May 23, 2024

Hundreds of aspiring entrepreneurs and micro, small, and medium enterprise (MSME) owners in Baguio City joined a free business mentorship roadshow that provided insights on how to scale up and turn business ideas to success.

Hosted by SM City Baguio, Go Negosyo’s 3M (Money, Market, Mentorship) on Wheels rolled the free mentorship in the city led by Go Negosyo founder Joey Concepcion in partnership with the Department of Trade and Industry; Philippine Chamber of Commerce, Inc. Baguio; and other government and private partners.

3M is a free nationwide mentorship program designed as a quick-stop mentoring platforms for capacity building development of entrepreneurs through mentorship encounters across the country, conducted by a network of Go Negosyo mentors.

It also offers a variety of access to financial assistance programs and market growth opportunities from partners to help entrepreneurs achieve their business’ sustainable scale-up.

According to Go Negosyo’s profile, 3M was launched in 2018 as Mentor Me on Wheels (MMOW) and has been extending a helping hand to Filipinos turning to entrepreneurship to raise themselves out of poverty.

The initiative filled the learning gap in the entrepreneurs’ journey, turning mentorship into a solution that addressed the capacity-building need of a Filipino entrepreneur.

With the overwhelming support to the program, Go Negosyo expanded the MMOW into 3M on Wheels, a reflection of its overreaching mission of providing not just mentorship but a wider range of opportunities for MSMEs.

It has so far mentored more than 2,000 MSMEs and aspiring entrepreneurs.

“We give encouragement, direction, and the rest is up to you: how creative you are and how much you can differentiate your product from the rest,” Concepcion said, as he thanked the mentors who came to share their time and expertise based on their own experiences and successes, for without them the program would not have succeeded in its journey of helping entrepreneurs.

Vice Mayor Faustino Olowan assured the city government is always willing to extend whatever help it can provide for the success of the activity and to support MSMEs to succeed.

“Your dedication to your craft, your unwavering spirit, and your relentless pursuit of excellence are truly inspiring. Despite the challenges you face, you continue to innovate, adapt, and overcome, showing the world the resilience and strength of the Filipino spirit” Olowan said in his message read by office staff Rafael Resuello.

As Go Negosyo partner, PCCI Baguio president Mark Joseph Lacambra said they recognize MSMEs as lifeblood of the economy that drives innovation, create jobs, and fuel economic growth. – Hanna C. Lacsamana