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DTI rolls out Kapatid Mentor Me Program in Ilocos Norte

LAOAG CITY – The Department of Trade and Industry Region 1, in partnership with Philippine Center for Entrepreneurship (PCE), has launched the Kapatid Mentor Me Program (KMME) – Ilocos Norte Leg in Ilocos Norte on September 15, as part of its thrust to propel micro small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) towards innovative and competitive business environment.

In his message, DTI-Ilocos Regional Director Florante Leal said the KMME program is a “big brother-small brother” concept, which is a perfect tool to motivate the entrepreneurial spirit of the Ilocanos and Pangasinenses.”

The KMME Program is part of the DTI – PCE partnership Negosyo – Kapatid Project to help MSMEs scale up their businesses through 10 weeks of one-on-one consultations and coaching sessions with business experts and become globally competitive enterprises.

The program allows mentees to learn strategies on marketing, financial, human resource and operation management among others during the 10-week module-based sessions. On the 11th week, mentees are also required to present their business development plans before their graduation from the program.

Upon completion of the program, the MSEs are expected to become confident entrepreneurs with the right mindset and business-knowhow to sustain and scale up their enterprises.

For Ilocos Norte, 22 mentees were chosen for the program. Qualified mentees are business owners or managers of an enterprise with an asset of three million and below and operational for at least a year.

Upon completion of the program, the MSEs are expected to become confident entrepreneurs with the right mindset and business-knowhow that will be able to sustain and scale up their enterprises. Qualified mentees are business owners or managers of an enterprise with an asset of three million and below and operational for at least a year.

Ilocos Norte is the fourth and last province in the region to roll-out the Kapatid Mentor Me Program. La Union and Pangasinan have previously launched the KMME program and has already produced 50 entrepreneur graduates while 23 entrepreneurs in Ilocos Sur are expected to finish the program. (Tawid News)

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