Go Negosyo and Department of Trade and Industry have launched the Kapatid Mentor ME (KMME) Program for its third consecutive year. The annual program, which aims to help micro, small, and medium entrepreneurs scale up their businesses with the assistance of seasoned business owners and practitioners in the country, will be held in over 800 Negosyo Centers nationwide. The year-long program already kicked off its first leg last February 13, 2018 in Ifugao, CAR.
Through the 10-week program, budding entrepreneurs can learn everything there is to know about setting up, running, and growing their local endeavors through different modules. The modules are divided into two phases: (1) developing a good business sense which will cover values formation, marketing, business models, and product development; and (2) key areas on entrepreneurship. The second phase would include the technical aspect of managing their small enterprise including operations, supply and value chain, human resource and organization, accounting and finance, taxation, and business law.
Each week, different mentors will impart their knowledge on becoming an entrepreneur. The mentees will be tasked to develop their own business plan using the concepts and models discussed on each module which will be presented on the penultimate week of the program.
In the previous year, KMME launched 108 batches and reached 16 regions and 92 provinces/cities. It was attended by over 24,000 with more than 17,000 MSMEs. 466 certified mentors participated in the nationwide program.
Pedro Bunoy, one of the 2,419 graduates of the program shared how KMME helped his business to be brand-oriented and to be more creative in developing its own identity. According to him, even a simple background story about your product can trigger emotions. “When you target the heart, you achieve value,” he shared.
On the other hand, Jean Oquendo learned that a sound and correct mindset is the key to success. “As an entrepreneur, one should have a good vision of his dream, believe in his passion, and achieve his goals,” she mentioned.
For Waylon Ralph Dumapi Aclibon, KMME “opened doors which we never knew existed.” He considers the program as a Master of Business Administration crash course with mentors who have hands-on experiences in being entrepreneurs.
KMME is only one of the several efforts of Go Negosyo in its goal to help improve the country’s economy through an entrepreneurial culture. To check the latest updates and schedule of the KMME program, you may visit www.gonegosyo.net.