Bayombong – Saint Mary’s University in collaboration with the Department of Trade and Industry Nueva Vizcaya Provincial Office conducted a seminar on how to start a small family-based business last September 22, 2017 at the Sacred Heart Theatre, Saint Mary’s University, Bayombong, Nueva Vizcaya to develop the entrepreneurial skills of senior high school students.

With the theme “ABM: Accelerate Beyond Measures”, students under the Accountancy, Business and Management (ABM) program participated in the seminar to inspire the students to engage in business and promote entrepreneurial awareness among the younger generation.

The topics discussed were the steps on how to start a small family-based business, forms of business, business registration, importance of small family-based business in the local economy and the Negosyo Center programs and services.

DTI resource speaker Mr. Roel P. Dolaypan Jr. pointed that “it is important for starters to set their entrepreneurial mindset and properly choosing the right product or services for the right market.”

“MSMEs are important to the nation’s economy because they compose 99% of our enterprise. Meaning, a large chunk of the workforce in the country comes from MSMEs. It is therefore necessary to push for further creation of MSMEs in our province to create jobs, augment income and produce products and services for the consuming public,” he said.

“Students should widen their perspective, employment is not the only way of earning, they can also engage in small family-based business,” Mr. Henry O. Conel Jr., OIC Provincial Director of DTI-Nueva Vizcaya, adding that early exposure of younger generation to business activities will definitely prepare them for a promising business opportunity in the near future.

DTI-Nueva Vizcaya has been encouraging the youth to practice entrepreneurship at an early age to further enhance their business management skills while augmenting their family’s income.

Marian students were encouraged to avail the programs and services of the Negosyo Centers established around the province.