SBE, RAFI and Santa Clara U to collaborate in helping micro entrepreneurs

The USC School of Business and Economics has expressed the willingness to assist micro entrepreneurs in Central Visayas under a new partnership with Santa Clara University in California and the Ramon Aboitiz Foundation Inc (RAFI).

The interest was conveyed during the special visit of Fr. Michael Engh, SJ, President of Santa Clara University, and Mr. Jon Ramon Aboitiz of RAFI, who presented and discussed the proposal with Fr. Dionisio Miranda, SVD, University President, the Cabinet and SBE officers on Saturday, 7 January.

With Santa Clara University’s expertise and experience in social entrepreneurship and SBE’s experience in community-based enterprises, the new academic collaboration is envisioned to help micro entrepreneurs scale up their businesses and intensify their impact to society particularly in Central Visayas (Region VII).

Through the years SBE has organized projects that have become springboards for micro entrepreneurs to move up from start-ups to sustainable business enterprises. For example, the alumni-led initiative, USC Kapamilya Negosyo Na (KNN), provides livelihood skills trainings to would-be entrepreneurs; seed capital to promising business ideas and business mentoring to budding entrepreneurs. Another is the research-based community extension project that focused on sharpening entrepreneurial acumen of the Hog-preneurs of Alegria and Guso-preneurs of Doong, Bantayan, Cebu.

Fr. Engh was accompanied to USC by Jeff Miller, SCU Benefactor and University Trustee; Jim Lyons, Vice President for University Relations; Mike Sexton, Vice President for Enrollment; and Meghan Shoven, Associate Director, Campaign Engagement. Santa Clara University calls itself “the Jesuit University in Silicon Valley”. Mr. Aboitiz was joined by Ms Domi Chua, RAFI COO. Over the years RAFI has been an institutional partner of USC on various projects.

The SBE group was led by Dr. Challoner Matero, Dean, and the chairs of Accountancy, Business Administration, Economics and Hospitality Management, and selected faculty. The program was organized and emceed by Fr. Louie Punzalan, SVD, Director of the Office of External Relations.

Source: Dr. Corazon Anzano
Department of Business Administration
13 January 2017