The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) in Davao Region is strengthening the skills of various business counselors and advisors assigned in Negosyo Centers in a bid to provide more relevant assistance to existing and would-be entrepreneurs in the region.
To achieve this, the agency recently conducted a five-day training on Comprehensive Small Business Consellors Course with experts from the University of the Philippines Institute of Small Scale Industries (UPISSI) as the resource persons.
The week-long extensive training was attended by 31 participants who are involved in running the Negosyo Centers. Specifically, they are composed of DTI staff who are handling or directly involved in assisting the micro, small and medium enterprises; staff manning the Negosyo Centers; and Investment and Promotion Officers of local government units (LGUs).
DTI-Davao Regional Director Maria Belenda Q. Ambi shared that the main objective of the course was really to enhance the competence and effectiveness of the Negosyo Centers staff, whether DTI Enterprise Counselors or those who are from the LGUs or academe, in providing managerial and technical assistance to their MSME clients.
She noted that it was deemed necessary as well in developing them, along with the other participants, into becoming well-rounded, confident and polished business counselors.
“This is one of the many strategies that DTI has been doing in order to fully equip our MSME counsellors as they get engaged with MSMEs who are in different stages of their business,” Ambi pointed out, while adding that provision of proper and tailor-fit consultancy services is very critical for the growth of local entrepreneurs.
The Comprehensive Small Business Counselors Course was divided into three modules.
The first module included a three-day lecture on The Role and Responsibilities of MSME Counselor; Effective Business Counselling; Business Planning and Management; The Enterprise Assessment Plan; Business Diagnosis; and Diagnosing and Analyzing the Production, Marketing Functions of an Enterprise.
In the second module, an enterprise visit was done for the participants to do an actual business diagnosis.
As with the third module, the participants were asked to submit and present their Enterprise Assessment Reports which were then critiqued by the resource speakers and other participants. DTI11/JMM