Over 200 small business owners from all over Leyte started undergoing free business mentoring sessions through the Kapatid Mentor ME (Micro Entrepreneur) Program of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) in partnership with PCE-Go Negosyo on Monday, March 27 at Sabin Resort Hotel, this city.
The Mentor ME program was designed to help micro, small, and medium enterprises (MSMEs) level up and sustain their businesses through a series of theoretical, conceptual discussions and mentoring sessions by experienced entrepreneurs, and seasoned business lecturers on the different functional areas of entrepreneurship.
The DTI, together with the Philippine Center for Entrepreneurship (PCE) invited power speakers like Dr. Leonor Rene S. Caneja, executive coach and PCE-accredited mentor, as well as Prof. Wilfrido “Willy” Victor E. Arcilla, dubbed as a ‘brand-healer’ and marketing doctor to discuss the first two modules of the program: entrepreneurial mind-setting and values formation, and marketing, respectively.
DTI-Leyte Provincial Director Desiderio P. Belas Jr. also talked about the salient points of RA 10644 or the GO Negosyo Act of 2014, authored by Sen. Paolo Benigno “Bam” Aquino IV which mandated the establishment of Negosyo Centers in cities, municipalities and provinces nationwide.
The resource persons, along with successful local entrepreneurs including the proprietors of Trophy Farms, CMV Food Enterprises, Panny’s and Mayong’s Bakeshop gave inspiring talks to the participants about their businesses’ success story.
The remaining modules such as product development, human resource management, financial and operations management among others, would be tackled by equally competent speakers on the succeeding weeks.
In Leyte, the participants were the second batch of mentees after the first batch underwent training late last year in Tacloban City, while other cities in the country have previously rolled out, and are yet to launch the same mentoring sessions.