Starting a business in Iloilo City – very easy (Part-1) PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 05 June 2014 12:17

I was very fortunate after meeting the investment officer of Iloilo City last May 23, 2014, I found another government office helping people to be successful in business. Iloilo DTI (Department of Trade and Investment) Office, a walking distance from Iloilo City Hall, is offering FREE entrepreneurship seminar every week to anyone who is interested.  I am interested.  Are you?

Entrepreneurship has always been one of the principal topics presented by private consultancy companies in business seminars. And if it is a government sponsored event, the government agency involved either provides the budget and/or coordinates with other organizations.  An outsider, a business professor or a successful business person, is usually invited as the lecturer or speaker.

As a business consultant myself who have organized similar event or been invited as a business speaker, I was curious how the DTI-Iloilo Free Entrepreneur Seminar will go. Held every Tuesday, there was no need to pre-register when I inquired about the registration. The friendly Ilonggo DTI personnel also informed me all I have to do is to come back before it starts at 9am.

Honestly, I am grateful and happy that I attended the DTI-Iloilo Free Entrepreneur Seminar last May 27.  Here’s my Pep Talk business story why.

After simply writing my name, address, and contact number, I was ushered in a comfy air-conditioned seminar room together with other participants. No hassle at the registration table. No questions about our background and why we like to attend. The courteous and smiling DTI security guard never even “interrogated” or asked us, as we enter the DTI building what’s our purpose. We felt warm welcomed already right at the entrance. The seminar started on time.

The speaker was DTI-Iloilo Senior Trade and Industry Development Specialist Esterlita “Baby” Baddong. She started the first phase by making us at ease, who came not only from Iloilo City, some came from Kalibo, Roxas City, Guimaras Island, northern Estancia, and from far Zamboanga City (me). She boosted up our morale with, “You can make it,” response when we individually shared our business dreams after we introduced our name. She spoke mostly in Ilonggo intertwined with English after knowing I can understand the dialect. But she answered in Tagalog, when I asked one or two clarifications or questions in Tagalog.

What I thought to be a brief discussion or introductory topic (30 minutes the most I guess since it is free), ran for more than 2 hours of lively, not boring, and exciting discussion. Baddong’s LCD presentation on entrepreneurship was simple to understand. Brief and concise, I can say that it contained all the important subject matters one needs to know about starting the business right. We were all motivated to begin our own business.

(To be continued tomorrow. Read why joining DTI-Iloilo business seminar was worth it).


by Dante Corteza

“Behold, I am doing something new! It’s already happening; don’t you recognize it? I will clear a way in the desert. I will make rivers on dry land.”  Isaiah 43:19. Sometimes your business will need to move as the market pulls you in a different direction. You might need to reinvent your business, and you should not be afraid. God’s always got your back.