Business Ideas Presented at Business School from Tiraspol and Rybnitsa
A pastry shop with „home-made” cookies, an apiary with “healing” honey or an internet store with plenty of small items - are only a few business ideas presented by those 40 business school graduates from Tiraspol and Rybnitsa, launched by the Chamber of Commerce and Industry with the assistance of the EU-UNDP “Support to Confidence Building Measures” Programme. The ideas were developed and presented in the form of business plans during three months of the courses “Introduction to business” for beginner entrepreneurs at the graduation ceremony.
Natalia Mihaleva could not hide her emotions but also her pride when she was handed the diploma. Her life's dream took shape and it seemed now to have come true. She had always wanted to start her own business, but she did not have the courage or the knowledge to do this. She is 30 years-old and works as secretary in a company from Ribnita. However, she always wanted to have her own business and to be the owner of her own life. So she did not hesitate a moment and enrolled in the Business School as soon as she heard about it. She came to the school with a vague idea about the business world, but with a strong desire to start an online store of souvenirs and original handmade items. „I learned both written and unwritten laws of the market, developed my management skills, but more importantly is that I found answers to all questions about writing a business plan and the mentors I can always count on. With teachers’ help, I structured my business plan in such a way that I can immediately implement it”, said Natalia Mihaleva smiling. She was so captivated by marketing and management classes that she had not miss any lesson. Her efforts were rewarded by teachers who appreciated her business plan as one with very little risk high chance to be fulfilled, as well as by her 7-year-old son who was supported her in the business development.
„ Apart from theory and practical classes, we encouraged our students to be confident in their forces, which is so important for a beginner entrepreneur”, says Anna Mikolisina, School Business Director. „ The trainees visited several successful enterprises set up by our former graduates which inspired and gave them new development ideas”.
More than half of Business School graduates are women who chose areas which until not long ago were considered for men. „I'm going to set up a pig farm which I hope will successfully withstand competition. I have some experience in the field and I learned here that marketing is very important, while the professional approach is key for a successful business”, said Olga Cehovskaia. The participants of the training course agreed that the time invested in training will bring expected results in a short time. „A great advantage of these courses is the high quality of studies that we have obtained for free”, participants said.
About 30 out of 204 participants of previous training courses have already succeeded to start their own business. And their number keeps growing.
Through the Business School, „Support to Confidence Building Measures” Programme aims to create a sustainable business education system in the Transnistrian region, promote entrepreneurship among dynamic people with business ideas and improve their enterprise management capacity. The EU-UNDP Programme also aims to provide collaboration opportunities to business communities from both banks of the Nistru River in order to contribute together to the economic development of the country.
The „Support to Confidence Building Measures” Programme contributes to confidence building between both banks of the Nistru River by involving local authorities, civil society organizations, business community and other stakeholders, as well as through ensuring economic and social development of local communities. The Programme has five core areas: business development, civil society, renovation of social infrastructure through local development, healthcare and environment. The 3-year „Support to Confidence Building Measures” Programme is implemented during 2012-2015 and has a total budget of 10,600,000 Euro, of which 9,500,000 Euro is provided by the European Union and 1,100,000 Euro by the United Nations Development Programme.
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