Feature: Ilonggo entrep grateful for DTI’s Mentor Me

If there is a significant learning that an Ilonggo entrepreneur here has gained from the Kapatid Mentor Me (KMME) program of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), it is to equip oneself with the “entrepreneurial mindset”.

Lester Eudaldo A. Delfin, of Brgy. Cabugao Sur, Pavia, Iloilo is one of the 20 mentees who comprised the third batch of entrepreneurs here who successfully completed the KMME program mounted by DTI-Iloilo this year.

He said the training under the KMME will definitely unlock opportunities for his business venture.

“It was very helpful for us micro-entrepreneurs and if I may say, it motivated us and gave us the idea to professionalize our business,” he said.

Delfin has been running “Golden Treats” under Yana Business Ventures Incorporated for three years already, however, the modules under the KMME program have provided valuable inputs in professionalizing the business.

“We specialize in ‘pasalubong’ items such as ‘buko pie’, ‘maja blanca’, and other Filipino delicacies,” he shared.

He said he gained key inputs on operation and management, taxation, and accounting for non-accountants.

“These are essentials in running a business and even though I was a business major before, it helps to review and see connections in actuality and how it is done,” he said.

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Through the KMME program, Delfin also realized the importance of having a positive mindset which allowed him to grasp the name of their business.

He said “Golden” or “of high degree of excellence” and “Treats” or “to provide enjoyment and gratification” enabled him to create the value proposition suited for their target market.

“With a positive prospective, I can now effectively identify new revenue sources, handle business operations and human resource management correctly, maintain a healthy supply value chain, organize and manage the financials and know the laws and other obligations,” he said.

He said he is looking forward to more opportunities primarily in Iloilo City because most of their existing clients wanted them to expand and have a branch in the city.

“We are also gearing towards Food and Drug Administration (FDA) application for the safety of the customers,” he added.

The KMME is DTI’s annual program, which aims to help micro, small, and medium entrepreneurs scale up their businesses with the assistance of seasoned business owners and practitioners in the country.

Through the 10-week program, budding entrepreneurs can learn everything there is to know about setting up, running, and growing their local endeavors through different modules.  (JBG/LTP/PIA-Iloilo)

Source: PIA Feed