Archive for May, 2014

PUSHING FORWARD THE GO NEGOSYO BILL IN CONGRESS 

Wednesday, May 28th, 2014

Committee on Trade and Industry Chairman Mark Villar (left) expressed his support for the Go Negosyo Bill and related Bills that seek to improve the provisions of the Barangay Micro Business Enterprise. (Photo taken during the Go Negosyo’s OFW and Family Summit)

As we turn 9 years old in this entrepreneurship advocacy, it is humbling to see the awareness level and positive views on entrepreneurship.  It is now hip to be an entrepreneur, unlike in the past when an entrepreneur would normally be shy to admit that he or she is an entrepreneur.  “Eto, nag nenegosyo lang” would be the typical answer to a question like “what do you do?”  Now, it is usually with pride and passion on his or her products when an entrepreneur gives an answer. The push from other sectors has started, even in Congress and at the Senate, has passed on third reading the Go Negosyo Bill sponsored by Sen. Bam Aquino.

 

The Go Negosyo Bill aims to address the Philippines’ rising unemployment rate by speeding up the current business registration process and boosting support for micro, small, and medium enterprises (MSMEs). We support how the Go Negosyo bill connects and intends to unlock further the potential of the two existing laws: the Magna Carta for MSMEs and the BMBE Law.

 

The bill intends to establish Negosyo Centers supervised by DTI in each city and municipality as a hub for MSME registration and development.  This signals to the entreps and would-be entreps that there is an institution they can go to for any assistance in setting-up and growing their business, as they get access to the relevant training, mentoring and market linkages.  Very important to know is on how the micro and small can link up to the value chain of existing businesses because this is the model that can give them sustainable market for their outputs. The Bill shall promote ease of doing business at the city and municipal level by integrating a single business processing system for registration, permits, set-ups and management.

 

It will also facilitate access to grants and other forms of financial assistance, shared-service facilities and equipment and other support. In the House of Representatives, Sen. Bam’s counterpart, Committee on Trade and Industry Chairman Mark Villar and Committee on SME Chair Neil Montejo, together with the distinguished Committee members, expressed support and gave views on how to fine-tune the Go Negosyo Bill and related Bills that seek to improve the provisions of the Barangay Micro Business Enterprise. It was an opportune time for Go Negosyo led by Exec. Director Mon Lopez and advocates Dean Pax Lapid and Jorge Wieneke to attend the public hearing to give their inputs on the provisions of the Bill, particularly on how the Negosyo Centers in all the provinces can maximize the linkage with their respective entrepreneurs, academe and private sector organizations like Go Negosyo in their areas to serve as mentors and enablers that will help micro SMEs level-up their negosyos.

 

Our team also mentioned that the implementation and amendments related laws like the Barangay Micro Business Enterprise will definitely help the capabilities of MSMEs to level up and to develop very good business concepts. As in a Go Negosyo activity, the Negosyo Centers shall organize mentoring programs and offer continuous training, financial literacy and marketing development programs, including the linkage with the relevant market opportunities.  It will also coordinate with schools and organizations on the development of youth entrepreneurship program, like in Go Negosyo advocacy, we believe in the need to start developing the enterprising mindset while they are young. Funding sources are abundant but what are needed are good innovative business concepts that would “sell”, one that has sustainable demand and unique proposition.

 

In other words, one that is bankable, either from investors or lenders. It is therefore important that initiatives from government center on capacity building or in empowering the Filipino entrepreneurs with the 4 C’s- right enterprising Character, Passion with Competence, Continuous Creativity (Innovations that can sell) and Serving  well the target Consumer market.  We need this kind of entrepreneurs, value-adding and making a difference; attributes that Go Negosyo promotes to make local entrepreneurs globally competitive and more prepared to face the ASEAN market integration. The goal is to create and generate more job opportunities to help the many poor Filipinos. Having said this, we found out that the amount of fund accumulated from penalties whenever Banks are not able to comply with the required minimum lending to micro SMEs have grown to around P117 Million and we urge the Micro SME Development Council to use this fund to where it can be of much benefit, particularly on capacity-building and training of micro SMEs to learn how to take their businesses to the next level, where they can improve on their profitability.

 

In the first place, this is how the funds should be used, to benefit directly the constituents, rather than just put in bank placements which earn little interest. It should be used for developmental purposes instead. The development of a competitive micro-entrepreneur requires support from various sectors.  We hope to have a smooth passage of this bill soon. We are very optimistic that once Go Negosyo bill finally becomes a law, more Filipino SMEs will be empowered to create a positive impact and contribute in the progress and development of our community and this will surely be a way for many to combat poverty. To the congressmen, senators, and institutions who support the Go Negosyo bill, more power to you all.

 

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Thanks to Dean Pax and Jorge Weineke for joining us [during yesterday’s] Congressional hearing. The hearing gave us chance to share our views on the Go Negosyo bills and BMBE Amendments filed. Great to know much push also in Congress with the counterpart of Sen Bam led by Trade Industry Committee Chair Mark Villar and SME Committee Chair Neil Montejo. Thanks to all House Representatives supporting Go Negosyo bills.

 

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GoNegosyo to Bring its Creativity & Innovation Summit in Cebu

Tuesday, May 27th, 2014

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True to its commitment of helping transform the Philippines into an entrepreneurial nation, the Philippine Center for Entrepreneurship, Inc. – Go Negosyo is bringing the Creativity and Innovation Summit in Cebu on August 29, 2014, FRIDAY at the J Center Mall, Mandaue City, Cebu, after its successful Manila run November last year.

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Tagumpay: Giving the OSY a Chance

Sunday, May 25th, 2014

For the past two years, Go Negosyo has been supporting its Negosyo Mo, Bukas Ko (NMBK) program of helping deserving out-of-school youths (OSYs) to be employed so they can save up to go back to school, to finish college or even a vocational course.

Go Negosyo, since it started 9 years ago, has been inspiring Filipinos to beat poverty by having a positive enterprising mindset and know-how. But there are some out there who need a helping hand, the OSYs whose parents, due to poverty, are not able to fund their schooling.

We do our best in selecting the most deserving among them whose background would warrant assistance and whose character shows the passion to succeed. We provide values formation that will equip the OSYs with some edge in work attitude that will benefit the employers. 

Our challenge is to invite more private sector companies to partner with us by giving the OSYs a chance, by hiring them.  Not only do they provide an opportunity for these youths to earn, but also obtain for themselves a source of motivated and trainable employees.

We are grateful to our partners – companies who have joined the program by hiring the OSYs and giving them a chance to succeed. Some mentioned that they will hire people anyway so why not give a chance to those most in need.  We thank the likes of French Baker, PR Gaz, Mekeni, RFM, Kettle Korn, Puregold, Shopwise, Shell, Bibingkinitan, SM Supermarket, among others.  There are many more helping and we still invite more companies to be a part of our program to help improve the lives of our OSYs.


AGNES BALON works for NMBK – Third among four siblings, the 22 year old Agnes Balon is determined to move up in life despite her family’s financial struggle. She is an undergraduate of Electronics Engineering and had to stop due to lack of funds for tuition. Though unemployed, she had many sidelines like direct selling and prepaid loading station but the money that she gets was not enough for her and her family’s needs. Under the NMBK training program, Agnes worked directly for NMBK as an office staff for almost two years. Today, she is going back to school to fulfill her dream to finish schooling. She hopes to someday give back and help more out-of-school youth.


ARDIE GUILLENA worked for PUREGOLD  – Eldest among the eight children of a driver and a housewife, Ardie Guillena dropped out of college to give way to his sister’s schooling. He worked as a construction worker, and did other odd jobs to help his family financially. He realized that he could do much better. Ardie became part of NMBK and worked as a merchandiser for Puregold. Today, he is a working student taking up Automotive Mechanics. Ardie said that the training built his confidence, improved his people skills, motivated him, and enabled him to bond with new friends.


ROANNE DE VERA worked for AFFI – Finishing school was Roanne De Vera’s biggest dream. Being part of a big family and due to financial hardship, she worked to support her family and to fulfill her dream. After her training in NMBK, she worked as office staff in the Association of Filipino Franchisers (AFFI). She is happy with her work and exerts effort to budget her expenses to save up. She hopes of fulfilling her dreams and she knows that someday she will be very proud to say that she made it, survived and solved her problems in life.


MELA ROSA  BUENSALIDA worked for SHOPWISE – A daughter of a carpenter with 12 other siblings, Mela Rosa Buensalida dreamed of finishing a 4-year course but her parents did not have enough means to support her. After finishing her NMBK training, she worked as a cashier teller in Shopwise and was able to save enough to help her family and used some of her savings for her father’s medication. Mela was inspired, motivated, and her confidence improved. She felt that the faith and hope that the NMBK training and the work experience that she gained were her most important take-away.


EDWARD PONES worked for SHOPWISE – Dropping out of school and being exposed to a number of bad vices did not hinder Edward Pones to redeem himself and defy hardships. His mother, a laundrywoman, is the only one working after his father died. His sister also passed away at an early age because of leukemia. Despite that, he tried to work part time as a foreman in a construction site and also packed books for a company. His friend introduced him the NMBK program which gave him the chance to make up for his mistakes. He worked as a bagger in Shopwise and was able to save up. He learned about time-management, gained confidence, and improved his skills in dealing with people.


EUNICE CARUAL worked for SHOPWISE – Eldest among three children, Eunice Carual (right) did not finish her Hotel and Restaurant Services course because of insufficient funds for her tuition. She tried to study again but still was not able to finish and tried to find a job but failed. When she heard about NMBK, she grabbed the chance to be part of the training. She worked in Shopwise as a displayer and sales associate. After finishing her contract, she applied to go abroad. She used her savings to get and submit her application requirements. Last January 17, 2014 she flew to Kuwait to work as crew in a fast food chain. Eunice learned about teamwork and getting along with people. She felt that the monitoring done by the NMBK staff was sufficient and effective.


ROMEO BOY VALMONTE JR. worked for JOLLIBEE – Not having enough funds hindered the 21 year old Romeo Voy Valmonte Jr. from finishing his vocational course in food and beverage service. He tried to work, finding a job as an encoder at DSWD and as a griller-waiter in a restaurant, yet he still dreamed to study someday and finish a course in business administration. After finishing the NMBK training program, he worked as a crew in Jollibee for 5 months and was able to save up.  After his contract, he went back to Bulacan to find work and be with his family. Currently, he has a part time job in a supermarket. During the training phase, he built confidence, acknowledged his plans and dreams, tried to be independent, and became stronger and assertive.


RHEGENE GARCIA worked for POTATO CORNER – Second among seven children, Rhegene Garcia had a hard time finding a job because of dental problem. Although she studied a two-year associate degree at a small institution in Novaliches, her dental condition became her major challenge in landing a job. NMBK helped her in the training and sought for a dental sponsor to fix her teeth and gave her a new set of dentures. Afterwards, she worked in Potato Corner in Quezon City for six months. After her contract, she trained a new batch of NMBK participants also working in Potato Corner. Rhegene dreams of becoming an entrepreneur someday, and she is planning to study a course related to the food industry. Today, she is in Norway with her foster family who is helping her finish a vocational course.


DANDY BOY BENTOSO worked for NMBK – Lack of education credentials hindered the 26 year old Dandy Boy Bentoso in landing a job. He only finished one semester in college. His determination to work and earn a living is rooted for the love of his family. He worked on a contractual basis as a cook in a fast food chain, and a housekeeper in a hotel. He also became a carpenter after his contract has ended. NMBK helped Dandy to be equipped with the skills and knowledge and the opportunity to have a better job. He realized that it is never too late for anyone, including the out-of-school youth to dream and fulfill it. After working in Go Negosyo as NMBK staff for a year, he went back to school and took up Computer Science. He also worked for ITHINKspac which is a business partner of Go Negosyo.


MARIA LERIZA ORQUE worked for BIBINGKINITAN – Strong will to get out of poverty is what drove the 19 year old Maria Leriza Orque to work hard. Although she finished high school, she was not able to go to college because of financial hardship. She prioritized the need to help her parents and eight other siblings. After hearing about the NMBK program, she took the opportunity to attend trainings and was lucky to work at Bibingkinitan as sales crew. The program helped her to focus more on her work because of her yearning for a college degree. She is dedicated to her work, as she believes that NMBK is the step to reach her dreams.


JUMMEL BALANTAC worked for REYES HAIRCUTTERS – Eldest among three siblings, the 22 year old Jummel Balantac wants to help his family get out of poverty. Jummel being only a high school graduate hindered him from landing a good job. He worked as a merchandiser and delivery logistic person to earn a living. One day, someone advised him to go to NMBK to find a job, earn money and at the same time to study. After the training program, he worked as a hairstylist at Reyes Haircutters. Jummel also actively do volunteer works. His inspiration is his self, because when he was still young, he worked hard not only to help himself but his family.


JUN RONNEL BAYOG works for SHELL – At an early age, Jun Ronnel Bayog had the persistence to move up in life. Though financially challenged, he was able to help his siblings and parents in the daily grind of life. He sold pan de sal to support his studies and was able to finish high school and a vocational degree in Computer Technology. He did not ask money from his parents for his tuition because the money that his parents earn is not enough to send him to school so he decided to work for it instead. NMBK helped him to get a job. He is currently working as gasoline boy in Shell Corporation. His inspiration is his self because since he was a child, he had so many trials in life and he is quite jealous with other children who did not have to work at a very young age just to study.


ROXANNE DE VERA worked for BIBINGKINITAN – Despite her family’s struggle to make both ends meet, Roxanne De Vera did not lose hope of getting a job to make their lives better. Roxanne did not finish her course on Hotel and Restaurant services because of financial issues. Her biggest dream is to finish her studies though she knows that her parents may not be able to help her. When she underwent the NMBK training program, she was able to work as a service crew for Bibingkinitan. She learned so many things like self confidence, she became matured. She said that she can already help her family financially. She never stopped believing in herself. Now, Roxanne is making her step in fulfilling her dreams for knows that someday she will be very proud to say that she made it.


JUSTINE GABRIEL TOLIBAS works for PR GAZ – Eldest among three siblings, Justine Gabriel Tolibas (right) did a sacrifice for his younger siblings. Though he finished high school, he was not able to continue to college because they lack the financial means. Instead of pursuing college, he let his other siblings get the chance to study. Justine worked as a Red Cross volunteer but the income that he gets is insufficient to support his family. With the help of NMBK, he was delegated to be part of PR Gaz Company as data encoder. He learned a lot from the NMBK training program and is very thankful for the help and support that NMBK gave him. He said that he will strive hard to be successful and will not waste the opportunity that NMBK gave him to reach his goals and dreams in life.


GINALYN DOMANAIS worked for FRENCH BAKER – Though faced with the challenge of getting a job, Ginalyn Domanais worked hard to get one. Because of poverty, she only reached high school and did not continue to college. This is also to give way for her three other siblings for them to continue schooling. When she underwent the NMBK training, she was fortunate to get a job in French Baker as a crew and she was very glad to have learned a lot from that experience. She gained confidence and became a team player and is very thankful to NMBK.


JULIE MALINAO worked for KETTLE KORN – Second among six children, Julie Malinao (left) believed that poverty is not a hindrance to pursue her dreams in life. She did not finish schooling because she had to stop to give way for her other siblings and they are financially challenged. When she took the NMBK program, she worked with Kettle Korn as production crew. It was difficult for her to adjust at first but eventually she gained confidence. She was able to save up and today, she is taking up Criminology for she dreams to be a policewoman someday. Perseverance, hard work, and discipline are what helped Julie to be back on track.


JERLIE MANALANG works for MEKENI – Eager to help her parents and her siblings to get out of poverty and survive their everyday living, the 18 year old Jerlie Manalang had to stop her schooling to find a job and work for a living. Though her father works as maintenance in a mall, his income is not sufficient to make both ends meet. Good thing, when Jerlie underwent the NMBK training, she was able to work in Mekeni Corporation in Pampanga as a production crew. Her contract was extended because of her good performance and dedication to work. Today, she is saving up so she can go back to school and pursue a degree in Information Technology.


JENELDA ESTREMOS works for SM Supermarket– Second among six children; she stood as the eldest because she helped in supporting her family. She finished a vocational course as Computer Associate but she still had difficulties in getting a job. She tried to go back to school to take a 4 year course but financial hardship stopped her from pursuing her dream. She had the opportunity to become a lady bagger in SM Supermarket through NMBK training program. Right now, she is doing well with her work and is saving up to get back to school and help her family get out of poverty.


MERLYN BARBADILLO works for GAISANO MALL – Determination is what drove the 18 year old Merlyn Barbadillo to help her family. She only finished high school because her mother cannot provide her and her four other siblings their daily needs after her father died. Luckily, after finishing the NMBK program, she landed a job as a sales lady in Gaisano Mall in Cebu. Life’s challenges made her stronger and more determined to succeed in life and get out of poverty.


WILBERT TIMONIO works for LANTAW RESTAURANT – Though his parents sell fruits for a living, it’s still not enough to make both ends meet for the 20 year old Wilbert Timonio and his four other siblings. Wilbert finished a vocational course on Automotive in TESDA but it did not suffice for him to get a job. Under the NMBK program, Wilbert was able to improve his skills and worked as waiter in Lantaw Restaurant in Cebu. He is very thankful to NMBK for the learnings that he got from them.

FILIPINO SERVICE AT ITS BEST

Wednesday, May 21st, 2014
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MODERN DAY HEROES: OFWs who never fail in providing world-class excellent Filipino service

For the past 5 to 6 years, we have been taking a cruise with my parents in different parts of the world. This time we are doing a bit of a repeat of a cruise we did 6 years ago which started in Istanbul. We are about 45 adults and children, by far the biggest Pinoy contingent in every cruise we have taken. And as usual, people always congratulate my parents for the number of children and grandchildren they have.
This is something that I am very thankful for. By God’s grace, our family is blessed with love and good values that each of the family members treasure and share.
Being a Catholic country, I guess this is one thing that I see common among Filipino families. Aside from the spirit of bonding together and times when we have no choice but to eat together daily and talk to each other, we always enjoy talking to the Filipino crew whose numbers are increasing every year and we also see many of them getting promoted to a higher positions.
Clearly, this is a good indication that more and more Filipinos are finding ways to move up in life, not only to help themselves and their families but also to show the world that Filipinos are never destined to be poor. Perseverance, hard work, determination, creative, friendly with a warm smile and positive character are just some of the inherent traits that Filipino workers are known for wherever they are.
We have been sailing with Crystal Cruises for the past years and I am glad to see that Filipinos are gaining the respect not just because of Manny Pacquiao but because of the Filipino excellence in service. It is not a job for them; it is a passion to serve that makes Filipino workers the best. It is also, in a way if one looks at it, what poverty has done to our country.
It has pushed Filipinos to fight poverty and by working abroad they do sacrifice family time which is extremely precious but they in exchange have put it into their mission to lift their families out of poverty.
I always share this line with many, that if one were to look at being a Catholic country, we can be faulted for having a very high population but that same human resource asset has become our competitive edge in providing services abroad. The country’s high level of OFW remittances that have been growing at 5-6% annually reaching over USD22 Billion in a year, have sustained the Philippine economy and propelled consumption spending and private investments, even in times when the world economy was slowing down.
While it has created poverty to some extent, perhaps more because of irresponsible parenthood, Filipinos have fought back poverty by now being the largest foreign migrant workers abroad, and within the Philippines, as call center agents and BPO workers. Their prosperity has pushed-up demand and economic boom in real estate properties, growth in number of malls due to continuous consumer spending, clothing and accessories, vehicles and local travel and tourism.

Yes, there is a social cost to this phenomenon in terms of maintaining family relationships, but we see more and more families managing the issue better now. The wifi technology is a help in allowing more frequent Skype and Facetime communication between OFWs and their families. I know that some countries like Italy also encourage the families of the OFWs to join them.
Challenges in getting what we want to achieve in life will definitely come our way. It will test our values and character. The best thing that we can do is to remain focused in our work, in our purpose, in our passion. In the end, we will realize that all the sacrifices that we did for our family and love ones are all worth it once we have surpassed the difficulties.
Through the years, we were wondering whether we will ever be a great nation. It will happen when people start to take control of their own destiny and work on how to be a contributor and productive member of society. We strive to be a part of the solution, not part of the problem. We can fulfill our purpose and passion in life, to make a difference and as we do that, we do something good for our country.
Filipinos are indeed starting to get the respect we deserve, not just because today we are an investment grade country, but taking pride of how Filipinos work and serve others regardless of who they are.
God helps those who help themselves and through the years we pondered if there would ever be an end to the misfortunes of the Philippines from 20 years in a dictatorship. Yes we did it. It has taken us 41 years to finally become an investment grade-country that is fast gaining the respect of every nation all over the world. Add to this our OFW remittances that add great flexibility during times of crisis.
So many lives were lost fighting dictatorship which led to democracy and this was not easy as it took many presidents from that time to bring it to where it is today. There are a lot of imperfections still in our society, poverty is still around but as a nation, indeed, God has started to bless this country whose citizens have never abandoned their faith in Him. I salute all our hardworking Filipinos all over the world for being part of the Philippine great economic recovery story.

 

[EVENT PARTNERSHIP] Be the Big Boss Summit

Wednesday, May 21st, 2014

Coming from a successful event last year, the “Be the Big Boss” launches its second run for this second year of influence and breakthroughs on – ENTREPRENEURSHIP.

Early this year the campaign on entrepreneurship took a notch higher showcasing what the Filipinos are capable of. An entrepreneurial spirit soared high in the city of Bataan where its residents and common neighbors listened and learned about being a strategic successful entrepreneur.

And this July, the “Be the Big Boss 2014” will visit the city of Manila once again. Challeng_ng the entrepreneurs, business influencers, and company decision makers with high-impact interactive learning experiences, engaging views and innovative perspectives we are sure that every participant will be at best.

And as the learning continues we are offering with it six successful, and expanding business operations together with its owners, and key persons that targets the six channels of the booming business here in the Philippines.

DATE: JULY 19, 2014 (SAT)
TIME: 1:00 PM – 6:00PM
VENUE: SMX Convention Center, SM Aura Premier, Taguig City

BBS-2014

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TOPICS:
1. Retail Services – “Retail Services at Growth”
– Why retail services?
– Principles, and guide for retail servicing

2. Online Marketing – “A New Business Platform” by Janette Toral
– The digital marketing & its effects
– Engaging your customers to business through social
media
– Effective social media campaigns

3. Franchising – “Seizing a Franchise”
– Why franchise? franchising over new business ideas
– Essentials on managing and operating the business

4. Food Business – “The Food Concept” by RJ Ledesma
– How to make ideas and concept work
– Discovering the niche market

5. Agriculture – “One of the Country’s Asset”
– The growing business of agriculture
– A hidden channel of business opportunities you can
explore

6. Social Entrepreneurship – “A Hope that brings Joy to Every Juan” by Antonio “Tony” Meloto
– Purpose, people, planet, profit

WHO SHOULD ATTEND THIS CONFERENCE?
CEO’s, company Presidents, aspiring entrepreneurs, franchisees, franchisors, OFW’s, retirees, home makers, educators, students, and anyone who desire to engage in business and aspiring to solidify and expand their business.

LEARNING INVESTMENT:
Regular Rate Php 999.00
Group Rate Php 799.00 (3 participants per group)
Student Rate Php 350.00

How to Register:
Sign up online by clicking the link: http://tinyurl.com/2014BigBossSummit

Payment Details:
Payment is made through bank deposit. All participants are required to write in their deposit slips the phrase, “FOR BIG BOSS SUMMIT” below the amount before making the deposit. As a proof of payment, the participant need to scan the slip and send it to gianinajoy.pce@gmail.com and bring the slip during the registration for the issuance of official receipt.

Bank details:
BANK: BDO / PIONEER HIGLAND BRANCH
ACCOUNT NAME: Philippine Center for Entrepreneurship Foundation Inc.
SAVINGS: 485-0088492

The Good Samaritan

Wednesday, May 14th, 2014

Being an entrepreneur knows no age, background, nor gender. Many Filipinos dream of becoming an entrepreneur. Well, anyone can be one given the right mindset and attitude, knowledge and skills, and the passion and creativity to do it. It is the character and values that matter in putting up and running a successful business.

A SILVER LINING: A ray of light shone upon Go Negosyo Summit attendee Marivic (right) from Tacloban when Alice Eduardo (left), CEO of Sta. Elena Construction and Development Corporation gave her the opportunity to start again a new business.

A SILVER LINING: A ray of light shone upon Go Negosyo Summit attendee Marivic (right) from Tacloban when Alice Eduardo (left), CEO of Sta. Elena Construction and Development Corporation gave her the opportunity to start again a new business.

Let me share with you the story of Alice Eduardo, the “queen” in a men-dominated construction industry. Her company is the only Filipino group who could do huge piling works for large-scale construction projects of many big corporations like the SM group, Belle, and Bloomberry to name a few. She quietly started in 1996. Today, large foreign and local contractors are sub-contracting to her group for the piling and foundation works.

Alice, at an early age, knew that she will become an entrepreneur. At seven, she was supplying rice grains, pan de sal, and other products to her community. She even drove a truck when she was 14 just so she can go around town.

Alice, the CEO of Sta. Elena Construction and Development, proved that venturing in the construction industry knows no gender. She said “Growing up, I stood constantly in awe of engineering wonders and often thought of them as larger than life. I always thought of how roads and bridges helped people improve their lives. How simply basic and important it was that buildings stood on solid foundation. I was driven by the thought that one day, if I worked hard enough, if I were determined enough, I could put together the team and the equipment to build those things for people. It had nothing to do with being male or female. It had everything to do with the excitement to create lasting structures, the excitement of chasing a dream, the thrill of seeing them come true.”

Alice reiterated that she never looked at it as a “beat the men in their own game”. What she does is to be just herself for she knows that when she does what’s right, excellence will surely follow. “That will gain the respect of those who recognize your work, whether you, or they, are male or female”, she said.

She admitted that running this kind of business is not easy. Adversities struck her company especially during the Asian Financial crisis in 1997. Her company faced a big challenge when she had just purchased brand new high-end heavy machinery in anticipation of more work, but the exact opposite happened.

While there was pressure to sell the equipment at a huge discount, Alice decided to stay steady, and hanged on to the equipment. That kind of willingness to do and face what is difficult has rewarded Sta. Elena.

Today, Santa Elena has a significant portfolio of horizontal construction, roads, bridges, ports, elevated structures and power plants and she has done over 100 big projects from the private sector for the past 18 years.

Building and pricing each project right is what gained and kept the trust of her clients. Santa Elena Construction and Development Corporation, she said, have ensured that their clients see them beyond mere contractor, but as a true partner in their goals.

Doing it right the first time and never compromise is her thrust to ensure positive results. Her secret in running her business smoothly is embracing technology and new approaches, but staying constant on the basic values – what our own conscience tells us.Despite her remarkable success, Alice never forgets to give back to the community. She is a modern day Good Samaritan.

In the recent Filipina Summit, Alice helped a woman from Tacloban named Marivic whose carinderia, her only source of income, was destroyed by typhoon Yolanda. Marivic shared that she attended the recent summit to get ideas and inspiration in starting again a new business because it was in a Go Negosyo seminar in Tacloban, about 4 years ago, where she learned a lot and got the courage to start a negosyo. She broke down in tears when she narrated how her dream business was wiped out by Yolanda, and had no one to turn to. She was hoping to find ways to bounce back.

After listening from the inspiring speakers in the morning, she tried her luck to get a chance to solicit a piece of advice from the panelists. Perhaps it was not an accident but God’s plan for her plight to be heard. Both Senators Cynthia Villar and Alice offered not only advice but opportunities to go back into business. That day, she was offered to become a resident food concessionaire in the huge construction project in the new entertainment city near Mall of Asia. She was asked to run the canteen and provide food for more than 4,000 employees in Alice’s construction site. That was the turning point of her struggle. Today, they are in the process of finalizing the steps for Marivic to start her new catering business that will surely change her life for the better.

“I feel strongly about growth and prosperity being spread widely across the countryside.” she mentioned.

Alice’s persistence and vision made her successful. Her advice to aspiring entrepreneurs is to choose life’s work according to what excites you, and as the saying goes, “you will never ‘work’ a day in your life”, because it simply won’t feel like work, it will feel like the pursuit of passion.

The search for the right business or work may vary and is really different for many but at the end of the day, it is all about fulfillment in the things that you do.

[GoNegosyo Summit] GoNegosyo to Hold 1st PH AgriNegosyo Summit 

Wednesday, May 14th, 2014

AGRI LOGO FINAL FC

Inspired by its commitment to building the Philippines as an entrepreneurial nation, the Philippine Center for Entrepreneurship, Inc. (Go Negosyo) is launching its very FIRST PHILIPPINE AGRINEGOSYO SUMMIT on JULY 25, FRIDAY at the WORLD TRADE CENTER in Pasay City.

GNPAS is a one-day event that will feature different topics in agripreneurship in the forms of keynote addresses, plenary discussions and plenary lectures.  It shall enjoin the participants to develop a positive change in their mindset, and empower them with relevant entrepreneurship tools and concepts as their key to success specifically in pursuing an agribusiness venture.

Designed to complement the existing sectoral summits of GoNegosyo targeting the youth, the women, the OFWs and the technopreneurs, this Summit is centered on reinforcing the entrepreneurial spirit of the Filipino people by educating them about different opportunities in the vast sector of agriculture.

 

GNAS - Final Poster

OBJECTIVES

 

Specifically, the summit aims to be able to:

  • Inspire students and aspiring entrepreneurs to look at agriculture in a different way and possibly encourage them to start their own agribusiness ventures by featuring young successful and inspiring agripreneurs;
  • Present various business models in agriculture in the crops, seeds and grains, vegetables and fruits, agri-processing, fishing and animal raising and industry subcategories and teach practical know-how on starting up an agri venture;
  • Recognize role models in the field of agripreneurship through the GoNegosyo Inspiring Agripreneurs for 2014 Award;
  • Invite relevant government agencies and leaders in the agriculture sector to communicate their general roadmap and vision for the Philippine Agriculture;
  • Get together a network of enablers in the agribusiness industry to share and discuss services being extended to potential and practicing entrepreneurs.

 

 

THE FORUMS

 

There will be four plenary forums on the following topics:

 

Keynote Forum The Making of a Successful Agribusiness Ventures 
Panel Discussion 1:Business Models Business Opportunities and Business Models in the Agriculture Sector: Trends, Treats and Threats
Panel Discussion 2:Making It Happen Going into the Agri-Business Venture & the 3M: Making It Happen! (MENTORS & MACHINES)
Panel Discussion 3:Making It Happen Getting Funding: Going into the Agri-Business Venture & the 3Ms: Making It Happen! (MONEY)
Panel Discussion 4:Young Agripreneurs Cultivating the Youth to be Agripreneurs

 

Aside from the plenary forums, other program elements include:

 

Welcome Message To be delivered by the GoNegosyo’s Founding Trustee, Mr. Joey Concepcion
Keynote Addresses To be delivered by top government officials whose primary and special duties revolve around agriculture – Sen. Cynthia Villar, Senate Committee Chair on Agriculture and Food, and newly appointed Presidential Assistant on Food Security and Agriculture Modernization, former senator Francis ‘Kiko’ Pangilinan
GoNegosyo Inspiring Agripreneurs Award 2014 Aim of which is to recognize role models who will continually inspire our fellow Filipinos to also venture into agripreneurship
AgriExpo As a hands on experience, there will be select agricompanies who will do product/service exhibit. This is to provide the attendees a visual or even tactile or hands on experience.
Plenary Talks

 

DOWNLOAD COPY OF THE LATEST PROGRAM HERE.

DOWNLOAD COPY OF THE PRIMER HERE.

 

REGISTRATION FEE & HOW TO REGISTER

A. Students & Teachers

  • Registration is free for students and teachers (Graduate School not included).
  • The official invitation letter to schools may be downloaded HERE
  • The confirmation slip (for schools only) may be downloaded HERE.

 

B. Non-Academe Participants/ General Audience

  • Registration Fee: For Non-Academe Participants (Non-Student/Non-teacher/ Non-School Personnel), registration fee is Five Hundred Pesos Only (P500.00).
  • Inclusion: The fee covers the door ticket, seat allotment (in the blocked area of the hall), and Certificate of Attendance.
  • Where to Register: Registration for non-student/non-teacher is via online: www.tinyurl.com/gonegagri

 

Since slots are limited (World Trade Center Hall D can only accommodate over a thousand participants), we encourage you to confirm immediately or reserve your slots by calling 637.9229 or 6318101 loc. 7106

 

WHO TO CONTACT

 

For INTERESTED PARTICIPANTS (general audience, aspiring and practicing entrepreneurs and high school and college students and teachers), you may get in touch with our Programs Development Assistant Braddy Reyes at gonegosyo.agribusiness@gmail.com.

 

For INTERESTED INSTITUTIONAL PARTNERS, you may get in touch with our Programs Development Manager Jap Uminga at jap.pce@gmail.com.

 

For INTERESTED SPONSORS AND EXHIBITORS, you may get in touch with our Marketing Officer Mia Concepcion at mia.concepcion@gmail.com.

 

For INTERESTED MEDIA PARTNERS, you may get in touch with our Media and Communications Officer Ann Margaret Antonio at marga.pce@gmail.com.

 

THE GONEGOSYO AGRIPRENEURSHIP SUMMIT 2014 (GNPAS) SECRETARIAT MAY BE CONTACTED THROUGH 637.9229 OR 6318101 LOC. 7106 OR VIA EMAIL (gonegosyo.agribusiness@gmail.com)

SUMMER’S MORE FUN IN THE PHILIPPINES

Sunday, May 11th, 2014

Thru the 9 years of Go Negosyo, we have awarded and recognized entrepreneurs who have tourism as their business model. Why not? I have always believed in what our country has to offer, our beautiful islands and beaches, remarkable sceneries, rich biodiversity, forest and mountains and our hospitable Filipinos who are always warm to visitors and would never fail to offer a smile. Tourism is where our country has a natural comparative advantage, and we are fortunate to have a marketing and business – oriented Tourism Secretary Mon Jimenez who knows how to highlight these advantages to generate record – breaking tourism revenues.

With our government finally moving toward the airports and road infrastructure developments to make it really more fun and convenient to come to the Philippines, those setting up resorts, hotels, and other tourist destinations will definitely benefit. A chance also for the support services like the connecting transport system, restaurants, souvenirs negosyos to prosper, which many local entrepreneurs can do as a business model.

Let me share with you some of the entrepreneurs in our community, who are passionate on their negosyos and have all contributed to levelling-up our tourism industry, a reason for many tourists to come back again and again.

Former Camarines Sur governor and Go Negosyo trustee Lray Villafuerte Jr. started the first wake boarding spot in the country. The Camsur Watersports Complex or CWC is a unique watersports park designed for wakeboarding, wakeskating and waterskiing. It offers a 6-point cable ski system, coupled with restaurants, sand bars, spas, pro-shops and grand stands for guests and tourists around the world. Since then it attracted tourists and garnered much attention making tourists from around the world want a piece of Camsur's adventure.

Former Camarines Sur governor and Go Negosyo trustee Lray Villafuerte Jr. started the first wake boarding spot in the country. The Camsur Watersports Complex or CWC is a unique watersports park designed for wakeboarding, wakeskating and waterskiing. It offers a 6-point cable ski system, coupled with restaurants, sand bars, spas, pro-shops and grand stands for guests and tourists around the world. Since then it attracted tourists and garnered much attention making tourists from around the world want a piece of Camsur’s adventure.

CEO of Profood International Justin Uy is regarded as the Philippines' mango King because of his products and brand. Profood was born in 1980 and his 16 hectare manufacturing facility also provides plant tours for tourist and promoted as a tourist attraction in Cebu. Today, his mango products are available in 45 countries around the world including Europe, America, Australia, and Asia.

CEO of Profood International Justin Uy is regarded as the Philippines’ mango King because of his products and brand. Profood was born in 1980 and his 16 hectare manufacturing facility also provides plant tours for tourist and promoted as a tourist attraction in Cebu. Today, his mango products are available in 45 countries around the world including Europe, America, Australia, and Asia.

A dedicated mother of three, CEO of the Bluewater Beach Resorts Julie Alegrado Vergara founded her resort in Cebu in 1989. Her resorts are in Sumilon Island, Maribago, and Panglao, Bohol. It is a wholly Filipino-owned chain of resorts showcasing the best of Filipino culture: creative, warm, friendly, attentive, caring, and relaxing. Today, a lot of tourists go to her resort to experience exquisite relaxation, excellent food offering, and first-class accommodation.

A dedicated mother of three, CEO of the Bluewater Beach Resorts Julie Alegrado Vergara founded her resort in Cebu in 1989. Her resorts are in Sumilon Island, Maribago, and Panglao, Bohol. It is a wholly Filipino-owned chain of resorts showcasing the best of Filipino culture: creative, warm, friendly, attentive, caring, and relaxing. Today, a lot of tourists go to her resort to experience exquisite relaxation, excellent food offering, and first-class accommodation.

Go Negosyo Inspiring Entrepreneur awardee and owner of the famous Razon’s Halo-Halo and Palabok Ryan Razon continues to expand the reach of their products. What started out as a small business in Guagua now has five branches of the business, four in Pampanga, Cabanatuan, Pangasinan and Tarlac. The Razon halo-halo business already has 70 branches nationwide, all managed by members of the Razon family and still growing. Razon’s maintains its low-key reputation but is widely known because of its fine halo-halo and other Filipino delicacies.

Go Negosyo Inspiring Entrepreneur awardee and owner of the famous Razon’s Halo-Halo and Palabok Ryan Razon continues to expand the reach of their products. What started out as a small business in Guagua now has five branches of the business, four in Pampanga, Cabanatuan, Pangasinan and Tarlac. The Razon halo-halo business already has 70 branches nationwide, all managed by members of the Razon family and still growing. Razon’s maintains its low-key reputation but is widely known because of its fine halo-halo and other Filipino delicacies.

President of the Islands group Jay Aldeguer started with his famous Island Souvenirs in 1992. Island Souvenirs succeed in providing unique, creative and lively colored-souvenirs, incorporating the country's natural beauty through its designs. Jay expanded and added colors to related-businesses along the lines of tourism, where he has established recognition, as he put-up Island Pasalubong centers, Island Hotels, and Island Boat Rides.

President of the Islands group Jay Aldeguer started with his famous Island Souvenirs in 1992. Island Souvenirs succeed in providing unique, creative and lively colored-souvenirs, incorporating the country’s natural beauty through its designs. Jay expanded and added colors to related-businesses along the lines of tourism, where he has established recognition, as he put-up Island Pasalubong centers, Island Hotels, and Island Boat Rides.

Owned by the renowned hairdresser and pioneering salon entrepreneur Ricky Reyes, Golden Sunset Resort in Calatagan, Batangas is one of the country's premiere resorts. What started out as a mere weekend getaway place for families and friends and a training facility for the people of Calatagan, Batangas in the food and restaurant industry is now a fast becoming destination for tourists and vacationers alike. It offers the perfect mix of natural scenery, world-class amenities, relaxing ambiance, and excellent service for vacationers and beachgoers alike.

Owned by the renowned hairdresser and pioneering salon entrepreneur Ricky Reyes, Golden Sunset Resort in Calatagan, Batangas is one of the country’s premiere resorts. What started out as a mere weekend getaway place for families and friends and a training facility for the people of Calatagan, Batangas in the food and restaurant industry is now a fast becoming destination for tourists and vacationers alike. It offers the perfect mix of natural scenery, world-class amenities, relaxing ambiance, and excellent service for vacationers and beachgoers alike.

Raintree president Annabella Wisniewski expands her hotel business to cater to more tourists in our country. Costa Pacifica in Baler is one of her many world-class resort hotels that showcase Filipino hospitality bringing in tourism. Her company also manages world-class boutique hotels Discovery Suites and Discovery Country Suites, resorts like Discovery Shores and Discovery Misibis, and food courts like Food Parks. She is also the owner of M Café and Chelsea restaurants.

Raintree president Annabella Wisniewski expands her hotel business to cater to more tourists in our country. Costa Pacifica in Baler is one of her many world-class resort hotels that showcase Filipino hospitality bringing in tourism. Her company also manages world-class boutique hotels Discovery Suites and Discovery Country Suites, resorts like Discovery Shores and Discovery Misibis, and food courts like Food Parks. She is also the owner of M Café and Chelsea restaurants.

Raintree president Annabella Wisniewski expands her hotel business to cater to more tourists in our country. Costa Pacifica in Baler is one of her many world-class resort hotels that showcase Filipino hospitality bringing in tourism. Her company also manages world-class boutique hotels Discovery Suites and Discovery Country Suites, resorts like Discovery Shores and Discovery Misibis, and food courts like Food Parks. She is also the owner of M Café and Chelsea restaurants.

Coach Angelo Lozada is the COO of Bert Lozada Swim School since 2009. Certified and educated at the World Swimming Coaches and the Philippine Aquatic Sports Association, Coach Angelo makes sure that his students learn properly while enjoying and having fun in the water to draw out the best in them. Bert Lozada Swim School started in 1965 through the initiative of its founder and Coach Angelo’s father Bert Lozada.

Founder of Beach Hut Sunblock and Beach Hut Bar Dennis Balajadia (left), created the first ever spray sun block in the Philippines in 2005. His clever packaging set his product apart from ordinary clinically-looking sun sprays in the market. Starting only with one brand, his company has grown to a portfolio of almost 10 brands such as Cycles Baby Detergent, Cradle Nipple and Bottle Cleanser, Bliss Lubricant, Holy Seat toilet sanitizer, and many more. Today, Beach Hut is a leading brand in the market preferred by beach goers.

Founder of Beach Hut Sunblock and Beach Hut Bar Dennis Balajadia (left), created the first ever spray sun block in the Philippines in 2005. His clever packaging set his product apart from ordinary clinically-looking sun sprays in the market. Starting only with one brand, his company has grown to a portfolio of almost 10 brands such as Cycles Baby Detergent, Cradle Nipple and Bottle Cleanser, Bliss Lubricant, Holy Seat toilet sanitizer, and many more. Today, Beach Hut is a leading brand in the market preferred by beach goers.

Founder of Beach Hut Sunblock and Beach Hut Bar Dennis Balajadia (left), created the first ever spray sun block in the Philippines in 2005. His clever packaging set his product apart from ordinary clinically-looking sun sprays in the market. Starting only with one brand, his company has grown to a portfolio of almost 10 brands such as Cycles Baby Detergent, Cradle Nipple and Bottle Cleanser, Bliss Lubricant, Holy Seat toilet sanitizer, and many more. Today, Beach Hut is a leading brand in the market preferred by beach goers.

Founder of Beach Hut Sunblock and Beach Hut Bar Dennis Balajadia (left), created the first ever spray sun block in the Philippines in 2005. His clever packaging set his product apart from ordinary clinically-looking sun sprays in the market. Starting only with one brand, his company has grown to a portfolio of almost 10 brands such as Cycles Baby Detergent, Cradle Nipple and Bottle Cleanser, Bliss Lubricant, Holy Seat toilet sanitizer, and many more. Today, Beach Hut is a leading brand in the market preferred by beach goers.

One of Go Negosyo's Inspiring Women Awardee and Co-owner of Lay Bare Monique Hilario with her sister put up the first waxing salon in the country in 2006. It offers a comfortable hair removal service giving its customers a feel of relaxation and satisfaction. Perfect for removal of unwanted hair to show off a smooth skin during summer outing. Today, Lay Bare has branches here and abroad.

One of Go Negosyo’s Inspiring Women Awardee and Co-owner of Lay Bare Monique Hilario with her sister put up the first waxing salon in the country in 2006. It offers a comfortable hair removal service giving its customers a feel of relaxation and satisfaction. Perfect for removal of unwanted hair to show off a smooth skin during summer outing. Today, Lay Bare has branches here and abroad.

Head coach and program director of 360 Fitness Club Coach Chappy Callanta helps people who are on the go to manage to stay fit. His 360 Fitness Club serves as an express fitness facility for people who do not have the time to work out. It is a non-traditional Filipino fitness chain that constantly reinvents the perception and mode of exercise to help individuals develop healthy and active lifestyles, serving key cities of the country and will be the first Filipino fitness chain to reach major markets in Asia. A health buff and fitness expert himself, Coach Chappy is also an advocate of healthy living and healthy lifestyle.

Head coach and program director of 360 Fitness Club Coach Chappy Callanta helps people who are on the go to manage to stay fit. His 360 Fitness Club serves as an express fitness facility for people who do not have the time to work out. It is a non-traditional Filipino fitness chain that constantly reinvents the perception and mode of exercise to help individuals develop healthy and active lifestyles, serving key cities of the country and will be the first Filipino fitness chain to reach major markets in Asia. A health buff and fitness expert himself, Coach Chappy is also an advocate of healthy living and healthy lifestyle.

Known for performing arts and social activism, Carlos Celdran holds a historical tour in Metro Manila through his Walk this Way Tour. Walking with Carlos at the walking tour of Intramuros gives you a throwback of history for he is very knowledgeable and armed with an eloquent script he giving a detailed view of the history of Manila and the town. He started this tour in 2002 gaining the public's eye and eventually attracting tourists around the world to experience this one of a kind tour.

Known for performing arts and social activism, Carlos Celdran holds a historical tour in Metro Manila through his Walk this Way Tour. Walking with Carlos at the walking tour of Intramuros gives you a throwback of history for he is very knowledgeable and armed with an eloquent script he giving a detailed view of the history of Manila and the town. He started this tour in 2002 gaining the public’s eye and eventually attracting tourists around the world to experience this one of a kind tour.

The "feet" behind Old Manila Walks Ivan Man Dy holds a tour around Manila to talk about history, culture, and heritage, and anything and everything interesting inside the city. Old Manila Walks operates on a simple principle: to have you experience the best of historic Manila - one step at a time. Since 2005, he has led thousands of people down the city's most historic venues.

The “feet” behind Old Manila Walks Ivan Man Dy holds a tour around Manila to talk about history, culture, and heritage, and anything and everything interesting inside the city. Old Manila Walks operates on a simple principle: to have you experience the best of historic Manila – one step at a time. Since 2005, he has led thousands of people down the city’s most historic venues.

Giving a twist to the normal travel-and-tour business, Clang Garcia of Jeepney Tours offers tours while riding inside a jeepney. The jeeps are custom built with a 20 seating capacity and good air-conditioning unit. Also, a videoke is installed onboard to keep the passengers entertained. It is a tourism breakthrough in the Philippines offering fascinating day trips to travelers onboard the cultural icon. The tour service comes with an English speaking guide dressed up in traditional costume. Clang is one of Go Negosyo’s 50 Inspiring Young Entrepreneurs.

Giving a twist to the normal travel-and-tour business, Clang Garcia of Jeepney Tours offers tours while riding inside a jeepney. The jeeps are custom built with a 20 seating capacity and good air-conditioning unit. Also, a videoke is installed onboard to keep the passengers entertained. It is a tourism breakthrough in the Philippines offering fascinating day trips to travelers onboard the cultural icon. The tour service comes with an English speaking guide dressed up in traditional costume. Clang is one of Go Negosyo’s 50 Inspiring Young Entrepreneurs.

President of Enchanted Kingdom Cesar Mario Mamon opened the gates of the Philippines' renowned theme park in Sta. Rosa, Laguna in 1995. Millions of guests have entered its gates and have enjoyed the brand of magic it gives. Cesar Mamon's venture gave him the unique opportunity to touch the hearts and lives of many Filipinos.

President of Enchanted Kingdom Cesar Mario Mamon opened the gates of the Philippines’ renowned theme park in Sta. Rosa, Laguna in 1995. Millions of guests have entered its gates and have enjoyed the brand of magic it gives. Cesar Mamon’s venture gave him the unique opportunity to touch the hearts and lives of many Filipinos.

CEO of Crown Regency Hotel Group Richard King manages the country’s prime hotel and resort – Crown Regency and Resorts. Providing no less than excellent service, Crown regency is focused on providing comfort and satisfaction to its clients blending traditional charm and beauty with modern amenities of a first-class hotel. Today, his company is set to expand and build another prime hotel in Bohol and in Palawan.

CEO of Crown Regency Hotel Group Richard King manages the country’s prime hotel and resort – Crown Regency and Resorts. Providing no less than excellent service, Crown regency is focused on providing comfort and satisfaction to its clients blending traditional charm and beauty with modern amenities of a first-class hotel. Today, his company is set to expand and build another prime hotel in Bohol and in Palawan.

FoodAsia president Richard Sanz’ Bibingkinitan is surely a hit Pinoy snack in the market today. Recently recognized by the Department of Tourism as the official cupcake of the Philippines, it is now becoming a must-try food for tourists. Bibingkinitan started in 2006 and today it has grown to more than 200 branches nationwide. His company has achieved a lot of milestones in the past 10 years in the industry.

FoodAsia president Richard Sanz’ Bibingkinitan is surely a hit Pinoy snack in the market today. Recently recognized by the Department of Tourism as the official cupcake of the Philippines, it is now becoming a must-try food for tourists. Bibingkinitan started in 2006 and today it has grown to more than 200 branches nationwide. His company has achieved a lot of milestones in the past 10 years in the industry.

PARTNERS IN FIGHTING POVERTY

Thursday, May 8th, 2014

People have asked me what motivated me to start an entrepreneurship movement. Even before I assumed a presidential advisory role on entrepreneurship about 9 years ago, which was a pro bono post, my vision has been to create enterprising Filipinos as the way to fight poverty.

SAME VISION TO FIGHT POVERTY: Go Negosyo’s Joey Concepcion and Sen. Bam Aquino share the same vision of  fighting poverty through entrepreneurship.

During that time, people thought I was motivated to run for a political office. I always said politics and business do not really mix well. I have always shunned even the idea of Go Negosyo turning into a party list. My formula was to support those running for the Senate that had the same vision and passion in creating a nation of enterprising Filipinos to fight poverty. This was the only formula that works as seen in many countries, creating an entrepreneurial nation. There was no need for me to aim for a public office as there are more deserving men and women who share the same vision as we do.

Sen. Bam Aquino is one of them, a Go Negosyo advocate, young and full of energy. Bam together with other senators like Cynthia Villar , Grace Poe, Sonny Angara, Miriam Santiago and Ralph Recto share this vision.  It is time our legislators are more sympathetic toward the needs of our micro and small negosyantes, which employ 70% of the workforce.

Before joining the Senate, Bam has been a Go Negosyo advocate attending a number of our summits specially the Youth Entrepreneurship summits held all over the country. He was also our Go Negosyo TV host for a few years in our program SME Go, shown in GMA News TV, and PTV 4.

Last Friday, we had a great interview with Sen. Bam in our Go Negosyo sa Radyo at DZRH.  Mon Lopez, Executive Director of Go Negosyo, co- hosts the radio program every Friday. Even before becoming a Senator, Bam has been very active in social entrepreneurship, being one of the founders of Microventures Inc. and the Hapinoy Program, and adviser to many social ventures. In the interview, you can sense his passion in the field of entrepreneurship development, as he explained the many initiatives at the Senate and bills filed that will support the SME’s.

Bam noted that it was good he was an entrepreneur prior to joining the Senate as he could feel for the SMEs, and he is more aware of what the structural or policy challenges are. He filed the Go Negosyo bill which will institutionalize the kind of business support and mentoring that SMEs need.  It is like making the services of Go Negosyo present in many areas all the time. The DTI will set-up with the LGUs the Negosyo Centers in all provinces and key cities around the country so negosyo service is made more accessible to over 100 areas.

Aside from negosyo mentorship, it will also serve as a one-stop shop for securing all the DTI and other agencies’ business permits, including those issued by the local government and BIR. There will be representatives from the micro-finance institutions that can assist in providing capital.

We in Go Negosyo will definitely extend many of our multi-media training materials on entrepreneurship as well as our network of mentors and entrepreneurs to help in providing the needed advise to those in need.  The Bill has passed third reading at the Senate and will now await the passing of the House version which is being led by Congressman Mark Villar and Congressman Neil Montejo.

Sen. Bam also outlined the other bills on entrepreneurship that he is pushing for: on Social Entrepreneurship, Youth Entrepreneurship, Micro Finance bill and they are now studying a Start-Up bill that will provide certain incentives for small start-ups, which is a program and policy in countries like Singapore.  Bam also expressed support to another bill, introduced by Sen. Cynthia Villar that will require a full Entrepreneurship subject at the high school level.

Another emerging good business model Bam cited is referred to as Inclusive Business, which is a topic we also covered before in this column.  It is basically the effort of a company to intentionally increase the sourcing of their raw materials or inputs from local communities, which eventually will give continuous market and economic opportunities to those areas.

For instance, the biggest fast food chain together with private NGOs formed the Farmers Entrepreneurship Program where Kalasag farmers in Nueva Ecija provide the supply of onions for the fastfood company. Another example is our Selecta ice cream which encouraged a farmer community in Mindanao to supply its purple yam (ube) requirements as an ingredient.

The training and consistent purchases from farmer groups allowed the communities to improve further their efficiencies and income, elevating the standard of living of the families in the area. We encourage all companies to try to develop a similar inclusive value chain in their operations to be able to not only improve the companies’ supply chain and cost structures, but help build communities.

Sen. Bam Aquino said that if the economy of an area is doing well, positive effects follow. The way to achieve this is through proper orientation and education of the producers, and the role of social entrepreneurs is to form and mobilize those farming communities or micro entrepreneurs, train them, bridge connections between them and the buying companies.  That is building a sustainable market linkage.

I believe the initiatives of Sen. Bam clearly focus on how he can help the micro and SMEs in the country.  He knows the importance of policy and program interventions, from government and private organizations like Go Negosyo, that will address the critical factors of Money-Market-Mentor needed to elevate entrepreneurship pursuits and that only through empowering the Filipinos with the right mindset, the needed skills and entrepreneurial knowhow, can Filipinos really fight poverty and move up in life.

 

Tagumpay: Go Negosyo and PhilDev Supports Technopreneurship

Monday, May 5th, 2014

Early this year, Go Negosyo held the 3rd Filipino Technopreneurship Summit at the SMX Convention Center where more than 7,000 participants form different universities and institutions attended to learn and get inspired with the country’s top and successful technopreneurs. The crowd was very enthusiastic and eager to learn from the technopreneurs and was able to have a dialogue with tech giants Manny Pangilinan of PLDT and Engr. Dado Banatao of Tallwood Venture Capital.

Recently, the Philippine S&T Development Foundation (PhilDev S&T), where Engr. Banatao is the chairperson, in partnership with the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) mounted the IDEA Symposium. Close to a thousand attended including students and young professionals, businessmen, entrepreneurs, and government officials.

Go Negosyo and PhilDev supports Filipino technopreneurship and are one with the vision of a headstrong Philippine technopreneurship through summits, symposiums, and seminars like these. 

Filipino technopreneurs around the world are coming back to our country to help aspiring technopreneurs tread the path of success. This is something that we should celebrate and be proud of.



Joey Concepcion encouraged young and aspiring entrepreneurs to explore and venture the world of technopreneurship during his welcome address at the 3rd Filipino Technopreneurship Summit.


A tribute to the country’s top technopreneurs. In photo: Go Negosyo’s Joey Concepcion, Rappler.com CEO Maria Ressa, Tallwood Venture Capital Founder Engr. Dado Banatao, and PLDT Group Chairman Manny V. Pangilinan


Young entrepreneur and CEO Joseph Calata of Calata Corporation supports Go Negosyo’s Techno summit.


SM Mall owner and Go Negosyo trustee Harley Sy (second from left) supports Go Negosyo during the 3rd Filipino Technopreneurship Summit


Manny Pangilinan shared nuggets of wisdom to aspiring and practicing technopreneurs during the dialogue forum with Engr. Dado Banatao (right) and Maria Ressa (center)


Close to 7,000 attendees from different universities and institutions filled the SMX Convention Center for Go Negosyo’s 3rd Filipino Technopreneurship Summit


Enthusiastic crowd showed their support for Go Negosyo. In photo: Executive Director Ramon Lopez, Manny Pangilinan, Maria Ressa, and Joey Concepcion


Philippines’ successful technopreneurs gather and shared their secrets and tips for success during the forums.


Rappler.com CEO Maria Ressa challenged and inspired the summit participants to utilize the power of technology to their advantage and betterment of the community.


Senator Ralph Recto gave a remarkable and inspiring talk on his vision for 2020, and all the important requirements in health, education, food security, infrastructure, and technology.


PhilDev Chairman Engr. Dado Banatao discussing the importance of private sectors and entrepreneurs in nation building.


Ahmet Alpdemir (center) Shimdi Venture Advisors Management Consultant, with Director of Enterprise Channel and Operations for APAC, Google John Mulder, and Kai Elmer Sotto of International Growth & Mobile for APAC, Facebook, Inc. discussing the trends in innovation and entrepreneurship in the global market.


Go Negosyo Founder Joey Concepcion (center) shared that inclusive growth is the way forward and it starts with a proper entrepreneurial attitude and mindset during the IDEA Global Entrepreneurship Symposium 2014. In photo: PhilDev Chairman Engr. Dado Banatao (left) with former NEDA Director General Dr. Cayetano Paderanga Jr. (right)


Sen. Bam Aquino (second from left) suggesting easier ways to start a business during the breakout forum on government policies that help entrepreneurs start their ventures. In photo: Navegar Fund Managing partner Honorio Poblador IV (left), PEZA Director General Dr. Lilia De Lima (center), Global Electric Transportation, Inc. President Sigfrido R. Tiñga , and PhilDev trustee Atty. Denny Roja


Building Entrepreneurial Communities: entrepreneurs from the private sector shared their views and insights during the breakout session. In photo: (from left to right) Chief of Staff Kmart Apparel Jamie Castro, PhilDev lecturer Eros Resmini, Vice President and Head of Community Investment, Kickstart Ventures, Inc. Christian Besler, Co-Founder of Sulit.com.ph RJ David, Project Leader of CebuinIT Prof. Pauline Wade, and Chairman, Pascual Pharma Corporation Chairman Martin Pascual


More than a thousand attendees ranging from students and young professionals, businessmen, entrepreneurs, and government officials participated in the recent IDEA Symposium 2014 organized by PhilDev.


Sen. Sonny Angara and Sen. Grace Poe talked about government strategies to removing barriers to scaling and commercialization during one of the breakout sessions in the symposium.


Key persons in the academe discussed how entrepreneurship can be taught in universities.


Finance Secretary Cesar V. Purisima, US Ambassador Philip Goldberg, Trade and Industry Secretary Gregory Domingo


University of the Philippines System President Dr. Alfredo E. Pascual (right) discussing the current state of entrepreneur ecosystem in the country. In photo (from left to right) PhilDev trustee Francisco “Paco” Sandejas, CHED Chairperson Dr. Patricia B. Licuanan, and Budget and Management Secretary Florencio B. Abad