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DTI, Go Negosyo forge partnership to build stronger MSMEs

by JMD Abangan

Davao City (6 January) -- The Department of Trade and Industry and Go Negosyo are uniting forces to build a much stronger micro, small and medium entrepreneurs (MSMEs) in the country.

Philippine Center for Entrepreneurship-Go Negosyo Executive Director Ramon M. Lopez said his group is willing to take part in pushing "into the next level" efforts to inspire and orient people about entrepreneurship.

DTI and Go Negosyo are embarking into a "much deeper and more in-depth" entrepreneurship partnership, and carry out a series of seminar launched recently in Davao City as "Negosem".

Lopez said that Go Negosyo has been advocating entrepreneurship since it came into being in October of 2005. It was formed when Jose Concepcion was appointed by President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo as the presidential consultant on entrepreneurship.

"Because Joey could not do it alone, we tried to invite those who have the same calling to share back to the society, di naman hundred percent of their time but those who can spare time like this to talk about their experiences," Lopez said.

The seminar is built on the concept of inspiring and educating people regarding entrepreneurship.

"In training the micro SMEs, di enough na training lang or financing lang or marking. We have to start with building the right attitude," Lopez said.

Aside from inspiring people to go into business, DTI and Go Negosyo is introducing tools and concepts intended to equip individuals with knowledge and right attitude to endeavor business.

During the first seminar in Davao City, the Negosem seminar ran lectures which started off with Mastering Self dubbed as "Mangarap, Maniwala, Magsikap" discussed by Efren "Ping" Sotto, a self-help guru and human resource consultant; Discovering Opportunities (Go Na Go sa Go Negosyo), by Francisco "Pax" Lapid; Product Development and Innovation (Produkto at Negosyo Ko, Eto Na!) by Virgilio "Noynoy" Espeleta, president and chief operating officer of Julie's Franchise Corporation; Marketing (Pagbebenta Upang Kumita), Jonas George Soriano, lead facilitator and director of Philippine Social Enterprise Network; and Financing (Paghawak ng Pera at Puhunan) by Maritess "Tess" Dimaculangan of Dimaculangan Consulting Inc.

From the usual inspirational forum, the Negosem Seminar partnership of DTI and Go Negosyo brings in a battery of speakers who are experts and have grown business on their own, and are willing to share their experience and knowledge in doing business.

In Go Negosyo circle, these experts are called "Angel-preneurs" because they are willing to share to the public their time and expertise for the common goal of developing a Filipino entrepreneurial mindset, Lopez explained.

"Para mapalitan ang mindset ng mga Filipino to become more enterprising,'ika nga to become more independent na hindi umaasa sa donation, dole-out, government; to refrain from complaining because we believe that complaining will not take you anywhere," Lopez said.

DTI Undersecretary Merly Cruz said DTI will be bringing Negosem nationwide especially in key cities and provinces to nurture MSMEs so they would scale up from just being micro to a much bigger and even better enterprise. (PIA XI) [top]

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