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"Tokai Young Entrepreneur Seminar" to Assist Young Entrepreneurs Who are Eager to Take on New Challenges

Tokai Young Entrepreneur Seminar

Young entrepreneurs and NPO workers
Young entrepreneurs and NPO workers

In recent years, more young people have started businesses for providing solutions to diverse social issues and for revitalizing local areas in Japan. However, they cannot always find solutions to various management problems due to the lack of business experiences and personal networks needed to grow their businesses.

Considering such circumstances, in 2008, Brother Industries, Ltd. (BIL) started sponsoring the "Tokai Young Entrepreneur Seminar," which is jointly managed by several Japanese NPOs engaged in offering support to entrepreneurs, to assist young entrepreneurs in the Tokai area, where the company has its headquarters. Through this seminar, BIL had supported a total of 41 entrepreneurs by March 2017. This seminar conducts activities for putting each entrepreneur on a track to success, such as interviews with entrepreneurs about their strategic business visions, a study on their strategic problems in cooperation with the Executive Committee of the seminar, and product development with those who might become users.

In 2017, the tenth year of the seminar, it recruited new participants in May. After the final screening process in August, the selected entrepreneurs will work with the Executive Committee of the Tokai Young Entrepreneur Seminar to improve their business models and the quality of their business strategies. They will have addressed these tasks for seven months until March 2018, when a final debriefing session is to take place.

BIL employees join to support the "Tokai Young Entrepreneur Seminar" and report their activities

BIL employees also joined support activities for entrepreneurs
BIL employees also joined support activities for entrepreneurs
An employee making his presentation in the debrief meeting of the pro bono activities
An employee making his presentation in the debrief meeting of the pro bono activities

In FY2012, BIL started activities in which its employees support entrepreneurs by "pro bono" work utilizing their skills acquired through their business experiences and are also given an opportunity to feel those entrepreneurs' enthusiasm to take on challenges. In FY2016, three selected employees worked on the pro bono activities.

In March 2017, a meeting to report the FY2016 pro bono activities was held in Museum Brother Communication Space with the participation of about 30 people, including BIL employees and NPO workers.

In the meeting, the employees who participated in the pro bono work reported how they had worked out challenges with entrepreneurs and what they had gained in supporting those entrepreneurs. One of them said: "I was motivated in various ways by meeting many individuals to help entrepreneurs fulfill their aspirations. I was able to realize both my weaknesses and my strengths, which was a precious asset for me to think about my career." This debrief meeting, including such pro bono employees' presentations about what they had learned through supporting entrepreneurs, provided an opportunity for the participants to deepen the understanding of and interest in "pro bono" activities.

Contributing to the growth of entrepreneurs and building a regional culture of taking on challenges

One of the entrepreneurs supported by the Tokai Young Entrepreneurs Seminar won the Nikkei Woman of the Year. This seminar also produced an entrepreneur who was selected as one of the "30 Best Practices in Agriculture, Commerce, and Industry," organized jointly by the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry and the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries. More and more entrepreneurs have stabilized their business operations and increased revenue by gaining practical experiences and human networks needed for business growth through the Tokai Young Entrepreneurs Seminar.

The entrepreneurs who had received support from the seminar launched their own association in 2015, and in turn are serving as good advisers for the entrepreneurs who are now taking this seminar. In addition, the BIL employees who had taken part in this seminar as pro bono staff started to engage in activities for solving social issues and revitalizing local communities. As these achievements show, BIL's continuous efforts over the past nine years have led to generating activities beyond the framework of the Tokai Young Entrepreneur Seminar.

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Donating gift boxes to economically challenged families in Argentina

Making gift boxes for 15 families with donations from Brother International Corporation De Argentina S.R.L. and its employees

Employees making gift boxes
Employees making gift boxes
Participated employees
Participated employees

Brother International Corporation de Argentina S.R.L. (BIC(Argentina)) has been working with Fundación Caminando Juntos to provide food for families with fewer economic resources since 2015.
Fundación Caminando Juntos is a non-governmental organization that was established with the aim of resolving social problems in Argentina. It is one of the subordinate bodies of America's largest non-profit organization United Way Worldwide, which distributes donations and relief goods from various regions to charity groups.

In December 2016, BIC(Argentina)'s employees made gift boxes which contained food supplies and other items for celebrating Christmas and the New Year.
They this year completed 15 family gift boxes, using donations from the company and employees.
These boxes were delivered to a kindergarten in the Buenos Aires province on December 14th.
These gift boxes contained flour, oil, milk, mayonnaise, juice, candles, a Christmas tablecloth, and so forth.

BIC(Argentina), together with its employees, will continue to advance its efforts to make the local community that it belongs to a better place.

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Supporting a cross-country race event to promote the healthy growth of youth in Ireland

More than 2,000 students participate in "Brother Clonliffe Schools XC"

Students who just started running
Students who just started running
Presentation ceremony
Presentation ceremony

Brother Ireland DAC (Brother Ireland), one of the sales facilities in the Brother Group, hopes young people will grow in a healthy way and has been supporting the cross-country race event hosted by Ireland's premier athletics club Clonliffe Harriers A.C. since 2009.
This race, named "Brother Clonliffe Schools XC," this year had the participation of more than 2,000 students from primary schools and secondary schools all over the province of Leinster, where Brother Ireland is located, and beyond. The students enjoyed cross-country races in several race groups, such as races for primary school girls or boys, and individual or team races for secondary school students.

On the event day, Brother Ireland's employees assisted in the venue management and also gave medals to winners in the presentation ceremony. One of the participated employees expressed his delight in seeing year-by-year increases in students' participation, saying: "The event is now part of the athletics school calendar and is widely anticipated by both students and teachers. This exemplifies Brother's 'At your side.' ethos best as being part of and close to the heart of this young thriving community of athletes."

Brother Ireland will continue to promote activities to always contribute to local communities.

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Supporting a vocational education center for students with disabilities in Turkey

Brother International (Gulf) FZE (Turkey Branch) donates sewing machines to help students learn sewing skills

BICG-TR's employees visited the center and donated sewing machines
BICG-TR's employees visited the center and donated sewing machines

Brother International (Gulf) FZE (Turkey Branch) (BICG-TR), one of the sales facilities in the Brother Group, donated printers in 2014 and five sewing machines in 2016 to a vocational education center for disabled students (center) in order to support this center.

This center, located in Küçükçekmece district, a suburb of Istanbul, Turkey, is a school established with governmental support. Students there learn the knowledge and skills required to work in society through practical lessons, such as a hairdressing class, a cooking class, a food service class, and a handicraft workshop.
BICG-TR donated sewing machines at the request of the center, considering that acquiring sewing machine skills would help students go into the workforce.
Some BICG-TR employees visited the center and participated in lessons. They saw students, who did not even know how to write and read, beaming with excitement during the lessons and felt that BICG-TR's support to this center was really meaningful.

Students dancing in the recital
Students dancing in the recital

A student recital was held on May 11th, 2016, during the week of persons with disabilities in Küçükçekmece district. BICG-TR's employees were invited to attend this recital, along with other guests including the district governor, the mayor, school officials, teachers, and parents of students. Students performed dances, plays and songs, and the pictures they had drawn were displayed in the venue.

After the recital, Mike Hasegawa who is country director of BICG-TR delivered a speech that BICG-TR would provide as much support as possible to the center based on the Brother Group's "At your side." motto and also hoped the center's activities would bring happiness to young people.

BICG-TR will continue to promote activities to always contribute to local communities.

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Donating books to a Shanghai elementary school where the children of migrant farmworkers attend

BCN has donated approximately 3,000 books and some Brother products to elementary schools in Shanghai and near Beijing.

Under its motto "born in China and grow with China," Brother (China) Ltd. (BCN), one of Brother's sales facilities in China, donates books to elementary schools which have the children of migrant farmworkers with relatively few educational resources in Shanghai, and elementary schools where farmers' children go in farming villages near Beijing.

This activity has been conducted four times since 2011 with the aim of supporting children's growth and enhancing employees' awareness of social contribution. BCN has given about 3,000 books, which were contributed from the company and employees, to elementary schools. In 2015, BCN also started donating Brother products to help improve office environments for school staff.

On October 13th, 2016, a presentation ceremony was held at an elementary school in Shanghai, and 13 representatives from BCN handed over books to children and also donated a printer and a labeling system. They received a certificate of appreciation and a testimonial flag from the school principal.
The donated 750 books included 248 books from BCN's employees. BCN every year calls on its employees to donate books through its intranet website and morning meetings over six months from April.

BCN's employees handing over books to children

BCN's employees handing over books to children

The testimonial flag offered by the school

The testimonial flag offered by the school

One of the participated employees said: "I was impressed by the strength of these children, who study diligently in a severe environment. I hope our donated books help the children's further development. Also, I felt very proud to be involved in such a meaningful activity as a member of the Brother Group."

BCN will continue to promote activities to always contribute to local communities.

Brother (China) Ltd. Ke Xiaoling

A comment from an employee responsible for the activity

Let's deliver love through the donation of books.

Brother (China) Ltd.
Ke Xiaoling

In 2011, when this activity started, the employees of Taiwan Brother Industries, Ltd. also joined it along with BCN's employees. This activity marked its fourth year in 2016, and I sincerely appreciate the chairman and employees who have continued to take active roles in this activity.
I would like to donate books and Brother products not only to elementary schools in Shanghai and around Beijing but also elementary schools in inland China, which are more in need of support.