The Business Resource Center (BRC) is a service unit of the University committed to support the academic as well as non-academic programs of the school and serve the community at large through projects in research and community development. ts development projects are mainly on livelihood, entrepreneurial development, community resource management and non-formal education, through trainings and/or seminars. The BRC provides services in applied research particularly those focusing on business, industry, education, politics and governance, and other subject areas not related to business but are of special concern to society, such as religion and social services. It also undertakes process documentation and publication, organization of conferences/consultations, and secretariat services.
The BRC accepts request from outside clients for technical assistance in research, development projects and other services mentioned above.
History of BRC
The University has always taken an active role in private sector efforts aimed at the development of the country, particularly in the areas of income generation and employment. USLS-BRC was established in September 1989 with a three-year grant provided by The Asia Foundation, Inc. (TAF). The objective of the Center is to help foster the spirit of private business entrepreneurship in Negros Occidental. The grant was subsequently extended until September 30, 1993.
In July 1992, with financial support from MISEREOR-Germany, BRC expanded services to include market vendors in Bacolod City and microentrepreneurs in selected municipalities in the province. Since then MISEREOR has provided two additional grants to continue the project.
In June 1996, BRC obtained financial assistance from the Philippine Australian Community Assistance Program (PACAP), for it to offer the same package of services to microentrepreneurs in a relocation site in Bacolod City (Barangay Handumanan). The project is ongoing.
On January 2000, The La Salle Brothers from the District of San Francisco provided financial support for expansion of BRC's livelihood assistance program for microentrepreneurs.
The general objective of USLS-BRC is to assist in the growth and development of community-based private business enterprises. To achieve this, BRC offers services in the areas of business consultancy, training, research and loan assistance. To qualify for the latter applicants must first show satisfactory participation in four seminars on business-related topics, which are periodically offered by BRC. Approval of the loan application involves a careful screening process designed to ensure that financial assistance is given only to deserving microentrepreneurs who have satisfactorily complied with BRC guidelines.
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