KALIBO, Aklan, 18 March (PIA6) --  Negosyo Centers (NC) to assist Aklan’s budding and would-be entrepreneurs are sprouting in various municipalities in the province with the 7th in Libacao, Aklan to be launched March 22 at the Senior Citizens Building in the municipality.
The launching will be spearheaded by the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) here in coordination with the Local Government Unit of Libacao.
Negosyo Centers are established under the supervision of the DTI and the Micro, Small and Medium Development Council (MSMEDC) to serve as the convergence points of the DTI, LGUs and the private sector to promote ease of doing business and ensure access to service for Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) within its jurisdiction.
Six Negosyo Centers are now existing in the province. These are in Kalibo, Ibajay, Altavas, Numancia, Lezo and the most recent – just launched March 8 – in Makato.
This year, DTI-Aklan also targets to launch Negosyo Centers in the municipalities of Malinao and Malay.
As partner of the DTI, municipalities with Negosyo Centers will provide office space and a staff to assist in manning the center.
With the center in place, DTI will then conduct series of trainings and MSME development to stakeholders in the municipality like skills trainings, entrepreneurship seminars, marketing and promotion, financing forum, and product development.
Both new and existing Negosyo Centers will benefit from this services this year to help empower and develop local entrepreneurs, according to DTI-Aklan.
The DTI here also revealed that Negosyo Centers launched last year, like Kalibo, Ibajay and Altavas, were able to serve more than 6,000 clients through business registration and business advisory services, while a total of  108 business information and advocacy activities and trainings were conducted with 2,338 participants.
DTI-Aklan also expressed optimism that with the putting-up of more Negosyo Centers in Aklan, the government’s programs and services will be brought closer to local entrepreneurs to create a more vibrant business sector in the provinces.
Libacao is a hinterland municipality in the province and a prime producer of abaca fiber and other agricultural products. (JCM/VGV PIA6 Aklan)