Archive for September, 2015

Press Release: Meet the Presidentiable Series

Wednesday, September 30th, 2015


Face the Nation Teaser

In line with our commitment to the cause of alleviating poverty through entrepreneurship, The Philippine Center for Entrepreneurship—Go Negosyo will host the PRESIDENTIABLE SERIES on October 8 at the Manila Polo Club through its program, Negosyo Talks.

The said series will conduct a dialogue with each of the three presidential candidates: Vice President Jejomar Binay, Senator Grace Poe and Mar Roxas to determine their plan of actions for entrepreneurship development in the Philippines.

The first instalment of the three-part series will feature VP Binay and will be attended by various entrepreneurs.

This program aims to show the business community the candidates’ perspectives and takes on issues concerning entrepreneurship and their implications to the country’s economic growth.

For more information, please contact (02) 634-4060 loc. 7188 / (02) 631-8101 loc. 7889.

 

Meet The Presidentiables Series

Thursday, September 24th, 2015
Go Negosyo Meets the Presidentiables Series.

Go Negosyo Meets the Presidentiables Series.

It seems that the 2016 presidential election is starting to heat up. Recently, Sen. Grace Poe announced her candidacy in a well-attended gathering of her supporters, followed by Sen. Chiz Escudero’s announcement the next day as vice president of Sen. Grace. Former DILG Secretary Mar Roxas declared his candidacy a few weeks ago along with the endorsement of President Aquino. And of course, Vice President Jojo Binay has proclaimed his presidential plans long ago.

For many entrepreneurs who have invested in the Philippines with the business they have set up, they want to be sure that a vibrant macro climate will continue to exist.  They need an assurance that the consumer confidence and spending will continue to drive the country to grow with higher GDP numbers. All of which will benefit the entrepreneurs as they will be able to continue to expand and hire people as well. The suppliers who are entrepreneurs themselves will continue to grow so this cycle will continuously spin faster and shall benefit even the less fortunate as it gives them more chance to set up a business or be employed.

This is why the next presidential election is important. Electing the right leaders is crucial.  I believe that the electorate or the people voting are getting more informed and aware, more objective and mature in decision-making. But as we all know, each person has their own choice as to who the right leader should be. This is what we call democracy – the right to choose the government that will drive us ahead.  This is something we did not experience during martial law years.

Go Negosyo through the Negosyo Talks will mount a program which will give a chance for the top entrepreneurs to meet the top three presidentiables who will share their vision for the country including their platforms on what they can do to help bring about a vibrant Negosyo climate. Entrepreneurs will be given the chance to dialogue and clarify issues that need to be addressed.

It is clear that Grace, Mar and VP Binay lead the nationwide surveys. But we still cannot tell.  It is a long way before they see the finish line. Many things can still change. For me what is important is that the Philippines cannot go back to its cycle of misery. We need to see this country continuously grow at levels that meet the criteria of an investment grade and a more developed nation. This shall attract more foreign investors thus contributing to a better economy. We should still be the ‘Darling of Investors’ for the next years. The Rising Star of Asia, as they say.

With this vision ahead, our OFWs will be able to see opportunities for them to be rehired in the Philippines or for them to invest back home. We can see that many of our OFWs are just waiting for good opportunities here. Gladly, most of them are even considering starting their own enterprises. Also, our micro and small entrepreneurs will be able to get a fair chance in becoming a medium and eventually large entrepreneur in the future. Our youth will be able to seek better employment in the country and be able to contribute to the talent base that will make this country dynamic.

The next leader of the Philippines, without any doubt, should continue with the reforms in good governance that this current administration has started. But it is not only about good governance that makes a country great. It is being able to make hard but best decisions needed in implementing the necessary infrastructure, education and health that will help sustain the growth we would like to see in the country. The next president must be able to determine how to solve numerous problems including the airport congestion, port congestion, and the Metro Manila traffic situation. We need solid plans that will bring about a stronger infrastructure which will bring our growth, most especially in tourism which is a driving force in the economy, to greater heights.

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Relatedly, we conducted a well-attended Negosyo sa Bayan last week, organized by our group and the Center for Future Leadership Foundation led by Misamis Oriental Vice Governor Joey Pelaez.  Over 500 Mayors, Vice Mayors, Councilors and LGU officials participated, and we had Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte as the conference keynote speaker.  We all know that his name always appear in the news as someone who will also run for President.  Well, he categorically stated that he is not really running for President, and he said that people, either his friends or enemies, may be the ones who are putting his name as a candidate.  I guess some quarters may like what he said, but when you talk to some Davaoenos, we will never know for sure until the last day of filing of candidacy.

The Annual Bossing Banquet

Monday, September 21st, 2015

Last September 12, PLDT SME Nation hosted the annual MVP Bossing Banquet in the famous Japanese restaurant, Nobu Restaurant located in City of Dreams.

It was a great day to celebrate the achievements and milestones of every Bossing and recognize their contributions in the development of the society. From the first batch which I was a part of, to the recent batch named last year, headed by Grand Bossing Carlos Chan of Liwayway Marketing Corporation, together we have supported a number of corporate social causes. Last year, together with Henry Lim Bon Liong, we supported the rice bucket challenge which donated kilos of rice to different communities.

For this year, in partnership with Ideaspace, a start-up incubator, the Bossings listened as four start-ups presented their businesses. The four start-ups who presented are MobKard, SALt, Wattsmart and Heat Stress Analyzer. We, Bossings, expressed our support for them.

Lastly, my wife Marissa gave the closing remarks.

Cesar Enriquez (PLDT) , Jecyn Chua-Teng (PLDT) , Bossing Mariano 'Jun' Manas, and his wife, Araceli. (Hen Lin).

Cesar Enriquez (PLDT) , Jecyn Chua-Teng (PLDT) , Bossing Mariano ‘Jun’ Manas, and his wife, Araceli. (Hen Lin).

Bossing Jose Magsaysay Jr. (Cinco Corporation), Eric Alberto (PLDT), Bossing Atty. Arthur Tugade (Perry's Group), Araceli and Jun Manas (Hen Lin), and Cesar Enriquez (PLDT).

Bossing Jose Magsaysay Jr. (Cinco Corporation), Eric Alberto (PLDT), Bossing Atty. Arthur Tugade (Perry’s Group), Araceli and Jun Manas (Hen Lin), and Cesar Enriquez (PLDT).

(L) Bossing Ferdinand Maranon (Sagrex Corporation); (R) Go Negosyo's Executive Director Ramon Lopez with Bossing Tommany Tan (FERN-C), Bossing and Go Negosyo's Founding Trustee Joey Concepcion, Bossing Samie Lim (Blim's Furniture), and Marissa Concepcion.

(L) Bossing Ferdinand Maranon (Sagrex Corporation); (R) Go Negosyo’s Executive Director Ramon Lopez with Bossing Tommany Tan (FERN-C), Bossing and Go Negosyo’s Founding Trustee Joey Concepcion, Bossing Samie Lim (Blim’s Furniture), and Marissa Concepcion.

Bossing Bernie Liu (Golden ABC) and wife Alice, with Bossing Franklin Go (Goldilocks).

Bossing Bernie Liu (Golden ABC) and wife Alice, with Bossing Franklin Go (Goldilocks).

Bossing Cecilio Pedro (Lamoiyan Corporation), Atty. Mike Toledo, Manny V. Pangilinan, and Bossing Bernie Liu.

Bossing Cecilio Pedro (Lamoiyan Corporation), Atty. Mike Toledo, Manny V. Pangilinan, and Bossing Bernie Liu.

PLDT executives, Amil Azurin, Tony Radovan, Bossing Jose Magsaysay Jr., Luigi Lopa, and Christian Lim.

PLDT executives, Amil Azurin, Tony Radovan, Bossing Jose Magsaysay Jr., Luigi Lopa, and Christian Lim.

Judy Liuson, Bossing Benjamin Liuson (The Generics Pharmacy) and Bossing Manny V. Pangilinan (PLDT).

Judy Liuson, Bossing Benjamin Liuson (The Generics Pharmacy) and Bossing Manny V. Pangilinan (PLDT).

Bossing Bobby Claudio (Toby's Sports), Bossing Carlos Chan (Liwayway Marketing Corporation), Bossing Cecilio Pedro (Lamoiyan Corporation), and Toby Claudio (Toby's Sports).

Bossing Bobby Claudio (Toby’s Sports), Bossing Carlos Chan (Liwayway Marketing Corporation), Bossing Cecilio Pedro (Lamoiyan Corporation), and Toby Claudio (Toby’s Sports).

Pablo Bertotto, Franklin Go, Bossing Annabella Wisniewski (Raintree Group), Jecyn Chua-Teng, and Bossing Laura Bertotto (VMV Hypoallergenics).

Pablo Bertotto, Franklin Go, Bossing Annabella Wisniewski (Raintree Group), Jecyn Chua-Teng, and Bossing Laura Bertotto (VMV Hypoallergenics).

Bossings from 2010 up to 2015 gather at the Bossing Banquet last Saturday, September 12, 2015.

Bossings from 2010 up to 2015 gather at the Bossing Banquet last Saturday, September 12, 2015.

(L) PLDT SME Nation First Vice President and Head Kat Luna-Abelarde presented 2015 Grand Bossing award with the photo recognition; (R) PLDT Executive Vice President and Head of Enterprise, International and Carrier Business Eric Alberto welcomes all Bossings to this year's Bossing Banquet.

(L) PLDT SME Nation First Vice President and Head Kat Luna-Abelarde presented 2015 Grand Bossing award with the photo recognition; (R) PLDT Executive Vice President and Head of Enterprise, International and Carrier Business Eric Alberto welcomes all Bossings to this year’s Bossing Banquet.

Kat Luna-Abelarde, Marissa Concepcion, Joey Concepcion, Ramon Lopez, and Gabby Cui.

Kat Luna-Abelarde, Marissa Concepcion, Joey Concepcion, Ramon Lopez, and Gabby Cui.

(L) Corrine Zunk-Zablan, head of Smart Community Engagement Services with Bossing Genevieve Ledesma-Tan of Southville International School and Colleges; (R) Baliwag Lechon's Bossing Sarabeth Salcedo-Soriano.

(L) Corrine Zunk-Zablan, head of Smart Community Engagement Services with Bossing Genevieve Ledesma-Tan of Southville International School and Colleges; (R) Baliwag Lechon’s Bossing Sarabeth Salcedo-Soriano.

Bossing Cecilio Pedro, Bossing Manny Pangilinan, Bossing Joey Concepcion, and Bossing Alice Eduardo (Sta. Elena Corporation).

Bossing Cecilio Pedro, Bossing Manny Pangilinan, Bossing Joey Concepcion, and Bossing Alice Eduardo (Sta. Elena Corporation).

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PLDT Chairman Manny V. Pangilinan.

(L-R): Bossing Rey Lapid (R. Lapid's Chicharon and Barbeque), SL Agritech's Bossing Henry Lim Bon Liong, Bossing Dra. Vicki Belo (Belo Medical Group), Marissa Concepcion gave the closing remarks.

(L-R): Bossing Rey Lapid (R. Lapid’s Chicharon and Barbeque), SL Agritech’s Bossing Henry Lim Bon Liong, Bossing Dra. Vicki Belo (Belo Medical Group), Marissa Concepcion gave the closing remarks.

Dra. Vermen Verallo Rowell with Bossing Myrna Yao (RichPrime Global), Bossing Genevieve Ledesma-Tan, Marissa Concepcion, and Bossing Laura Bertotto.

Dra. Vermen Verallo Rowell with Bossing Myrna Yao (RichPrime Global), Bossing Genevieve Ledesma-Tan, Marissa Concepcion, and Bossing Laura Bertotto.

(L) Social Entrepreneurs Mark Ruiz (Hapinoy) and Reese Fernandez-Ruiz (Rags2Riches); (R) Bossing Siu Ping Par and Nelson Par (PR Gaz) with Jecyn Chua-Teng of PLDT SME Nation.

(L) Social Entrepreneurs Mark Ruiz (Hapinoy) and Reese Fernandez-Ruiz (Rags2Riches); (R) Bossing Siu Ping Par and Nelson Par (PR Gaz) with Jecyn Chua-Teng of PLDT SME Nation.

AFFI’s Franchise & Business Expo to Inspire New Breed of Entrepreneurs

Friday, September 18th, 2015

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The Association of Filipino Franchisers Inc. (AFFI) has announced the much-awaited staging of the 14th Franchise and Business Expo: Empowering Entrepreneurs on October 2-4, 2015 at the World Trade Center Metro Manila.

Touted as the biggest and longest-running Business Expo in the Philippines, the expo aims to help potential entrepreneurs start up their dream business, and enable existing ones to reach their full potential thru a variety of informative seminars and activities, and a whole range of opportunities provided by partner organizations, government agencies, and fellow entrepreneurs.

Taking center stage will be more than 300 exhibitors from the Philippines and ASEAN region showcasing a wide range of franchising and business opportunities, as well as the latest business tools and services available to both up-and-coming and established entrepreneurs. Spread over 5,000 square meters of exhibition space, the Expo also offers seminars on the latest business trends and even a special zone for Overseas Foreign Workers searching for the perfect venture in which to invest and grow their hard-earned money. With its ever-growing popularity, this year’s Expo expects to surpass the 20,000 visitor mark.

In line with their belief that entrepreneurs are the foundation of the country’s economic growth, AFFI has stepped up its efforts to entice and inspire a new breed of Filipino entrepreneur through the expo’s comprehensive Business Journey series. More than just basic information on how to set up a business, the Business Journey will guide attendees through the process of becoming an entrepreneur, including creating the proper mindset, understanding the various government services, utilizing available investment tools and technology, finding the right business and much more.

From L-R: John Chung, President of Acquasuisse; Paul S. Tan, AFFI Director for Education, VP for Operations Aquabest; Armando O. Bartolome, AFFI Chairman of the Board, President of GMB Franchise Developers; Ricardo Z. Cuna, Chairman of 14th Franchise and Business Expo, President of Fiorgelato; Jean Uvero, AFFI Member and Fellowship Director, Owner of Nail It!; Jelyn Chung, AFFI Director for PR and Marketing, Owner of Acquasuisse; Josie See, AFFI Director for Membership and President of Peanut World; Anne Francisco, Owner of Ferinos Bibingka and AFFI Adviser; Mr Sonny V. Francisco, Director for Partnerships, Franchiser of Ferinos Bibingka; Jerry Neil C. Ilao, President and CEO of AFFI, President of Ink All You Can.

From L-R: John Chung, President of Acquasuisse; Paul S. Tan, AFFI Director for Education, VP for Operations Aquabest; Armando O. Bartolome, AFFI Chairman of the Board, President of GMB Franchise Developers; Ricardo Z. Cuna, Chairman of 14th Franchise and Business Expo, President of Fiorgelato; Jean Uvero, AFFI Member and Fellowship Director, Owner of Nail It!; Jelyn Chung, AFFI Director for PR and Marketing, Owner of Acquasuisse; Josie See, AFFI Director for Membership and President of Peanut World; Anne Francisco, Owner of Ferinos Bibingka and AFFI Adviser; Mr Sonny V. Francisco, Director for Partnerships, Franchiser of Ferinos Bibingka; Jerry Neil C. Ilao, President and CEO of AFFI, President of Ink All You Can.

“Now more than ever, it’s important for us to create and nurture the Filipino entrepreneur. Education plus opportunities equals empowerment, is the equation that is at the center of Expo.” says Ricardo Cuna owner of the Fiorgelato ice cream franchise and Chairman of the 14th Franchise and Business Expo organizing committee.

“AFFI is composed of some of the best and brightest minds in Philippine business. Through the Business Journey, we will share our expertise as well as the many valuable lessons we have gained along the path to success. Starting and growing a business may not be easy, but it certainly helps to have guidance from experts.” added Cuna.

With its stellar line-up of resource speakers, exhibitors and seminars, the 14th Franchise and Business Expo guarantees a power-packed 3 days of exposure, enrichment, engagement and empowerment.

Register now and discover a whole new world of opportunities. For more information on the Expo, visit www.affi.com.ph or contact (02) 515-9846, (02) 334-3073 or Telefax No. (02) 501-5449 or email them at expo@affi.com.ph.

Go Negosyo and US Embassy Empower Young Entrepreneurs in Mindanao

Friday, September 18th, 2015

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The Philippine Center for Entrepreneurship—Go Negosyo and US Embassy in Manila hosted the Mindanao leg of the Youth Entrepreneurship Development Workshop in Zamboanga City last September 9-11. The three-day workshop was held in the Garden Orchid Hotel. Youth participants came from as far as Sulu, General Santos, Tawi-Tawi, Cagayan de Oro and other parts of Mindanao.

Go Negosyo Angelpreneurs graced the workshop’s Day 1 with their fruitful presentations. The first speaker is Mr. Armando “Butz” Bartolome, president of GMB Franchise Developers Inc. Sir Butz talked about how one can re-discover the entrepreneurial mindset and the secrets of spotting business opportunities. Mr. Victor “Vix” Madlangbayan of Manok Mabuhay zeroed in on business model development and Ms. Tess Dimaculangan, Managing Partner of Dimaculangan and Co. CPAs enlightened the YEDW fellows with the much needed business finance knowledge. Finally, Mr. Willy “The Brand Healer” Arcilla mentored everyone on the basics of marketing.

YEDW Mindanao leg speakers with Go Negosyo Executive Director, Mr. Ramon Lopez.

YEDW Mindanao leg speakers with Go Negosyo Executive Director, Mr. Ramon Lopez.

Day 2 kicked off with a talk entitled “That thing called Ideaction: Leaping from idea to proof of concept” from a Young South East Asian Leaders Initiative or YSEALI alumnus, Mr. Ryan Louie Madrid, followed by another topic presentations from franchising guru Mr. Butz Bartolome (Franchising as a Tool for Business Expansion) and Mr. Vix Madlangbayan (Product Development and Marketing.)

One of the highlights of the workshop is the experience sharing of home-grown Mindanaoan entrepreneurs through a panel discussion. The Fellows got to ask relevant questions to the panel composed of Mr. Edwin To of Price Wise Marketing Corporation, Imelda Dagus of Dennis Coffee Garden and Ivy Simbajon of Myrna’s Bakehouse.

Guests from the USAID Gerardo Porta (Senior Democracy and Governance Specialist) and Jay De Quiros (Economic Growth Specialist) also discussed the USAID Philippine-American Fund and USAID initiatives on improving the investment climate in cities respectively.

At the end of the day, Mr. Ramon Lopez, Go Negosyo Executive Director, shared his expertise on different entrepreneurial topics such as marketing, branding and tips in managing a business enterprise.

Mr. Ramon Lopez, Go Negosyo Executive Director.

Mr. Ramon Lopez, Go Negosyo Executive Director.

After the dinner, the participants and organizers enjoyed the fellowship night where they got to know each other more and play some games.

It’s all business on day 3. The top 10 from the business idea and existing business categories were chosen and each of them presented in front of the panel of judges composed of Mr. Edwin To, Mr. Willy Arcilla an Engineer Rolando G. Acuna of CESO V (Provincial Director of DTI Region 9.) Each fellow from the top 10 were given 5 minutes to present their business or idea and another 5 minutes to answer the questions from the judges.

After the deliberation, the top 5 and eventual cash prize winners were announced as follows:

Business Idea Category:
Fiel Melan Bulaong
Richard Celeste
Shayryl Mae Ramos
Nelben Raymunda
Business Idea category Winner of P10,000: Robert Basco

Existing Business Category:
Andrew Ryan Cabillas
Kaye Layco
Arnold Sotto
Hazel Yap
Existing Business Category Winner of P30,000: Gideon Rey Pahagas

VIEW PHOTOS HERE: YEDW Mindanao Day 1 | YEDW Mindanao Day 2 | YEDW Mindanao Day 3

The Gift of A Dream

Thursday, September 17th, 2015
Myrna Yao launched her new book: "The Gift of a Dream: The GREAT Women Project" last Tuesday, September 15. Her dream is to empower more women and to see the micro entrepreneur become SMEs and grow globally.

Myrna Yao launched her new book: “The Gift of a Dream: The GREAT Women Project” last Tuesday, September 15. Her dream is to empower more women and to see the micro entrepreneur become SMEs and grow globally.

In a recent study done by the World Economic Forum, Philippines was ranked as the 9th best country for women. This is a positive recognition for the efforts of the government and the private sector to continue to empower women in all aspects, including entrepreneurship.

Go Negosyo is fortunate to have one passionate Filipina entrepreneur, Myrna Tang-Yao, who has been empowering women to become champions in their own fields. Myrna is one of Go Negosyo valued partners in our mission to empower aspiring entrepreneurs.  She has joined several Go Negosyo summits and fora and has shared her humble beginnings and success story, as well as business tips, always inspiring and educating the audience. She proudly shares that she was inspired by our advocacy, Go Negosyo in empowering women in the country.

Myrna Yao is CEO of Richprime Global Inc. Her entrepreneurial journey started when she was still young. Her company distributes Mattel toys, one of the leading toy companies abroad, which produces Hot Wheels, Matchbox and the famous Barbie dolls. She is one of the featured entrepreneurs in our red book, the 50 Inspiring Stories of Women Entrepreneurs and her story is truly remarkable.

Just last Tuesday, she has shared more than her story. She revealed her dream to all, through her newly launched book: The Gift of a Dream: The GREAT Women Project.  This book, as she said, is a dream come true.

In her book, she details her story as she worked for her father’s copra business in Camarines Sur. Normally, it was a job meant for men but this did not discourage her to excel. Her colleagues doubted her capabilities in manning the business. But she tuned them out and sought to do her best all the time. She shared in her book, “I envisioned every woman to be self-reliant – to have confidence in and exercise one’s own powers of judgment.” She has definitely lived up to it.

The book not only shared her entrepreneurial journey, it also discussed her project: The Gender-Responsive Economic Actions for the Transformation of Women (GREAT Women) Project when she was appointed as the Chair of Philippine Commission on Women by the former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo. While she was appointed in 2004 and I in 2005 as the Presidential Consultant for Entrepreneurship, we were both aiming for progress and development for the country.

The GREAT Women Project is “a governance and capacity development project. It aimed to promote and support a gender-responsive enabling environment for women’s economic empowerment particularly those in microenterprises.” It aimed to provide women micro-entrepreneurs with (1) greater access to information, credit, skills training, technology and new markets, (2) increased participation in high-value economic activities and decision-making in their respective industries and sectors, (3) better work conditions and zero or minimal discriminatory practices, (4) social protection and other safety nets, and (5) better incomes from their enterprises. Thanks to Myrna’s leadership then, this project continued its mission to support the growth of women microentrepreneurs in all provinces.

One of the validations of the GREAT Women Project is the story of Erlin Sullano from Bacolod City. She shared that through this project, she was able to cultivate and improve skills as a manicurist. She was given training and a certification for it. She said, “I am very thankful for the training and certification through the project, as it has given me a better life. I have become a popular manicurist in my barangay and I am now able to save money. As a woman, I now feel that I have the power to make my life and my family’s life change for the better.”

This story, which is just one of the many stories of success from poverty, has proven that thru interventions like the GREAT Women Project, women’s lives can change.  Myrna’s  dream of empowering women through entrepreneurship is causing a dramatic transformation in the lives of Filipinas and her family.

As they say, women are prime movers of this country that is why we are proud to say that Go Negosyo initiates as well a lot of fora and Summits every year focused on levelling-up the capabilities of women.  Her involvement in our mission to transform the country into an enterprising nation is truly a gift for all of us as we are all aiming to turn the microentrepreneurs into small, medium and large enterprises. Slowly but surely, we can all make this dream into reality if we all work together to encourage not only the women but all Filipinos to have an enterprising mindset and attitude.

Dreaming is the start of a journey. Making it happen is more important. As Myrna shared, “The story does not end in the last chapter (of this book).” Women empowerment must continue until all women entrepreneurs become successful entrepreneurs!

Congratulations Myrna, and we support your fight to poverty through the GREAT Women Project!

 

Dreaming Big, Starting Small: How Great Women Achieve Success

Wednesday, September 16th, 2015


Multi-awarded Filipina entrepreneur launches new book to empower other women entrepreneurs

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Richprime Global Inc. CEO and one of Go Negosyo’s staunch supporters and advocates, Ms. Myrna Yao with Go Negosyo Executive Director, Mr. Ramon Lopez.

MANILA, Philippines (September 15, 2015) Myrna Tang Yao, the savvy tycoon who made Barbie™ famous in the Philippines, shares her passion and  journey from being a micro entrepreneur to CEO of several companies in her new book, “The Gift of a Dream: The GREAT Women Project,” launching last Tuesday, September 15, 2015 6:00 PM at the Sofitel Philippine Plaza Manila.

In her book, Yao also details how as a young woman, she dreamt of one day succeeding in business so she could help underprivileged women break free from helplessness due to poverty. Her dream soon became a reality when she was appointed Chair of the Philippine Commission on Women. She was tasked to spearhead the nationwide Gender-Responsive Economic Actions for the Transformation of Women (GREAT Women) Project, “a governance and capacity development project that aims to promote and support a gender-responsive enabling environment for women’s economic empowerment, particularly those in microenterprises.” The project continues to succeed, thanks to Yao’s framework based on her invaluable business insights.

Joey Concepcion of RFM Corporation and Go Negosyo says of her book, “This book shall serve as an inspiration to women most especially to women entrepreneurs who are in their journey of reaching success. Myrna Yao’s passion is evident in all her works from her humble beginnings up until today.”

Bo Sanchez, bestselling author, also praises Yao’s latest achievement: “From page one, you’ll see Myrna’s fearless passion. But more than that, you’ll be deeply touched by her great love for disenfranchised women. These suffering women are the reason why she wakes up in the morning. Thank you Myrna for inspiring all of us and teaching us how to live.”

Indeed, the best validations come from those who benefitted from the GREAT Women Project themselves. Erlin Sullano, 35 years old, hails from Bacolod City, and has this to say about Myrna Yao’s brainchild project: “My husband was jobless a month before I delivered my fourth child. I had no experience in peddling, but I needed to earn for the baby’s delivery so I peddled food items. A lot of good-hearted people would give me money and not take my goods out of pity. A few weeks after giving birth, when our meager resources were all spent, I had no choice but to look for work. I became a manicurist.

“After 2 years, my clientele grew and then came The GREAT Women Project where I learned more and was given better tools for my trade and got a Certificate of Completion. I am very thankful for the training and certification through the project, as it has given me a better life. I have become a popular manicurist in my barangay and I am now able to save money. I was able to get our house fixed, buy appliances and, feed and clothe my children. As a woman, I now feel that I have the power to make my life and my family’s life change for the better.”

It seems the seed of Myrna Yao’s dream to empower a woman through entrepreneurship, can transform not just one woman’s life, but that of her family, and community, too.

“The Gift of a Dream: The GREAT Women Project” is published in partnership with the Vibal Publishing House, Inc., and is also available in digital format through their website, www.vibalpublishing.com.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR: MYRNA TANG-YAO

A multi-awarded entrepreneur and champion of women’s rights and empowerment, MYRNA YAO is CEO of five companies including RichPrime Global, Inc., and Richwell Trading Corporation, founder and chairperson of The Philippine Federation of Local Council of Women, The Federation of the Filipino Chinese Business and Professional Women of the Philippines, the Pearl S. Buck Philippines and also served as the Chairperson of the Philippine Commission on Women (PCW) for six years. (PCW is the policy making body of the government in implementing laws on women and gender empowerment). Some of the numerous awards she has received include the International Entrepreneur Award by the Global Summit of Women in 2006, the Gold Prize Award for Women’s World Excellence Award in Beijing, and the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award in 2003. She was also granted the 2006 Presidential Merit Award by the President of the Republic of the Philippines for her success in the field of entrepreneurship in both local and international levels.

From its humble beginnings, her business has grown to include the marketing and distribution of children’s products from toys to fashion and shoes under the brands of Barbie, Hotwheels, Mattel toys and games, Fisher Price, Megablocks, Disney, Ninja Turtles, V-Tech, Ollie and more. She is very passionate in serving women and children, who inspire her to continue developing products which cater to kids’ needs. Starting with only 10 employees, her company now hires and provides livelihood to 1,400 employees.

To help underprivileged women in the Philippines, Myrna was instrumental in pushing for the enactment of Magna Carta of Women to law. The MCW is a comprehensive women’s human rights law that seeks to eliminate violence against women, and ensure equal earning opportunity, among others. She spearheaded the GREAT Women Project, which helps alleviate poverty by engaging and mentoring women into becoming micro entrepreneurs, and connecting them with different Government Agencies and business networks.

1st National Youth Forum on Heritage

Tuesday, September 15th, 2015

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DEADLINE OF APPLICATIONS FOR THE 1st National Youth Forum on Heritage EXTENDED TO SEPTEMBER 25

THE RFM Foundation, Inc., together with Project Saysay, The Outstanding Students of the Philippines Region 3 Alumni Community of Heroes, Inc., and Proyekto PH, invites young Filipino heritage scholars, advocates, and cultural workers to apply for the 1st National Youth Forum on Heritage (1NYFH). The four-day gathering is scheduled on 11-14 November 2015 at the Philippine High School for the Arts, National Arts Center, Mt. Makiling, Los Baños, Laguna with the theme “Entering the Future Remembering the Past,” inspired by Jose Rizal’s epigraph to his 1880 award-winning play El Consejo de los Dioses: “Con el recuerdo del pasado entro en el porvenir” (“I enter the future remembering the past”).

The 1NYFH will be composed of 80 delegates: 54 of these are regional delegates (three delegates from 18 regions) who will pass the screening process, while the 26 will represent various youth sectors (e.g. youth organizations, young clergy, young servicemen) and active youth organizations promoting cultural heritage, to be identified and invited by the 1NYFH Secretariat. A delegate must be a Filipino citizen, age 18-30 years old before 11 November 2015 (ceiling age, as defined by the Youth in Nation-Building Act of 1995), and an advocate of heritage—cultural worker, heritage activist, scholar, student, professional, artist, or government official and employee.

For a regional delegate, he or she must be active and residing at the place of representation for at least six (6) months at the time of submission, a member of a representative youth organization (either community-based or school-based) involved in heritage, or organizations, advocacies, and social enterprise concerned on heritage issues, promotion, and awareness.

The event registration is FREE and the NYFH Secretariat will provide the following: food, accommodation, transportation to NYFH venue/s, forum kits, and certificate of participation/attendance. However, delegates will be responsible for their own transportation to and from Manila.

The deadline of submission is EXTENDED to 25 September 2015. Application package can be downloaded on www.nyfhph.com. For queries, email nyfh.secretariat@gmail.com or call (02) 634-5607/04, Fax (02) 632-0839. For updates and more details, visit the aforementioned or like our facebook page www.facebook.com/nyfhph. Result announcement is on 30 September 2015.

The 1NYFH is co-presented by the National Commission for Culture and the Arts and the Philippine High School for the Arts, with the support of the RFM Corporation, the Cultural Center of the Philippines, and the National Historical Commission of the Philippines.

 

What is the Secret to Being a Successful Entrepreneur?

Thursday, September 10th, 2015

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I am often asked with “What is the secret to being a successful entrepreneur?” To which I answer: “Success is for those who want it the most.” This must be true as many entrepreneurs were definitely driven to become successful since the beginning. Their passionate approach towards their goals has turned into fruitful journey.

From 2005 up until today, we have shared countless of inspiring stories from all kinds of entrepreneurs. From micro to icon entrepreneurs, their entrepreneurial journey reminded us how challenges are evident but can be succeeded.

From the stories of our featured entrepreneurs in all our books, we have come up with a list of mindsets and values an entrepreneur must possess in order to survive and champion the challenging but rewarding journey of entrepreneurship.

The following are the key learnings found in many entrepreneurs. There are a lot but let me share with you some of them based on the number of times these learnings were cited in their stories:

1. Passion. Understandably, this is the most cited entrepreneurial attribute. When there is passion, hard work is easy.  Like what we have always said, passion is the fuel of every entrepreneur.  It is the driving force for success. It has been exemplified by many entrepreneurs in our list. Some entrepreneurs who have pursued their passion are Andrew Tan, Washington Sycip, Chit Juan, Ronald Pineda, Samie Lim, Vicki Belo and many more.

2. Hard work. This can also be attributed to perseverance, courage and determination. The country’s most popular fast food chain exemplifies this very trait. “Jollibee became what it has become now because of the hard work and determination of people working towards the achievement of our vision,” words straight from Tony Tan Caktiong. For Ricardo Po Sr. of Century Pacific Group, “There is no substitute for hard work.” It has also been exemplified by entrepreneurs such as Justin Uy, Carlos Chan, and Esther Vibal.

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3. Innovativeness. If an entrepreneur can’t invent, he must re-invent. Mr. Quickie’s very own EC and Niño Caruncho said it best, “Always innovate! The way to survive today and the future is to always be one step ahead of the competition.” PLDT’s Manny Pangilinan is an example of an innovative entrepreneur. His company has created countless of innovative ideas in the telecommunications industry. Just recently, SMART Communications, which is under him, partnered with UBER, a transportation service.

4. Aptitude to see opportunities. Sen. Cynthia Villar shared, “Keep your eyes open for more opportunities.”  It is a smart move to be constantly updated with your industry and market. John Gokongwei Jr.’s company, JG Summit Holdings is a proof that there are several opportunities entrepreneurs can tap. “Before malling became a national past time, we put up Robinsons Galleria…when we saw that Filipinos would travel by air if costs were low, we started Cebu Pacific Air… when we realized that consumers were more health-conscious in their choice of food and drink, we launched C2… When we saw that ASEAN would merge into one marketplace in 2015, we made sure we set up factories in all its members countries to be competitive with other regional players.” Another notable entrepreneur who saw an opportunity in the construction and industrial industry and maximized it is Alice Eduardo.

5. A clear vision. Andy Ferreria advised starting entrepreneurs to listen to their voice for personal vision and mission. When a vision is seen to be almost achieved, it’s time to set new and higher visions. Zenaida Tantoco added, “Never lose track of your vision amid the changing market tastes and growing competition.” A vision provides direction and instigates passion. Exposure to and reflection of the environment or surroundings is the best basis for a vision.” Henry Sy, Jay Aldeguer and Injap Sia, among others have set their clear vision ahead for the company.

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6. Market and customer-orientedness. “By focusing on the customer and the changes in the environment he’s engaged in, you know how to craft the perfect products and services,” said Alexander Bangsoy of Goshen Land Corporation. Other entrepreneurs who exemplified this trait are Johnlu Koa, Myla Villanueva, Raul Concepcion, and Santiago Araneta.

7. Capacity to think big/expand network. A perfect example of this is what happened at SEAOIL. Its president, Glenn Yu, shared that it was through franchising that SEAOIL was able to rapidly expand its retail network. After more than 15 years into franchising, SEAOIL now has over 400 retail stations nationwide, 60 percent of which are franchised. William Belo, one of our trustees, is a firm believer of business expansion. He encourages aspiring businessmen to not stop growing and innovating.

8. Guts to take risk. Most Filipinos would rather be employees than be an entrepreneur because entrepreneurship is full of risks. But as Universal Records’ Kathleen Dy-Go puts it, “Sometimes, you just have to go with your gut feel for a certain strategy or business model that you want to try. It is not always good to stay on the safe side because you never know if something will work unless you try.” Benjamin Liuson advised the entrepreneurs “Don’t be afraid to try new things.”

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9. Faith in God.  Amb. Philippe Lhuillier owed his accomplishments in the fields of his business, government service and philanthropy to his faith in God. Manny Osmena who is known for his locally produced wine, Manny O Wines, persevered despite the serious doubts of people but he attributes to his faith, his strength and courage to continue.

10. Will to give back to community. Perhaps this is best explained by the author of Go Negosyo law, Senator Bam Aquino, who before becoming a senator was a social entrepreneur himself. “We shouldn’t forget that we have a role to play in nation building. The best entrepreneur is the one that never succeeds alone, and helps the success of his community.” Dr. Aristotle Alip also shared, “I think that is what passion is all about, the ability to infect others to achieve your goal. In our case, that is poverty alleviation through microfinance.”

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Congratulations to the success of AFFI’s first EntrepRun held last Sunday, September 6, with more than 2,500 entrepreneurs and runners! Entrepreneurs should stay healthy and happy.

 

 

 

 

SME Go! feat. Go Negosyo 10th Year Anniversary Celebration

Tuesday, September 8th, 2015

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(UPDATED) The 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.

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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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.

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!

Watch the full story of Go Negosyo’s 10th year anniversary only here at  SME Go! Powered by Go Negosyo this Sunday (September 13, 2015), 4:00 PM at PTV 4. For updates. ‘LIKE’ Go Negosyo on Facebook and follow @letsgonegosyo on Twitter.

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