Archive for June, 2012

Words of Wisdom

Thursday, June 28th, 2012

This week, let me side track from our regular topic of sharing entrepreneur stories and their views about how the Philippines have reached its time to shine in Asia. I do get a lot of emails and many of them get junked, but this one was definitely worth sharing, especially for those who have not read it yet.

Over the past seven years of promoting entrepreneurship, the advocacy of Go Negosyo has given me and many other entrepreneurs the chance to give back by sharing our stories that provide would-be and surviving entrepreneurs inspiration towards their path to success. The fulfillment to see young, start-up entrepreneurs succeed is what gives the fuel to our many supporters to continue supporting the Go Negosyo advocacy. (more…)

Wily Willy

Thursday, June 21st, 2012

Willy Tee Ten has been gifted with a unique name that you can always remember. And this is probably the reason why he was able to succeed, because his name alone can stand as a brand. But kidding aside, he was able to prove that he is more than just a catchy name. His clever strategies and dedication for excellence made him one of the most respected personalities in the automotive industry.

Willy’s interest is in Math and Science, so it is not surprising for someone like him to take up Chemical Engineering as a college degree. The following year after he graduated from the De La Salle University, he placed second in the National Licensure Exam for Chemical Engineers with a rating of 92.1%. He earned several offers from multinational companies, and he worked for Proctor and Gamble for a short while before he decided to help in their family’s distillery business, which supplies raw materials of alcohol to Tanduay and La Tondena. (more…)

Go Negosyo is Philippines’ Private Sector Representative in the 2nd ASEAN SME Meeting

Wednesday, June 20th, 2012

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Go Negosyo participated in the 2nd ASEAN SME Advisory Board Meeting, which was held in Kuala Lumpur. The Philippines, led by DTI Director Jerry Clavesillas and Go Negosyo Executive Director Mon Lopez who attended on behalf of Go Negosyo founder Joey Concepcion, chaired the meeting which was attended by key government and private sector representatives from all the ASEAN countries. There were active deliberations on the policies and programs that will increase the competencies and narrow the gap of SMEs in the region. SMEs account for more than 90% of all enterprises in all these countries.

Mr. Robert Yap, CEO of YCH, the leading supply chain and logistics company in Singapore, attended the meeting. He is one of the partners in Igloo, which is the leading provider of logistics and cold storage in the Philippines today. Others in attendance were CEOs and presidents of the respective business associations of ASEAN countries.

Another highlight of the meeting was the closing dinner, where Dato Mukhriz bin Tun Mahathir, Deputy Minister of Malaysia’s Trade and Industry and son of the former Prime Minister Tun Mahatir was the guest of honor. Our delegates had the privilege of sitting beside him to brief him on the key discussions of the ASEAN meeting, as well as other issues like the developments in the EU region and entrepreneurship development efforts in our country.

Go Negosyo also joined DTI during the first ASEAN SME Board meeting last year. Go Negosyo is hoping that these initiatives will level-up the competencies of our SMEs to create more income and employment opportunities, as well as to increase their contribution to the country’s GDP.

Lazada expands convenience growth strategy with LBC Solutions

Wednesday, June 20th, 2012

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Lazada (www.lazada.com.ph), the country’s biggest online shopping site that carries nearly every top consumer item on the market has recently partnered with LBC Solutions, the corporate arm of LBC Express, the leading and largest courier and cargo company in the Philippines. The partnership is a significant milestone in Lazada’s convenience growth strategy.

“Lazada offers free nationwide shipping, excellent customer support and free returns. With this partnership with LBC Solutions, customers will not only enjoy those benefits, they can now also enjoy the convenience of ordering online without using their credit cards. Customers can pay upon delivery of their item”, enthuses Mattia Perroni, Lazada’s Head of Marketing.

This partnership is the most recent in a series of successful partnerships in Lazada’s convenience growth strategy. Through this, customers can now enjoy another payment method they are comfortable with.

NegoSem Inspires OFWs in Bahrain

Wednesday, June 20th, 2012

A very successful Entrepreneurship and Financial Literacy Seminar was held for OFWs of the Kingdom of Bahrain last June 8, 2012 at the Bahrain Society of Engineers, Juffair. A joint project of the Filipino Club and the Philippine Embassy under the leadership of Her Excellency Ambassador Corazon Yap-Bahjin, the seminar aimed to help OFWs realize the value of their time and hard work and to invest their resources into possible business ideas.

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The team of Go Negosyo Angelpreneurs (angels to entrepreneurs) who flew to Bahrain on June 6 were: Bro. Michael Angelo Lobrin, author of the bestseller, Laugh with God Today, Dean Pax Lapid, author of the Go Negosyo bestseller, 21 Steps to Start Your Own Business, Prof. Reuel Virtucio, Vice President of Punla sa Tao Foundation and Mr. Armando Bartolome, Franchise Guru of the Philippines and President of the Association of Filipino Franchisers, Inc.

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Bro. Mike Lobrin, in his unique entertaining way, encouraged the participants to have the proper mindset to succeed in life and in entrepreneurship. Dean Pax shared simple and east-to-remember formulas on how to save and invest money. Prof. Virtucio presented the elements of a successful enterprise and shared tips on how participants can do this on their own. Mr. Bartolome spoke of his experiences in franchising and showed some examples on how ordinary people turned into successful entrepreneurs and franchised their businesses.

Participants, some of whom flew-in from as far as Oman, sat through the seminar and eagerly took notes of the tips and advice of the angelpreneurs. After the session, they got to approach them for short consultations which they wish to eagerly start with their families in the Philippines.

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With the success of this Negosem, it is possible that a Go Negosyo Middle East caravan could be held within the year.

Go Negosyo Concludes 2nd MBA

Wednesday, June 20th, 2012

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Successfully leveling up the Negosyo Seminar (NegoSem) as part of the commitment to provide entrepreneurship education to Filipino entrepreneurs, the Philippine Center for Entrepreneurship – Go Negosyo held its two-day seminar-workshop Magandang Business Advice (MBA) at the Asian Institute of Management (AIM) Conference Center Manila last July 13 and 16.

The MBA is one of the three programs under the Go Negosyo Academy that focuses on next-level actions of venture planning and initiation. Unlike the NegoSem, participants are required to present an output as a product of their learning. A mix of aspiring entrepreneurs and small negosyantes made up the participants during the two-day run.

Go Negosyo Angelpreneurs, or mentors to entrepreneurs, shared their invaluable time and knowledge in the event. They were Mr. Ramon Lopez (Executive Director, Go Negosyo), Dean Francisco Lapid (former dean, Entrepreneurs School of Asia), Mr. Ardy Roberto (Salt & Light Ventures Co-Founder), Prof. Reuel Virtucio (Vice-President, Punla sa Tao Foundation) and Prof. Ning Lagman (Chairman, Credit Rating and Investor Services of the Philippines).

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During the first day, Ardy Roberto talked about setting one’s mindset to find one’s passion in life and converting it as the ultimate reason in treading the entrepreneurial path. Dean Pax Lapid discussed the basics of spotting business opportunities, while Prof. Reuel Virtucio detailed the steps on conceptualizing and selling a product.

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The second day started with the Pilipinas: Now Na! forum, which aims to expose the participants to the life and challenges of an entrepreneur. Mr. Rommel Juan of Binalot, Mr. Tommany Tan of Fern C and Mr. Federico Moreno of Ystilo Salon were featured as panelists, with Executive Director Mon Lopez serving as the moderator. Right after the forum is the individual mentoring session, where each participant was given the chance to consult directly with the angelpreneurs.

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Towards the end of the MBA, three participants presented their own business plans, where the panelists actively gave their comments. These are Edgardo Tengco (photobooth), Louanne Mae Calipayan (Crafty Custom Toppers), and Berna Rabe Cruz (Tanalot Foot and Body Massage).

Participants were happy with the seminar. They have given encouraging remarks, such as:

-Good job!!! Sobrang sulit ng seminar na ito. I’ve learned a lot. Thank you and God bless…
-Though we were not given enough time to answer the assignment, it made us realize the businesses that we really want to do.
– It was a great experience. Hope to attend more soon. You have a great vision for the future of the country.

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With the success of the MBA, Go Negosyo is planning to improve the program further to cater to specific issues in entrepreneurship. Watch out for the next MBA!

KBOP Opens up to Cater to Korean Food Fans

Monday, June 18th, 2012

Good news for Korean food fans! KBOP, a fastfood restaurant offering Korean food at affordable prices, recently opened its second branch at the Sky Garden, SM North EDSA. The event was graced by its owners Go Negosyo Angelpreneur Jorge Wieneke III and Mel Gozun.

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Jinri Park of Radio Monster RX 93.1, who is a pure Korean but was raised in the Philippines, was also present during the launch. Raised in Cebu from parents who are both Korean, Jinri has a first hand experience of authentic Korean food. But upon sampling KBOP’s dishes, she mentioned that the blend is perfect, as it stays true to its Korean roots, while catering to the Filipino palate.

KBOP offers a wonderful experience and taste of traditional and contemporary Korean cuisine prepared by some of the best Korean chefs in the Philippines. People will enjoy its authentic fine dining & Korean food, offering far more than just Korean dumplings. It also delights its customers witn Kalbichim, Chapchae, Tom Chim and their delicious Korean Gyoza.

The first branch of KBOP is also operated in 2/F Venice Piazza, McKinley Hill, Taguig.

Avida Celebrates International Seafarers’ Day on June 23-24

Thursday, June 14th, 2012

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The Power of Transformation

Thursday, June 14th, 2012

The power of transformation is for real; it can be seen and it can happen if a person or a nation wants to see transformation happen. The power of prayer helps in transformation, but it does not happen without action. Go Negosyo pushed to the next level in claiming it through Pilipinas: Now is Our Time. It is indeed our time, and it is happening right now in our country. Others will be left behind if they do not have that attitude of wanting to partake in the country’s surge towards prosperity.

Yes, there are those who are not as fortunate, not being given the same privilege of going to school due to poverty. But it is not always a hopeless situation. There will be good Samaritans out there who are willing to help. (more…)

A Woman Technopreneur

Thursday, June 7th, 2012

To develop a technology enterprise in a developing country such as the Philippines may seem like a lost cause; but not to an enterprising and persevering woman as Myla Villanueva, co-founder and managing director of Novare Technologies. With a strong faith in Filipino ingenuity, Myla believes that Filipinos are some of the most capable in developing revolutionary technologies that are for the advancement of not only the country, but of the whole world. Myla believes that Filipino inventors and ‘technopreneurs’ just need a whole lot of support.

As a kid, Myla has always been curious about how things worked. She used to break phones and radios apart, and she had been electrocuted many times because she experimented with all sorts of circuits at home. Her innate curiosity has been complemented with an entrepreneurial spirit, which has been nourished by her parents when she and her brothers were still very young. That is why at 16, she started helping in the family business by trading in computer disks, tapes and hard drives from their garage. (more…)