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If you need a little push to help you take that leap of faith, then these pieces of advice may help



So you want to get your feet wet in the food industry. This may seem initially daunting, since aside from conceptualizing a good product and creating a solid brand, you’ll still have to go through registering your business, thinking of the right packaging, and looking for places where you can sell them, among others.



What some budding entrepreneurs sometimes overlook is that the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) can actually help you start out through their Negosyo Centers.



What are Negosyo Centers?

“We have regional offices, provincial, as well as…Negosyo Centers,” explained DTI Secretary Ramon Lopez during the opening of the 2019 National Food Fair on March 14. The Food Fair, which runs until March 17, is located at Megatrade Halls 1 to 3 in SM Megamall, and is open to all.


“Anyone can just approach those offices if they want to be assisted,” he continued. “They can join also—almost everyday there are seminars in the Negosyo Centers near them.


Started in 2014, Negosyo Centers under the Go Negosyo Program were launched after the passage of Republic Act No. 10644 or the “Go Negosyo Act” authored by Senator Bam Aquino. The goal was to help micro, small, and medium enterprises (MSMEs) gain access to government support. These Centers can be found in difference provinces.