PA Joey Concepcion and Trade Secretary Ramon Lopez led the one-on-one mentoring session together with Sen. Miguel Zubiri and Feliciano Torres.

More than 200 aspiring and existing micro and small entrepreneurs attended the one-on-one negosyo mentoring session last June 2, 2018 at SM City Calamba, Laguna.

After its successful leg at Mall of Asia last May 11, Mentor Me on Wheels (MMOW) continued to bring mentorship closer to every Filipino especially to those underserved entrepreneurs from distant areas. Laguna is MMOW’s second leg as part of Go Negosyo’s nationwide program.

More than 200 mentees registered to the Mentor Me On Wheels Calamba and was mentored by more than 60 entrepreneur-mentors.

Presidential Adviser for Entrepreneurship and Go Negosyo Founder Joey Concepcion and Trade Secretary Ramon Lopez once again led the one-on-one mentorship session with aspiring entrepreneurs together with Senator Juan Miguel Zubiri and Yazaki Torres Manufacturing Inc. President & CEO Feliciano Torres and more than 60 other successful entrep-mentors.

Attendees experienced a 30-minute one-on-one mentoring from the pool of successful Go Negosyo Mentors who are entrepreneurs themselves.

PA Joey Concepcion with mentee Alma Cruz who is into manufacturing shoes and is one of the only two manufacturers in Binan, Laguna.

“The experience of mentoring is what I believe in. Mentoring entrepreneurs to succeed is what’s very important to me,” PA Joey Concepcion said. He also encouraged everyone to attend the several launches of MMOW in the coming months.

DTI Sec. Ramon Lopez, meanwhile, highlighted the partnership of DTI and the private sector in realizing President Duterte’s goal of building an inclusive economy. He also thanked the mentors for volunteering to help MSMEs. “They will be blessed dahil they are blessing other people,” he continued.

Sec. Ramon Lopez mentoring Genalyn Socorro of Gen Sweet Tarts who sells mini buko pie and tarts. She hopes to expand her market access for her products.

In the ceremonial session, Sec. Lopez shared the story of mentor and Oryspa Founder Sherill Quintana which started as a small store in SM Calamba and whose products are now sold in the local and international market. Sec. Lopez assured that “the Filipino brand can. Kayang-kaya [nating maabot ang international market] basta maging kakaiba yung produkto,” he added.

Meanwhile, Senator Miguel Zubiri expounded on the recently passed Ease of Doing Business Act of 2018. “Ito po ay nagbibigay ng karapatan sa lahat ng MSMEs, businessmen and women, at sa ating mga kababayan na nag-aapply ng permit, certificate, at license sa lahat ng government agencies,” Zubiri shared.

Sen. Miguel Zubiri with Lester Lee and his wife as they consult him on their business of hardware and supplies.

Alma Cruz, who was a previous mentee from Go Negosyo’s Kapatid Mentor ME, considered herself lucky as she was mentored by PA Joey Concepcion. “Nakikita ko yung dedication niya at yung intent niya na talagang tulungan kami,” she recounted.

Cruz is one of the only two remaining shoemakers in her city, where the industry used to be like Marikina’s. PA Concepcion advised her to review her branding and research on the current brands in the market. He also suggested to register her ladies footwear business in online platforms such as Lazada and Shopee in order to reach wider market.

Genalyn Socorro, Lester Lee, and Roan Bambino also experienced a one-on-one mentoring session from Sec. Lopez, Senator Zubiri, and Feliciano Torres, respectively.

Chief mentor Feliciano Torres shared advice to his mentee Roan Bambino who is an aspiring entrepreneur. She is currently developing her products which are different sesame rice balls.

Through MMOW, micro-small business owners can now be equipped with the technical and practical know-how on entrepreneurship in more convenient and accessible locations. It is in line with the current administration’s vision to capacitate micro-small businesses in boosting the Philippine economy.

Go Negosyo plans to roll out this program in different areas by partnering with various malls nationwide.