Archive for September, 2014

Let’s Go Negosyo!

Monday, September 29th, 2014

Nine years later, we see more and more Filipinos who took the risk and challenged themselves to venture into entrepreneurship. After every summits, caravans and negosems we conducted, there were individuals who proudly declared their plan to start their own businesses. It gave us a positive feel that there is now a greater awareness and enthusiasm in developing and empowering one to achieve their dreams and becoming more successful in life. This strengthened our pursuit to advocate positive and enterprising attitude.

Our mission is even more strengthened when Sen. Bam Aquino spearheaded the passage of Go Negosyo Act which will provide government support for aspiring entrepreneurs to venture into businesses. With the Go Negosyo Act, there will be Negosyo Centers in provinces and cities in the country. These Negosyo Centers promote an ease of doing businesses and transactions with the government because there will only be one registration system and network. This law will also help the negosyantea in their entrepreneurial journey as there will be training, mentorships and financing loans.

I am glad that even established and champion entrepreneurs are in full support for this law. They too believe that this will help in the poverty alleviation and unemployment solution for many Filipinos.

Let me share with you the Go Negosyo Act Infograph of Sen. Bam Aquino and the messages of support from successful entrepreneurs and SMEs regarding the Go Negosyo Act.

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Go Negosyo Act Info-graphic from Sen. Bam Aquino

 

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This new law provides a platform for propagating much more extensively Go Negosyo’s advocacy of broadly promoting entrepreneurship, especially among our young people. In that way, it can contribute not only to speeding up the country’s economic growth, but also to making this growth more balanced and equitable. – Manuel V. Pangilinan, MVP Group of Companies

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I welcome the Go Negosyo Act as a crucial step in hurdling the obstacles that stand in the way of MSME’s. With 99 percent of Philippine business falling under this category, and providing 60 percent of the economy’s employment, the Go Negosyo Act comes not a moment too soon in the pursuit of inclusive growth. – Alice Eduardo, Sta. Elena Construction & Development Corp.

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This new law comes at an opportune time, as we need to encourage more aspiring entrepreneurs even at the countryside where the potential is high especially for agri-based businesses. The small negosyos need all the training, mentorship, market linkage and other support services to quickly level-up. – Joseph Calata, Calata Corporation

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This will definitely empower the micro and small entrepreneurs to grow and establish a better niche for their business. Having a stronger differentiation for their produtcs and services will be key to their eventual success. – Felix Ang, Cats Motors

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The Negosyo Act can help level up small businesses as they are given guidance in the Negosyo Centers on how to grow their negosyos thru continuous creativity and innovation. – Justin Uy, Profood International Corp.

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Now is the time for every Filipino to be taught how to go into business. Go Negosyo Act makes it easy for those who wanted to have a business of their own. Let’s go and do it now! – Rosalind Wee, Marine Resources Development Corporation

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One of the vital point in the Go Negosyo Act is the Go Negosyo Center. This center is just like a one stop shop that will definitely ease the small entrepreneurs in setting up their new business ventures. – Henry Lim Bon Liong, SL Agritech

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Uunlad ang Pilipinas dahil sa Go Negosyo Act. Mas masayang mag-negosyo dahil ngayon may katulong na kaming mga negosyante tungo sa pag-unlad. Kaya halina kayo, at mag-negosyo na tayo para dumami ang trabaho. Salamat sa Go Negosyo at sa mga sumusuporta dito. – Leonarda Capuyan, Narda’s Handwoven Arts and Crafts

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It is about time to boost entrepreneurship among Filipinos. We need more SME entrepreneurs to help our economic development to eradicate poverty. Through Go Negosyo Act, I believe more Filipinos will become entrepreneurs in the near future. – Arestina Papillon, Pamora Farms

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Salamat sa Go Negosyo Act at sa may akda nito na si Sen. Bam Aquino. Mabuti at malaking tulong ito lalo na sa mga tulad naming maliliit na negosyante. – Desiree Duran, Duran Farms

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This will be beneficial for entreps like us especially if there would be a focal person to whom we can address our problems and would help boost the morale of aspiring agripreneurs. – Pilamar Ozaeta, Gemsun Marketing

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It’s a very good law. That’s what we need as MSMEs. It will help us go the distance. – Jeffrey Lim, JSJ Goat Farm

 

Are You Up for the Challenge

Wednesday, September 24th, 2014

We all know how technology contributes to the development of today’s society. In particular, it significantly helps level-up the productivity in our daily lives which, of course, translates to better efficiency, lower cost, and faster output. Access to information through desktop/laptop or mobile internet, virtual meetings, real time updates through chats or online meetings can make tasks easier and faster.

Even our gadgets, most especially our mobile phones, have extended their uses. Mobile phones today are no longer confined to the basic function of calling, as in the first-generation mobile phones; it can now be used to take pictures, connect to the Internet and listen to music. See how technology does wonders for all of us?

For those who use smart phones like me, we would often encounter new mobile applications promoted. Most of these apps are creative, interesting and functional. An example is the mobile application of Rappler which I am using. It gives you the latest news and real-time feedback right on your mobile phone. So whenever I need to read the latest headlines, all I have to do is click on their application. That is how easy to use these apps are.

I believe that these mobile applications are answers to quick information we need. They provide ingenious solutions to the current needs like getting a taxi, having food delivered, booking a flight, reading books and magazines and a thousand more applications.

It may seem simple for us who just download these mobile apps. But for sure, the hard work and creativity put into developing these apps are tremendous. And it is more interesting to know that behind these apps are young creative individuals or students.

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Go Negosyo: South East Asia Mobile App Challenge​

We in Go Negosyo would like to enhance further the creative and innovative power of the youth of today. We partnered with the San Francisco-based Applied Innovation Institute to mount the South East Asia Mobile App Challenge (SEAMAC). The AII has mounted this kind of challenge in other parts of the world and has proven to be an effective tool in generating interest and creative ideas from the youth.

What makes this different from other technology-based competition is that the participants need not be limited to techies, but is open to all. The basic challenge is to spot a problem that we see around, and develop a solution, a mobile app solution. If the group does not have technical capabilities, a group of programmers and mentors will be assigned to them to help develop the app.

The Go Negosyo SEAMAC invites everyone who has creative and innovative mobile app solutions. This is open to all different kinds of apps which can be for education, entertainment, healthcare, financial services or social entrepreneurship. Teams from different backgrounds may register and present their pitches for mobile app.

This program also offers an exclusive Acceleration program which offers mentorship and guidance in the development of the app. Participants will not only have the chance to win the cash prizes and be the Philippine representatives to compete in Singapore and Barcelona but they will also have the chance to learn more in the immersion program. At the end of the day, even non-winners would have gained much from the experience and come out a better person, more enterprising, and being part of a solution to any challenge one might face.

I invite now all the mobile application developers and even students to register to this Go Negosyo: South East Asia Mobile App Challenge. This will be a good learning opportunity for you and your team. If you have the idea, you could be the next mobile app entrepreneur!

For more information, you can visit our website: www.gonegosyo.net/appchallenge or call 6379229.

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AFFI partners with Go Negosyo for the 2014 Filipino Franchise Show. In photo(L-R): AFFi Excutive Director, Raffy Canare; AFFi Auditor, Jerry Neil Ilao; AFFI CEO and President,Victor Fernando; Go Negosyo Founding Trustee, Joey Concepcion; Go Negosyo Executive Director, Ramon Lopez; Go Negosyo Program Development Manager, John Paul Uminga.

Last time, I mentioned how important partnerships are in entrepreneurship and even in advocacies. The Association of Filipino Franchisers Inc. is one of our institutional partners ever since, in inspiring and mentoring aspiring Filipino entrepreneurs. I met with their President Victor Fernando and Officers Jerry Neil Ilao and Raffy Canare recently to discuss the partnership between AFFI and Go Negosyo in the upcoming 2014 Filipino Franchise Show.

The AFFI Franchise Expo will have a lot of forums and learning sessions, aside from the hundreds of franchising negosyo models that will be offered in the expo. Go Negosyo will also help in these sessions.

I invite everyone who has a dream of becoming an entrepreneur to visit the AFFI Franchise show in World Trade Center on October 3-5. You might come across a franchise that suits your interest and passion.

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I would like to congratulate Paulo Tibig of V Cargo Worldwide and Golden ABC Inc., headed by Bernie Liu for winning the Young Entrepreneur Award and Best in Centricity, respectively, in the recent ASEAN Business Award.

Paulo, who is one of our active Angelpreneurs, is the man behind the VCargo Worldwide which is one of the trusted logistics partners of many entrepreneurs in the country. From his humble beginnings, he founded a logistics company that transformed into one of the formidable logistics service providers in the country today.

Bernie, on the other hand, is the man behind the Golden ABC which brought the Philippine fashion industry brands like Penshoppe, Oxygen, For Me, Regatta and Tyler. He is also one of Go Negosyo’s valued partners. He also promotes strong entrepreneurship for small and medium enterprises.

Let me congratulate as well our Go Negosyo advocates and Trustee Justin Uy of Profood International Corporation, Dr. Abraham Pascual of Pascual Laboratories and Teresita Abiva of Felta Multimedia Inc., for being finalists in the Asean Business Award.

May we all strive to be better entrepreneurs to inspire and empower those aspirants to work on their dreams of becoming one. Let’s Go Negosyo!

 

Go Negosyo Southeast Asia Mobile Application Challenge

Friday, September 19th, 2014

GSEAMAC Infographics v7

Are you interested in mobile app development?
Do you have a great idea for a new and innovative app?
Do you think you are or can be an entrepreneur?

If you answered YES to any of the questions above, you should form a team with 2-6 members, ages 18-35 years old. Register only once to take part of the challenge. An application form will be sent to your team for accomplishment. Submit it together with the following materials on or before December 12, 2014, 11:59PM:

• A two-minute video representation of the app concept and functionality
• A PowerPoint presentation using the template provided to include:

a. Problem
b. Solution- Innovation/ Technology
c. Marketing and Business Model
d. Execution: Operations and Finances
e. Team

Click here for a sample of the powerpoint presentation
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Download Team Application Form here SEAMAC TEAM APPLICATION FORM_rev

See video samples of the mobile application entries:

Grand Fit – Tunisia  – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=px0zejzPEK8&feature=youtu.be
The Pen – Jordan  – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GjbPpoYxGHM&feature=youtu.be
Incept – Tunisia  – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X0JMVLbmiLs&feature=youtu.be
BloodUp – KSA  – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dY2p7uqsdB4&feature=em-upload_owner

SEAMAC Philippines is OPEN FOR ALL and registration is EXTENDED. The acceleration bootcamp is NOT a pre-requisite of your application.

Deadline of Final Entry submission is on December 12, 2014.

How to Register: Send an email to gonegosyo.youth@gmail.com. Include your TEAM NAME, TEAM LEADER’S NAME, MOBILE NUMBER, EMAIL ADDRESS and MOBILE APPLICATION IDEA. 
Download the GN-PEF SEAMAC Primer here GN-PEF SEAMAC Primer_v7

**The competition is open to all manner of apps. Apps can range from education and entertainment, to healthcare, financial services and social entrepreneurship.

 

Rise to the Rice Bucket Challenge

Thursday, September 18th, 2014

I heard of the Ice Bucket Challenge which trended over the internet and news media for the past few weeks. The challenge reached our country and soon, it became viral. Even my wife and daughter did this ice bucket challenge which is for the awareness of the Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), a disease that affects the nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord.

 

This weekend, a new challenge started which aims to cure one of the prevalent diseases in this country: poverty. The Rice Bucket Challenge is pioneered by one of Go Negosyo’s active advocates and one of the recent Most Inspiring Agripreneur awardees, Henry Lim Bon Liong. The objective is to donate buckets of rice grains to poor families. Initially, Henry donated 100 bucket of rice to marginalized communities but pledged to give 5,000 buckets of rice every September, every year!

This is the kind of challenge many Filipinos who are deep in hunger will benefit on. This only proves that there are still people who are concerned for others, who go out of their way to help fellowmen and who aspire for a greater good. It’s simple but if they will ‘challenge’ others, the impact of this will go a long way.  Just like how Henry has said, “No amount of sharing is too small and no matter how humble it may seem, the concerted effort of many can be a gigantic leap towards easing the hunger of our fellow Filipinos.”

Even Manuel V. Pangilinan accepted the challenge. I read his tweet that once he got back from abroad; he will be donating 100 sacks of rice. I, too, will be in full support of this Rice Bucket Challenge. Now, I challenge my entrepreneur friends and even my readers to donate at least one bucket of rice to those who are in need. May we all rise to the challenge!

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Some people would say that the most successful businesses are in the food industry. Mainly because food is a constant need. Some foodies even travel far just to have their favourite dish. It’s a good thing to have some of it here in Manila.

Like the Tim Ho Wan from Hong Kong which our good friends and supporters of Go Negosyo, Rikki Dee of Foodlink Group and Felix Ang of Cats Motors brought to Manila. The Michelin-starred restaurant is famous for its Cantonese dim sum and baked buns with barbeque pork. Rikki, who is an established restaurateur and the man behind Chin’s Express and other brands in malls, now adds Tim Ho Wan to his list of restaurant ventures. As for Felix, this is I think his first restaurant venture and will sure be a successful one. Food business is tricky. One must know what the market demands and must reach the taste of the Filipinos in order to click.

When different ramen chains opened, people welcomed it. Ramen became a popular Japanese dish to the Filipino taste buds.  So when my brother, John Concepcion, brought Ippudo, to the Philippines, many are excited and delighted to have a taste of the world famous ramen.  But before the Ippudo, he started the Yabu: House of Katsu which became popular in the country. Today, many Filipinos will be able to experience Ippudo. Filipinos will no longer fly out of the country just to have a bowl of their delicious ramen. Many other food concepts and franchises have been brought in the country and we still see new ones being introduced.   I heard the Costa Coffee from London will be brought also to Manila by Robinson Retail group of Lance and Robina Gokongwei.  Our British Ambassador friend Asif Ahmad must be happy to see Costa here.  There will be more international concepts in the coming years as the Filipinos get global and as the demand for new concepts continues.  We will see more treats for the Filipinos who love to eat out. It also means our local concepts have to step up in this ever dynamic food service and restaurant industry.

Celebrating Cebu’s Creativity

Monday, September 15th, 2014

Just two weeks ago, we had a very successful run of our Creativity and Innovation Summit in Cebu. We were delighted to see the participants so engrossed in the discussion and actively jotted down notes as a reference for their future entrepreneurial endeavours. It gave us a positive feel that there is now greater awareness and enthusiasm in developing and empowering one to achieve their dreams and becoming more successful in life. We came there with a mission to inspire, but we were the ones who got inspired by these determined individuals.

I do believe that Cebu is a land of creativity and innovation. Because of their mindset, world-class products from well-awarded entrepreneurs became available in our market. Their love and pride for their culture add to the character of the products.

We were glad to have Sen. Bam Aquino, Kenneth Cobonpue, Maria Ressa, Jay Aldeguer, Justin Uy, Josiah Go, Johnlu Koa and other distinguished guests in our program. They shared their stories and gave advices to the aspiring entrepreneurs in the audience. For sure, there were many empowered individuals who will now take their step towards entrepreneurship.

This is what we are doing in Go Negosyo. We do not just hold seminars and summits just for the sake of having one. Instead, we have the vision and the mission to develop the Filipinos to be enterprising.

Let me share to you some of our photos during the Creativity and Innovation Summit in Cebu.

Go Negosyo founder, Joey Concepcion welcomes the crowd of more than 3,000 participants in the Creativity and Innovation Summit - Cebu.

Go Negosyo founder, Joey Concepcion welcomes the crowd of more than 3,000 participants in the Creativity and Innovation Summit – Cebu.

 Sen. Bam Aquino went down the stage to talk to audience.

Sen. Bam Aquino went down the stage to talk to audience.

Marketing Guru, Josiah Go, shared the 10 Building Blocks on Innovation.

Marketing Guru, Josiah Go, shared the 10 Building Blocks on Innovation.

haring the background of Rappler, Maria Ressa showed how the technology helped them in establishing Rappler.

haring the background of Rappler, Maria Ressa showed how the technology helped them in establishing Rappler.

fter their informative talks, Maria Ressa and Kenneth Cobonpue shared the stage with RJ Ledesma in answering the questions from the students during the open forum.

fter their informative talks, Maria Ressa and Kenneth Cobonpue shared the stage with RJ Ledesma in answering the questions from the students during the open forum.

In photo (L-R): Joey Concepcion, Maria Ressa and Kenneth Cobonpue.

In photo (L-R): Joey Concepcion, Maria Ressa and Kenneth Cobonpue.

DHL Express Philippines Country Manager, Yati Abdullah answers the question addressed for her during the open forum. Beside her are Johnlu Koa and Koh Onozawa.

DHL Express Philippines Country Manager, Yati Abdullah answers the question addressed for her during the open forum. Beside her are Johnlu Koa and Koh Onozawa.

Lorenz Florendo, one of the Inspiring Young Cebuano entrepreneur awardees, said that it will be more expensive not to innovate.

Lorenz Florendo, one of the Inspiring Young Cebuano entrepreneur awardees, said that it will be more expensive not to innovate.

Go Negosyo Executive Director, Ramon Lopez with the panelists: Johnlu Koa, Yati Abdullah, Koh Onozawa, Lorenz Florendo and Josiah Go.

Go Negosyo Executive Director, Ramon Lopez with the panelists: Johnlu Koa, Yati Abdullah, Koh Onozawa, Lorenz Florendo and Josiah Go.

Chal Lontoc and an audience during the open forum.

Chal Lontoc and an audience during the open forum.

In photo (L-R): Chal Lontoc, Nico Ybanez of Aframe Surf Company, Jan Rodriguez of Irie, Wesley Chiongbian of Mynimo.com, Rey Calooy of RNC Marketing Philippines, Jay Aldeguer of The Islands Group, Bunny Pages of Pages Holdings Inc, and RJ Ledesma

In photo (L-R): Chal Lontoc, Nico Ybanez of Aframe Surf Company, Jan Rodriguez of Irie, Wesley Chiongbian of Mynimo.com, Rey Calooy of RNC Marketing Philippines, Jay Aldeguer of The Islands Group, Bunny Pages of Pages Holdings Inc, and RJ Ledesma

Kenneth Cobonpue showed his designs and his inspirations during his talk leaving the audience in awe.

Kenneth Cobonpue showed his designs and his inspirations during his talk leaving the audience in awe.

Jan Rodriguez, Go Negosyo Young Inspiring Cebuano Entrepreneur 2012 awardee.

Jan Rodriguez, Go Negosyo Young Inspiring Cebuano Entrepreneur 2012 awardee.

Jay Aldeguer, the man behind the Islands Souvenirs, shared how he innovated his customer branding strategy and leveraging his brand.

Jay Aldeguer, the man behind the Islands Souvenirs, shared how he innovated his customer branding strategy and leveraging his brand.

Our partner in the summit, Justin Uy answered the question as to how he started the famous Philippine Brand dried mangoes.

Our partner in the summit, Justin Uy answered the question as to how he started the famous Philippine Brand dried mangoes.

Even young entrepreneurs joined the discussion. In photo (L-R): Chal Lontoc, Nico Ybanez, Jan Rodriguez and Wesley Chiongbian.

Even young entrepreneurs joined the discussion. In photo (L-R): Chal Lontoc, Nico Ybanez, Jan Rodriguez and Wesley Chiongbian.

Wesley Chiongbian is also one of the Young Inspiring Cebuano Entrepreneur 2012 awardee. He joined the forum on innovation of channels for critical mass.

Wesley Chiongbian is also one of the Young Inspiring Cebuano Entrepreneur 2012 awardee. He joined the forum on innovation of channels for critical mass.

Bunny Pages and RJ Ledesma tackled how innovation will improve efficiency and customer satisfaction when applied to operation processes.

Bunny Pages and RJ Ledesma tackled how innovation will improve efficiency and customer satisfaction when applied to operation processes.

Rey Calooy gave his advice for the audience during the last part of the forum.

Rey Calooy gave his advice for the audience during the last part of the forum.

Go Negosyo Executive Director Ramon Lopez encouraged everyone to match their passion with opportunities in the market, and take action from the learnings that day. He also introduced the new Mobile App Challenge of Go Negosyo.

Go Negosyo Executive Director Ramon Lopez encouraged everyone to match their passion with opportunities in the market, and take action from the learnings that day. He also introduced the new Mobile App Challenge of Go Negosyo.

In photo (L-R): Chal Lontoc, Nico Ybanez of Aframe Surf Company, Jan Rodriguez of Irie, Wesley Chiongbian of Mynimo.com, Rey Calooy of RNC Marketing Philippines, Jay Aldeguer of The Islands Group, Bunny Pages of Pages Holdings Inc, and RJ Ledesma

In photo (L-R): Chal Lontoc, Nico Ybanez of Aframe Surf Company, Jan Rodriguez of Irie, Wesley Chiongbian of Mynimo.com, Rey Calooy of RNC Marketing Philippines, Jay Aldeguer of The Islands Group, Bunny Pages of Pages Holdings Inc, and RJ Ledesma

Chal Lontoc and an audience during the open forum.

Chal Lontoc and an audience during the open forum.

Go Negosyo Executive Director, Ramon Lopez with the panelists: Johnlu Koa, Yati Abdullah, Koh Onozawa, Lorenz Florendo and Josiah Go.

Go Negosyo Executive Director, Ramon Lopez with the panelists: Johnlu Koa, Yati Abdullah, Koh Onozawa, Lorenz Florendo and Josiah Go.

Lorenz Florendo, one of the Inspiring Young Cebuano entrepreneur awardees, said that it will be more expensive not to innovate.

Lorenz Florendo, one of the Inspiring Young Cebuano entrepreneur awardees, said that it will be more expensive not to innovate.

DHL Express Philippines Country Manager, Yati Abdullah answers the question addressed for her during the open forum. Beside her are Johnlu Koa and Koh Onozawa.

DHL Express Philippines Country Manager, Yati Abdullah answers the question addressed for her during the open forum. Beside her are Johnlu Koa and Koh Onozawa.

In photo (L-R): Joey Concepcion, Maria Ressa and Kenneth Cobonpue.

In photo (L-R): Joey Concepcion, Maria Ressa and Kenneth Cobonpue.

fter their informative talks, Maria Ressa and Kenneth Cobonpue shared the stage with RJ Ledesma in answering the questions from the students during the open forum.

fter their informative talks, Maria Ressa and Kenneth Cobonpue shared the stage with RJ Ledesma in answering the questions from the students during the open forum.

haring the background of Rappler, Maria Ressa showed how the technology helped them in establishing Rappler.

haring the background of Rappler, Maria Ressa showed how the technology helped them in establishing Rappler.

Partners in our Mission

Wednesday, September 10th, 2014

In the field of entrepreneurship, having partners who pursue same objectives is a key. It basically extends one’s capabilities and resources as the other partner complements it. Individually, one can achieve something, but together, they can achieve more. It is the synergy that adds more to the equation.

For an advocacy like Go Negosyo, our desire to empower the underprivileged sectors has gathered like-minded individuals and corporations who share in our mission to give back and help others in the process. It amplifies our capability to reach out to as many Filipinos as possible.

Now, we are on our ninth year of active service to many Filipinos, and we credit the many entrepreneur advocates, angelpreneur-mentors and lecturers, institutions and corporate partners who all helped in bringing the many free summits, seminars and tri-media efforts to help create a success-driven and enterprising mindset for many Filipinos.

The PLDT SME Nation, Smart and Meralco headed by MVP have long partnered with us as they share their belief in the SME sector as a major engine of growth and employment. Their telecom technologies, connectivity support and customer-oriented services level-up many SMEs to become more competitive. Same is true for the kind of support that our major partners like Wilcon, RFM, Vibal Group, LBC, BPI Family Ka-Negosyo, Kettle Korn, Double Dragon, Condura, Profood, BusinessWorld and Philippine Star extend to their SME stakeholders and partners.

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DHL and Go Negosyo seals their partnership in empowering SMEs. In photo (L-R): Go Negosyo Executive Director, Ramon Lopez; Go Negosyo Founding Trustee, Joey Concepcion; DHL Express (Philippines) Corporation Country Manager, Yati Abdullah; and DHL Express (Philippines) Corporation  Senior Marketing Manager, Hope Atienza.

Recently, the leading international logistics and supply chain service provider DHL, headed by their country manager, Yati Abdullah, and Senior Marketing Manager, Hope Atienza, have joined the advocacy and believed in the need to create a stronger SME base in the economy. DHL has been providing logistics solutions to many companies worldwide and has also extended special programs to support the growth phase of many SMEs.

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Calata Corporation partners with Go Negosyo as they continue to provide programs for agri-entrepreneurs. In photo (L-R): Parker Ong, Vice President for Business Development of Calata Corporation; Joseph Calata, President and CEO of Calata Corporation; Joey Concepcion, Founder of Go Negosyo; and Ramon Lopez, Executive Director of Go Negosyo.

One of our Most Inspiring Agripreneur 2014, Joseph Calata is also helping aspiring entrepreneurs to have their own business. His phenomenal success served as a great inspiration to many aspiring agri-entrepreneurs. He always finds time to join our Negosyo Talks and give negosyo advices to our participants. Through his Calata Corporation, they are providing negosyo models for anyone who also wants to become a retailer of a wide range of farm products such as feeds, fertilizers and other farm inputs. They also provide the training and mentorship on how to run such business. They have 100 stores and still growing as they continue this program for agripreneurs like him.

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Joey Concepcion with Alice Eduardo, President and CEO of Sta. Elena Construction and Development Corporation.

Sta. Elena Construction, with President and CEO Alice Eduardo, has also recently partnered with us to be able to help more start-ups and create a nation of enterprising Filipinos. She strongly believes that being entrepreneurial is the key solution to beating poverty. She is an example of a simple enterprising girl from Nueva Ecija, who started small but now became the leading heavy duty-piling job contractor, making it big in a male -dominated industry. Because of quality and reliable work, her group has become the preferred contractor of many private companies’ construction projects nowadays. In giving back, she is also helping several smaller entrepreneurs, especially those that are servicing and supplying her material requirements.

Many entrepreneurs have partnered in many ways with other groups to be able to reach their objectives. Partnership is essential. Collaboration and cooperation are important if we are to fulfil our shared goals.

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Let me take this opportunity to congratulate one of our guest speakers during our dinner forum in Cebu, Manny Osmena for spearheading the fund raising event to acquire mobile hospital vehicles, an all-terrain vehicle dubbed as Hospital-On-Wheels (HOW). He started Hope Now Foundation after seeing the lack of emergency medical services for the typhoon Yolanda victims. We wish him success in his project and let’s all continue to extend our support for the survivors of typhoon Yolanda.

Go Negosyo to hold the AgriNegosyo Summit in Luzon

Wednesday, September 10th, 2014

Following the success of the FIRST PHILIPPINE AGRINEGOSYO SUMMIT last July 25, the Philippine Center for Entrepreneurship is bringing the AGRINEGOSYO SUMMIT in LUZON!

GNPAS- LUZON 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.

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;

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.

For more details for the upcoming GNPAS- LUZON, please keep posted through the Go Negosyo Official Facebook Page and Go Negosyo Website

Dream Big!

Wednesday, September 3rd, 2014

When we see what makes a person succeed in life, it starts with a vision. Some people call it a dream, and then followed by a plan. If I look at how Gilas has achieved its success, it started with one person’s vision to unite basketball leadership and come out with a strategy. And that is Manuel V. Pangilinan’s vision for Philippine basketball team. When he supported Gilas, it served as “one simple and small step forward after so many years of neglect, stupor and worse, resignation to our fate as a basketball doormat because of our size.”  While I agree that Filipinos will always have limitation due to height, it is so difficult to abandon this sport which is loved and played by so many Filipinos even Manny Pacquiao. MVP has proven that the Philippines can dream big and will do the best we can in order to achieve it. We should all continue to strive to become a better nation through our different advocacies for nation building. And that is what we are doing in Go Negosyo through the different summits and programs.  

That is why we were fortunate to spread the entrepreneurship advocacy in Cebu last week which were filled with inspiration, idea generation, and knowledge enrichment. The brief thunderstorm and flash flood in Cebu last Thursday night did not dampen the spirits of the Cebuano SMEs who joined the dinner forum.  Everyone listened and dialogued with the panel discussion which was led by Sen. Bam Aquino, myself, Johnlu Koa, DHL Country Head Yati Abdullah, Josiah Go, and top Cebuano entrepreneurs Jay Aldeguer, Justin Uy, Kenneth Cobonpue, and Manny Osmena. 

Cebu City Mayor Mike Rama gave an inspiring message and led the group in recognizing the selected Inspiring Young Cebuano Entrepreneurs.  Partners from Smart Communications, James Bernas and PLDT SME Nation, Gabby Cui flew all the way from Manila to join their SME communities in the event. We thank them, together with DTI Regional Director Asteria Caberte and our partners from the Mandaue Chamber, Jerry Roa, Wilson Ng and Cebu Chamber’s Tess Chan.  

The following day was the Creativity and Innovation Summit which was well-attended. This shows that more and more Filipinos nowadays want to take control of their destiny and move up in life.  

 
Bam gave a very informative and enriching keynote presentation, as he cited innovative approaches to entrepreneurship and economic freedom shown by the R2R stories of Reese Fernandez Ruiz and the Kalasag Farmers from Nueva Ecija.

During my part, I said that,”Go Negosyo helps anyone who want to reach their dream”.  I know that in those thousands of people attending our session, there will be those who will be encouraged and transformed to be more enterprising in life and become fulfilled.

Every entrepreneur faces challenges. I experienced some myself.  If one has the passion and the knowhow, it will “keep them going, even when the going gets tough”. Our marketing guru Josiah Go discussed how BIDA or barriers, irritants, disappointments and annoyances are sources of market opportunities can help anyone transform the ordinary ideas into innovative ones. 

During the Summit, we heard countless cheers for Kenneth Cobonpue. He amazed everyone as he showed his marvelous designs and what inspired him in those.  His sources of inspiration were from simple objects as he finds beauty in everything. He is truly creative and innovative.
 
We are also grateful to have Maria Ressa, who flew to Cebu from abroad just to speak in this summit. I am sure a lot of the students who were present were amazed as to how Rappler creatively changed the world of social media and news reporting. She is now harnessing those strengths to develop crowd sourcing and big data as base for her business model.   

One of Go Negosyo’s pioneers Jay Aldeguer wowed the crowd with his creativity when he started with Islands Souvenirs and how he leveraged the brand into a broader range of related business.  A lot of innovation-filled discussions benefitted the participants as the panelist like Justin Uy, Johnlu Koa, Yati Abdullah, Bunny Pages, Rey Calooy and previous Cebuano awardees Jan Rodriguez and Wesley Chiongbian joined in. This year’s awardees such as Koh Onozawa, Lorenz Florendo and Ruben Ybanez shared their learning and gave advices to the crowd.

All must be innovative, because like what one of our awardees, Lorenz Florendo, has said, “It is more expensive not to innovate”. One must think out and beyond the box. Offer what others cannot and soon you will be the game changer in the market.

And that is why we at Go Negosyo will never stop in our advocacy for entrepreneurship. We will continue to promote a creative and innovative-oriented idea-based entrepreneurial mindset. 

Growth will never stop unless one stopped learning. I advise everyone to continue their quest for knowledge not only in entrepreneurship but in everything that they do and for sure, success will follow.