SOGOD, Southern Leyte, August 31 (PIA) — Twenty small and medium enterprise entrepreneurs from different places of the province graduated from the Department of Trade and Industry’s (DTI) Kapatid Mentor Me Program (KMME) held at Villa Catalina here early this month.
The active participants, referred to as “mentees” who endured a three-month training, were the second batch of graduates since KMME was launched in the province last year.
The program has been a joint initiative of the DTI and the Philippine Center for Entrepreneurship (PCE) which was designed to help micro and small enterprises in the countryside, by personally inter-facing with experts and key industry players.
The mentoring sessions, done every weekend, covered topics such as entrepreneurial mindset, marketing, product development, human resource management, operations and supply chain, accounting, finance, taxation, and obligations and contracts.
Part of the process was the presentation of business improvement plan prepared by individual participants in front of a group of panelists that included the PCE Mentors and those from Chinabank, Chamber of Commerce, Business Club, Small Business Corporation, the College of Maasin, Small Business Corporation, and the DTI.
Cynthia Nierras, DTI regional director, as well as those comprising the panel, attended the graduation rites.
Jose Ma. Joey Concepcion III, the presidential adviser for entrepreneurship, emphasized that the mission of the Mentor Me program was simply to help micro and small entrepreneurs scale up and better their lives through the kind of business they are in.
“Go Negosyo has been advocating for poverty alleviation for the past 12 years. We still believe that by being enterprising and entrepreneurial, one can be successful in their industry,” Concepcion said in his message delivered by his representative, Eugene Eudela.
Rosario Gozo, proprietor of Mr. Chef restaurant in Sogod, was grateful to DTI and Go Negosyo for the privilege of being part of KMME program, adding that the sessions are very expensive when taken on one’s own.
“This will help us put our business on the right track,” Ms. Gozo said. (LDL/MMP/PIA8-Southern Leyte with reports from Erwin Remojo, DTI-SL)
Source: PIA Feed