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Reading the newspapers is not always a welcome activity for me. What with the constant bombardment of stories about raging wars in other countries, domestic conflicts, and rising crime rates, reading the newspaper most of the time leaves me depressed instead of feeling informed or invigorated.

However, I was glad when I read the story on the Province’s DTI mentorship program which is currently accepting applicants of all ages.

The Department of Trade & Industry’s Kapatid Mentor ME (Micro Entrepreneurs) Program stands as a testament to the region’s commitment to fostering business growth and economic empowerment. What sets this initiative apart is its unwavering dedication to inclusivity, welcoming qualified applicants of all ages with open arms.

In a world where age often dictates opportunities, Negros Oriental DTI’s decision to embrace entrepreneurs of various life stages is a refreshing departure from the norm.

Traditionally, youth-centric programs dominate the entrepreneurial landscape, leaving mature individuals sidelined despite their wealth of experience and wisdom. However, the Kapatid Mentor ME Program challenges this status quo, recognizing that entrepreneurial spirit knows no age limit.

At its core, the program seeks to equip participants with the skills and knowledge necessary to elevate their businesses to new heights. By offering mentorship, training, and resources, it empowers entrepreneurs to navigate the intricacies of modern commerce, adapt to changing market dynamics, and unlock their full potential. Whether one is a seasoned business owner or a budding startup, there’s something invaluable to be gained from this immersive experience.

By embracing applicants of all ages, the Negros Oriental DTI not only acknowledges the diverse entrepreneurial landscape but also harnesses the collective wisdom of its community.

Older entrepreneurs bring with them decades of industry insights, resilience forged through trials, and a deep understanding of customer needs. In contrast, younger participants infuse the program with fresh perspectives, innovative ideas, and a digital fluency crucial in today’s business environment.

Together, they form a dynamic ecosystem where mentorship flows freely, and knowledge transcends generational boundaries.

Moreover, the decision to welcome individuals of all ages reflects a broader commitment to social inclusion and economic development. In a region where demographic diversity is celebrated, the Kapatid Mentor ME Program catalyzes unity and collaboration. It fosters intergenerational dialogue, fosters mutual respect, and nurtures a sense of community where everyone has a seat at the table.

Furthermore, by providing opportunities for older entrepreneurs to upskill and professionalize their businesses, the program addresses age-related biases prevalent in the entrepreneurial landscape. It challenges stereotypes, dismantles barriers, and paves the way for a more equitable future where merit reigns supreme.

In doing so, it not only empowers individuals but also enriches the fabric of society as a whole.

As the sun sets over the picturesque vistas of Negros Oriental, the promise of a brighter tomorrow beckons. With the Kapatid Mentor ME Program leading the way, entrepreneurs of all ages stand poised to embark on a transformative journey of growth and self-discovery.

Through collaboration, mentorship, and a shared commitment to excellence, they’ll not only elevate their businesses but also inspire generations to come.

In Negros Oriental, inclusivity isn’t just a buzzword—it’s a way of life, and the beacon of hope shines ever brighter for it.


Author’s email: wea_129@yahoo.com



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