After the success of the 7th Filipina Entrepreneurship Summit, we hosted a dinner-forum reception for the Go Negosyo entrepreneurs to celebrate Women’s Month and the success of women entrepreneurs. More than 300 entrepreneurs joined the small dinner-forum with the theme: Women for Others, featuring Sen. Cynthia Villar, Doris Magsaysay-Ho, Socorro “Nanay Coring” Ramos and Dr. Jaime Aristotle Alip.
I thanked all the women entrepreneurs for being good examples and inspirations to many aspiring entrepreneurs. They are part of the growth and development of this country. I hope that they will continue to prosper and grow in number as we all promote entrepreneurship.
Sen. Cynthia Villar shared her efforts as the chair of the Committee on Agriculture and Food. Her programs include trainings and seminars for farmers, shared service facilities for communities with social enterprise projects and the innovation on coconut husks and water lilies.
Doris Magysaysay-Ho discussed key elements for entrepreneurs. First, she said that big corporations can help small entrepreneurs by linking them in their market. Second, the convergence of the technology is a great opportunity for many start-ups. Lastly, she advised that innovation can help one accelerate.
Dr. Jaime Alip, founder of CARD-MRI, proudly shared that they have a 99.49% of repayment rate from their three million borrowers. He also credited rural women entrepreneurs as good payers. Rural women borrowers are really hands-on and can really generate economic possibilities, with multiplier impact.
Lastly, Nanay Coring lovingly shared how she started the largest book store chain in the country, the National Book Store. She also shared her secret to her success; it’s her ‘sipag at tiyaga’. When asked on how to prepare the next generation for business, she advised them to start them young and let them start in the lowest level.
Let us all continue to empower Filipinas and promote entrepreneurship!