 to December 16.  There were some initial concerns of a low turnout because the students had just finished their semester and were already in their Spring break but students and businessmen from all over the area came in to learn about starting their own business.

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John Frykenberg and Raoul Pascual took turns in explaining the concept that people do not have to look for a job; instead, they can create a job. In a population where over 50% is unemployed, this new concept has a huge potential to help the local economy.

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Students were given examples of how big businesses started. They learned that everything started small. Every business started from a need or a problem and then someone offering a solution and getting paid for it. They were taught the importance of having a business plan to keep track of their finances; the importance of team work where there needs to be a visionary, a manager, a finance expert and a sales person.

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Free manuals and free lunch were provided to the crowd courtesy of our generous sponsors. Several local business owners participated. There was April who owned a lumber (mahogany) business who sought advice about improving her quality and diversifying. There was a printer named Femi, Samuel who started several small ventures; Another Femi who started a healthy “Finger Millet” factory; John Bosco who has a carpentry business; Still another “Femi” who is a journalist; It was a good mix of businessmen at different stages of their careers.

Special thanks go to Rev. Associate Professor Sunday Agang who spearheaded this activity. The challenge to hold this event in his institution came only a week prior. Another university was scheduled to hold this “Making a Job” seminar but they had to cancel due to some local unrest caused by the untimely death of the local “Oni.” Provost Sunday did a superhuman task of spreading the news, preparing the facilities and gathering his staff to prepare for anything. By the positive feedback of the participants, it was apparent that all his hard work was worth it.

 

There is already talk of starting a “Trep Club” that will meet on a regular basis. The provost has already approved the concept and directed some of his staff (Dennis Shelly and Micah) to head the team.

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Although the seminar is over, the Trepmakers are committed to keeping the communication lines open. In a few days, this website will create a forum for the Kagoro residents to share their thoughts to the world. Maybe you who are reading this will be interested in some of the business ideas or have a business proposition of your own.

Kagoro Trep Seminar 2015

John facing a crowd of 600 future Treps.
John facing a crowd of 600 future Treps.

During the ECWA Theological Seminary in Kagoro, Nigeria on December 2016, the group decided to form an Entrepreneur Club that would meet frequently to discuss ways to grow a business. It was also agreed that a website would be a good venue to seek feedback and engage business owners to share their experiences. Before we move on to a more sophisticated site, we want to make sure that there is enough interest. This page is created to serve this very purpose.

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You can submit your ideas to start a business, share your feedback or simply learn from each other.

Raoul, Layahn, Dennis, Coletta, Sarah, John and Sunday
Raoul, Layahn, Dennis, Coletta, Sarah, John and Sunday
Alice owns a lumber company and sells mahogany panels. She brought in a sample of a guitar one of her workers made. In order to diversify, we suggested she create toy musical instruments.
Alice owns a lumber company and sells mahogany panels. She brought in a sample of a guitar one of her workers made. In order to diversify, we suggested she create toy musical instruments.
Raoul, Jonah, John and Sunday pose in front of a shed where they are experimenting with smoked catfish. We helped them with their branding concept.
Raoul, Jonah, John and Sunday pose in front of a shed where they are experimenting with smoked catfish. We helped them with their branding concept.
Smoked catfish.
Smoked catfish.
One of the participants named Femi, started a factory that makes Finger Milet which claims to be a cure to several common ailments like cholesterol, diabetes, cancers, obesity and anaemia.
One of the participants named Femi, started a factory that makes Finger Milet which claims to be a cure to several common ailments like cholesterol, diabetes, cancers, obesity and anaemia.

If you are interested in any of these projects, please write to us.  There are many other businesses and these new Treps are looking for future partners. They need capital as well as ideas.

Raoul having fun with the kids.
Raoul having fun with the kids.

You can start a topic or comment below.

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The Kagoro Chiefs invited the Rotary Team to their council meeting. They said the youth need to respect their traditions. They were glad we came to teach the people about Job Making.
The Kagoro Chiefs invited the Rotary Team to their council meeting. They said the youth need to respect their traditions. They were glad we came to teach the people about Job Making.
Mud Bricks and Hollow Block factories are all over the path from Kagoro to Abujah.
Mud Bricks and Hollow Block factories are all over the path from Kagoro to Abujah.
Abujah is the capital of Nigeria.
Abujah is the capital of Nigeria.

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Olabisi OnaBanjo University Finished Seminar 2015

Entrance to the Olabisi Onabanjo University
Entrance to the Olabisi Onabanjo University

The Trepmaker Team from California, USA was composed of John Frykenberg, Sarah Philips and Raoul Pascual finished a Job Making Seminar at the Olabisi Onabanjo University in the city of Ago-Iwoye, Nigeria.

The top leaders pose after an elaborate welcome ceremony before the sessions started.
The top leaders pose after an elaborate welcome ceremony before the sessions started.

About 1,200 students participated in this 4 day seminar (there were some local issues that prevented the full 5 days).  Handbooks were specially printed and issued out.

Group of students awaiting their group assignment
Group of students awaiting their group assignment
This alumnus of OOU was nervous because he had never spoken in front of a huge crowd before but he overcame his shyness to share his life of early poverty to present affluence as an entrepreneur
This alumnus of OOU was nervous because he had never spoken in front of a huge crowd before but he overcame his shyness to share his life of early poverty to present affluence as an entrepreneur

 

We called this student "Miss Ferari" because she chose a Ferari instead of a suitor's pledge of complete devotion.
We called this student “Miss Ferari” because she chose a Ferari instead of a suitor’s pledge of complete devotion.
This Rotarian encouraged the kids to get into the agri business and also gave scholarships to deserving students
This Rotarian encouraged the kids to get into the agri business and also gave scholarships to deserving students

There was a practice Business Plan they were supposed to fill out as a team and then as individuals. The students were given 2 months to complete their final business plan. Ten of the best plans will be sent to the United States where a panel of judges will vote the two top plans based on creativity, comprehensive insights and the overall feasibility of turning the idea into a reality. The top two winners will be awarded brand new Blue laptops courtesy of the Rotary and all of its sponsors.

Rotarian Tunde holding up the 2 new laptops which will be given as prizes
Rotarian Tunde holding up new laptops which will be given as prizes to the best Business Plans

The students were encouraged to use this Trepmaker website to post comments and suggestions.

A group of young men discussing their business idea.
A group of young men discussing their business idea.
A group of women brainstorming. Each group had a Group Leader, a Visionary, a Manager, a Finance person and a Sales person.
A group of women brainstorming. Each group had a Group Leader, a Visionary, a Manager, a Finance person and a Sales person.

It is the hope of Trepmakers that this website will be a meeting place where real businesses will find their start.

Sample of the certificates handed out
Sample of the certificates handed out

The Trepmakers want to thank the Olabisi Onabanjo University, its leaders and the Rotary of Ago-Iwoye for their warm and generous welcome. The students were very enthusiastic and excited.  This was a very successful event.

End of the seminar celebration
End of the seminar celebration

OLABISI ENTREPRENEUR PROJECT

The Trepmaker team composed of John Frykenberg, Sarah Philips and Raoul Pascual went to Olabisi Onabanjo University, Ago-Iwoye, Ogun State, Nigeria and held an Entrepreneur Project for 4 days. About 1,029 students filled the stadium and listened to steps on “How to Make a Job.”

The Vice Chancellor of the university made a formal welcome the Trep team.
The Vice Chancellor of the university made a formal welcome to the Trep team.

We thank all of our sponsors: The Rotary Foundation; Rotary Club of Altadena, Dist. 5300, USA; Rotary Club of Skovde-Billingen, Dist 2380, Sweden; Rotary Club if Sagamu-Central, Dist 9110. Also the International Foundation for Entrepreneuerial Education Training who is our cooperating organization. And of course we thank our host Olabisi Onabanjo University for their wholehearted support and generosity.

A quick shot at the 1,029 students.
An early shot at the auditorium. By the end of the day, 1,029 students would have attended the Job Making seminar.

The students are eager to start their business and we are using this website to allow them to share their concerns. If you are an Olabisi student and are interested in posting your ideas and comments, please email obalisi@trepmaker.com and ask for your access to the website.

Obalisi Students go on stage to be teamed up for their Business Plan making project.
Olabisi Students go on stage to be teamed up for their Business Plan making project.

2015 Entrepreneurship Merit Badge Day Registration

I sent this yesterday to 18,000 Scouting families by Boy Scout headquarters in Greater L.A.

“Presented by Altadena Rotary Club” it states. But San Marino and Arcadia clubs are also sending Counselors. Hopefully more from other clubs, too.

Need more Counselors to each work with 6 Scouts at their table and be an important part of planting an Entrepreneurial Mindset in them. The room has space for 75 or so. 12 had registered before the flyer was sent!!

Afterwards, we’ll work on spreading this program throughout the USA, working through Rotary Districts. 2-million Scouting families!

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