Archive for November, 2011

Personal Productivity and Organizational Efficiency for the SME

Tuesday, November 29th, 2011

Dr. Nitin ParanjapeTime is gold for the SME owner. The pressure to increase sales while controlling costs often requires multi-tasking and the ability to maximize every minute of our time. A lot of work, however, still involves manual handling of spreadsheets, presentations and documents. And though softwares like Microsoft Office are used by millions, studies show that a significant amount of time is wasted due to the poor usage and underutilization of these tools.

Each one of us typically learns these softwares largely by trial and error. Due to this, the methods used for getting day-to-day work are far from efficient.

Microsoft presents a seminar by the productivity guru, Dr. Nitin, Paranjape. Dr. Paranjape is one of the thirty persons worldwide who has been awarded the Microsoft MVP (Most Valuable Professional) title for Office System.

This lecture aims to enhance productivity & efficiency across your employees using Microsoft Office, such as Excel, for reports and analysis. One will also learn how to manage the use of calendar and inbox.

Target Audience include owners and General Managers of Small to Medium Enterprises. It will benefit each SME by helping save at least 1-2 hours of work per person per day with real life practical and quantifiable productivity gains. This will also help your team to enhance and adopt efficient best practices in the use of productivity tools. Ultimately, one will discover and maximize the value current and future Microsoft investments

This event will be on Friday, December 2, from 9-11:30 a.m. at the Columbus Room, 42nd Floor Discovery Suites, 25 ADB Avenue, Ortigas Center, Pasig City. To register, send an email with your company, name, job title, & phone number at or call 859-0505. We accomodate a maximum of two participants per company.

Seats are limited and available on a first-come, first-serve basis, so register now!

“Is Asia up to the Challenge?”: i-genius Asia Social Entrepreneurship Summit to be held in March

Tuesday, November 29th, 2011

i-geniusi-genius, in partnership with the British Council, invites social entrepreneurs to participate in the i-genius Asia Social Entrepreneurship Summit at Banyan Tree, Bangkok, Thailand, from March 1-2, 2012.


Giving Thanks

Thursday, November 24th, 2011

The end of the year is approaching once again. As this column comes out, it will be Thanksgiving Day. Most Americans celebrate, and sometimes even give greater importance to Thanksgiving than Christmas. Just like Christmas and New Year’s Eve, Thanksgiving is a holiday when Americans travel cross-country to rejoin and bond with the family and friends. If Christmas is a season of giving, Thanksgiving, to the Americans, is a season to be grateful for one’s blessings.

Sometimes we take things for granted, most especially in the life we live today and with the blessings we have. As I look back at the years I was growing up, or as I watch my children grow, seeing them change, I realize that I am indeed blessed: to have a great wife and children who are Christ-centered, respectful, and most of all, loving to us. Sometimes, we lose sight of the greatest treasure given to us, thinking that power and wealth are the best blessings. (more…)

Philippine Young Entrepreneurs Expo 2011

Monday, November 21st, 2011

It’s that time of the year again when you hear jolly songs and everything turns red and green just about everywhere. And while many people are doing their list of who’s been naughty or nice, some of our fellow Filipinos are thinking of ways on how to earn extra money for the holidays.


The SIPAG Most Outstanding Microentrepreneurs

Monday, November 21st, 2011

In my last Tagumpay column, I’ve started featuring again the success stories of entrepreneurs, starting with the finalists of the Citi Microentrepreneur of the Year. Now that we are on the topic of microentrepreneurs, I’d like to bring the spotlight to some more of the country’s outstanding microentrepreneurs, this time to the winners of the recently concluded 2011 SIPAG Awards.

The Sustainable Income for People in the Agrarian Grassroots (SIPAG) Awards has been running since 2006, and is a program of the National Livelihood Development Corporation, which is headed by NLDC President Usec. Gondelina Amata and NLDC Board of Trustees Chair Ms. Gilda Pico of Landbank of the Philippines. This is the NLDC’s way of recognizing the country’s most outstanding entrepreneurs, who have not only made a better life for themselves, but also for their family and community.

The 1st OFW and Family Summit

Thursday, November 17th, 2011

I have always admired and respected our OFWs. Whenever I travel to other countries, in almost every place I go to, be it in a hotel, cruise ship, a hospital, or restaurants, Filipinos continue to dominate the service sector over other Asians. Apart from Filipinos being able to speak English with a better accent, the Filipino hospitality is reflected in their service.

Go Negosyo has partnered with the Villar Foundation as we see the need to help the OFWs and their family in planning how to invest their money after they have secured their children’s education and basic needs. The Villars are giving back since much of their business are with OFWs who buy houses from them. The Villars share common objectives with us: how we can equip their families with the right mindset and how to identify what negosyos are best for them based on their skills and passion. As startup entrepreneurs, they can begin their venture by doing simple direct selling or distributorship, which will train them to develop their selling and marketing skills. As they become better entrepreneurs, they can move to something bigger as being a franchisee and learn even more lessons on entrepreneurship from their mentor-franchisors. (more…)

The Financial Breakthrough Training

Monday, November 14th, 2011


Entrepreneur vs. Intrapreneur

Thursday, November 10th, 2011

In the recent Entrepreneur of the Year Awards, we’ve been seeing more of what we call Intrapreneurs being recognized and in fact, winning the Entrepreneur of the Year Award.

We have a saying in Go Negosyo, “Not all may be entrepreneurs but EVERYONE CAN BE ENTERPRISING”.  One can be entrepreneurial, whatever his role is (be it in a corporation, own business, or even government), with the mindset and passion to innovate and maximize the opportunities in market gaps.  Referred to as “game changers”, they redefine competition and set new standards that make people’s lives better. (more…)

The Grand International Importers and Exporters Christmas Bazaar

Tuesday, November 8th, 2011

Come to the Grand International Importers and Exporters Christmas Bazaar on November 11-20, 2011: 11AM-10PM.

Eliminate the need for rushed Christmas shopping while checking out the latest trends and innovations on fashion, health & wellness, food, technology and gadgets, real estate and lot more for your startup business inspiration! Save money by hunting for bulk discounts and bargain items that you can use as presents for your friends, loved ones and even your teachers!

Presenting the Citi MOTY finalists

Monday, November 7th, 2011

Almost all our Filipino entrepreneurs are in the micro, small and medium enterprise category. This is why for a couple of years now, Go Negosyo has been partnering with various organizations whose focus is the MSME sector. This month, Go Negosyo lends its support and is also a major partner to the Citi Microentrepreneur of the Year (MOTY) Awards.

I’ve mentioned in my other column, that I and fellow judges Marixi Prieto of the Philippine Daily Inquirer, Fernando Zobel de Ayala of Ayala Corporation, Deputy Gov. Nestor Espenilla (for Gov. Amando Tetangco) of the BSP, and Sanjiv Vohra of Citi Philippines selected among the finalists. Citi Philippines, the Microfinance Council of the Philippines, Inc. and the BSP have been running this program for nine years. (more…)