THE Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Cebu is set to welcome 30 micro entrepreneurs for mentorship on March 17.
As part of the second leg of the Kapatid Mentor Me program, DTI Cebu Director Maria Elena Arbon said the entrepreneurs engaged in processed food business, tourism, and services were screened last Wednesday at the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) regional office in Lahug.
The DOST office will also serve as the new training venue for this year’s Mentor Me program. The first batch of 26 were trained in the University of the Philippines Cebu.
“We have more businesses that are joining us. We need a bigger venue, that’s why we moved,” said Arbon.
There will also be new additions to the mentorship program, including a module on business model canvass, as well as consultations with government offices and officials in the hopes of answering the concerns of the participants.
The lead mentor is Cebu Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CCCI) vice president Virgilio Espeleta. Joining him are over 25 local entrepreneurs including Rey Calooy, Mario Panganiban, Ramir Bonghanoy, and Katherine Cheng.
Topics to be covered in the 12-week mentorship program range from product development, marketing, operations management, accounting, taxation, finance, basic business law, human resource management and supply and value chain.
The second Mentor Me program is expected to conclude on June 3. Arbon said participants will be showcasing their products, tentatively at the Ayala Center Cebu.
Meanwhile, the local trade chief also announced the start of the second leg of the DTI E-commerce program this April 17. From the 16 Cebu-based participants who participated in the first batch, DTI is inviting 40 entrepreneurs this time, which will be participated in by micro, small, and medium enterprises (MSMEs) from Cebu, Bohol, Siquijor, and Negros Oriental.
“It is the thrust of (Trade) Secretary (Ramon Lopez) to help more of our MSMEs, the very reason why we are doing this,” said Arbon in a phone interview yesterday.
Digital marketer Janette Toral will remain this year’s e-commerce mentor. The program is also sponsored by PLDT Innolab and training will take place at PLDT’s Cebu office in Mabolo.
DTI is also scheduled to roll out the MSME development plan 2017-2022 by January 2018. The plan includes training and capacity building to promote the culture of entrepreneurship and enterprise development.