We share contents, methodologies, tools and experiences from different programs involving entrepreneurship, innovation, agricultural companies, tourism and other topics, in order to contribute to the regional and enterprise development of the areas under the influence of the chambers of commerce in the Center-South Region.
National Entrepreneurship Program.
The Enterprise Region National Entrepreneurship Program was created with an approach and features that allow for it to be adapted in order to tend to the needs and expectations of citizens, entrepreneurs and business leaders in any region in Colombia, independently from their gender, age or condition.
Its purpose is to provide innovative and practical services that are useful for those seeking to develop their culture and their ability to start their own undertakings and for individuals hoping to establish their own company or to grow one they have recently created.
The possibility of fulfilling such a mission and scope is based on the development of a model to transfer the Entrepreneurship Program dubbed "Enterprise Region", developed for the CCB, in order to implement it in the different regions in the country, via the chambers of commerce, as these are institutions whose strategic goal is the promotion of enterprise development in their areas of influence.
During its first stage, the National Entrepreneurship Plan was transferred to 12 chambers of commerce around the country (Valledupar, Santa Marta, Cúcuta, Tunja, Manizales, Pereira, Armenia, Ibagué, Neiva, Florencia and Pasto). The results from the implementation of this model were as follows: 635 companies were created, 464 projects and companies received financing, 1.964 entrepreneurs made effective contacts and 711 closed business deals.
Recently, the Enterprise Region Entrepreneurship Program has been transferred to nine chambers of commerce in the country's center-south region: Amazonas, Duitama, Espinal, Girardot, Facatativá, Honda, Sogamoso, San José de Guaviare and Villavicencio
Scope of the Enterprise Region Program:
- Eight (8) program launches, with a total attendance of 1.584 people.
- Provision of 299 services by the Program in regions covered by the chambers of commerce.
- Total attendance of 4.692 beneficiaries to the services.
- Training to 32 professionals from the regions as service providers for the Enterprise Region Program.
- Training to 16 professionals from the chambers of commerce, about the operational model of the Enterprise Region Program.
- An Entrepreneurship Week was held in San José del Guaviare, with 18 services rendered and attendance by 894 people. Visit our photo gallery.
Tourism Development Model
According to the World Tourism Organization (WTO), tourism accounts for 9% of the world's GDP, and the sector has become consolidated both in developed as well as in developing countries, becoming a driving force for the job offering, as it provides one out of every 11 jobs in the world. According to the WTO, in 2013 visitor arrivals in the world grew from 1.035 million in 2012, to 1.087 million in 2013.
According to the 2014 - 2018 Tourism Sector Plan, Tourism: a tool to support the construction of peace in Colombia; this sector grew by 5,9% while the global figure was 4,5%, proving that this activity is gaining in importance in the country.
The CCB has developed methodological tools that will allow the chambers of commerce that are members of Asocentro to strengthen the tourism industry and improve tourism management, by focusing their efforts in the proposal for a Tourism Development Model that will aim, and focus, local and regional efforts into those areas that are seen as priorities for the development of regional tourism.
The model allows for the strategic focusing of the logical sequence that needs to be followed in order for a region to achieve orderly and sustainable tourism development, keeping in mind each region's own territorial conditions and characteristics, acting in the context of a tourism industry that is competitive but also sustainable, that is environmentally respectful and friendly, that preserves the natural and cultural heritage, and that generates the economic conditions that support an improved quality of life for the region's inhabitants.
Agro-Enterprise Development Model
We have built an Agro-Enterprise Development Model conceived as an instrument which allows chambers of commerce to contribute to the improvement of the business environment, to strengthen companies in the agricultural, agro-industrial and animal farming sectors which show significant growth potential in each territory, and as a strategy to promote the creation of wealth and opportunities.
The Agro-Enterprise Development Model is a tool for chambers of commerce in the country's Center - South region, members of Asocentro, to develop strategies to strengthen and support the sector in their own regions, through the identification of needs and potentials, the structuring of services and the involvement of partners and allies, generating more and better companies centered on agricultural and agro-industrial businesses which promote employment, foster greater revenues and an improvement of the quality of life of those who see the agricultural life as a social and economic alternative.
Design of the Agro-Enterprise Development Model developed by the CCB; an effort to benefit the region.