In celebration of SME Week: Free entrepreneurship training programs offered

As part of the celebrations of SME Development Week, DTI Secretary Gregory L. Domingo recently announced that budding entrepreneurs can avail of free entrepreneurship training programs to be offered on 8-9 July 2011, at the Philippine Trade Training Center. This is in keeping with the drive to encourage more Filipinos to participate in the SME sector, with the call to action “Pinoy SME: Business Tayo!”

The free entrepreneurship programs will consist of Business Development Briefing Sessions offered by DTI-Bureau of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprise Development (BMSMED) as part of its mandate to provide start-up enterprises with a knowledge base on a wide range of topics relevant to SME development.

Scheduled in the morning of Friday, 8 July 2011 are the following briefings: How to be an Entrepreneur; Barangay Micro Business Enterprise (BMBE) Law; Awareness on Product Standards Law; Consumer Rights and Protection; How to Acquire a BFAD Certificate.

The afternoon session for Friday, 8 July 2011 will offer: Integrated Business Licensing; Orientation on HALAL Certification; Orientation on the Cleaner Production for Small Business; Packaging Design and Labeling; Product Design Awareness; Orientation on Registering for Patents, Trademarks and Trade Names.

Meanwhile, the Philippine Trade Training Center (PTTC), which specializes in training programs intended to strengthen the Filipino export sector’s competitive advantage in the world market will also be offering free business management and demo skills sessions.

The course offerings on Friday, 8 July 2011 consist of: Basic Hilot; E-marketing – Setting up a Webstore; How to Set up a Laundry Business; Perfume and Cologne Making; Exploring Business Opportunities in Kosher Markets; Herbal Soap Making; Meat Processing 1 & 2; Basic Beadworks; Laundry and Cleaning Aids; and Gift-wrapping.

On Saturday, 9 July 2011, the free training will cover: Basic photography; Flip-flops Making; Managing a Money Changer Shop; Financing and Lending Programs; How to Start a Business; Food Safety; Siopao and Dimsum Making; No-bake Cakes; Polvoron and Pastillas Making; Buying a Franchise; Apartment/Commercial Stall Rental Business; Perfume and Cologne Making; Advanced Beadworks; Cleaning Aids 2; Flowers and Balloon Arrangement; and Empanada, Pizza Rolls.

Participants to the free entrepreneurship training programs will be accepted on a first come, first served basis, with registrations starting at 7:30AM. For more information, please call DTI-BMSMED at telephone numbers 897 1693 or 751 5076, and PTTC at telephone numbers 468 8962 to 70 or visit