BDS+ Special Focus 5: Business Development Services+, not just for business people. Who else could benefit?
Often when we think about business development services, we think about consultants who help businesses grow and scale. We asked some of our past BDS ToT participants which other actors would benefit from BDS ToT and here is what they suggested.
Martina (Kinara Indonesia)
Firstly, I think such training would be useful for organisations like ours, who are enablers or organisations that provide business support. Besides that, the government or policymakers could also benefit from this.
We have worked with the government in the past year and one reason why they make insufficient policies is that they do not fully understand the problems. To understand how businesses are developed, scaled up and replicated, they need to understand the business process & mind-set.
From our interaction with the government, because of lack of exposure to enterprises, they don’t always understand the needs of enterprises. We are encouraging them (policymakers) to learn about this process and participate in helping make doing business easier in Indonesia.
Manjunath (Sandbox Startups, India)
I find it quite cool that the tools fit so nicely together in the BDS+ ToT. The Tools are quite integral in the work development service providers do. As such the training would be really useful for actors who have been in the field who have less than 3 years of experience. That said, this training would also be really useful for anyone who does not have experience as an entrepreneur, but is working in the field of business development.
Callum (Yunus Centre AIT, Thailand)
Education experts would be an interesting demographic to learn this methodology. For example, toolification, tools, and experiential learning are new aspects that are key to designing modern training programmes. I think this would make an interesting angle.
Emmanuel (SNV, Ghana)
The ToT provides very rich knowledge, even though it is only 3 days, you gain a deeper understanding of business development. I think other NGOs would also find this type of training useful, especially those who support small businesses and are trying to build the capacity of entrepreneurs.