Capiz KMME 2018
“Mindset and knowledge are power.” A parlance true both in life and business. With the right mindset and knowledge, micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) can bring their small-scale businesses to another level of success.
On April 25, the DTI Capiz Provincial Office, in collaboration with the Philippine Center for Entrepreneurship, will give another batch of 22 Capiznon MSMEs the chance to be mentored by industry experts and practitioners under the Kapatid Mentor ME (KMME) Program. 
“KMME aims to help MSMEs enhance their capacities in running their businesses,” said DTI Capiz Provincial Director Ermelinda P. Pollentes, adding that MSMEs should take this opportunity as the government is spending a big amount for this project to support them. 
The KMME Program, launched in the last quarter of 2016, has started an entrepreneurial revolution through its 11-week modules highlighting the different critical areas of entrepreneurship. 
The Program was able to influence hundreds of micro-entrepreneurs all over the country, thereby creating a community of empowered, innovative, competitive, and resilient entrepreneurs.♦

 In order to enable and inspire students to pursue the path of entrepreneurship, three Negosyo Centers in Region 12 conducted Entrepreneurial Mindsetting Seminars for students, in coordination with the academe. 

 Negosyo Center-Kabacan

Photo caption: Negosyo Center Business Counsellor Mark Nikko L. Manginsay presenting to the students of USM-DMS.

In coordination with the University of Southern Mindanao - Development Management Society (USM - DMS) headed by DMS President Ms. Bernadeth Ribando and DM Department Chair Prof. Maria Evelia Lim, the Negosyo Center-Kabacan conducted a seminar on Entrepreneurial Mindsetting and Financial Literacy on February 9, 2018 at USM Hostel, Kabacan, Cotabato. About 150 students attended the seminar.

Spearheaded by USM, this initiative aims to train and develop students to become young entrepreneurs.

Topics discussed included the following: (1) Negosyo Center’s programs and services, (2) DTI Business Name Registration, (3) Entrepreneurial Mindsetting and Values Formation, and (4) Financial Literacy.

NC-Kabacan Business Counsellor (BC) Mark Nikko L. Manginsay presented the NC programs, functions, and services, which include business name registration. 

Moreover, BC Adrian Clave Lariba showed the differences in terms of mindset and values between an employee and an entrepreneur. He also presented the risks and rewards of going into business. Afterwards, he presented financial literacy among the participants. 

After the lectures, Professor Lian Bagonoc, the DMS Society Adviser, thanked the Negosyo Center for conducting the said seminar. Through this seminar, she said that more students will opt to start their own business rather than become employees after they graduate.

Negosyo Center-Cotabato City

Around 404 students of Cotabato City National High school (CCNHS) - Main Campus attended the Entrepreneurial Road Map for Students conducted by the DTI’s Negosyo Center-Cotabato City in coordination with CCNHS.  

Business Counsellor  Asnaira K. Buisan presented the importance and advantages of engaging into business, characteristics of a successful entrepreneur. She also discussed about the importance of cultivating the right entrepreneurial mindset.

Negosyo Center-Antipas 

More than 164 Senior High school students of Antipas National High school attended the Entrepreneurial Mindsetting Seminar conducted by the DTI’s Negosyo Center-Antipas last February 13, 2018. Topics discussed were the following: Negosyo Center functions and service, Entrepreneurial Mindsetting, and Basic Pricing and Costing. 

Negosyo Center (NC) Antipas Business Counsellor (BC)  Hanie Lou P. Llupar presented the Negosyo Center’s major functions and services. Next, BC Fitz Gerald Anuta of NC-Arakan discussed the proper entrepreneurial mindset and the basics of starting a business. Afterwards, BC  Adrian Clave Lariba of NC Pres. Roxas presented on Basic Pricing and Costing. 

The objective of this seminar is to encourage the students to pursue entrepreneurship in the future, and equip them with the basic know-how of starting a business.♦


NC Cotabato CIty
To help housewives generate additional income, the Negosyo Center-Cotabato City held a Skills Training Seminar on Rags-Making last January 20, 2018 at Purok 6, Rosary Heights 9, Cotabato City. In partnership with the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), the said activity was attended by 35 women.
Resource person Ms. Josephina Bonete from DSWD taught the participants on how to make rags from used clothes, which served as the raw material. Out of the rags, participants were able to produce potholders. The rags and its by-products can then be sold to the market, and can be a viable source of income for these women.
In addition, the NC-Cotabato City Senior Business Counsellor Sharmagne Joyce S. Edio oriented the participants on the major services of the Negosyo Center, such as: Business Registration, Business Advisory, and Business Information and Advocacy. Edio urged the participants to visit the Negosyo Center and attend its free seminars.♦
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