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Earlier on in the year, I decided to make everything about me business-wise, more professional. I started by opening up different departments under customer service for Pearl Kreations; and then with its success, I did the same for all the other Businesses.

Next on the list were the websites. I believe websites are very important. Websites are the windows of the world into Companies. Hence, a good website is the product of a good Company! I initially designed and maintained two of my Businesses’ websites myself. For those without websites set up, I have both mental and/or tangible blueprints of what they should/will be like.

I believe that in order to make The SKA Group live up to the expectations and the level of professionalism expected of it, I needed to start from scratch. Hence, I started by re-doing the oldest website – Pearl Kreations’ http://www.pearlkreations.com. The reconstruction contract was awarded to GobbleAbba Web Studios Limited (http://www.gobbleabba.com). And in about three (3) weeks, which ended today, it was ready. I’m highly impressed. I’m so impressed that I just might most likely will give them all the websites to re-do and/or setup…let’s see if they deliver and how our business relationship pans out over time.

Also, as part of our current efforts to reconstruct the Company, marked by the modernization of the Pearl Kreations website, the P.K. Customer Service email address has been changed in order to make the Business more professional. The new Pearl Kreations Customer Service email address is: service@pearlkreations.com. The former, mr.buttons@live.ca is now invalid and not in use anymore. Customer service related mails will be received and sent via this email address only from hence forth. Notifications were sent to everyone in our database via both email addresses about 24 hours ago to inform them of the change. Another message will be sent via Facebook shortly.
Another thing that got changed was the complimentary card.
Because there is a new logo, new email and new website, we gave it a new look.

In the beginning, it was:

A few days ago, it was:

And this would have been the final, but then I wondered why I asked for the Twitter information to be included on the card.
After the change of mind, it became:

This might change this later. Right now, I’m thinking of adding: “the makers of the most innovative button-badges and lapel pins” in a bold font just below our slogan. What do you think? Anyway, right now, the difference is very clear! lol. It feels good to grow; and then look back and see how far you’ve come.

I recently, looked into fully establishing The SKA Group in Nigeria as a limited liability company. Some of the subsidiaries are already operational, but I want every one of them legally under one “umbrella”. So I obtained legal counsel on Company Registration in Nigeria from Kunle M*. He’s a Lawyer whom I had the pleasure of meeting while in Nigeria last year.

After exchanging a few emails, as I presumed, the Nigerian Constitution has way too many protocols for a Conglomerate! It is so different for Canada – here, the Parent Company has a base fee, and additionally companies/subsidiaries are an additional subsidized fee. After that, it is completely straightforward. All I had to do was submit a document profiling the Company! The document only has to contain information of establishing The SKA Group as the Parent Company, the business model, the Company’s vision, the Company’s mission, the Company’s ethics, the Company’s values, and the description of the Parent Company’s business as well as those of the Subsidiaries. All logos, if any, could be included for trademarking. Any other piece of information that could be necessary, such as the Hierarchy. And that was it!

In Nigeria, it’s a completely different ball game. It doesn’t even matter if the Company is already registered and legal in a foreign Country! In Kunle’s words, “Getting things done in Nigeria is always herculean! Cumbersome forms and procedures! It can be tiring”. First of all, for a Conglomerate, there has to be documentation of the proposed allocation of shares. That basically means, there should be a document which will state the percentage of the Parent Company that will belong to the owner(s). Plus, the amount of shares (usually a major stake) in each subsidiary that will be controlled the Conglomerate. In essence, the document will be legal proof that, the subsidiaries belong to the Conglomerate, and the founder(s) own(s) and control(s) most of it!Then, I would also need to submit the names of the Directors (at least, two). Oh yeah, and there was something about listing the start-up capital, which will automatically determine the legal fees!
Anyway, the good thing about it all is, it isn’t expensive; or at least, not as expensive as I imagined :). By God’s grace, first week in November, I’ll begin pursuing the Registration of The SKA Group in Nigeria.

These modernizations and improvements cost money; and I need a break! I guess top-notch improvements = top dollar, but these are the sacrifices I have to make.

These little steps mark the end of an era.
The end of an era of mediocre business and the start of top-notch service.
I’m starting now because time waits for no one.
Some people have told me to relax, I’m only 23, but I read about 17-year-old self-made Millionaire!

In seven (7) years, I’ll be 30 and I’m not close to where I want to be! I’ve set goals for each and I’m well on my way. It might seem like a long time, but it isn’t! My reality check: I graduated high school in 2003…seven (7) years ago! The normal era ends and the dawn of the Super era begins 😀

  1. Alexandra
    February 24, 2011 at 5:30 am

    I really appreciate your drive and determination. Regardless of obstacles that would definitely always come up, if you keep this attitude of long-term focus and think for your business, not just short term profits, you would grow and expand into a successful franchise someday.
    And NO you’re not too young…People younger than you have achieved more things in life already; this should push you to want to even far greater.
    Keep up the good work and keep the flag flying!!! The sky is your beginning.

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