SME, Small Business, small and medium enterprisesMedia Release

Google, DTI to hold digital upskilling training webinars for MSMEs

As part of its ongoing commitment to help the country toward economic recovery, Google and the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) launched MSME Caravan Mondays, a series of free digital upskilling training sessions for micro, small, and medium enterprises (MSMEs).

Initially presented in February 2020 in partnership with the DTI, MSME Caravan is a local Grow with Google program which aims to help small businesses grow through a wide array of digital tools such as Google My Business and Primer app, as well as access to experts. Amid the pandemic, the training initiative has reached more than 30,000 MSMEs nationwide to date via virtual events and partnerships.

“The pandemic continues to compound the need for digital transformation and Google is committed to helping small businesses every step of the way,” said Bernadette Nacario, country director, Google Philippines. “Together with our partners from the public and private sectors, we will continue to close the gap in digital opportunity — to shape an internet economy that can help power the Philippines’ recovery from COVID-19 and improve the lives of Filipinos.”

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Google introduced more economic recovery initiatives in October 2020 to help small businesses cope with some of the challenges of COVID-19. These programs include free listings on the Google shopping tab for retailers, Google Maps for local tourism, and free social media webinars on negosyo (business) and digital tips.

MSME Caravan Mondays will be held weekly starting March 8 until April 26 on DTI’s Facebook page (DTI Philippines) at 10:00 a.m. Each training session will be uploaded on DTI’s YouTube channel right after. Interested entrepreneurs can register here to join the webinar.

Featuring speakers from Google, the topics of the webinars are as follows:

  • Search Tools Available for Insights (March 8)
  • Google My Business and DTI Partnership (March 15)
  • Google Workspace for Your Business (March 22)
  • Basics of Analytics (March 29)
  • Advanced Analytics (April 5)
  • Google Ads 101 (April 12)
  • Special Sessions on eCommerce (April 19)
  • Special Sessions on Food Businesses (April 26)

Each module will run for approximately 60 minutes which includes a live Q&A segment.