Archive for March, 2013

Go Negosyo, BMSMED-DTI forge partnership for SME Roving Academy Program

Wednesday, March 27th, 2013


Partners in spreading the entrepreneurial mindset and knowhow in the country, Philippine Center for Entrepreneurship – Go Negosyo and The Bureau of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprise Development (BMSMED) of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) had formally signed their partnership in implementing the 2013 SME Roving Academy Program.

Go Negosyo Founder Joey Concepcion and DTI Undersecretary Merly Cruz spearheaded the signing of the said memorandum together with Go Negosyo Executive Director Ramon Lopez and the new DTI Bureau of Micro Small and Medium Enterprise Development (BMSMED) Director Jerry T. Clavesillas.

The cooperating parties aim to organize the 2013 SME Roving Academy Program in all of the country’s 16 regions.   The said activity will bring to regional micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) learning programs designed to promote entrepreneurship, develop key competencies in opportunities searching, product development, marketing, finance and ways to increase productivity and efficiency.

Various training programs and courses are being developed to cater to the different capacity building requirement of Micro SMEs in different stages of development. Other learning institutions are also part of the whole program to assist SMEs and these are UP Institute of Small Scale Industries, and DTI-Phil. Trade Training Center, Design Center of the Philippines.

Come to the Juniorpreneur Summer Workshop Bazaar on April 14!

Monday, March 25th, 2013


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Go Negosyo! Go Agri!

Monday, March 25th, 2013

The Philippines is an agricultural country. In fact, almost 50% of our land area is classified as agricultural land. In the early days, the main occupation of Filipinos used to be farming and fishing. As the years passed, our country leaned towards industrial development. We started exploring other opportunities in manufacturing, service export, and tourism. Soon enough, the Philippines became more open to foreign investors. Today, with a strong peso and a better image, we are slowly gearing towards becoming what I call the “Darling of Asia”. However, the agriculture sector seemed to have taken the backseat, with more of our youth choosing to pursue city careers instead of the farming.

The featured agri-entrepreneurs of the Go Negosyo 50 Inspiring Stories of Agri-Entrepreneurs book with Go Negosyo Founder Joey Concepcion, Senator Kiko Pangilinan, Vibal Publishing House Inc. founder Esther Vibal, and Executive Director Ramon Lopez

The featured agri-entrepreneurs of the Go Negosyo 50 Inspiring Stories of Agri-Entrepreneurs book with Go Negosyo Founder Joey Concepcion, Senator Kiko Pangilinan, Vibal Publishing House Inc. founder Esther Vibal, and Executive Director Ramon Lopez

Other industries that help our country rise from the Third World status are also acknowledged and credited. However, let us go back to our roots and look at the agriculture sector from a more positive perspective. Let us realize that there are boundless opportunities in this sector. This is why Go Negosyo chose to devote its eighth book to celebrate agriculture and to encourage more Filipinos to go back to farming and fishing as an entrepreneurial venture. Go Negosyo: 50 Inspiring Stories of Agri-Entrepreneurs, is a tribute to the hardworking men and women who till our soil and navigate our waters to bring food on every Filipinos’ plates. We would like to prove that success can be achieved through agri-entrepreneurship. (more…)

Now is the time to help micro and small entreps

Thursday, March 21st, 2013

Throughout the years that Go Negosyo has been in existence, we gained the support of many well-abled Filipinos who have shared their time and talents in promoting the entrepreneurial advocacy. But some of our supporters have actually stepped up and went beyond our expectations in encouraging Filipinos to adopt an enterprising mindset, just like Bam Aquino. He was the co-founder of Hapinoy, a social entrepreneurship endeavor that helps stay-at-home mothers sustain their own negosyos. We have included their story in our book on young entrepreneurs. He also became a part of our team as the host of our TV show “SME Go!: Powered by Go Negosyo”.

Mr. Bam Aquino with Mrs. Milagro Canuto of MM Small Scale Industry

Mr. Bam Aquino with Mrs. Milagro Canuto of MM Small Scale Industry


Pilipinas, now is agriculture’s time to shine!

Thursday, March 14th, 2013

As I have promised in my last column, I will be talking about the successful launch of Go Negosyo’s 8th book, which we did last March 5. Go Negosyo 50 Inspiring Stories of Agri-Entrepreneurs is our latest offering which will surely inspire Filipinos that progress is possible, even in the agriculture sector. God has blessed our country with rich agricultural resources, but more and more of us are trying to get away from it. We want to bring back the people’s interest, especially the youth, in agriculture. The book presents various business models in agri-entrepreneurship that can work. One simply has to know his or her passion as to which type of agribusiness interests them, study how can it be done, and immerse oneself to it.Agri Book Cover (more…)

The Go Negosyo 5th Filipina Entrepreneurship Summit

Monday, March 11th, 2013

Inspiration can come from anywhere. And last March 1, it came from the women entrepreneurs and enablers who participated in Go Negosyo’s 5th Filipina Entrepreneurship Summit at the World Trade Center Manila. The halls were packed with more than 3,000 participants who are either students, women groups from local government units, and aspiring entrepreneurs.  We are glad that despite the years, the advocacy continues to come on strong as we fulfill our goal of teaching the entrepreneurial attitude to Filipinos.

Go Negosyo founder Joey Concepcion and Executive Director Ramon Lopez poses with the Women Entrepreneurship Icons and the Filipina Entrepreneur awardees during the Go Negosyo 5th Filipina Entrepreneurship Summit 2013

Go Negosyo founder Joey Concepcion and Executive Director Ramon Lopez poses with the Women Entrepreneurship Icons and the Filipina Entrepreneur awardees during the Go Negosyo 5th Filipina Entrepreneurship Summit 2013


Register TODAY for the NEGOSEM NEGOSYO BASICS calendared on April 12, 2013

Friday, March 8th, 2013

calendared on April 12, 2013


Do you have what it takes to be a negosyante’? WOULD YOU LIKE TO know the FUNDAMENTALS of starting a business? Do you want to be inspired to take that first step in establishing your own enterprise? DO YOU HAVE AN EXISTING BUSINESS BUT FEELS YOU NEED TO REVIST AND BE RE-ORIENTED ABOUT THE ‘BASICS’ OF PAGNENEGOSYO?

Learn Key Negosyo Concepts and Principles from Go Negosyo Mentors and Be More Informed About Running Your Business!
Take part in the second run of NEGOSEM Negosyo Basics for the year 2013 on April 12! Learning Fee is PhP600.00 ONLY, inclusive of two seminar topics, one talk primer on Go Negosyo as an advocacy, Certificate of Attendance, Go Negosyo’s bestselling book 21 Steps on How to Start Your Own Business OR 8 Simple Secrets to Raising Entrepreneurs, and a chance to interact with likeminded individuals who are either aspiring to start their own enterprise or those who have already started and looking for ways to level up!


negosyo academyThe NEGOSEM Negosyo Basics is one of the three programs under the Go Negosyo Academy. It is a four-hour seminar that tackles the fundamentals of venturing into business with dedicated discussions on Cultivating a Positive Attitude and Enterprising Mindset as Key Ingredients to Business and Life Success & Strategies on Spotting Business Opportunities and Product Development and Marketing.

Date     :           April 12, 2013 Friday
Time    :           1:30PM (Registration- Walk in) 2:00PM – 6:00PM (Program Proper)
Venue :     RFM Auditorium, G/F RFM Corporate Center, Sheridan cor. Pioneer Sts. Mandaluyong City
Register now and avail a discounted rate. Pay only P500.00 if you pay today or before March 20, 2013, Wednesday.

We welcome NGOs and LGUs! Participating groups from NGOs and LGUs will only pay P300.00 each!

Cut-off of all registrations will be on April 10.

For more information about Go Negosyo NEGOSEM BASICS, call 02 637-9229 | 02 637-9347 | 0916 2234644 or visit and

For individual participants, register ONLINE HERE.
For LGUs and NGOs, register ONLINE HERE.
To download the WORKING PROGRAM, click HERE.
To download the FAQ SHEET, click HERE.

GoNegosyo Supports DLSAA’s Bullseye Business Expo

Friday, March 8th, 2013

The Philippine Center for Entrepreneurship is partnering with De La Salle Alumni Association (DLSAA) for its 2013 Bullseye Business Expo happening on March 16, at the Henry Sy Sr. Hall in DLSU, Manila.

PHOTO 1 DLSAA President Johnny Sy welcomes event partners and the media during the presscon.

With the country’s rising economic growth brought by micro, small and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs), DLSAA is spearheading its first ever entrepreneurship expo dubbed as ‘Bullseye! Ignite Your Business Animo’ featuring discussions by renowned Filipino entrepreneurs who are proven successful in their respective businesses.

PHOTO 2 Bullseye Program Chair Herbert Tuason gives event backgrounder

Go Negosyo will be one of the program partners together with the Association of Filipino Franchisers Inc. and the Philippine Franchising Association. Go Negosyo mentors and entrepreneurs Mr. Johnlu Koa of FrenchBaker & ChaTime and Mr. Prudencio Garcia of Mekeni will be sharing their entrepreneurial journeys. Meantime, Go Negosyo’s Deputy Executive Director and bookselling author Mr. Michaelangelo Lobrin will share his insights on developing the entrepreneurial mindset.

PHOTO 3 Mr. Ramon Lopez, GoNegosyo's Executive Director, talks about the GoNegosyo advocacy and expresses thanks to DLSAA for the partnership of empowering Filipinos to be entrepreneurs

During the event, there will be more than 25 reputable exhibitors which will setup a booth such as Generika, SeaOil Philippines, Inc., Kumon Philippines, Ahead Learning System, Microsoft, Bubbatealicious Pearl Milk Tea Place and many others.

The event is open to La Sallians and non-Lasallians alike. Interested participants may call (02) 750 6510. (JPCU)

Inspirational Thoughts from Inspiring Women

Thursday, March 7th, 2013

For the past five years at the beginning of March, we always have our women entrepreneurship summit, since women’s month happens to be in March. This is one among the many events that I always look forward. As we inspire, teach, and mentor the more than 3,000 that attended that day, we too get inspired from the different stories of women entrepreneurs that participated in the summit. Before the program started, I was able to chat with our three women icon awardees–Nanay Coring Ramos, Esther Vibal, and Helen Benitez, who are between 86 to 99 years of age. I asked them what is the secret in living a long and happy life. They shared that they continue to be active in the business, which keep themselves busy with work and their minds active. But I guess that their longevity has something to do with their outlook in life; they are always smiling and laughing. Not many do possess that kind of attitude especially when people reach their age, but for them that is their secret to long life.

Speaking of the summit, participants heard from inspiring speakers and women entrepreneur panelists like Sen. Miriam Defensor-Santiago and Karen Davila. Sen. Miriam’s keynote address has once again shown her brilliance as she talked about closing the gender gap and stopping political dynasties. As expected, she did not spare other public officials when she made amusing remarks about them, but her speech was more than that. She talked about the plight of women in the country and how we fare in terms of protecting women and their rights. Basically, our laws promote equal opportunities for women, especially in the government sector, but it was actually the attitude of the voting public that keeps the gap between men and women.   (more…)