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Hustler : Noel Mcdaniel Agaba

blazeHe borrowed Shs20m from an investor and promised to pay back with interest after his business had picked up. Today his business is booming.
What is the name of your business?
I called it Blaze Events and media. We do events management, branding, product marketing, and organising leisure tours etc.

Which of those makes more money?
Events management because it’s broad; we hire sound equipment, photography, videography, decorations, tents and lighting.

Why this business?
I grew up loving events. I had a friend who was so close to Bebe Cool and we used to hang out with them. That exposure made me love partying and at the same time making a lot of money.

When did you start?
I started in 2011.

Who are some of your clients?
Action Aid, Mukwano, Afrimax, Panorama Cottages and Samuka Island, among others.

What are your rates?
We charge depending on the function. But the least we ask for is Shs1m and the highest I’ve charged so far is Shs2.5m.

What is you best season?
June to December

How much do you make in a good month?
Shs15m to 20m.

How grateful are you for this business?
It has made me who I am and helped me network. I bought the building where my offices are located. I take care of my family because I’m the first born.

What are some of the challenges you face?
Maintaining a business is not easy. Sometimes I go an extra mile of offering free services to my clients, like free lighting when someone books us for sound and so on. We try and beat their expectations.

How many employees do you have?
18 for now

What is your role in the business?
I’m the director, I recruit staff, have the vision, create ideas, come up with plans, meet clients, cover loopholes and basically do all the office work.

Where do you buy your equipment?
Nairobi.

How much does the equipment cost?
It depends on the make. A simple set is Shs15m and the most expensive cost Shs35m.

What are some of the best brands?
Wafodel, Aual, Martin audios, senhaizer etc.

How can someone get in touch with you?
You can visit my website www.blazeeventsug.com or come to our offices in Bukoto, Plot no. 503.

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