Archive for September, 2012

Joy and Sadness

Thursday, September 27th, 2012

Life is indeed a journey, where we will experience happy and sad moments. A couple of days ago, Myrna Borja, who is a good friend of my parents and my uncle Raul, passed away. During the funeral mass, I had flashbacks of how we grew up in Natipuan, Batangas, where we experienced living a simple life together with our whole family. I was maybe in my early teens at that time when Martial Law was declared, and we had to hide my father since was going to be arrested. The Borjas were one of our family’s closest friends who supported us. And just a week ago, we lost Reuel Virtucio, one of our best Angelpreneurs who has been helping Go Negosyo in its activities. He unexpectedly passed away at a very young age of 49.

Funerals remind us of our mortality and how much time we really have left in our earthly life. But we are also reminded of its beauty through happy occasions. Last Saturday, Go Negosyo trustee and advocate Felix and Grace Ang had their baby Francesca Grace baptized. Having a baby after such a long time is indeed a blessing, especially now that we are in the year of the dragon. Meanwhile, in a dinner hosted by a friend, I greeted Greg Domingo a belated happy birthday. When I asked him how old he is, he said that he is 58 years old. Greg mentioned this is the last quarter of his life, assuming a lifespan of 80 years. Somehow, it makes you realize how precious every moment is, and it allows you to spend time to assess how are you as far has accomplishing your vision for yourself that you did many years back. (more…)

Tommanny’s KaBiz

Thursday, September 20th, 2012

Last Monday, the whole Go Negosyo team was at the Marriott Hotel with LBC Solutions to launch LBC KaBiz, a negosyo advocacy that aims to help small and medium enterprises (SMEs) improve their businesses by offering logistic solutions to suit their needs. This is not just another program from LBC Solutions—this is their affirmation that they are supportive of the growing Filipino businesses and their contribution to the country. We also unveiled the “KaBiz Discount Card”, which offers discounts to the 600 entrepreneurs in the Go Negosyo community. We at Go Negosyo truly welcome this kind of partnership, because we needed partners who will help us set the mood so that Filipinos will be encouraged to start their own business.

As a business reaches the point where expansion is inevitable, logistics play a very crucial role for the expansion’s success. Whether in keeping the raw materials coming on time, up to delivering the product to the customers’ doorstep, a negosyante needed a logistics provider that he can rely on, so he can also focus on other important aspects of the business. LBC Solutions has been a tested partner by most companies today, such as in the case of FERN, Inc., headed by its President and CEO Tommanny Tan.

Tommanny is one of our most active entrepreneurs in the Go Negosyo community, as he always finds time to attend our seminars and share his success story. He was raised to become an entrepreneur, and he learned the value of earning money at an early age. He knew that he could use his experience from school and employment in his business, so he managed to graduate at the De La Salle University with a degree in Computer Science. Along the line, he was tasked to run a warehouse, and for more than 10 years he immersed himself in the trade industry. (more…)

LBC Solutions Launches “KaBiz” Business Advocacy

Wednesday, September 19th, 2012

LBC Solutions, in partnership with Go Negosyo, has recently unveiled its negosyo advocacy brand “KaBiz”, an advocacy that aims to further strengthen LBC’s support for the development of local businesses.

“LBC Solutions has always been a partner of small and medium enterprises and corporate clients for their logistics needs,” said of Miguel A. Camahort, president of LBC Solutions. “We proudly introduce LBC KaBiz, our business advocacy program wherein together with Go Negosyo, we will further strengthen our commitment to nation-building by helping entrepreneurs build their business – by moving their business,” he added.

What is LBC KaBiz?

LBC KaBiz is an advocacy that aims to support SMEs all over the Philippines, by having LBC as a partner or “kasama” in moving their business.

Through LBC KaBiz, SMEs will be provided the opportunity to expand their business through LBC’s extensive logistics network and corporate service offerings. SMEs will also be provided the opportunity to participate in Go Negosyo business seminars to widen their business prospects.

Initially, members of Go Negosyo community will also be given a KaBiz discount card, wherein cardholders may enjoy various perks such as discounts from various partner establishments, and discounts in business seminars or programs.

LBC shall also be partnering soon with other organizations with the same advocacy to further strengthen its support towards SMEs.

About LBC Solutions

LBC Solutions is the business solutions provider of LBC, with a wide range of services such as Express, Logistics, and Mail services: from deliveries of various documents, passports, visas, statement of accounts and credit cards, domestic sea freight loose cargo and full container loads, to international shipment of documents and parcels.

The Search is On for the Next MVP Bossing!

Wednesday, September 19th, 2012

PLDT SME Nation’s the “Bossing Ako” campaign pays tribute to the successful and inspiring icons of business while highlighting their choice of top technology solutions. Past Bossing awardees include MVP, Cristalle and Dra. Vicky Belo of Belo Medical Group, Bobby and Jojo Claudio of Toby’s Sports, Willy Tee Ten of AutoHub Group and Tommanny Tan of FERN.

If you are an SME with a yearly asset of P3.1M-P100M business, has been around for 5 years, subscribed to any PLDT business line service and a Filipino citizen, you are eligible to join the 3rd MVP Bossing Awards.

Simply fill up the nomination form on http://www.pldtsme-nation.com.ph/bossing_nomination. Send the soft or hard copy of your BIR / DTI / SEC Certificate (top sheet only) and Proof of PLDT Business Line subscription (top sheet only) to:

Carie Babasa of Go Negosyo – 5/F RFM Corporate Center, Pioneer cor. Sheridan Sts., Mandaluyong City
Miko Tetangco of PLDT SME Nation – G/F MGO Bldg., Legaspi cor. Dela Rosa Sts., Makati City

Nominations period is from August 17, 2012 to October 17, 2012.

Go Negosyo Brings the Youth Summit to Quezon

Wednesday, September 19th, 2012

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More than 3,000 young people from Quezon, Cavite, Laguna, Marinduque, and other parts of South Luzon gathered at the university gymnasium of the Southern Luzon State University (SLSU) in Lucban, Quezon last August 24 for the biggest youth entrepreneurship gathering of the year – the LET’S GO NEGOSYO: Youth Entrepreneurship Summit (YES) Caravan.

Under the new banner statement “Aasenso sa Tiyaga at Galing (ASTIG) ng Kabataan”, the Youth Summit, organized by the Philippine Center for Entrepreneurship – Go Negosyo in partnership with SLSU, is now reaching out to the youth as a caravan that targets the key cities in the Philippines. Led by its founder Joey Concepcion, Go Negosyo aims to gather the youth in a one-day event that features different informative and inspiring topics, which range from the negosyo basics to tips on youth concerns and interests, during the programs and forums held.

In the morning, SLSU President Cecilia N. Gascon gave her opening remarks while Go Negosyo Executive Director Ramon M. Lopez shared some thoughts about using character, competence and creativity during his speech. Meanwhile, Brian Quebengco, Founder and Chief Innoventor of Innovent, Inc, emphasized the importance of aligning a person’s dreams and entrepreneurship in consideration to unavoidable challenges. Hapinoy Founder and Go Negosyo TV Show Host Bam Aquino also shared his experiences as young entrepreneur and encouraged the audience to cultivate an enterprising attitude.

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Following the series of talks is the Pilipinas: Now is Our Time! forum, which featured local successful entrepreneurs of Quezon as well as Go Negosyo advocates as they motivate the participants with their personal entrepreneurship journeys. The panel is composed of Barnard Carlos Balquiedra of Carlos Super Drug; Gertine Valde Capistrano of Batis Aramin Resort; Zarah Juan of Panda Cleaners; Lourd Ramos of Lourd Creations; Anthony Recio of Recio Department Store; Oliver Tan of Pooch Park; and Nova Veluz of Buddy’s Pizza.

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Additionally, Shaina Tantuico of the British Council presented their project “I am a Changemaker”, which encourages participants to introduce innovations in the society with their creative ideas.

During the afternoon sessions, Go Negosyo Angelpreneurs Carlo Calimon (Executive Director, Let’s Go Foundation), Armand Bengco (Executive Director, Colayco Foundation), and Michael Angelo Lobrin (Author, Laugh with God Today) discussed the basics of entrepreneurship, financial literacy for the youth, and the right attitude and choices in doing business, respectively

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Aside from the forum and seminar sessions, the whole day was also lined with entertainment numbers from SLSU’s student performers. There were also booths and exhibitors showcasing different products and services showing different business ideas for the young participants to emulate from.

The event is made possible with PLDT SME Nation, Smart Communications, Meralco, RFM Corporation, BPI Family Ka-Negosyo, Avon Cosmetics, Multiply.com Philippines, Orchard Property Marketing Corporation, Isuzu Philippines Corporation, LBC Solutions, Valueline Systems and Solution Corporation. Other partners were British Council Philippines, Cats Motors Inc., Hotel 101, Mang Inasal, Villar Foundation, and Fern Inc.

“DSAP Exhibit and Conference: Direct Selling the Right Way” Set on October 12 -14 at the Megatrade Hall

Wednesday, September 19th, 2012

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The direct selling industry has been a major economic contributor, providing vast range of business opportunities to a vast range of groups and individuals. It creates a constant platform for anyone who has the drive to become successful.

“In the Philippines, the recognized association of direct sellers is known as the Direct Selling Association of the Philippines (DSAP) composed of 32 member-companies with a collective network of over 3 million registered sales people and around Php 35 Billion Annual Sales. It is affiliated with the World Federation of Direct Selling Associations (WFDSA) – an organization of more than 50 member countries worldwide, which promotes the highest standard of selling and servicing practices, protects the income opportunities of those engaged in the business and safeguards the welfare of the consumers.”

Through the DSAP, the “Direct Selling Exhibit” will be conducted on October 12 – 14, 2012 at the Megatrade Hall, SM Megamall, Mandaluyong City.

With the theme “Direct Selling the Right Way”, the event will gather its certified members and allied industry players to create a dynamic setting which showcases new business leads and ventures. It will also target to address the industry’s most pressing issues and service the needs of its growing clientele.

In line with this year’s theme, the DSAP will also aim to strengthen its partnership with the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) by working together for a stronger Consumer Protection program and eliminate Pyramiding Schemes in the industry.

By showcasing the products and services of its members, the event will serve as the best venue for driven distributors and sales people to get acquainted with the ethical practices and standards of a collection of legitimate and successful direct selling companies.

Don’t miss this opportunity to witness the top direct selling companies, and discover direct selling the right way. The DSAP Exhibit is scheduled on October 12 -14, 2012 at the SM Megatrade Hall.

For inquiries, you may get in touch with the Direct Selling Association of the Philippines through tel. nos 806.8530/ 638.3089, email info@dsap.ph or event manager Cut Unlimited with tel. nos. 687.0654/ 687.3292 or email aprillerobles@gmail.com.

The Direct Selling Exhibit is presented by the Department of Trade and Industry, Tupperware, Amway, Fern, Inc., Forever Living, Nu Skin and the Philippine Star in cooperation with Payoneer, Inc., Questnet, the Philippine Star, 88DB.com, Sulit.com, Trabaho.com and GoNegosyo.

A Rey of Hope

Thursday, September 13th, 2012

The Philippines is really seeing the ray of hope widen as the macro economy is seen to be improving, despite what is happening in Europe and America. In fact, the peso level is now towards P41 a dollar. But this can become a challenge for the Philippine economy, as our business model relies on export of jobs through OFWs and BPOs. These are huge contributors to our GDP. Real estate boom is primarily due to this flow, and consumption has continued to increase as Filipinos working abroad send dollars to their families here, and they get more money in exchange of their dollars. Once the peso breaks the 40s level and approach the levels of 35, this could be a serious problem. Maybe, what the government can do is to start paying our dollars loans, as our forex reserve levels are at an all-time high, and start borrowing in pesos and convert them to dollars. This may temper the appreciation of the peso and protect the current growth momentum we are having, which will continuously give us Filipinos the ray of hope that our country is on its way towards progress.

This time, I would like to talk about a different Rey of hope. Just like any other person, Rey Lapid of R. Lapid’s Chicharon has to deal with his own share of challenges in life, but he was able to overcome these. He was just about 12 years old and was still living with his parents and nine siblings in Sampaloc, Manila when he figured out that he wanted to start his own business. During his summer vacation from school, he would help his father Frederico Lapid, Sr., a Kapampangan who owns a meat stall in Quinta Market in Quiapo. He noticed that most customers who buy fresh meat will ask that the skin be removed, and after the purchase, his dad will just sometimes throw it away. He felt that they could use the skin and make chicharon out of it, so he started collecting pork skin at the end of each day, although Rey did not engage into going fulltime with selling chicharon. Upon graduation, he was fortunate enough to be able to go to the USA and try his luck there. He started his own business, which he named Lapid’s Restaurant, and he thought that this is the beginning of his success. However, he had to close it down after a couple of years. He went back to the Philippines without any money, but he was not hopeless. (more…)

British Council Opens 2012 I Am A Changemaker !deation Camp

Monday, September 10th, 2012

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The British Council is happy to announce the Call for Applications for this year’s I Am a Changemaker !deation Camp.

This year, they have partnered with Intel and SEDPI (currently finalist to Ernst and Young Social Entrepreneur of the Year Awards) to create a unique, fun and intense programme which will guide participants through different stages of defining a social problem and creating a solution.

If you know somebody who can be a Changemaker – please help forward this information.

Filipinos aged 18-28 can work as an individual or in a team of two (2) to respond to a challenge, create a concept, and pitch it to panel of judges for possible funding.

A total of PHP 500,000 will be given away to implement ideas!

Deadline for Submission of Applications is on 01 October 2012.

More details may be found at the British Council Website, www.britishcouncil.org.ph

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Check out the IAC Ideation Camp Video Submission Instructions here.

YES, Lucban! YES, Dagupan!

Monday, September 10th, 2012

For seven years, Go Negosyo has been inspiring people to be what they want to be, and hopefully, to tread the path of entrepreneurship and succeed in it. And it is through our summits where we gather aspiring negosyantes and existing entrepreneurs in the country under one venue to reinforce an enterprising spirit in them and to empower them with relevant entrepreneurship skills. We are doing the Women Summit every March to celebrate women and their achievements in entrepreneurship and in their respective fields, while the Youth Summit is held every September to inspire our young people to adopt a positive mindset and pursue their passion in life. To say that we are successful at the end of every summit is an understatement: we might have reached hundreds of thousands of Filipinos through these summits alone, if we are to combine the number of people who participated each year.

We are at a significant point in the history of Go Negosyo, because we decided to hold not just one, but four runs of the Youth Summit, which will be strategically held at key areas in North Luzon, South Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao. Under the new banner statement “Aasenso sa Tiyaga at Galing (ASTIG) ng Kabataan”, our Youth Summit follows the format of a one-day event, featuring today’s young and successful entrepreneurs to lend their stories of success in the plenary sessions. We have also lined up some of the most inspirational and motivational speakers to truly spark an interest among the youth to develop a positive mindset and venture into negosyo.

More than 3,000 students participated at the Youth Summit South Luzon run in Lucban last August 24

More than 3,000 students participated at the Youth Summit South Luzon run in Lucban last August 24

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Mar’s Destiny

Thursday, September 6th, 2012

Some people say it is only when one is gone that we realize how much he or she meant to us. For the past weeks, I was amazed to see the outpouring of support from every corner of Philippine society towards the death of DILG Secretary Jesse Robredo, who is a La Sallian that I didn’t have the opportunity to meet, but Go Negosyo had the chance to work with through our Negosyo sa Barangay sessions, which teaches the entrepreneurship basics to barangay officials and Sangguniang Kabataan officers for them to create an entrepreneurial climate that will spur the growth of entrepreneurs. With all the write-ups, print ads of support, and TV coverage, every Filipino was able to get to know him as the crusader for good governance. In fact, I know he was Mar Roxas’ personal choice, and he supported Jesse to take an important role during the early days when PNoy was still choosing his cabinet members. There was a period when Jesse’s name was mentioned as one of the cabinet members that are to be replaced, but through time he must have earned the respect and admiration of PNoy, as I have not seen a President giving so much attention for a man, from the time of the tragedy up to his funeral. He even went as far as honoring him by giving the Philippine Legion of Honor, which is the highest award that a President can bestow without the approval of Congress. Mar’s recommendation of Sec. Jesse as a member of PNoy’s cabinet was a great foresight in setting the platform of PNoy’s reform program for good governance. (more…)