Now in its sixteenth year, the Northern Businesswomen Conference was launched by the Economist Businesswomen Club on Tuesday at Telecom Namibia’s head office in Windhoek.
Telecom is the main sponsor of the event, having supported this all-important networking platform for many years. The conference will be held on 13 August 2015 in Ongwediva.
Desere Lundon-Muller, Chairperson, Economist Businesswomen Club said that the aim of the conference is to create an opportunity for women to share their expertise and skills, make new contacts, support one another and to create worthwhile business relationships.
“The conference is tailored for all women who want to increase their professionalism, job satisfaction, and who want to add value to their organisations. It also serves to encourage entrepreneurs” she said.
Mr Sara Elago, Patron of the Conference and Namibian Businesswoman of the Year 1999 encouraged all women who dream of starting a business to go to the conference, “Let us come together, let us encourage each other and support each other,” she emphasised.
Surihe Gaomas-Guchu, Manager: Public Relations and Communications, Standard Bank Namibia said that Standard Bank will contribute N$55,000 for the Conference and that N$50,000 of the amount is geared to the success of the conference while the remaining N$5000 is allocated as start-up capital for the best business idea in a competition run by the Economist Businesswomen Club. “At Standard Bank Namibia we are extremely happy to be a co-sponsor of this event as we realise the importance of women in our society,” confirmed Gaomas-Guchu.
Mr Hasekiel Johannes, Innovation Officer, Namibia Business Innovation Institute (NBII) said that they pledge to help women to get new ideas for their businesses.
Mr Oiva Angula, Senior Manager: Corporate Communications and Public Relations, Telecom Namibia said that women will make connections that will be long lasting and the new perspective gained at the conference will be career changing.
“I am very hopeful that this conference will provide the inspiration for many women to push forward with their hopes and aspirations and set them on the path to turn those aspirations into sustainable business ventures of the future,” he said adding that Telecom will also sponsor a laptop for the best business idea competition winner.
Application forms for the conference will be available at Standard Bank and Telecom branches in Oshakati and Ondangwa. All excess funds generated by the conference go to the Businesswomen Bursary Fund, which is available to finance female students in business related fields at an institution in Namibia.