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The DTI together with the Philippine Center for Entrepreneurship (PCE) launched the Mentor Me on Wheels (MMOW), and the Money and Market Encounter (MME) on Friday, June 21, in Iloilo City.

The MME opened the registration of participants from 8AM at the MO2 Westown Hotel in Smallville Complex, while at the same time the MMOW opened around 10AM at the North Point Event Center in SM City Iloilo.

The MMOW is a FREE one-on-one nationwide mentorship session with aspiring and existing entrepreneurs. This mentorship event focuses on two topics with regards to business mentorship: entrepreneurial mind-setting, and marketing.

PCE-accredited mentors listened and coached participants in various business industries like food, manufacturing, healthcare, service, agriculture, creative, information and technology, retail, and education, among others.

Each mentee was given 30 minutes during the mentorship session.

The MME, on the other hand, provided opportunity to at least 150 mentee-graduates of the Kapatid Mentor ME (KMME) program from Region VI to link with other financial institutions and market opportunities.

Module on markets was discussed with partner institutions who are into digital platforms, the brick and mortar and the cashless payment applications. Money module followed through as banking and other financial institutions present their latest offering for MSMEs.

Mentee graduates freely interacted and sought assistance through business matching that could provide them with additional capital or resources and potential markets – online and offline.♦

Date of release: 24 June 2019

The DTI Aklan Provincial Office launched the Negosyo Serbisyo sa Brangay (NSB) last June 13 and 14, 2019 in the barangays of Gibon, Toledo and Laserna of Nabas, Aklan. Negosyo Serbisyo sa Barangay in Gibon, Nabas was the first official NSB launching in Aklan.

The launching, in coordination with the Municipal Social Welfare and Development office, was attended by local officials, potential and existing entrepreneurs, and other community members.

A total of 355 participants were encouraged to do business. Aside from Information Advocacy Campaign, topic also includes Entrepreneurship cum Business Opportunities and Financial Literacy.

The Negosyo Serbisyo sa Barangay is an initiative of the DTI through its Negosyo Centers which aims to, 1) Increase awareness about the services offered by the DTI through its Negosyo Centers; 2) to identify MSMEs with business operations within barangays; and 3) to conduct business development assistance and other services.

These NSBs will be conducted in the 38 municipalities in Aklan belonging to the 4th to 5th income class, targeting a total of 3,800 existing and would be entrepreneurs.

Through the NSB Initiative, DTI Negosyo Center brings the services and assistance of DTI closer to the grassroots level of the communities.♦

Date of release: 19 June 2019

A total of 43 shared service facility cooperators undergo coaching and mentoring during the one-on-one coaching session with the mentors in the four major areas of business at the Pearl Garden Resort, San Jose de Buenavista on May 23, 2019.

A total of 43 SSF (shared service facility) cooperators from the Province of Antique recently had the chance to apprise themselves in the operation of the facility and discuss with mentors their concerns in the areas of production, organization management, financial literacy and marketing.

The mentors were Rex Dagdag, PJ Arañador, Emmerson Junn Lim and Melodie Buendia. Before the session, the mentors lectured the basic ideas on areas of their expertise. During the session, business counselors documented the concerns of cooperators and the recommendations of mentors.

The coaching and mentoring session was conducted in partnership with Provincial Micro, Small, and Medium Enterprises Development Council (PMSMEDC) - Antique. Aside from the participants and the mentors, the event was also attended by PMSMEDC Antique Co-Chair Engr. Vicente Lagunday, DTI Antique Provincial Director Mercedes Young, DTI VI SSF Regional Focal Person Aurora Teresa Alisen, and DTI VI IDD OIC-Chief Ma. Dinda Tamayo.

Tamayo emphasized to the cooperators the importance of the operations manual as it will serve as their bible as they operationalize their SSFs. Dagdag oriented the SSF cooperators the guidelines in crafting the operations manual.

Last year, there were already five SSF cooperators from the Province of Antique who underwent coaching and mentoring sessions - KASAMMA Malabor, Esparar Multi-purpose Cooperative, LGU Tibiao, Laua-an Multi-purpose Cooperative and Antique National School.♦

Date of release: 30 May 2019

The Department Trade and Industry (DTI) and Go Negosyo will bring the Mentor Me on Wheels (MMOW) and Money and Market Encounter in this city on June 21, 2019 at North Point Event Center, SM City Iloilo in Diversion Road, Mandurriao District.

The MMOW is a FREE one-on-one nationwide mentorship session with aspiring and existing entrepreneurs. This mentorship event focuses on two topics with regards to business mentorship: entrepreneurial mind-setting, and marketing.

Entrepreneurial mind setting and values formation is the introduction to entrepreneurship or the addition to knowledge thereof. This module primarily focuses on establishing the foundation of a values-oriented entrepreneur who maximizes resources effectively, capacitates his team objectively, honors obligations and agreements religiously, and most importantly, manages and operates the enterprise sustainably. This highlights the importance of taking risks in a business venture and/or the scaling up of an established enterprise.

Going beyond the basics of knowing the target consumers and locale of operation, the module on marketing mindset bears crash courses on marketing strategy, establishment of value proposition, and brand sustenance in a highly competitive and dynamic industry while anchored on the company’s objectives, capacity of production, and quality of output.

Each mentee will be given 30 minutes to undergo a mentorship session.

A total of 50 Philippine Center for Entrepreneurship-accredited mentors will simultaneously listen and coach participants in various business industries like food, manufacturing, healthcare, service, agriculture, creative, information and technology, retail, and education, among others.

Interested participants may register at : http://bit.ly/MMOWiloilo

Moreover, there will be a simultaneous Money and Market Encounter in one of the hotels in the metropolis to 200 mentee-graduates of the Kapatid Mentor ME (KMME) program from Region VI.

Module on markets will be discussed with partner institutions who are into digital platforms, the brick and mortar and the cashless payment applications. Money module will follow through as banking and other financial institutions present their organization’s latest offering for MSMEs.

Business matching will be done in the latter part of the program where mentee graduates can freely interact and potentially get partners to support by providing additional capital and potential markets – online and offline.♦

Date of release: 11 June 2019

The DTI Guimaras Provincial Office conducted a capability building seminar on taxation to help micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) here to acquaint themselves on taxation at the Buenavista Development Cooperative Building in Buenavista, Guimaras on May 7.

Rex Florencio A. Dagdag, a certified public accountant and a college instructor at the West Visayas State University, was the resource person of the activity.

The participants were D and S Furniture, Starlight Store, Betita Trimmer Fitness Gym, BG Glass and Aluminium, Rivenz Furniture, A3L Copra Buyer and Farm Supply, Elmer Ga Refrigeration and Airconditioning Shop, Eat Manok Inasal, Loiue Upholstery Shop, Buena Bread Haus, JFF Wood Trader, LapG Wood Trader, and JSPL Arcade.

For other upcoming Negosyo Center activities in Buenavista, please call (033) 580-8443 and look for Ms. Gerelyn D. Robles, Negosyo Center Business Counsellor.♦

Date of release: 27 May 2019

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