The Brunei Mentors for Entrepreneurs Network (BMEN) has recorded 300 mentoring engagements by established business owners, industry experts and professionals in the country with micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) from across various industries since its inception in 2019.

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The initiative which is a close collaboration between Darussalam Enterprise (DARe) and ASEAN Business Advisory Council of Brunei Darussalam (ASEAN-BAC Brunei) is a voluntary platform for business mentors to share their knowledge and experience.

BMEN currently has over 70 mentors from diverse expertise and background such as banking, innovation, marketing, technology, youth engagement and participation, branding, strategy and architecture, among others.

Under the programme, mentees can pick their own mentor according to their field of interest via BMEN’s directory and interact with their respective mentor in-person or video call.

At a recent appreciation event for the mentors, Chief Executive Officer of DARe Javed Ahmad said that a growing number of mentors and associations signifies an encouraging development and that established businesses are giving back to those who need guidance in their business journey.

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He also urged more MSMEs and mentors to join BMEN as mentorship is helpful for business growth and development.

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Five most active mentors were given the Star Mentor Award by DARe, namely; Co-founder of VHC Lenny Juvena Azmi, Director of UK-ASEAN Business Council Allen Lai, Managing Director of BizAdvise Ambrose Nathan, Co-founder of Bake Culture and Pan & Wok Nicky Wong and Progresif Chief of Corporate Strategy Johan Johar.

In attendance were Minister at the Prime Minister’s Office and Second Minister of Finance and Economy Yang Berhormat, Dato Seri Setia Dr Haji Mohd Amin Liew Abdullah, who is also the Chairman of DARe and LegCo member Yang Berhormat Siti Rozaimeriyanty DSLJ Haji Abdul Rahman in her capacity as Chair of the ASEAN Business Advisory Council (ASEAN-BAC).

Image: Courtesy of BMEN
Image: Courtesy of BMEN

This article was first published on April 10, 2021 in our Weekly E-Paper issue 136

THE BRUNEIAN | BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN

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