Has it ever felt lonely or tiring having to run your business on your own? Do you feel you need support or people to rant to about your business or draw experience from as you navigate your journey as a business owner? Then you’re in the right place!
In this article, we have highlighted the top 10 business communities in Nigeria providing the support and resources required to run your business successfully.
1) SME Connect by Kippa
The SME Connect by Kippa community is the number one business community for all business owners in Nigeria. The community is powered by Kippa, an SME-focused startup invested in helping small businesses start, grow and run sustainably.
The community brings together business owners from various industries, providing a platform for networking, knowledge sharing, and mutual support. Members can connect with like-minded individuals facing similar challenges, exchange ideas, and gain insights into best practices.
SME Connect by Kippa has a Telegram community where its members enjoy various benefits ranging from but not limited to;
- Daily business tips and resources
- Monthly community spotlight
- Verified funding opportunities
- Business pitch competitions
- Monthly giveaways
The community also provides a platform for business owners to learn from industry experts through webinars, workshops, and mentorship programs. These initiatives cover a wide range of topics, including marketing strategies, financial management, technology adoption, and talent acquisition. By equipping entrepreneurs with valuable knowledge and skills, SME Connect By Kippa empowers them to navigate challenges and make informed decisions.
On a monthly basis, the community selects an outstanding community member and helps promote their business. This initiative helps businesses gain brand awareness and helps them connect with potential clients.
Herconomy is a vibrant and dynamic community dedicated to supporting and empowering women in their entrepreneurial pursuits. One of the key pillars of the Herconomy community is establishing a robust support network. Business owners, whether just starting out or seasoned entrepreneurs, can connect with like-minded individuals who share their passion, ambition, and challenges.
The Herconomy community recognizes the importance of continuous learning and the value of knowledge sharing. From marketing strategies and financial management to leadership skills and personal development, the community offers a wealth of knowledge tailored specifically to women in business. Herconomy believes that by empowering women with information and skills, they can overcome obstacles and reach new heights of success.
3.) Pages by Dami
The Pages by Dami community has emerged as a valuable resource for business owners. This vibrant community led by Damilola Bello, focuses on empowering entrepreneurs through knowledge sharing, creative insights, and practical strategies.
Vendors who are a member of the community have access to the following benefits:
- Flutterwave store set up and management.
- For businesses with their own websites, integration of the Flutterwave payment gateway.
- Priority in promotion across all the PBD channels.
- Vendors stand the chance of winning Flutterwave grants.
- Stand the chance of being selected as the business of the week.
- Free business consultation from PagesbyDami.
- Access to PBD Business clinic
- Referrals from PagesbyDami, access to more customers.
- Helpful materials, business tips and opportunities.
- Trade Fair access.
PBD has partnered with MoneyAfrica to create a basic business finance course for small business owners. Other PBD partners include Flutterwave, Pennee, Wrkmanhq, Flance etc.
4.) Naijabrandchick Community
Naijabrandchick is an online resource platform that connects MSMEs with resources and tools to grow their business online, make sales and retain customers. Led by the dynamic entrepreneur and branding expert Nelly Agbogu (Naijabrandchick), this platform has become a go-to resource for business owners to enhance their brand presence and drive business growth.
Created to teach small brand owners how to use Instagram for business, the community has grown from humble beginnings to provide resources for 50,000 business owners and employees. Through Masterclasses, personalized coaching, live videos, boot camps, and events, the Naijabrandchick community offers a supportive and collaborative space for entrepreneurs in Nigeria.
5) TriciaBiz Community
The TriciaBiz community is a thriving and empowering network of entrepreneurs and business enthusiasts led by the dynamic and knowledgeable Tricia Ikponmwonba, also known as TriciaBiz.
TriciaBiz understands the importance of having access to reliable resources when building a business. The community provides a wealth of accessible business resources, including templates, guides, and toolkits, that cover various aspects of entrepreneurship. These resources equip entrepreneurs with practical tools and frameworks to streamline their processes, make informed decisions, and overcome common business challenges.
SME360 is an innovative and comprehensive platform designed to cater to the needs of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). This dynamic community provides a range of resources, support, and networking opportunities to empower SME owners and entrepreneurs.
From industry-specific guides and expert articles to templates and tools for financial management, marketing strategies, and operational efficiency, SME360 equips entrepreneurs with the knowledge and tools they need to make informed decisions and drive business growth.
7) She Leads Africa
The She Leads Africa community is a dynamic and influential network of women entrepreneurs and professionals across Africa. It is a platform for women to connect, learn, and grow their businesses and careers. Founded by Yasmin Belo-Osagie and Afua Osei, She Leads Africa aims to empower and support African women in achieving their professional and entrepreneurial goals.
Through networking, business support, funding opportunities, educational resources, and inspirational content, the community provides a nurturing environment for women to thrive and succeed. She Leads Africa plays a pivotal role in promoting gender equality, fostering economic empowerment, and driving the growth of women-led businesses and careers across the continent.
8) Brass Business Community
The Brass business community is a network of entrepreneurs and business owners. This growing community provides its members access to the best-curated resources and expert guidance on building an enduring business in Africa.
Other benefits enjoyed by the members of this community include;
- Onboarding to financial operations and cheaper financing
- Access to a community of partners, suppliers and customers via events and more
- Save money, discounts and offers from partners on services they already use
9) Bumpa Community
Bumpa Community is a vibrant hub where like-minded business owners come together to learn, share, and grow. The community is dedicated to helping business owners 10x their sales, giving them access to opportunities and helping them become world-class entrepreneurs.
Other benefits provided by this community include business clinics, demo sessions events and workshops.
10) Jump Africa
JumpAfrica is an impactful community that aims to empower and support African entrepreneurs and innovators. Through various programs and initiatives, JumpAfrica provides resources, mentorship, and networking opportunities to help individuals and startups thrive in the business landscape. The community focuses on fostering entrepreneurship, driving innovation, and contributing to economic development in Africa.
With more than 30,000 users, this online community provides a safe, secure, and engaging space for entrepreneurs to connect, share their stories, ask questions, and gain valuable insights from other professionals.
Find the list of the top 10 business communities in Nigeria below;
- SME Connect by Kippa
- Brass Business Community
- Bumpa Community
Joining a community of business owners will not only help you to expand your business skills, but it can also provide lifelong friendships and partnerships. Whatever community you join, with an active dedication to community activities and a genuine interest in other people, we are sure you will get value for your time!