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About Bizna SME Awards

The SME Awards is an awards program that identifies, showcases and celebrates successful Kenyan SMEs.

Nominations opened on Sunday, February 15, and closed on Sunday, March 31.

READ ALSO: How to vote for your favorite nominee in SME Awards 2019

Nominees should make a passionate appeal to their friends and followers on social media. Photo: UGC
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READ ALSO: Nominees announced for Annual SMEs Awards

The second phase was the judging phase. Your company was nominated for the awards in your category.

The honors are now on you to mobilise your family, friends, fans, customers and suppliers to win.

Remember, every vote counts.

Here are tips on how you can mobilise votes.

Social Media

1. Make a passionate appeal to your friends and followers on social media: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn and any other platforms you are in to vote for you.

They would love to see win but you have to ask them to vote for you.

2. Including the link to the Voting Page in all your communication for votes.

3. Use the official hashtag #SMEAwardsKE to reach more people.

4. Repeat this exercise severally as the conversion rate is usually 1-5%. The more you engage the higher your chances of conversion and thus more votes.

5. Use the SME Awards branded images for consistency.

6. Tag @smeawardske and @biznakenya for increased reach.

7. Engage your audience: Like and reply to comments. Social media algorithms will drive more traffic to posts with high engagement or interest and increase your vote tally.

8. Participate and invite your friends to participate in SME Awards official mobilisation campaigns as this will increase your reach tremendously.

On Wednesday 2nd, we were trending at number 2 on Twitter #SMEAwardsKE. We will notify you of future campaigns.

9. Encourage your voters to vote in all categories as this will benefit the entire ecosystem as opposed to them voting for you only.

Tips on how Bizna Kenya SME Awards nominees can mobilise votes

Voting is restricted to only 1 vote per email but you can vote with different emails. Photo: SME Awards 2019
Source: UGC

Email

1. Send weekly email blasts to all the contacts in your personal and company email lists.

2. Repeat this exercise severally as the conversion rate is usually 5-10%. The more you engage the more the votes you will get.

3. Voting is restricted to only 1 vote per email but you can vote with different emails.

Engage an influencer team

1. Enlist the support of your shareholders, staff and partners in this exercise; every vote counts.

2. Request trusted friends with huge following on social media to mobilise votes for you on their social media accounts.

3. Get your marketing and PR teams to mount up campaigns to mobilise votes for you.

4. You can engage professional influencers to push your campaign on social media.

Tips on how Bizna Kenya SME Awards nominees can mobilise votes

Get your marketing and PR teams to mount up campaigns to mobilise votes for you. Photo: UGC
Source: UGC

The Winners Gala Dinner

The Gala Dinner will be held on Friday, May 24 at Laico Regency Hotel from 6pm.

Join us on this day with your team as we celebrate you and other SMEs in Kenya.

In this event, every nominee is a winner. We will give a trophy to the winner and certificates to the 1st and 2nd runners up.

Every nominee is entitled to 1 ticket. Additionally, you can book tables at special rates Silver (5pax) for KSh 25,000 or Gold (10pax) for KSh 50,000.

Ordinary tickets go for KSh 4,500 and KSh 4,000 for Bizna Club members. To Pay via M-PESA use Buy Goods Till No. 892309.

Limited tickets available, book early.

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Source: Tuko.co.ke





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Farming Kienyeji chickens saves 25-year-old from joblessness

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Farming Kienyeji Chickens: In June 2017, Hesbon Andika was employed as a teacher at Esokone Secondary School and was being paid by the County Government of Kakamega Sh10,000 a month.

For 10 months, he saved Sh80,000. In that period, he underwent a two-day mentorship programme on better poultry farming practices at his friend’s farm before trying his luck in the venture.

He used the money to buy birds from his friend who mentored him into the venture and 94 iron sheets for erecting a poultry house.

“In April last year, I bought 27 improved Kienyeji chicken that were three months old at a cost of Sh550 each totaling Sh14,850.” But two months later only 15 were left after his parents slaughtered most for visitors with some dying. That was when he decided to change strategy.

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“I bought 500 day-old improved Kienyeji chicks from Kampala, Uganda at Sh100 each. When the chicks were seven days old, I administered the Newcastle vaccine and after a week Gumboro vaccine. After 14 days, I re-administered the Newcastle vaccine and at three weeks, I vaccinated them against bronchitis,” said Mr Andika.

All this time, he was feeding the birds with chick mash until they were 8 weeks old when he changed to growers for another 12 months until the hens hatched their first eggs, when he started feeding them on layers mash.

“By November last year, I was collecting between 400 and 450 already fertilised eggs and selling each egg at Sh20. By the end of last year, I had saved at least Sh250,000 from eggs only,” said Andika.

By January this year, he had restocked 1,500 birds with around 400 of them being indigenous breeds. He stocked indigenous breeds after his customers demanded for them. “Demand for Kienyeji meat is high and I get orders from all over Western region and leading hotels. I am now hatching my own chicks and selling them when they are a day old and one month old at Sh100 and Sh250 respectively,” said Mr Andika.

“During the Christmas festivities, we made good money from poultry business. During Easter holidays, we sold birds to a tune of Sh180,000.”

At 6.30am, Andika feeds his birds on Kienyeji mash. At 9.00am, he gives them ugali, at 11.00am they eat Amaranth or Sukuma wiki. At 2.00pm they eat whole grains like maize and at 5.00pm, he gives the birds pumpkin leaves and seeds or ripe paw paw.

Sometimes, he allows the birds to move around the fenced compound to get more nutrients since he is practising a semi-intensive system of farming.

Pumpkin seeds and ripe paw paw are rich in vitamins and moreso, paw paw is a remedy for coccidiosis (loss of appetite) among the birds.

Andika says he sees no need to waste time in the teaching profession anymore. His focus is on farming Kienyeji chickens.

“I don’t want to go back into employment again or to class. Imagine, in four months, I have made a profit of Sh600,000 but as a teacher, I will have made much less.”

This feature was first published by The Standard.



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Break the ‘woman’s role’ shackle for true empowerment

Some women still endure untold disrespect from their partners. FILE PHOTO | NMG 

Most men’s ideal romantic situation is to enjoy a variety of consecutive relationships. Why can’t women today accept to share their men? Our fathers and grandfathers managed their many partnerships successfully.

No, our fathers, grandfathers, and great-grandfathers were not successful at it. They owned all the property there was to hold, and in most cultures, that included women and children. They could have a polygamous lifestyle because women had no means with which to challenge them. They beat those who tried into total submission and subservience. That was not successful management of multiple partners. It was tyranny. Without much choice, the womenfolk fell in line. It wasn’t acceptance of the situation.

The children raised in these homes watched and learned in different ways. Most of the boys wanted to be just like their fathers when they grew up – to enjoy total control; from the comfort of an array of bosoms to choose from without opposition to choice cuts of meat at the family dinner table and every privilege in-between. Most girls watched in scared, pained, and tortured silence for their mothers’ suffering and made themselves sacred promises – that; they would lead better lives than their mothers.

The reason why most women challenge polygamy is that unlike our mothers and grandmothers, we are more financially independent, we significantly contribute to or wholly fund our families. The tide has, to some extent, changed course. There are unfortunately too few of these women to provide the rest with everyday inspiration to better their circumstances. Sadly, even women who are of equal or higher means give partners money, take public transport while their husbands shuttle their young lovers around in the cars that these women work to pay. These women still endure untold disrespect from their partners, submit beatings if and when they challenge them, not to mention the possibility of disease. It is the new age version of polygamy.

It continues unabated because most of us women are yet to make the mental transition from the era of the women who raised us to the financially, socially independent persons that our world today has enabled and empowered us to become.

Young, intelligent, beautiful women with bright futures are dying in the hands of men because in no small extent; most women are yet to arrive at the opportunity that their current realities present. As women, we stand today on the shoulders of the few brave ones who sacrificed their lives and endured all manner of ridicule to pave the way to the more enabling personal and professional experiences that we can have today.

Phoebe Asiyo, Wangari Maathai, Grace Ogot, Sally Kosgei, Wambui Otieno, to name a few, cleared the path for us. It was so that we could go beyond going to school and get jobs to earn a living. It was so that we would go further to shift the paradigms that we have of ourselves and pass that forward to all the women that we raise.

To move our thinking of ourselves from that of the weak, second-class human beings whose role is largely in the kitchen with children tied to their backs to the more informed, exposed, empowered and educated (even if only to primary school level) people.

People capable of thinking of themselves as independent individuals, capable of charting their lives and future rather than appendages of others that we are socialised to revere as superior to ourselves.



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Posho mills get cheap State maize to curb costly flour

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Posho mill operators will get 15 percent of the over two million bags of maize to be released by the National Cereals and Produce Board to check the rising cost of flour.

This was agreed in a last minute deal between the Ministry of Agriculture and the operators to be included in the programme.

The deal had previously been reserved for registered small scale millers under the umbrella of United Grain Millers and their large scale counterparts.

The move implies that the posho mill operators will get 390,000 bags of maize as a fraction of 2.6 million bags to be released from the Strategic Food Reserve (SFR).

“It was agreed that they also get part of the consignment given that they serve a significant proportion of the society,” said an official from Kilimo House.

Large scale millers, who operate under Cereal Millers Association, have a milling capacity of over 100 tonnes a day but only serves 30 percent of the country’s population.

On the other hand, small scale millers and posho mills account for the 70 percent of the population in the country.

The Government agreed with millers two weeks ago to release at least three million bags of maize from the Strategic Food Reserve (SFR) at Sh2,300 to curb the rising cost of flour.





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