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General


Q1. How does DARe help businesses?

A. By providing six different services to support businesses: Support Services, Financing, Training, Space, Market Access, and Promotion.

Q2. What support services does DARe provide?

A. DARe has a Business Support Centre that can look up government related processes for businesses that you are unsure of.
DARe's Business Support Centres are located at the Design and Technology Building in Anggerek Desa, Seria and Kuala Belait Municipal Building in Belat district,and Temburong District's Bahagian Sukatan dan Timbangan.

Q3. Does DARe only support local business?

A. DARe helps to assist and support businesses that are based in Brunei whether local or foreign owned.

Q4. Where is DARe located?

A. DARe's office is located at the Design & Technology Building in Kg Anggerek Desa, Simpang 32-37


Financing


Q1. What financing is available?

A. Currently, there is a Microcredit Financing Scheme (MFS) offering a maximum financing amount of B$15,000 with an annual profit rate of 4 per cent and a repayment period of up to three years. The MFS is open to businesses wholly owned by locals with less than 100 employees.

Q2. Where can I apply for this financing?

A. Enquries and applications can be made at BIBD Serusop Branch or BIBD at Tumasek Plaza Branch.

Q3. Where can I go if I am looking for financing of more than B$15k?

A. We advise that businesses go to Bank Usahawan. They can seek for more information at www.bankusahawan.com.bn or visit the Bank located at the old post office in Bandar.


Training


Q1. What training does DARe provide?

A. DARe has three training programmes for businesses. Those looking for something short and sweet can join the Industry Business Academy and learn about how to start a business from a beginner to advanced level. Those who feel their product or service has export / global potential should join DARe's Startup Bootcamp, while those who are youth (18-40 yrs old) looking to start a business should join DARe's Micro Business Bootcamp.

Q2. Are there any courses on the weekend?

A. The Industry Business Academy do hold some classes on Friday, and the Startup Bootcamp usually holds classes after working hours or on weekends.

Q3. Do you have to pay for the course?

A. No, all courses are free, unless otherwise stated.

Q4. Does DARe provide training for students?

A. Students can either join DARe's Industry Business Academy or DARe's Micro Business Bootcamp. For the Micro Business Bootcamp, preferably the students have graduated as the courses do run on weekdays.

Q5. Does DARe conduct specific programs for those less fortunate?

A. Our DARe Industry Business Academy is tailored for any audience at every income level, and it is also free.

Q6. Are there any courses on bookkeeping?

A. Yes, there is. This course is available under our Industry Business Academy.

Q7. Are there any courses on accounting?

A. Yes, there is. This course is available under our Industry Business Academy.

Q8. Are there any courses on packaging?

A. Yes, there is. This course is available under our Industry Business Academy.

Q9. Are there any courses for people who want to start a business?

A. Yes, there is. This course is available under our Industry Business Academy.

Q10. What other courses does Industry Business Academy cover?

A. It covers on topics surveyed by DARe on what the public has requested for and what will benefit them: Food certification training, Marketing, Human Resource Management and more.

Q11. When is the next course held?

A. Updated topics for the Industry Business Academy can be found in our website at www.dare.gov.bn under the Training icon.

Q12. Are the facilitators in house?

A. Yes, some of them are, however majority are sourced outside of DARe as we want to be sure specialised topics are carried out by experts.

Q13. How do I sign up for training programmes under DARe?

A. Registration can be done at our website www.dare.gov.bn. Be sure to click on the training icon, where you will find all the registration forms at the bottom of each web page.


Growth or Export


Q1. How does DARe grow businesses inside and outside of Brunei?

A. For those interested to expand their business, DARe's Market Access Unit will help facilitate our local enterprises to enter both local and overseas market, through providing related opportunities, guidance and assistance. 

This unit offers free business advisory services to help MSMEs overcome business challenges and acquire information in expanding their businesses overseas. 

This unit also organizes trainings, and networking events which cover export related matters as well as overseas expansion.

Q2. When is the next international expo and how do I join?

A. DARe will advertise any upcoming events including international expos and trade fairs for MSMEs via our social media channels Instagram and Facebook @darussalamenterprise

Q3. When is the Made in Brunei Market Fair happening?

A. Hopefully early next year, sometime in January 2019

Q4. What is the Made in Brunei Market Fair?

A. The Made in Brunei Market Fair is an expo that showcases locally-made Bruneian products or services.

Q5. How do businesses join DARe's Made in Brunei initiative?

A. Registration can be done at our website www.dare.gov.bn. Be sure to click on the Market Access icon and look for out for the Made in Brunei icon. Registration forms can be found at the bottom of the web page.

Q6. What is the Made in Brunei initiative?

A. The Made in Brunei initiative showcases local products in supermarkets, national carrier flights, and high traffic areas in premium hotels.

Q7. Why should I join Made in Brunei initiative?

A. 1. By joining the Made in Bunei initiative, it will increase the showcase and promotion of your products in online and offline channels. 

2. It will also reduce barriers of entry for your business to be able to sell to a wider customer base. 

3. By joining this initiative, DARe will support the development and growth of your business to reach to an international standard to be export ready.

Q8. Do the products need to be made in Brunei?

A. Product or product brand must be locally owned and not necessarily manufactured, produced or processed in Brunei.

Q9. Will DARe do the applications e.g. halal, pacakaging for the business?

A. No, the businesses need to handle the approvals on their own as they would be knowledgebale about their own business and product during the application. 

If you need further help on this, we do have an e-booklet that can guide you on how to properly brand and package your product.

Q10. What is the criteria to join the Made in Brunei initiative?

A. Businesses must be registered under ROCBN / One Village One Product (1K1P), it is also mandatory for businesses to have proper labelling such as ingredients, barcode, expiry and manufacture date and proper packaging as these are requirements set by supermarkets. On top of that products, must be under the category of dry food, household items or health and beauty products.


BizBrunei


Q1. What does Bizbrunei do?

A. Bizbrunei is an online news platform with the aim to showcase and feature the stories of local entrepreneurs.

Q2. How can I be featured on Bizbrunei?

A. As long as the business owner is willing to be interviewed openly about their entrepreneurial journey, Bizbrunei is able to cover. They also prioritize businesses that are locally owned and run.

Q3. Do I have to pay to be featured?

A. No, it is free.

Q4. Can Bizbrunei make a video for my business?

A. Only after Bizbrunei does a feature / write-up about the business. This allows a longer promotional media campaign for the business.


Space


Q1. What space does DARe provide?

A. DARe offers co-working space at iCentre and industrial site / parks and ready-built factory.

Q2. Does DARe have any available office space?

A. We do but depends on availability & suitability within our industrial areas, however for our iCentre, all our office space is currently full. We do however offer FREE co-working space at iCentre at a first come first serve basis with wifi, 24 hour security and readily available parking.

Q3. What industrial areas does DARe offer?

A. DARe offers industrial sites, parks and ready-built factory.

Q4. What is the difference between the three and how much does it cost?

A. Industrial park is cleared land with infrastructure such as; electricity, water supply, road access, etc and cost B$7 per square meter per year
Industrial site is undeveloped land which is basically a forested area but only costs B$3.50 per square metre per year
Ready-built factory is an existing building with infrastructure: electricity, water supply, telecommunications tower and road access and rent ranges from B$640 to B$15,000.


Q5. What is the cost of DARe's industrial areas?

A. Industrial park cost B$7 per square metre per year, Industrial sites cost B$3.50 per square metre per year and ready-built factory (which includes SPARK facility) ranges between B$640 to B$15,000 per month.

Q6. What is the eligibility criteria to apply for industrial area?

A. For industrial site or park, companies need to be registered as a Sdn Bhd (Private Limited). For ready-built factory, owners have to be a Yellow IC holder and be a Sdn Bhd. Those who are a sole proprietorship or partnership business can apply, however they do have to convert their business to Sdn Bhd upon approval of their application.

Q7. How do I apply for industrial site / park or ready-built factory?

A. Those interested to apply, can go to our website www.dare.gov.bn under the icon space. For new application, companies/owners may apply via InSiteAPS.

Q8. Does DARe provide warehousing space?

A. DARe is looking into it, to apply for our industrial site / parks or ready-built factories, you can make an application directly at our website under the tab labelled space where you will select 'How to Apply?'

Q9. Where can I find more information about this?

A. More information on our industrial areas can be found at http://dare.gov.bn/SitePages/Land-and-Ready-Built-Factory.aspx 


Meeting Rooms


Q1. Can we use the meeting rooms / auditorium at DARe or iCentre?

A. For these requests, inquiries can directly ask our admin team to book a time and slot by emailing admin.aca@dare.gov.bn

Career / Vacancy


Q1. How do I apply for an internship under DARe?

A. Those looking to apply for an internship position can click on the Career tab on the top of our website www.dare.gov.bn and follow the instructions on the webpage.

Others


Q1. Is it wrong to start a business if it has been done before?

A. No it isn't but we do advise individuals to really look to see how can your business differentiate from others. A good place to start would be to join any of DARe's courses under the Industry Business Academy.

Q2. Can a student start a business?

A. If you have the right mindset and a good framerwork to start, anyone can. We do advise that students should join our courses under the Industry Business Academy to learn some basic businesses skill sets and knowledge.

Q3. Do students have to pay for the course?

A. No our courses are free.

Q4. How do I apply for a space in PPK?

A. The PPK is a project under the Ministry of Energy Manpower and Industry, and inquiries can be contacted via their hotline 8269087

Q5. How do I start a specific business i.e. tailoring, agriulture, etc?

A. To find out information of what steps you need to take to start a business in a specific industry, head to  the Business Simulator page at business.gov.bn

Q6. I'm interested to give consultacy services to businesses how do I partner up with DARe?

A. Those looking to provide training or consultancy to businesses can email iba@dare.gov.bn and have a further discussion with the team.

Q7. How does DARe support ICT businesses?

A. We ensure they are equipped with the business background and do hold industry specific courses under our Industry Business Academy programme.

Q8. Does DARe provide a list of companies for tenders?

A. No, we don’t. Similar to other organisations, DARe tenders are published within our social media channels and newspapers.

Q9. How can we reach out to DARe to give talks?

A. For any requests on talks, these inquiries can directly email dare@memi.gov.bn