Archive for July, 2015

PLDT SME Nation Declares July as Small Business Month

Friday, July 31st, 2015
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In the photo (L-R): PNB Executive Vice President Jun Audencial Jr., Go Negosyo Founding Trustee Joey Concepcion, PLDT EVP and ePLDT President CEO Eric Alberto, PLDT First Vice President & Head of SME Business Kat Luna-Abelarde, PRA Vice Chairman for International Relations Bobby Claudio and Google Philippines Country Manager Ken Lingan.

In honor of its commitments to ensuring the digital capabilities of today’s smal to medium entrepreneurs (SMEs), PLDT SME Nation has declares the entire month of July as Small Business Month.

Small Business Month is a first of its kind revolution which aims to empower and enable small businesses to dominate the digital space by educating them on useful business practices, providing them financial tools and equipping them with digital business solution to better serve the evolving customer.

PLDT Executive Vice President and ePLDT President and CEO Eric Alberto said, “The way we do business today cuts across brick and mortar eatablishments and mobile and online p[latforms. Because of this our ustomers are more empowered in their respective markets. Its an exciting albeit challenging world out there, and as the country’s leading enterprise technology services provider, we have taken it upon us to ensure that the country’s small businesses are ready for this new age.”

PLDT SME Nation’s Small Business Month will feature ativities inluding the Empowering the Small Business! Caravan—a forum to bring small businesses to the digital era by providing them with the right solutions. This is in partnership wit the Philippine Retailers Association, Go Negosyo, PNB and Google.

Also in the pipeline is the launch of digitaltools specifically for small businessess so they are mobile-and we-ready to capture the new breed of digital customers.

To recognize the role of creativr, hardworking and inspiring Filipino entrepreneurs, PLDT SME Nation is set to unveil the digital counterpart of its running long running MVP Bossing Awards—The BozzAwards.

The Bozz Awards will honor the achievements and potential of new generation bossings (aged 40 and below) who have been nurtured and bred by the culture of the digital age. This campaign calls for the nation’s participation as nominations and voting are crowd-sorced online. Ultimately, it hopre to encourage more Filipinos to becme their own boss by becoming entrepreneurs themselves.

“There’s no way to go but digital”, PLDT First Vice President and Head of SME Business Kat Luna-Abelarde said. “Customers are mobile and they go online to do just about everything—buy, rea reviews, air their concerns, advocate a brand.

The real and virtual worlds are more coverged, now more than ever. With the launch of Small Business Month, we want to be enablers by providing them with the relevant tools and services to thrive as they embrace the digital revolution.”

Log on to pldtsme-nation.com.ph for more information on the activities for Small Business Month.

SME Go! feat. 2015 BPI Family Ka-Negosyo Best List Congress

Friday, July 31st, 2015

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(UPDATED) Last April 24, 2015 BPI Ka-Negosyo inducted new brands to its Ka-Negosyo Best list held in Mindanao Ballroom, Sofitel Philippine Plaza in Pasay. Among the newly inducted brands were: EC Gas, HBC, Kambal Pandesal, Lots’a Pizza, Mrs. Fields, PTT, Subway, Unioil, 7-Eleven, Goldilocks and Max’s Group.

Mr. Barbie Atienza (Resource-Motivational Speaker/ Trainor/ Facilitator for various organizations) and Ms. Merlee Jayme  (Chairman and Chief Creative Officer of DM9 Jayme Syfu).

Mr. Barbie Atienza (Resource-Motivational Speaker/ Trainor/ Facilitator for various organizations) and Ms. Merlee Jayme (Chairman and Chief Creative Officer of DM9 Jayme Syfu).

Aside from the induction of new brands to BPI Ka-Negosyo’s Best List, the event also featured industry talks from Mr. Barbie Atienza (Resource-Motivational Speaker/ Trainor/ Facilitator for various organizations). The topics that he touches were HR & Career Management, Training and Development, Public Relations, Work attitude and values et al. Ms. Merlee Jayme (Chairman and Chief Creative Officer of DM9 Jayme Syfu) talks about how digital marketing works nowadays and its edge to other marketing strategy in the industry.

The BPI Ka-Negosyo Best list is a shortlist of accredited brands of BPI Family Savings Bank who have good financial standing and provide significant marketing support for their franchisees.

Watch the full story of BPI Ka-Negosyo Franchising Loan only here at SME Go! Powered by Go Negosyo this Sunday (August 2), 4:00 PM at PTV 4. For updates. ‘LIKE’ Go Negosyo on Facebook and follow @letsgonegosyo on Twitter.

We Were Overwhelmed

Thursday, July 30th, 2015
More than 750 entrepreneurs, advocates, and partners joined us in a jam-packed venue as we celebrate Go Negosyo's 10th anniversary!

More than 750 entrepreneurs, advocates, and partners joined us in a jam-packed venue as we celebrate Go Negosyo’s 10th anniversary!

Go Negosyo held its 10th Anniversary Celebration the other day at the Green Sun Hotel in Makati City.  We have been blessed with 10 years of being able to reach out to many Filipinos around the country and share how we can all have the chance to move up in life.  To us, this has been the running battlecry since 10 years ago, to have a Go Negosyo mindset and knowhow to be successful in life.  We need to dream, believe and achieve. There are many inspiring stories of victories in life, and it didn’t matter whether the person started with something or even with nothing.  It is how we make the most out of what we have and what we can learn, what we are passionate about and what are the opportunities in the market.  

We were happy to see everyone in the Go Negosyo community gathered again in one place, exchanging views, ideas, or simply sharing stories to one another, all with the common underlying agenda on how each one can do his or her share in uplifting the lives of other Filipinos.  Either spreading their stories to inspire, or revealing their winning strategies on how they were able to take their business model to the next level.  It is always a positive feel having these gatherings among positive-mindset and progressive entrepreneurs.  

We were overwhelmed to hear about the good feedback of our guests on our venue. Green Sun Hotel is owned by David Lim and boasts its cinematic projectors which give the whole venue a different feel. Yesterday, we were transported to the middle of a forest. To us, the forest which is basically composed of green environment signifies hope, prosperity and growth which we are experiencing in the entrepreneurship industry.

We had our Go Negosyo Trustees who have been with us in the advocacy from the early years, the corporate and institutional partners who share with us the vision to create an entrepreneurial nation, the  entrepreneurs and angelpreneurs who have been providing the teachings and mentorship, the partners in government like DTI , DOST, TESDA, DA just to name a few, other enabler institutions like Gawad Kalinga with the inspiring Tony Meloto, GKnomics, Center for Future Leadership of Vice Gov. Joey Pelaez, Ideaspace, ENEDA, plus the Senators who have been championing entrepreneurship. Congressman Arthur Yap was also there as he had also been with our advocacy from the start. Dynamic Ambassadors Asif Ahmad of British Embassy; David Strachan of New Zealand Embassy, Mr. Pete Davis from the US Embassy, and representatives from the Australian Embassy also joined us as we have entrep development programs with these groups. Partner schools and universities  like CLSU, UP, Southville were all there.  So great to see the whole entrepreneurship community in one place again.  

The celebration allowed us to also launch our latest book: “Go Negosyo: Joey Concepcion’s 50 Inspiring Entrepreneurial Stories, Special 10th Year Anniversary Edition.” The book is the new edition Go Negosyo’s very first book. New stories of champion entrepreneurs who believe in the power of determination to reach their dreams are added to this special book.  We also had the chance to review the Milestones of Go Negosyo and the journey of all our activities in the past 10 years.

As I gave my message in the middle of the celebration, I took the opportunity to thank the people who played a huge role in our journey in the Philippine Center for Entrepreneurship. I mentioned last week in this column and  at the celebration the other night the influence of GK’s Tony Meloto, and gave credit also to former president Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, who was represented by her daughter Luli Arroyo-Bernas, who appointed me as Presidential Consultant for Entrepreneurship (pro-bono) in 2005.  That led me to institutionalize this advocacy thru a non-government organization that will allow its continuity beyond changes in Presidency. 

We also recognized that night Senator Bam Aquino, who in his first year in the Senate authored the Go Negosyo Act, Senator Cynthia Villar for her efforts in Agri entrepreneurship and Negosyo Summits for OFWs, Sen. Sonny Angara for tax reforms for SMEs and Sen Grace Poe for women entrepreneurship.  Icon entrepreneurs were also recognized for being an inspiration to many and for their various efforts in entrepreneurship development. 

We thank the entire community of Go Negosyo as we commit to further intensify our efforts to bring hope, inspiration, and knowledge to those most in need.  We all look forward to the next ten years of Go Negosyo, relentlessly pushing for the development of a country of enterprising Filipinos!

Go Negosyo Celebrates 10 Years of Entrepreneurial Revolution

Wednesday, July 29th, 2015

DSC_3583The Philippine Center for Entrepreneurship or Go Negosyo celebrated its 10th anniversary with a dinner program for its community of entrepreneurs, advocates and partners last July 28, 2015 in The Eye, Green Sun Makati.

Since 2005, Go Negosyo has been advocating for a change in mindset among Filipinos towards a positive and enterprising attitude and for competency building among Filipinos as the real solution to poverty. Go Negosyo, led by its Founding Trustee Joey Concepcion, continues to be a catalyst in grassroot economic upliftment. . It has been a decade of pursuing with passion the building of a more optimistic and entrepreneurial culture among Filipinos.

In a short program, Go Negosyo recognized its trustees, partners, fellow advocates, and icon entrepreneurs such as Henry Sy, John Gokongwei Jr., Lucio Tan, Andrew Tan, Manny Pangilinan, Carlos Chan, Ricardo Po, Felipe Gozon, Socorro Ramos, and Manny Villar who are all inspirations to many aspiring Filipino entrepreneurs.

Go Negosyo also recognized dynamic legislative leaders like Sen. Bam Aquino, Sen. Sonny Angara, Sen. Grace Poe, and Sen. Cynthia Villar  for their respective efforts in empowering Filipino entrepreneurs.

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Also, the Go Negosyo Mentor Me valued the programs of  different institutions and individuals from across sectors of the society – from the government, the academe, media, non-profits and civil society and business – who have initiated programs which empower Filipinos to be entrepreneurial. These organizations continue to inspire us in what we do as partners of the advocacy.

Apart from the recognitions, Go Negosyo launched its 10th book entitled: Go Negosyo: Joey Concepcion’s 50 Inspiring Entrepreneurial Stories (Special 10th Year Anniversary Edition). It is a reinvention of Go Negosyo’s first book but was given a modern look. Go Negosyo also added a number of new champion entrepreneurs who have been making waves in the business industry in the past decade. The foreword was written by entrepreneur icon John Gokongwei Jr., and entrepreneurial lessons from the “Entrep Guru” and angelpreneur Andy Ferreria.

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Go Negosyo have added equally inspiring stories of entrepreneurship advocate Sen. Bam Aquino, JJ Atencio (8990 Holdings Inc.), Laura Bertotto (VMV Hypoallergenics), Carlos Chan (Liwayway Marketing Corp.), Renen De Guia (Ovation Productions), Philippe Lhuillier (PJ Lhuillier Group), Nix Nolledo (Xurpas), William Sy (Primer Group), Tommanny Tan (FERN Inc.), Arthur Tugade (Perry’s Group), Antonio Tuviera (TAPE Inc.), and Glenn Yu (SEAOIL).

Mr. Joey Concepcion and Go Negosyo promise that it will continue with its mission to help move this country forward in becoming an entrepreneurial nation!

Ideaspace-backed TheKard Inc. launches the Mobkard App with over 200 merchant partners, announces P17 million in additional funding

Wednesday, July 29th, 2015
TheKard Inc. co-founders Francis Uy (seated, right) and Carlo Calimon (standing, right) seal the deal on additional funding for their startup, led by Globaltronics Inc. represented by its CEO William T. Guido (seated, left). Also in photo is IdeaSpace President Earl Martin Valencia. TheKard Inc. is part of the first batch of startups funded by IdeaSpace in 2013. (photo by Orange Magazine)

TheKard Inc. co-founders Francis Uy (seated, right) and Carlo Calimon (standing, right) seal the deal on additional funding for their startup, led by Globaltronics Inc. represented by its CEO William T. Guido (seated, left). Also in photo is IdeaSpace President Earl Martin Valencia. TheKard Inc. is part of the first batch of startups funded by IdeaSpace in 2013. (photo by Orange Magazine)

Mobkard, currently providing business-to-communities (B2C) with location-based mobile loyalty solutions, announced that it has secured additional funding that puts it in a great position to expand its location-based shopping service in the Philippines through the Mobkard App.

[Manila, Philippines, July 28, 2015] – Mobkard, a location-based mobile loyalty solutions provider and part of the first batch of startups of Ideaspace, the First Pacific-led tech incubator and accelerator for emerging markets, today announced that it has successfully concluded a new 17 million-peso round of funding led by Globaltronics Inc., the country’s leader in digital signage advertising in the Philippines.

The new round of funding allows the company to expand its location-based loyalty solutions particularly through the launch of the official Mobkard app, which provides users with the best and the latest deals from the biggest brands that are near their current location using only their smartphones.

“Everyone loves a good deal, and sometimes many consumers miss out on discounts and other privileges simply because they are not aware of them when they enter a particular store,” said Francis Uy, CEO and Co-Founder at The Kard. “Mobkard brings this wealth of knowledge closer to users through a device that is closest to them—their mobile phones. With Mobkard, there’s no more need to carry discount vouchers or loyalty cards around, because all of the latest deals near you can now be found with just one tap.”

Simply download the app from the Apple App Store or the Google Play Store, register, and get instant access to shopping information, exclusive privileges and deals, from a wide array of brands across multiple categories. As mentioned, a particularly helpful feature of the service is the “near me” tab that allows one to see what’s on offer in the immediate vicinity ensuring consumers get useful information, provided at the right place and at the right time.

The company has partnered with big-ticket names in retail such as Vans, LayBare, 360 Fitness Club, Bizu Patisserie, Nurture Wellness Spa, MedExpress, Sunglass Haven, and Dillinger’s, among many others, to provide these exclusive discounts and other privileges.

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Initially concentrating on the so-called B to C (communities) market, Mobkard has in the past provided locationbased mobile loyalty solutions to over 14 businesses and organizations such as the AIM Alumni, Ateneo Graduate School of Business Alumni, La Salle Green Hills Alumni, PLDT SME Nation, SM Global Pinoy, and others, together with the participation of more than 200 merchant partners.

Given Mobkard’s experience, together with market feedback, and the success of this initial venture, the company is now poised to extend the benefits of their service to the general public through the launch of the Mobkard app.

“We saw the benefits of our service to these communities and realized that we had an amazing opportunity to make a difference in the way buyers and sellers interact through the mobile space,” Uy explained.

“Through the app, we allow sellers to easily reach, understand, and engage customers in a way that has never been done before. And because it is cost effective, we are able to pass on better rates and privileges toconsumers which allow them to save on other things that matter to them.”

Uy said that with smartphone penetration expected to reach 60% by the end of the year, brands and businesses need to be proficient in the mobile space given the emergence of the so-called “mobile-first generation.”

“We want to be the leader in this mobile space and with our strategic partnerships and this new round of funding, we are well positioned to make significant strides towards our mission of making a difference,” he added.

Carlo Calimon, who leads the effort in establishing merchant and community partners had also expressed that with their growing merchant network, there will be a lot for the members to look forward to as well as opportunities for all to get the best deals with the brands they love.

“One of our goals at IdeaSpace is to help grow early stage startups transform to viable businesses. Getting additional investments and seeing traction are validations of what we saw when we first incubates this startup. It’s also an affirmation of the growing technology startup ecosystem in our country,” said Earl Martin S. Valencia, president at IdeaSpace.

The Kard was part of the initial cohort of startups that won in the 1st IdeaSpace Startup Competition.

IdeaSpace is supported by the following companies: First Pacific, First Pacific Leadership Academy, Metro Pacific Investments Corp., Metro Pacific Tollways Corp., MPIC hospital group, PLDT, Meralco, Smart Communications, Digitel Mobile Philippines and its mobile brand Sun Cellular, SPI Global, ePLDT, Indofood, Philex Mining, Maynilad, MediaQuest, and TV5.

To check out the the latest deals near, download the Mobkard app from the Apple App Store or the Google Play Store. To know more, visit www.mobkard .com.

DOWNLOAD Mobkard Presskit HERE

A Decade of Building a Country of Enterprising Filipinos

Monday, July 27th, 2015

Through the years, people have been asking me the question Why and What made me start this advocacy on entrepreneurship. 

 

In 2004, a year before this Go Negosyo advocacy started, my wife told me that I should meet the organization called Gawad Kalinga. I ignored it at the start, but somehow things fell into place that I got to meet its leaders Tony Meloto and Boy Montelibano.  At that time, they were just starting and they explained what they do, until I got to attend the huge GK event that year, which was also attended by President PGMA.

 

The exposure in those communities made me realize the need to have an environment that can create more entrepreneurial opportunities, or on a broader scale, the need to have a country of entrepreneurial Filipinos.  Fortunately, at about the same time, I was offered by then President Gloria Arroyo to help the country. She offered me to be a Presidential Adviser on Entrepreneurship. It was not a Cabinet rank and it did not have any budget or salary.  But Tony did touch my heart, so I viewed the offer as probably the time to give back to our society, a great opportunity to help others.

 

So I began to think of how to structure the advocacy. 

 

So we put-up the Philippine Center for Entrepreneurship (PCE) Foundation Inc, a non-government organization, that has since then been working on many programs that will elevate the awareness and competencies of Filipinos on entrepreneurship.  We adopted a battlecry called Go Negosyo, which I remember was a slogan that we were considering when I was brainstorming with my team way back in 2005. We used the word Negosyo since it is more easily understood (and spelled) than entrepreneurship.  And I thought that taking the two letters in the middle of Negosyo which is GO gives it the energy of GO (to do it now).

 

That Go Negosyo battlecry became the slogan and in effect the brand that we are now known for.  It is a call to action for Filipinos to have a change of mindset into a positive and progressive one.  A culture change is what we aim to achieve for Filipinos to beat poverty and move up in life. 

 

Go Negosyo has been privileged to do its share and to partner with many groups to help build a country of enterprising Filipinos.  We are committed to take this advocacy to the next level.  We thank everyone who has been part of this cause.

Fellow entrepreneurs and advocates supported our first summit. More than 50 respected entrepreneurs and 50, 000 participants joined the Go Negosyo Summit and Expo in 2006. Despite the military uprising currently happening in Makati at that time, former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo arrived in the venue and expressed her support to our advocacy.

Fellow entrepreneurs and advocates supported our first summit. More than 50 respected entrepreneurs and 50, 000 participants joined the Go Negosyo Summit and Expo in 2006. Despite the military uprising currently happening in Makati at that time, former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo arrived in the venue and expressed her support to our advocacy.

Before we had our first summit, 2005 is a year for series of consultation meetings with fellow advocates and trustees. (In photo: Seated - Vivienne Tan, Vicki Belo, Anna Periquet, me, Socorro Ramos, Rolando Hortaleza, Les Reyes. Standing - Victor Tan, Jay Aldeguer, Richie Cuna, and Ben Colayco.)

Before we had our first summit, 2005 is a year for series of consultation meetings with fellow advocates and trustees. (In photo: Seated – Vivienne Tan, Vicki Belo, Anna Periquet, me, Socorro Ramos, Rolando Hortaleza, Les Reyes. Standing – Victor Tan, Jay Aldeguer, Richie Cuna, and Ben Colayco.)

Former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo actively joined our programs. Here, she interviewed young participants of our Teen Negosyo Summit in 2006.

Former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo actively joined our programs. Here, she interviewed young participants of our Teen Negosyo Summit in 2006.

One of the icon entrepreneurs, Henry Sy was given the Big Brother of Filipino Entrepreneurs  Award in 2006.

One of the icon entrepreneurs, Henry Sy was given the Big Brother of Filipino Entrepreneurs Award in 2006.

To empower more Filipinos, Go Negosyo published relatable and inspirational stories of many champion entrepreneurs in its first book entitled 50 Inspiring Entrepreneurial Stories in 2007.

To empower more Filipinos, Go Negosyo published relatable and inspirational stories of many champion entrepreneurs in its first book entitled 50 Inspiring Entrepreneurial Stories in 2007.

It was Tony Meloto of Gawad Kalinga who inspired me to give back to our society. He has inspired me to help many Filipinos.

It was Tony Meloto of Gawad Kalinga who inspired me to give back to our society. He has inspired me to help many Filipinos.

We are fortunate to have the support of many influential leaders of our country. Here I was joined by now Sec. Kiko Pangilinan, Sec. Mar Roxas, former Senator Manny Villar, now FEU Chairman Aurelio Montinola and Anna Marie Periquet.

We are fortunate to have the support of many influential leaders of our country. Here I was joined by now Sec. Kiko Pangilinan, Sec. Mar Roxas, former Senator Manny Villar, now FEU Chairman Aurelio Montinola and Anna Marie Periquet.

We had a series of Go Negosyo Caravan in different provinces all over the country. Bataan was one of the few provinces we visited.

We had a series of Go Negosyo Caravan in different provinces all over the country. Bataan was one of the few provinces we visited.

Henry Sy is truly one of the inspiring entrepreneurs of the country. His inspiring story was featured in our first Go Negosyo book.

Henry Sy is truly one of the inspiring entrepreneurs of the country. His inspiring story was featured in our first Go Negosyo book.

Go Negosyo partnered with Gawad Kalinga in one of our first programs. We were also joined by Arthur Yap.

Go Negosyo partnered with Gawad Kalinga in one of our first programs. We were also joined by Arthur Yap.

In our mission to empower all Filipinos, we also reached out to people who are physically challenged and showed them ways on how they can start their own enterprise.

In our mission to empower all Filipinos, we also reached out to people who are physically challenged and showed them ways on how they can start their own enterprise.

Part of our Young Entrepreneurship Summit program is to recognize young entrepreneurs who are inspirations to the next generation of young entrepreneurs.

Part of our Young Entrepreneurship Summit program is to recognize young entrepreneurs who are inspirations to the next generation of young entrepreneurs.

We also recognized micro entrepreneurs in our provincial caravans.

We also recognized micro entrepreneurs in our provincial caravans.

Pampanga was also one of the provinces we visited and shared our advocacy to Cabalens.

Pampanga was also one of the provinces we visited and shared our advocacy to Cabalens.

Even celebrity-entrepreneurs were part of our mission. We launched our Celebrity Book filled with stories of celebrities who also bravely ventured into their own businesses.

Even celebrity-entrepreneurs were part of our mission. We launched our Celebrity Book filled with stories of celebrities who also bravely ventured into their own businesses.

Go Negosyo sa Bilibid. We successfully had a seminar for around 200 inmates of the New Bilibid prison in Muntinlupa City in 2010. The mission is to empower inmates to be enterprising and entrepreneurial even before they leave the steel prison cells.

Go Negosyo sa Bilibid. We successfully had a seminar for around 200 inmates of the New Bilibid prison in Muntinlupa City in 2010. The mission is to empower inmates to be enterprising and entrepreneurial even before they leave the steel prison cells.

It was in 2014 when Pres. Aquino signed into law the Go Negosyo Act which was authored by Sen. Bam Aquino, one of the staunch supporters of Go Negosyo and was once Go Negosyo's television show host.

It was in 2014 when Pres. Aquino signed into law the Go Negosyo Act which was authored by Sen. Bam Aquino, one of the staunch supporters of Go Negosyo and was once Go Negosyo’s television show host.

Thousands of participants flocked every summit we launched.

Thousands of participants flocked every summit we launched.

Women entrepreneurs have a growing number in the country. This inspires us more to empower Filipina mompreneurs through our yearly Filipina Entrepreneurship Summit.

Women entrepreneurs have a growing number in the country. This inspires us more to empower Filipina mompreneurs through our yearly Filipina Entrepreneurship Summit.

Our recent program, Building Enterprising Students of Tomorrow (BEST) Program aims to empower the outstanding students of different universities and colleges to become the next change-makers of this country.

Our recent program, Building Enterprising Students of Tomorrow (BEST) Program aims to empower the outstanding students of different universities and colleges to become the next change-makers of this country.

 

Why?

Thursday, July 23rd, 2015

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Through the years, people have been asking me the question Why? and What made me start this advocacy on entrepreneurship?  Some felt I was politically motivated to create this, so one day I could run for some political position. Actually about 3 elections have passed and yes, offers were made for me to run for the Senate but I had to politely beg off as politics is really not for me.

In 2004, a year before this Go Negosyo advocacy started, my wife met someone who was building houses for the poor and she told me I should meet the organization called Gawad Kalinga . I ignored it at the start, but somehow things fell into place that I got to meet its leaders Tony Meloto and Boy Montelibano.  At that time, they were just starting and they explained what they do, until I got to attend the huge GK event that year, which was also attended by President PGMA.

Tony did inspire me and we started our own GK village thru the community at the back of RFM building in Mandaluyong.  RFM and Concepcion sponsored the upgrading of the living condition in that area. The Selecta Ice cream JV likewise set-up their community near their plant in Manggahan Pasig.  As I went through the GK set-up, I felt it would be good to encourage and create more economic activities in these villages to sustain themselves.

The exposure in those communities made me realize the need to have an environment that can create more entrepreneurial opportunities, or on a broader scale, the need to have a country of entrepreneurial Filipinos.  Fortunately, at about the same time, I was offered by then President Gloria Arroyo to help the country. She offered me to be a Presidential Adviser on Entrepreneurship. It was not a Cabinet rank and it did not have any budget or salary.  But Tony did touch my heart, so i viewed the offer as probably the time to give back to our society, a great opportunity to help others. That was when I decided maybe it’s God’s calling.

So I began to think of how to structure the advocacy.  At first, I thought that it will have to be in my private capacity to institutionalize an organization that will plan and implement a program that will aim to build a country of enterprising Filipinos.

At that time, I felt the way to get started was to ask the private sector to help support the programs that would build a platform on how to inculcate an enterprising mindset among Filipinos, taking inspiration from the many successful Filipino-Chinese entrepreneurs.

So we put-up the Philippine Center for Entrepreneurship (PCE) Foundation Inc, a non-government organization, that has since then been working on many programs that will elevate the awareness and competencies of Filipinos on entrepreneurship.  We adopted a battlecry called Go Negosyo, which I remember was a slogan that we were considering when I was brainstorming with my team way back in 2005. We used the word Negosyo since it is more easily understood (and spelled) than entrepreneurship.  And I thought that taking the two letters in the middle of Negosyo which is GO gives it the energy of GO (to do it now).

That Go Negosyo battlecry became the slogan and in effect the brand that we are now known for.  It is a call to action for Filipinos to have a change of mindset into a positive and progressive one.  A culture change is what we aim to achieve for Filipinos to beat poverty and move up in life.  We had to complement it with training and capacity building programs  for Filipinos to have the necessary competencies to move forward.

The Trustees who I invited to help me are like-minded individuals who are self-made entrepreneurs who also believe in this Vision that the answer to poverty is thru the creation of more negosyos and to foster the spirit of entrepreneurship.  I felt we had to create the new heroes who are the entrepreneurs who are really the problem solvers and can move much faster. We worked with the DEPED and eventually CHED, to have entrepreneurship introduced early in grade school, high school and then in college. We got the private sector rallied behind the cause, led by Nanay Coring Ramos of National bookstore, Felipe Gozon of GMA, Esther Vibal of Vibal Publishing, Manny Pangilinan (MVP) and many more who supported the programs and used media to help us create our new idols called bossing.

We ran hundreds of Summits and seminars to inspire and empower the Filipinos with the relevant entrep tools.  I remember during our first entrepreneurship Summit at BGC, Mr. Henry Sy himself attended, aided by his son Harley, together with Roland Hortaleza of Splash, Vivienne Tan of Entrepreneurship School of Asia, Jay Aldeguer of Islands Group, IT entrep Myla Villanueva, Victor Tan of Bobson, Vicki Belo, Ray Gapuz, Cecilio Pedro of Hapee, Henry Lim Bon Liong of SL Agritech, Anna Periquet, Johnlu Koa of French Baker, Les Reyes of Reyes Haircutters,  Richie Cuna of Fiorgelato, Rommel Juan of Binalot, just to name a few who joined us at the start.

From then on, more and more successful entrepreneurs shared their time and talent in joining our fora, and mentoring sessions. Angelpreneurs or a team of Go Negosyo entrepreneur gurus and lecturers likewise adopted the advocacy as their venue to help other Filipinos – Dean Pax Lapid, Butz Bartolome, Jorge Wieneke, Carlo Calimon, Tess Dimaculangan, Armand Bengco, Josiah Go, Mylene Abiva, Paulo Tibig, Ardy Roberto, Cholo Gonzales, to name a few. They are the educators who spend hours sharing their experiences and teaching the “how-to’s” in entrepreneurship.

We also documented the vast collective experiences and learnings of many entrepreneurs in all the nine books we have published so that there would be reading materials for any aspiring and start-ups to refer to.

With many program partnerships with both private and government groups, we reach this stage when entrepreneurship and support to various underprivileged sectors have flourished as we accelerated Negosyo Summits and program support to the micro and small enterprises, to the women, youth, agriculture, tourism, OFW, out-of-school youth, and PWDs.

In recent years, we developed close partnerships with the groups of Sen. Cynthia Villar as we mount every year the OFW and Families Negosyo Summits, Sen. Bam Aquino also initiated the landmark Go Negosyo Act that consolidated support to the micro SME sector, and Sen. Grace Poe who has empowered many Filipinas in our Filipina Entrepreneurship Summits.

Go Negosyo has been privileged to do its share and to partner with many groups to help build a country of enterprising Filipinos.  We are committed to take this advocacy to the next level.  We thank everyone who has been part of this cause.

P-Noy Thanks ‘Kuya Bam’ for PH Competition Law

Tuesday, July 21st, 2015

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President Benigno Aquino III thanked Sen. Bam Aquino for his efforts to pass two crucial legislative measures that will further sustain the country’s economic growth and boost the government’s inclusive growth agenda.

In his speech, the Chief Executive lauded Sen. Aquino, whom he playfully referred to as “Kuya Bam” for working for the passage of the Philippine Competition Law and the Foreign Ships Co-Loading Act, now known as Republic Act 10667 and 10668, respectively.

3 The measures were signed by the Chief Executive during a ceremony at Malacanang Palace today (July 21).

“Partikular po nating pinasasalamatan, unahin ko na po, pasensiya na po kayo, ‘yung kuya ko si Bam Aquino, at ang marami pang ibang sponsor at may-akda ng dalawang batas na ito,” President Aquino said in his speech.

The President said the Philippine Competition Act, which took almost 25 years to pass into law, would help sustain the country’s ever-growing economy and ensure a climate that provides a level-playing field for all businesses.

“Sa pamamagitan ng dalawang panukalang batas na pinagtibay natin sa araw na ito, tinatanggal natin ang mga baluktot na kalakarang dulot ng kawalan ng kumpetisyon, na walang nadadalang pakinabang sa ating mamamayan,” said the Chief Executive.

The President also stressed the importance of the Foreign Ships Co-Loading Act, saying that it will lead to lower prices of logistics and lower prices of goods for consumers

“Sa mga amyenda po ninyo, malayang makakapagkalakal ang mga banyagang barko ng kanilang imported at exported na kargamento sa kanilang napiling port of destination. Dahil dito, mapapadali at mapapamura ang export at import ng mga produkto, na magbubunsod ng mas masiglang merkado,” he said.

“Sa pinagtibay nating Philippine Competition Act at Liberalization of Philippine Cabotage, ang pagbabagong tinatamasa natin ngayon ay magpapatuloy hanggang sa mga susunod pang henerasyon,” the Chief Executive stressed.

The Philippine Competition Act levels the playing field for all businesses by penalizing anti-competitive agreements and abuses of dominant players, aside from eliminating cartels.

Under the law, a Philippine Competition Commission (PCC) will be established with the Chief Executive appointing a chairperson, four commissioners and an executive director.

As an independent quasi-judicial body, the PCC will look into anti-competitive behaviors, abuses in dominant positions, and anti-competitive mergers and acquisitions.

The Foreign Ships Co-Loading Act allows foreign ships carrying imported cargoes and cargoes to be exported out of the country to dock in multiple ports.

With the approval of these two measures, Sen. Bam now has four laws to his credit. Last year, the President approved the Go Negosyo Act and the Philippine Lemon Law.

SME Go! feat. Jason Magbanua Digital Video

Monday, July 20th, 2015

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Sometimes, entrepreneurship can be really challenging but with passion and dedication, it will keep you going.

Today, we bring you a story of a man with overflowing passion – on wedding video coverage.

Heading the Communication Department of Sacred Heart College in Lucena, Quezon Province turned Disc Jockey at night. Now a well known wedding videographer of prestige and famous personalities, Mr. Jason Magbanua made a mark in the field of videography.

Mas kilalanin natin ang sikat ng sikat na si Mr. Jason Magbanua at ang kanyang mala picture-perfect na istorya.

Watch the full story of Mr. Jason Magbanua dito lang sa SME Go! Powered by Go Negosyo ngayong Linggo (July 26), 4:00 PM sa PTV 4. For updates. ‘LIKE’ Go Negosyo on Facebook and follow @letsgonegosyo on Twitter.

Mentor Me

Thursday, July 16th, 2015

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Like many other things in life, everything begins in small steps, new beginnings and start-ups. Even the most successful businesses started with one unique idea before they become what they are today. But along the way, he would surely go through a rough journey in entrepreneurship.

There will be challenging days when an entrepreneur will think of giving up, unsure of his next move or clueless and hopeless on the future of the business.

This is where the passion and commitment on the business will be needed to keep the fire burning and not give up. Beyond passion and drive, one has to be smart enough also to seek the advice of experts, to have the right tools and processes to carry the business forward.

In order to take the business to the next level, an entrepreneur must look for a mentor who can assist, guide, and advise them with the best next step.

In our early stages, we are mentored and guided by many influencial people in our lives. Luckily, I am mentored by my father, Jose Concepcion Jr., who is a passionate entrepreneur and business leader.

In this mentoring stage, we receive not only the essential business knowledge an entrepreneur must possess but also the proper mindset, characteristics, and important values of an entrepreneur.

Businesses are relationships. And an entrepreneur must know that having a mentor-mentee relationship with a trusted entrepreneur can help him through the taxing parts of the business.

Take for example Mark Zuckerberg, the man behind the top social media site – Facebook. In an interview, he has proudly shared how his mentor has inspired and pushed him to “build high quality and good things.” He mentioned that because of his mentor, he believed in his product more because he has influenced him to believe that “what you can build can change the world.” And his mentor was Steve Jobs, the co-founder of Apple computers.

I believe that mentoring augments the right path to an entrepreneurial journey. Mentors will show you the ropes. But it is up to an entrepreneur on how he can pull himself up the ladder. Mentors will give you the confidence you need without any hesitation because it is also their mission to see their mentees’ success.

These mentors have been in the industry for long and they can provide the best ways in making crucial and important decisions. They are confident to guide you as they too have “been there, done that”. They will patiently support you in your business endeavours for they too knew how it was to start small.

Therefore, having a good mentor is invaluable.

Like what we have been doing for the past decade, Go Negosyo provides an enabling environment, where Filipinos can be inspired to have a Dream, to Believe and to Achieve. We empower Filipinos to aspire, to excel and work hard to be the best that they can be.

For those aspiring or existing micro and small entrepreneurs, we share inspiring role models, entrepreneurship education and mentorship, for them to thrive, unafraid – bold and confident even – to venture in a smarter way into business, and be prepared to succeed. They would become empowered and passionate entrepreneurs, with the relevant know-how, and the right mindset to positively contribute to communities and the nation at large.

We have witnessed the entrepreneurship revolution that catapults communities and businesses into greater heights and opened new frontiers of growth and opportunities, and a Filipino Nation that has a renewed sense of appreciation to the art and practice of entrepreneurship like never before.

But GoNegosyo is never alone in this entrepreneurship revolution.

Together with the PCE- Go Negosyo are equally laudable institutions, organizations and individuals who are individually and silently taking their part in ensuring we are able to inspire, educate and mentor the Filipino entrepreneurs of today and tomorrow.

In our ten years, we have known and gathered a number of inspiring and dedicated entrepreneur-mentors who have been influential for many. Through their stories shared in our books, or their personal tips given during programs, they have made a positive change towards being entrepreneurial Filipinos.

It is in this reason that we are recognizing these mentors who have been an enabler, a guide, and a supporter of entrepreneurs.

We will be giving a Go Negosyo Mentor Me recognition to institutions and individuals from across sectors of the society – from the government, the academe, media, non-profits and civil society and business – who have initiated programs which empower Filipinos to be entrepreneurial. These organizations continue to inspire us in what we do as partners of the advocacy.

More than a recognition of what they have done, it is a message of hope to every Filipino that our institutions will continue to journey together in helping build an entrepreneurial nation.

The collective efforts of Go Negosyo, the mentors, and different institutions will help move this country forward in becoming an entrepreneurial nation! Together, we shall continue the entrepreneurial revolution!