ROXAS CITY, Capiz, Aug. 16 (PIA) -- Twenty-one Capiceno entrepreneurs will graduate from the Kapatid Mentor Me (KMME) program of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) today at Villa Consortia Resort in Pontevedra town.
"This year's KMME batch is enthusiastic, aggressive and committed," said DTI provincial director Ken Cunada of the mentees during a recent interaction with the local media, adding that mentoring does not stop after graduation as DTI, in partnership with other agencies, will continue to provide additional assistance to the graduates.
The program, in partnership with the Philippine Center for Entrepreneurship - Go Negosyo, aims to help existing micro and small enterprises scale up their businesses by equipping them with the proper mindset and values, and practical knowledge of functional areas through lecture and mentoring sessions delivered by industry experts and practitioners.
It is a coaching and mentoring course that will conclude through a Business Improvement Plan presentation on the same day of the graduation.
She further explained that KMME introduces the mentees into a bigger platform where they are able to see more opportunities as well as build an expanded network of buyers, suppliers and service providers, among others.
Forty mentees were able to graduate from the first two KMME batches in the province.
For her part, DTI-Capiz Industry Development Division officer-in-charge Eva Losanta said that KMME graduates have sustained and improved their businesses and have become regular exhibitors particularly in DTI-initiated marketing events.
"Because of their learning from KMME, they now knew how to improve as well as promote their products, the production process and enhance their negotiation skills," she added. (LTP/AAL/PIA6 Capiz)