The rural business challenge 2014

By Patricia Hului

KUCHING – Business Plan Seminar was held on Jan 28 in Auditorium of Youth Sports Complex here to encourage more future entrepreneurs and entrepreneurs in Sarawak to join the Rural Business Challenge (RBC) 2014.


ONE LAST FOR THE CAMERA: Naroden (center) posed with the participants, speakers and organizing committees of Business Plan Seminar.

ONE MORE FOR THE CAMERA: Naroden (center) posed with the participants, speakers and organizing committees of Business Plan Seminar.


Business Plan Seminar was jointly organised by the Chief Minister’s Department (Bumiputera Entrepreneurship Development Unit) and Gagasan Badan Ekonomi Masyarakat Bumiputera Sarawak (Gabem).


134 participants made up of graduates, students and entrepreneurs from all over Kuching came for the seminar.


The organisers were hoping through the seminar, 50 future entrepreneurs or entrepreneurs would submit their entries for RBC 2014 and subsequently 3-4 Sarawakians would win RBC 2014.


In 2012, a total of RM8.5 million was presented to 11 RBC winners from all over Malaysia.
Last year, 20 entrepreneurs won business grants between RM300,000 and RM2 million to expand their business through RBC.


Speaking in the closing ceremony of Business Plan Seminar, Assistant Minister in the Chief Minister’s Office (Bumiputera Entrepreneurship Development) Datuk Mohd Naroden Majais encouraged participants to open their minds and look for business opportunities closely.


Naroden also suggested focusing on Halal products because the demands for Halal products are not just from the Muslims communities but also non-Muslims because Halal food is known for its cleanliness.


“There are 41 government agencies in Sarawak alone involved in the development of entrepreneurship, helping in giving training, consultation,” he added.


Naroden hoped that the participants of Business Plan Seminar would take up the chance to participate in RBC 2014 organised by Ministry Rural and Regional Development (KKLW).


In 2014 Budget, the government had allocated RM20 million for RBC.


RBC focuses on businesses based on services, homestay, agriculture and manufacturing.
The competition is close in April this year. For more information on RBC, visit the official website of KKLW at

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