“There are no secrets to success. It is the result of preparation, hard work, and learning from failure.”
— Colin Powell
BUSINESS OWNERS TRAINED
BUSINESS LEADERS TRAINED
FAMILY BUSINESSES TRAINED
The health of a community is deeply connected to the health of local businesses. When businesses are not running smoothly it can be hard on workers. Concerns include too many or too few work hours and workplace safety. A larger problem for the wider community is when businesses grow large but are not stable. These businesses risk going bankrupt leaving many families without work.
Though many local businesses are established and growing these businesses are often run by people with minimal business training. Many business owners were previously rice farmers and now are running businesses based on what they learned in a few years of high school and their own experience.
YWAM Mercy Vietnam has partnered with Swiss Create, a business consulting firm providing professional business development programs in several developing countries.
Businesses are grouped into classes of around 50 businesses. They go through the training listed below in about 12 months.
Onsite mentorship and industry specific technical help are provided as part of the program. Many classes also form partnerships and peer mentorship groups that continue after the training sessions have ended. Business Associations have begun in several locations to provide mutual ongoing support.
Each year businesses compete to earn the Swiss Create Award for Business Excellence.
SPECIFIC TRAINING INCLUDED IN THE PROGRAM
Business owners learn about different businesses and develop their own business model.
Human Resource Management
People are a business’s greatest asset. Business owners learn how to make sure the right people are in the right job.
Effective Communication and Negotiation Skills
Business owners learn how to communicate effectively with their staff, suppliers, and customers.
Computer and Internet
Business owners are taught the basics of using a computer and the internet as well as the importance of e-marketing and using social media.
Businesses learn how to develop a unique brand and selling strategy.
Business owners learn the importance of understanding yourself and your staff and how to not just manage but lead their businesses.
Business owners learn how to build effective teams to create a more productive working environment.
Businesses learn various types of business registrations. Understanding the law as it relates to business and what can happen if the law is disregarded. They also learn the importance of understanding contracts.
Business owners learn tools to help them manage their business finances. Tools include cost analysis, investment calculations, and liquidity plans.
Business owners learn tools to help them manage their time as well as employee work schedules.
Businesses learn how to organize production to create a safer more productive work environment, reducing waste, and improving the quality of their product.
Sustainable Business Development
How to balance family life and work.