SUNGAI PETANI: Who would have thought that a wedding DJ could turn into a successful event management operator and even managed to set up a cooperative to help others in the same industry.
Shamsul Azmi, 43, who has been involved in event management for 20 years, said he started off as a wedding DJ and doing emcee jobs at corporate events.
“My business transformation is the result of the assistance given by the Penang Regional Development Authority (Perda). They had helped me a lot by providing me with equipments, advice and trainings until I managed to set up the Koperasi Penyiar Awam Pulau Pinang Berhad. Prior to this, those who are involved in emceeing field had never been recognised as entrepreneurs, but Perda opened the door for us and even provided us with initial capital to kickstart our businesses,” he told Bernama here last night.
He was met at Perda Micro Entrepreneur Outcome Assessment workshop, which was launched by Penang Bumiputera Entrepreneur Development and Cooperatives Focus Group committee chairman Muhamad Farid Saad.
Shamsul said Perda and his cooperative would provide assistance in the form of audio equipments to new entrepreneurs who were involved in doing emcee jobs at any events.
“Previously, those involved in this field had to rent equipments from bigger companies, but now it is no longer necessary as they have their own audio equipments.
“At the same time, they can increase their profit when they no longer have to pay the rental,” he said.
A 29-year-old telecommunication entrepreneur, Sayyid Mohd Mubarak Sayyid Abu Bakar, who also received mobile phone repairing tools assistance from Perda, said with the assistance, he found it unnecessary to send customers’ mobile phones to another companies for repair.
“I can now repair faulty mobile phones that are sent to my shop at Jalan Telaga Air, Butterworth because I have the equipment now and can even offer cheaper price to customers,” he said.
Meanwhile, Bio Care Industries managing director Hamzah Md Aris said through the financial assistance and advice from Perda and several other federal government agencies, he was now able to market his hair tonic products across the country.
“We plan to expand our business to a few Southeast Asian countries, including Indonesia and Thailand, due to high demand for our products there,” he said.
Penang spa and beauty association chairman Ernest Ibrahim Hussain Chin, on the other hand, said about 20 members of the association had become successful Bumiputera spa and beauty entrepreneurs after receiving business equipment assistance and trainings from the federal government agencies.
“Previously, it was quite difficult to expand a business in this field due to lack of capital and manpower, but Perda and the federal government agencies have solved our problems by providing financial assistance and skilled workers from the Giat Mara Centre,” he said. – BERNAMA