For the fourth time since 2017, the Department of Trade and Industry, in partnership with the Philippine Center for Entrepreneurship (PCE), launched the “KAPATID Mentor Me Program (KMME)” in the province of Quezon at the St. Jude COOP Hotel and Event Center, Tayabas City on 30 August 2018.

The KMME Program is an initiative of the DTI and the PCE to help the country’s micro and small enterprises (MSEs) scale up their enterprises, spur economic activity, generate employment opportunities, and mainstream OTOP (One Town, One Product) entrepreneurs who are ready for business expansion.
KMME brings together experts and industry leaders who provide a series of free mentoring sessions for MSMEs on the mindset and values of a successful entrepreneur, product development, marketing, operations management, accounting, taxation, finance, obligations and contracts, human resource management, supply and value chain, succession planning, and business plan development.
Ms. Sherill R. Quintana, President of ORYSPA Spa Solutions, Inc., gave a lecture on entrepreneurial mindset and values formation.
“The enterprise is a sum total of the entrepreneur’s visions, dreams, motivations, energies, resilience, passions, and values. There are so many good brands all over the world but very few great brands—the difference lies in the founder’s ability to transform passion to enterprise,” said Quintana.
More than 250 aspiring and existing entrepreneurs, mentees, members of the local government units, students, exhibitors, and guests attended the activity.
The program included the discussion on business marketing by Special Programs Consultant and Go Negosyo Angelpreneur, Mr. Victor Madlangbayan, sharing of success story of Ms. Chona D. Bandola of Charn’s Food Products, and providing business consultations and one-on-one coaching sessions from speakers and local mentors.
The KMME launching was also supported by the Provincial Government of Quezon and the ALONA Party List headed by Representative Anna Villaraza Suarez through the Mentorship for the Advancement of Entrepreneurial Ability (MANA) Program. MANA brings homegrown entrepreneurs of the District 3 into an empowered mentoring of microentrepreneurs in the countryside. Suarez was represented by Provincial Agriculturist Roberto D. Gajo
Hoping to improve the management system of her company, Ms. Karen Roque, owner of Klassroom Delights Café in Lucena City, personally visited the DTI Provincial Office in Quezon to inquire about the agency’s programs for MSMEs. Roque attended the KMME last 2017 as one of the participants during the launching. This year, however, she is thrilled for finally being selected as one of the 24 mentees.
“My goal is to expand my business. To do that, I need to be armed with appropriate knowledge and skills, and I believe that Mentor Me could help me achieve that,” said Roque.
“We are doing our best to help our MSMEs level-up and prosper through our programs like KAPATID Mentor Me. We, the DTI and our partner agencies, are in the journey with our MSMEs towards success,” said DTI CALABARZON Director Marilou Q. Toledo.