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Franchise expert inspires mentors | Borneo Online Newsletter

ByStephanie M. Akbar

Nov 13, 2022


Armando Bartolome, a renowned franchise developer based in the United States (US), invited to give a talk at Mentor Learn @ Lunch of Brunei Mentors for Entrepreneurs Network (BMEN), an initiative of Darussalam Enterprise (DARe), shared his experiences as a business mentor; how to overcome common challenges faced by micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) and networked with other BMEN mentors to inspire them to continue their efforts to guide and grow local businesses to succeed.

The networking and engagement event was organized exclusively for BMEN registered mentors to exchange ideas and best practices on business development through mentoring.

Armando has over 30 years of experience serving over 800 companies in Asia, the Middle East and the United States. He is an active mentor with Go Negosyo, a non-profit organization in the Philippines that brings together key stakeholders and enablers to develop competitive Filipino entrepreneurs. Armando also volunteered to participate in BMEN’s Power Brunch, an event for mentors and companies to network and discuss business issues in a casual cafe. Armando also visited several up-and-coming local establishments to provide advice and share his franchise experiences.

Armando’s visit is a step towards BMEN’s plans to focus on development areas in Brunei’s priority sectors – food, ICT, tourism, downstream oil and gas and services. The visit is also an effort to strengthen ties between BMEN and the ASEAN Entrepreneur Mentoring Network (AMEN), which is a project designed to help micro-small enterprises (MSEs) in the East Asian region. ASEAN to access money, market and mentorship to scale up their operations. , and improve their profitability and sustainability.

In 2019, AMEN successfully established public-private partnerships (PPPs) in Malaysia, Thailand and Indonesia, developed 10 mentorship modules, recruited 48 AMEN mentors and trained 127 MSEs.

The project is currently in its second phase to improve its modules, recruit 30 business mentors and coaches from ASEAN and mentor 300 MSEs from the ASEAN region.

Since its launch in March 2019, BMEN has registered over 825 business engagements among its pool of 82 volunteer mentors and 218 registered business mentees.

BMEN also organized themed events ranging from general business areas such as marketing, human resources (HR), finance, corporate leadership and strategy.

Armando Bartolome at the event. PHOTO: DARE

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