DTI to Aklan entrepreneurs:
Don't just produce products, promote your skills, too
DTI to Aklan entrepreneurs: Don't just produce products, promote your skills, too
by Venus G. Villanueva
Kalibo, Aklan (26 January) -- Aklanon entrepreneurs should not only confine themselves to operating sari-sari stores and producing products - they should also use their honed skills too.
This advice came from Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Provincial Director Diosdado Cadena Jr. as the office prepares for the launching of the "ARISE" program here January 27.
ARISE is an acronym which means "A Responsive and Innovative Strategy for Entrepreneurship".
By using "skills', Director Cadena means those Aklanons who have abilities in haircutting, repairing appliances, plumbing, or in electronics who could open their own business with them at the helm instead of working for other people for minimal wages.
"In entrepreneurship, there's no limit to your salary. It all depends on your industry," Cadena said.
Cadena said prospective entrepreneurs will not find it hard to look for funds to start their business if they have a good idea and a clear plan.
"If you have a sure market for your products or services, it will be easy for you to look for capital," he said.
Cadena said prospective entrepreneurs could start looking from their friends or relatives, and from funding institutions.
He said the present goal of the government in encouraging entrepreneurship is to promote self sufficiency in Filipinos, improve the community and make the number of the middle class population bigger.
After the ''ARISE" launching, the DTI-Aklan office will regularly hold weekly seminars, business counseling and advisories to Aklanons interested to open or operate a business.
The "ARISE" program hopes to encourage OFWs and retirees to invest their money in opening businesses to generate employment. (PIA)
Diosdado Cadena Jr.