Around 30 exhibitors are expected to join the annual Negros Business Week of the Metro Bacolod Chamber of Commerce and Industry that will kick off today at Robinsons Place in Bacolod City.
MBCCI chief executive officer Frank Carbon said that the 12-day exposition, now on its 11 th year, is a venue for local government units to showcase investment opportunities and tourism destinations, and for small entrepreneurs to sell their products and have a chance to expand their market beyond the province.
“Our focus for this year is on creating opportunities for those in the rural areas”, by helping the farmers sell their raw materials that will be used for processed products that will be sold at the exposition, he said.
He also said they want to help women entrepreneurs, as 90 percent of the exhibitors are women.
The expo will give them a chance to showcase their products in the urban market and give them the opportunity to find distributors to help expand their market, Carbon added.
“This is a big help for women entrepreneurs in rural areas. Women who are financially independent are looked up to by the community. This will also uplift their self-esteem,” he added.
Meanwhile, leading the opening rites today is Negros Occidental Governor Eugenio Jose Lacson.
MBCCI officials, headed by its president, Roberto Montelibano, yesterday met with Lacson at the Provincial Capitol in Bacolod City.*
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