With no factory or field visit on my calendar, I had more time to understand project requirements. Working on the business side of my overall project, I got to know more about the problems entrepreneurs and small businesses face at every single step. TechnoServe, along with USAID, is working to help these entrepreneurs and small businesses grow. TechnoServe organizes various training sessions to explain the different aspects of business such as Strategy, Costs, Marketing, Financial Planning, Competition, and Sales, etc. TechnoServe also conducts a business plan competition for entrepreneurs and small businesses. Business plan competition winners then receive consulting services from TechnoServe staff or Volunteer Consultants (VolCons).

I am defining key aspects of the consulting plan like mission, vision, market objective, and implementation plan. This includes research to better understand local legal requirements and how those requirements may affect small businesses.

The Volunteer

Abhishek Kumar

Senior Portfolio Associate Newport Beach, California

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