Chamber opens facility for small, medium biz

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Sunday, July 20, 2014


THE Davao City Chamber of Commerce and Industry Inc. (DCCCII) launched on Friday evening its Small Business Development Center (SBDC) that will cater to Dava Region's small and medium enterprises (SMEs).

The SBDC is a business unit of the chamber open to SMEs who are interested to rent one of the 35 office spaces that come in four different sizes -- 4 square meters (sqm.). 5.5 sqm., 7 sqm., and 9 sqm.

The inclusion in renting out these spaces are: business name near the reception, electricity, air-conditioning, janitorial services, use of the pantry, use of the lounge, use of printers or copiers (pay-per-print), and basice internet access (wired). Business address will be included for locators who have yearly contracts but subject for approval.

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SBDC committee chair Raf Vlummens told reporters that around half of the office spaces have already been rented out.

Some of the locators at the SBDC are Google Business Club - Davao, Doc Joy Documentation and Consultancy, European Chamber of Commerce of the Philippines - Davao, Schindler Philippines, Business and Entrepreneurial Training Academy (Beta), Solid Team Ad Pro, and Philippine Franchise Association.

There is also the co-working space wherein small businesses and other professionals can use it for P250 per day. It is inclusive of the use of workspace, use of printers or copiers (pay-per-print), and wifi access. It is open from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m.

The SBDC also offers trainings to local businesses and upcoming businessmen on different topics relating to business. It also has an Asean Desk that is aimed to provide local SMEs and businessmen information on the upcoming 2015 Asean Integration.

Together with the launching of the SBDC, the chamber also launched its newly renovated building. The new DCCCII office is designed by DCCCII immediate past president and current executive vice president Arch. Daniel T. Lim.

The newly renovated DCCCII building features a board room that can accommodate 30 people, a president's room that is able to accommodate 10 people, and the SBDC room that is able to accommodate 20 people.

"This marks another milestone for DCCCII," said Antonio T. dela Cruz, DCCCII president.

Davao City Mayor Rodrigo R. Duterte also graced the launching.

Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on July 21, 2014.

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