Successful SMEs cited
By Easter Anne D. Doza
BACOLOD City – Three entrepreneurs received the SME Star Elite Award from the Department of Trade and Industry-6.
Waffle Time, Inc. of Negros Occidental was awarded for the Medium Enterprise Category, Rosa Foods Corporation of Aklan for the Small Enterprise Category, and McNester Food Processing of Guimaras for the Micro Enterprise Category.
The SME Star Program of DTI is part of the Micro Small and Medium Enterprise (MSME) development and promotion of the government, which recognizes outstanding entrepreneurs who have shown notable achievements in their businesses thus making them more productive.
Three award levels are included in the SME STAR Program, corresponding to stages in enterprise growth, namely, the start-up and capability building stage, domestic market penetration and export awareness stage and the export and expansion stage.
Nominees were screened and endorsed by their respective Provincial Small and Medium Enterprise Development Council, and confirmed by the Economic Development Committee of the Regional Development Council.
The awarding was held during the Regional Development Council 2nd Quarter Meeting at the Provincial Capitol Building of Negros Occidental.
Capiz Governor and RDC Chair Victor Tanco and DTI Regional Director Dominic Abad conferred the awards to the Star Elite Awardees with Governors Alfredo Marañon Jr, Carlito Marquez and Felipe Hilan Nava of Negros Occidental, Aklan and Guimaras assisting.