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The Veterans Memorial Medical Center Consumers Cooperative (VMMCEC) in collaboration with Negoskwela Livelihood and Technology Training Center conducted a seminar/workshop entitled “Starting and Managing a Business and Financial Literacy at the Basilio Valdes Hall” on October 3, 2018.

The one-day seminar is the third among series of workshops lined up by the Education and Training Committee of the VMMC Consumers ‘Cooperative for this year. The objectives of the seminar-workshop are to provide VMMC employees the fundamental skills necessary to become successful entrepreneurs and to serve as a training ground for employees who are already engaged in business to further hone their skills. Most importantly the seminar was conducted to fire up the innate entrepreneurial skills of employees who are planning to put up business of their own as an alternative source of income.

More than forty (40) employees from the various departments/services/units of the hospital attended and actively participated in the seminar. Ms. Zielabeth M. Conde, a consummate entrepreneur, served as the resource speaker of the event. During the seminar, Ms. Conde generously shared her wealth of experience in entrepreneurship to the participants; how she started her business, the sacrifices she endured to stay on course of her goal, the countless struggles she confronted to succeed, and the unending risks she has to face head on each day to sustain her business.

The seminar included lecture, workshop and open discussions. During the workshop, the participants were divided into four (4) groups and at the end of the seminar, each group presented their respective business plan which was evaluated by the resource speaker. After the presentation, the speaker commended the participants for their creative ideas and passion.

Overall, based on the positive and favorable feedbacks received from the participants, the seminar/ workshop was a resounding success.