Archive for March, 2010

The Pet Chef Business Concept Takes the Prize Brother’s Life Enriching Discoveries Winner

Thursday, March 25th, 2010

Last March 25, Brother International Philippines with its program partners GoNegosyo and Entrepreneur Philippines announced the winner of Brother’s Life Enriching Discoveries (L.E.D.) Search for Unique Business Concept, Ms. Naomi Charmaine Quimpo with her business concept, The Pet Chef – Gourmet Home Cooked Dog Food.

The Pet Chef Business concept was chosen over several other concepts submitted over the Brother website. A creation of Ms. Naomi Quimpo, a 22 year old lass from Caloocan is a pet lover herself.  According to Ms. Quimpo the inspiration simply was to provide her beloved dog a tasteful, healthy and nutritional food option.
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Obama’s Presidential Entrepreneurship Summit

Thursday, March 25th, 2010

About a couple of weeks ago I got a call from Elzadia Washington, the Acting Director of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) here in the Philippines. Director Washington was happy to inform me that out of a short list, I am one of the two people they have selected to represent the Philippines in the first Presidential Entrepreneurship Summit to be held in Washington DC.

I asked who the other person was and I was told that it will be Bai Sandra Basar. I told Director Washington that it will be an honor to participate and represent the Philippines. I also invited her to our Women Entrepreneurship Summit last March 8, so she can experience firsthand what we do in Go Negosyo.
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Women Power

Monday, March 22nd, 2010

March is Women’s Month. It is a reminder of the roles that women play in our lives. They are mothers to our children, sisters, daughters, wives and natural born entrepreneurs.

Most micro entrepreneurs in the Philippines are women. This can be observed from those who borrow from MFIs and rural banks. Women in politics are also becoming quite common, as we have PGMA who has been the longest serving president next to Marcos. The impact of women power is surely strongly felt compared to a decade ago. More women are taking important roles in our society.

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Inverting the pyramid

Thursday, March 18th, 2010

The overwhelming response last March 8 in the Women Negosyo Summit was indeed very encouraging as we realized that somehow Go Negosyo has been able to connect with a wider reach of Filipinos.

In a research we conducted to estimate the level of awareness of Go Negosyo and its entrepreneurship advocacy, 70% of the respondents answered that they are indeed aware. They have heard about Go Negosyo from our TV show, newspaper advertisements, radio announcements, and website; and through word of mouth. The result just confirms why the women entrepreneurship summit was very well attended. We now see the message of Go Negosyo, “negosyo: sagot sa kahirapan”, gradually sinking in the minds of many Filipinos.

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A Great Inspiration

Thursday, March 11th, 2010

Last Monday, we opened the Go Negosyo: Babae, Tagumpay ka ng Bayan; Women Entrepreneurship Summit, together with the Philippine Commission on Women headed by Chair Myrna Yao. This was our second run for the summit. In fact, we made sure that we doubled the space for the venue, from one to two halls of the World Trade Center, as last year’s summit was quite scary with the huge turnout. We also doubled the number of booths from last year’s 200 to 400 exhibitors. The Go Negosyo advocates and I were truly inspired with the participation and strong interest of people. This shows the increasing consciousness and wants of people to learn more, to be inspired and be guided on how we all can be successful in life.

As early as 8 o’clock in the morning, the streets to World Trade were clogged with buses and cars entering the venue. Many had to park far and walk. As I entered, the place was so hot. I asked what was wrong with the air conditioning, and my team told me that there were just too many people. We were also asked by World Trade to close the doors because it was already full and people were barely able to move inside. But, we didn’t close because it would be unfair especially for participants coming from the provinces. Everyone must be given the chance to listen and learn from the rich array of forums and seminar topics we prepared for the day.  Aside from the plenary forums, we had two seminar rooms on how to start and grow their business and on topics related to women’s concerns and the new Magna Carta for women and development. With the jam-packed crowd, even in the seminar rooms, we felt for a while we were doing a Wowowee or an El Shaddai event.
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WOMEN NEGOSYO SUMMIT DRAWS BIGGEST CROWD

Thursday, March 11th, 2010

PGMA leads rites to recognize Women of the Year Awards

WOMEN NEGOSYO SUMMIT DRAWS BIGGEST CROWD


A CELEBRATION of success. This was the order of the day as thousands trooped and gathered for the biggest entrepreneurship event of the year.

Despite the summer heat, more than 20,000 aspiring entrepreneurs, enablers, students and mentors gathered at the recently concluded Women Entrepreneurship Summit held at the World Trade Center early this week.

The summit was part of the highlights of the celebration of the National Women’s Month. Aptly themed, “Babae, Tagumpay Ka ng Bayan!,” the event was a result of collaboration and partnership of Go Negosyo and the Philippine Commission on Women among with other government agencies and private sector partners.

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Inspiring Women of the Year

Monday, March 8th, 2010

In celebration of Women’s Month, today we open the Go Negosyo Women Entrepreneurship Summit at the World Trade Center in Pasay. Our theme, “Babae, tagumpay ka ng bayan!”, says it all.

As we celebrate this month for women, we are also giving the very first Go Negosyo – Philippine Commission on Women (PCW) “Inspiring Women of the Year Award”. This award recognizes highly-respected Filipinas who have not only excelled in their fields but also embody admirable traits of compassion, concern for others and care for community, and integrity. These women are known for their advocacies, their entrepreneurial and optimistic mindset, as well as their belief in promoting women’s rights.
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Life Enriching Discoveries contest extended

Thursday, March 4th, 2010

Due to popular demand, continued and warm acceptance of the L.E.D. contest, the “search” is being extended until March 15, 2010.

Filipinos have more time to take advantage of the one-of-a-kind contest that can give you up to P100, 000 worth of cash and Brother Printer.

The contest began on December 1, 2009 and was originally scheduled to end last Monday, February 22, 2010.

If you think you have what it takes, put on your thinking hat and discover the unique business idea that may change your life.  Simply register by logging to www.brother.com.ph and email completed forms to uniquebiz@groovecom.ph or brotherph@yahoo.com.  The contest is open to individuals or teams with up to four (4) members.   An email confirming receipt of application and entry will be sent to all participants.

Participants are required to submit a written business brief in general terms, with a description of the business idea, its market, the competition and competitive advantages. Specific market and financial forecasts are not required, although participants should have a basic idea of the level of financing they would need to start their business.

The winner for the L.E.D. Search for Unique Business Concept will be announced on March 22, 2010, Monday through www.brother.com.ph.

Babae, tagumpay ka ng bayan

Thursday, March 4th, 2010

Last Saturday, we had to come home early from a trip out of town, as my wife and daughter bugged me to watch the Backstreet Boys’ concert. Since women can be so persuasive and persistent, I gave way and joined them. The Araneta Coliseum was jampacked, mostly by women. Luckily, Vic Del Rosario, who was the promoter of the show, was in front of me. While the performers were impressive, I was totally out of place. But then again, these are only some of the things we would do to please the women in our lives.

March 8, Monday, is our second run for the Women Entrepreneurship Summit. Last year, it was one of the biggest events Go Negosyo has ever had. This year, we have doubled the halls for the venue. To date, we have a record of almost 400 booths that will exhibit different products and business models. This is double the number of exhibitors we had last year.

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