On Friday, September 8th, 2017, the 9th Leadership Club (LC) generation held a seminar entitled “Improve the Startup Qualities to Win the Market”. Chaired by Christopher Tjandra, the seminar presented speakers namely Prof. Soenarto M.Sc, MA, Ph.D. and Prof. Dr. Hj. Rahmawati, MSi, Ak and attended also by the Head of Master of Accounting program, Dr. Bonnie Soeherman S.E., M.Ak. and Ms. Lucya Erlinda Sonia S.E., M.A.
The seminar began with remarks from Dr. Bonnie Soeherman S.E., M.Ak. Furthermore, the first session presented by Prof. Dr. Hj. Rahmawati, MSi, Ak. She shared her experience in developing SME business in Surakarta and provided tips on how to develop entrepreneurship spirit. She also provided a picture of the self-related competencies that must be possessed in starting a business/job, that is knowledge, technology, oral communication, able to work in a team (independent), and analytical thinking. When we want to start a business but do not have the capital to start, it’s good to still have a positive thinking, never give up, continue to increase confidence, and continue to enrich the scope (networking). The development of SMEs combined with technology encourages us to move up into middle-class entrepreneurs in the sense that businesses can grow into healthy, steady, profit-generating, and bankable businesses. Fascinating closing words were shared to all participants that we should not forget to continue to learn independently and always be grateful in every circumstance.
The seminar was continued by Prof. Soenarto M.Sc., MA, Ph.D. He reviewed the importance of soft skill in the business world. When we are trying, we are expected to control our mind from the negative and must have a strong desire to achieve the goal. The size of human development can be seen from the Human Development Index (HDI) with indicators of life expectancy, education level, and income per capita. Statistics show that Indonesia’s HDI is low due to low competitiveness in Indonesia. So does the existing infrastructure in Indonesia.
The government has launched a Vision for Indonesia in 2015 to improve Indonesia’s competitiveness. The MP3EI Program (Master Acceleration and Expansion of Indonesian Economic Development) is carried out to encourage the creation of integrated and synergic economic activities and with high added value. This program provides a breakthrough so that between the government and the private sector can synergize in creating jobs. The private sector is expected to have space to provide employment, through investment.
The event was then concluded with the souvenir presentation and group photo with Dr. Bonnie Soeherman S.E., M.Ak. along with the organizing committee as well as the book voucher presentation from Keluwih bookstore.
“This seminar opened my horizons about the development of the business world in general and the startup business in particular,” said Amanda Prive, one of the students who participated in the seminar.
So, Keep our Entrepreneurial spirit!