THE BEE FARM, DAUIS–Twenty-five promising and established entrepreneurs hoping to upgrade their market presence in Bohol and across the globe stepped in for Bohol’s 2nd batch of free government business mentoring activities that grants them a peek into the business secrets of industry leaders.
Part of the Department of Trade and Industry’s (DTI) and Philippine Center for Entrepreneurship’s (PCE) Go Negosyo, Kapatid Mentor Micro Entrepreneurs (KMME) Program intends to help the country’s micro and small enterprises through mentoring and coaching.
The DTI and the PCE brings in large corporations and industry leaders to teach their younger industry brothers the tricks of the trade in 10 module sessions running from May 9 to July when they graduate in time for the Sandugo season, according to DTI Bohol.
First introduced in Bohol in 2017, the KMME in Bohol proved to be a huge help to entrepreneurs struggling to hitch to the mainstream and bring competitiveness into the opening ASEAN markets, a graduate of the first KMME program shared.
DTI Regional Director Asteria Caberte said this is the first batch of KMME in the region this year and another KMME would be opening slots for Bohol micro and small enterprises by September.
While the opening ceremonies of the mentoring sessions was held at the Bohol Bee Farm, succeeding sessions would be at the Panda Tea garden and Suites, DTI Bohol sources said.
This is to facilitate the accessibility of the mentoring sessions to the 25 mentees who have long intended to learn of the aspects of business operations to preposition them towards a more inclusive business supply chain where they too can help their mentors on their supply side, DTI explained.
The free KMME modules run every Wednesday there on, and modules include Entrepreneurial Mindset and Values Formation, Marketing and several other key topics for entrepreneurs to get lessons from.
No less that chief executive officer of the RNC Marketing, Rey Calooy and the owner of The Bohol Bee Farm Vicky Wallace-Sandidge shared their business secrets for modules 1 and 2 while Philippine Center for Entrepreneurship Visayas Coordinator and Boholano Virgilio Espeleta, talked about Marketing.
Also present during launching ceremonies were DTI RD Asteria Caberte, Go Negosyo’s Paul Anthony de Guzman and Bohol Chamber of Commerce and Industry represented by Marietta Gasatan of the South Palms and Marcela Group of Companies.
Also, the 25 mentees which included Cake Avenue, Israel’s Pastries, Tessie’s Sweets and Pastries, Tuko Cafe, Churro’s, Cocina de Loboc and Ramirez Cakes and Pastries signed their commitments to attend and complete the Program designed to help improve current enterprises thru lecture, coaching and mentoring sessions, comply with assigned work from the mentors, participate during the sessions and share experiences, challenges and best practices with fellow mentees, regularly report weekly enterprise performance during the program and join in other DTI programs designed as follow-ups for mentees. (rahc/PIA-7/Bohol/DTI)