ENTREPRENEURIAL EDUCATION AND PERFORMANCE OF SMALL AND MEDIUM SCALE ENTERPRISES (SMES) IN KANO STATE, NIGERIAAbstract:
This study evaluated the effect of entrepreneurial education on performance of small and medium scale enterprises (SMEs), using 393 respondents selected from manufacturing, education, trade and other services in Kano state, Nigeria. SMEs’ efforts toward providing solution to the problem of unemployment in Nigeria and the world at large face stiff opposition from their conception as a result of many factors being responsible. The study employed cross sectional research design in which data was collected using mixed strategies, interview and questionnaire, results using Pearson’s linear correlation and regression analysis is positive and significant relationship between SMEs performance and entrepreneurial education. Entrepreneurial education on SMEs performance had a significant effect (F – statistic = 13.101; t – statistic = 3.620) was significant at P< 0.001. The study adds value to the growing body of knowledge in the field of entrepreneurial development activities. The study recommends that entrepreneurial education should be encouraged by inspiring deserved workers/operators to acquire more knowledge while in service by attending workshops, conferences and leadership training and ensure that such trainings are done frequently so that their abilities can be broadened and improve their performance, the study serves as a reference to anyone who is interested in establishing his personal business as it provides insight into the improvement of entrepreneurial education in starting a new business and also for any organization that is interested in achieving profitability or continue sustaining effective business venture.