Archive for October, 2015

DHL Express Philippines Invests 79.2 Million Pesos in a New South Service Center to Cater to the Growing Logistics Demand in South Luzon Area

Friday, October 30th, 2015
The new DHL Express Philippines South Service Center located in Las Piñas City will cater to the needs of customers in South Luzon area.

The new DHL Express Philippines South Service Center located in Las Piñas City will cater to the needs of customers in South Luzon area.

Manila, Philippines, 30 October 2015 — DHL Express, the world’s leading express services and logistics provider, has invested 79.2 million pesos (€1.321M) in a new DHL Express South Service Center in the Philippines to expand its network and cater to the growing logistics demand of businesses, particularly those based in South Luzon. Las Piñas City is a gateway for many industries such as electronics, semiconductors, and manufacturing. The opening of the new South Service Center marks the continued commitment of DHL Express in Philippines following the successful opening of Clark Service Center in Northern Luzon area in February.

Covering a land area of 3,068 square meters, the DHL Express South Service Center is expected to serve the needs of customers in the cities of Las Piñas, Pasay, and Parañaque, as well as the province of Cavite specifically in General Trias, Trece Martires, Tanza, Bacoor, Imus, Noveleta, Kawit, Cavite City, Dasmariñas and Silang. The proximity of the South Service Center will likewise benefit customers located in Free Trade Zones in South Luzon area, such as those in Gateway Business Park in General Trias, Cavite; Philippine Export Zone Authority (PEZA) in Rosario, Cavite; and First Cavite Industrial Estate (FCIE) in Dasmariñas, Cavite.

Conveniently situated along the busy thorough fare of Alabang-Zapote Road, even walk-in customers will be able to access the South Service Center with ease in terms of dropping their packages at the DHL retail outlet located inside the facility.

“DHL takes a long term view in the Philippines market as it holds great potential for growth and trade with GDP forecasted to grow at an average annual rate of 5.9% in 2015-2019.[1],” says Nurhayati Abdullah, Country Manager, DHL Express Philippines. “The South Service Center will play a critical role by supporting growth of our customers across South Luzon. Our investment in Las Piñas reaffirms our commitment to upgrade our services to meet the changing demands of our customers.”

The South Service Center will hold new vehicles, state-of-the-art material handling equipment, and IP cameras.  For security purposes, the new service center will be equipped with 30 CCTV cameras, capable of tracking shipments throughout the entire process within the service center.

[1] Source: Economist Intelligence Unit, October 2015 report.
http://viewswire.eiu.com/index.asp?layout=oneclick&pubtype_id=1086275908&country_id=1610000161

 

SME Go! feat. Uratex

Thursday, October 29th, 2015

Ang frugality o pagiging matipid ay isang katangiang makakatulong sa matagumpay na pagnenegosyo. It will not only create wealth by saving, it can also unleash our creative potentials as we strive to innovate without spending a large amount. This week on our SME Go! Episode, we bring you the story on how commitment to quality gave rise to our country’s foam giant.

Uratex CEO Natividad Yap-Cheng.

Uratex CEO Natividad Yap-Cheng.

In the Philippines, Uratex has become virtually synonymous with foam because of its utter dominance of the market that services not just the furniture sector but also the packaging, footwear and automotive industries.

Its success, however, did not happen overnight.

Uratex CEO Natividad Yap-Cheng shares that the first major challenge that she and her late husband faced was to source enough capital. They did not have access to large funds, as they did not come from moneyed families. She clearly recalls those early days when she and her husband lived in a studio apartment in Bambang, Sta. Cruz and slept on the floor.

“Technology changes, character remains. Buildings can burn down, money can be stolen; but your character will help you rebuild and regenerate” says Cheng.

Watch the full story of Ms. Natividad Cheng of Uratex on our SME Go! Powered by Go Negosyo this Saturday (October 31, 2015), 5:30 AM AM on PTV 4. For updates, ‘LIKE’ Go Negosyo on Facebook and follow @letsgonegosyo on Twitter.

Entrepreneurship for a Cause

Thursday, October 29th, 2015
BPI Sinag Grand Awardee: Karaw Craftventures received P500,000 along with a credit line up to P500,000 from BPI Ka-Negosyo. (In Photo L-R) Ginbee Go, BPI Head for Retail Loan; Jaime Augusto Zoberl de Ayala, Chairman and CEO of Ayala Corporation; Leciel Ramos and Paul Andrew Orpiada of Karaw Craftventures; Fidelina Corcuera, Executive Director of BPI Foundation; Cezar P. Consing, BPI President; and Atty. Jaime Holifena, VP for Social Development, Ateneo de Manila University.

BPI Sinag Grand Awardee: Karaw Craftventures received P500,000 along with a credit line up to P500,000 from BPI Ka-Negosyo. (In Photo L-R) Ginbee Go, BPI Head for Retail Loan; Jaime Augusto Zoberl de Ayala, Chairman and CEO of Ayala Corporation; Leciel Ramos and Paul Andrew Orpiada of Karaw Craftventures; Fidelina Corcuera, Executive Director of BPI Foundation; Cezar P. Consing, BPI President; and Atty. Jaime Holifena, VP for Social Development, Ateneo de Manila University.

Throughout the years, entrepreneurship has evolved into a multi-faceted industry.  Aside from the traditional brick and mortar type of businesses, franchise business models, there have been until now technology platforms and e-commerce business models. We also see more and more social enterprise models that encourage pursuit of passion, profit with purpose.

Social entrepreneurship has emerged in the country for years now. But what is social entrepreneurship? Social entrepreneurship has a wide range of definitions but the textbook definition is that it is the application of business techniques and strategies through a specific business model to help solve social problems. To many, social entrepreneurship focuses on solving the social problem and less on its viability and scalability. But In reality, a good social entrepreneur must generate income in order to sustain the business model and continue addressing his social cause.

In Go Negosyo’s 10 years, we have met a number of social entrepreneurs who continue to help different sectors of the community through their programs and enterprise. Their enterprises address social issues by providing solutions and helping create a lasting and reliable system for the continuous development of every community.

For example, Dr. Jaime Aristotle Alip of CARD-MRI which provides loans and financial assistance to micro entrepreneurs in different parts of the country; social entrepreneur couple Mark Ruiz and Reese Fernandez-Ruiz of Hapinoy and Rags to Riches; entrep-advocate Pacita “Chit” Juan who established ECHO Environment & Community Hope Organization) Store with Reena Francisco and Jeannie Javelosa; Gawad Kalinga Enchanted Farm initiated by Tony Meloto; Human Nature of Dylan and Anna Wilk and Camille Meloto; and Nanette Medved-Po of Friends of Hope which sells bottled waters for the establishment of classrooms in different schools in the country.

Recently, Go Negosyo met 10 inspiring social entrepreneurs who are making a positive difference in their respective communities through their enterprises. They pitched in the recently concluded BPI Sinag Awards. BPI Foundation in collaboration with Ateneo Center for Social Entrepreneurship (ASCENT) and BPI Ka-Negosyo launched this program to empower young Filipino entrepreneurs with social mission.  From more than 150 social entrepreneurs who applied and registered, only 40 participants were invited to join the Acceleration Bootcamp and lastly, only 10 finalists made it to the pitching and awarding ceremony.

The panel of judges include Jim Ayala of Hybrid Social Solutions, Go Negosyo Angelpreneur Josiah Go of Mansmith and Fielders, Chit Juan of ECHOstore, Injap Sia of DoubleDragon Properties and Injap Investments, and Mark Yu of SEAOIL Philippines and Go Negosyo’s Ramon Lopez.

Let me share with you the stories of the top five finalists from which we can all get inspiration to also contribute positive change in this country:

1. Bayani Brew
Bayani Brew is one of the promising social enterprises in the country. Led by Herxilia Protacio and Ron Dizon, Bayani Brew offers a refreshing drink made from locally-sourced ingredients such as camote tops and lemon grass.  Bayani Brew sources its ingredients from 4 farming communities including Gawad Kalinga Enchanted Farm. Currently, Bayani Brew offers two flavours: Kick-ass Lemongrass – brewed from all-natural lemongrass and pandan, and Purple Leaf – brewed from all-natural sweet potato purple leaf tops.

2. CocoAsenso
CocoAsenso is a social enterprise founded by Asa Feinstein. CocoAsenso’s goal is to increase economic opportunities in remote region by helping virgin coconut oil manufacturers reduce production costs through the establishment of small-scale coconut processing centers in remote farming communities.

3. Plush and Play
Fabien Courteille hails from the other side of the world but has fallen in love with the Philippines. Because of this, Plush and Play was born. Plush and Play is a social enterprise born in the Gawad Kalinga Enchanted Farm which creates Filipino toys delighting the young ones in the Philippines and the rest of the world. It aims to restore the Filipino seamstresses’ livelihood and pride in their craftsmanship. There were former garments companies’ employees who were dislocated.

4. Siglo
One of Go Negosyo’s young entrepreneurs, Alvin Tan started his social enterprise, Siglo. Siglo is a platform providing long term sustainable solutions to alleviate poverty by providing access to technology, capital, information, and major market supplies. It has tools for loans management, micro-entrepreneurship, modern intelligence and data mining, ads and research, and a livelihood tool that works via text messaging, an app, or via the web.

5.  Karaw Craftventures
Addressing the issue on recycling, Karaw Craftventures is a design hub that upcycles scrap materials into novelty gifts and lifestyle products. Aside from this, their Ragpet Project is a flagship brand that helps in the rehabilitation of women inmates in Naga City District Jail by providing sustainable livelihood activities and introducing an in-prison skills development program for poverty and crime reduction.

Karaw Craftventures won the BPI Sinag and has been awarded with P500,000.00 and a credit loan of up to P500,000.00. Each of the top five finalists were awarded with P200,000.00, six month mentorship, and access to the Ateneo Business Incubation Center.

As we promote entrepreneurship in the country, we present alternative models that can bring even more positive change – empowering not only the entrepreneurs, but the community it serves while protecting the environment for sustainable growth models. Let’s support social entrepreneurship, and to me, the sustainable and scalable way to develop social enterprises is to link them to a sustainable market. Big companies can play a vital role in their development. They can link social enterprises, say farmers’ cooperatives or associations of small producers to their supply chain so that it can assure a regular stream of supply transactions to level-up the condition of these underprivileged sectors.

Go Negosyo’s Annual Partners

Thursday, October 29th, 2015


annual partnersFor the past years, Go Negosyo won’t be able to continue the advocacy without the unwavering commitment and support of these companies in building an entrepreneurial nation. We would like to thank our annual partners.

 

Mobile Challenge Asia Pacific (MCAP) Philippines

Tuesday, October 27th, 2015

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(UPDATED) Are you interested in mobile solution development or mobile / digital enterprise? Do you have a great idea for a new and innovative mobile solution? Do you think you are or can be an entrepreneur?

If you answered YES to any of the questions above, then you should register your team to take part in this challenge.

The competition is open to ALL TYPES OF MOBILE SOLUTIONS, this may range from but not limited to education, SME solutions, entertainment, communication, service, etc.

Register your team details only once. We ask that the team leader from every team to enter your mobile solution detail to avoid duplicate entries.

ELIGIBILITY:

(1) The team must consist of 2-6 applicants
(2) At least one applicant from the team has to be between the ages of 18 and 35
(3) At least one applicant from the team has to be a resident of a participating country
(4) Applicants should not have any current Venture-Capital funding of more than USD $250,000

An application form will be sent to your team for accomplishment. Submit it together with the following materials on or before November 9, 2015, 11:59 PM:
•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 .
Click HERE for a more detailed description of each item.
Download MCAP Team Application Form HERE.

See video samples of the mobile application entries:

Grand Fit – Tunisia



The Pen – Jordan

Incept – Tunisia

BloodUp – KSA

Take note that the Acceleration Bootcamp is NOT a requirement for the Philippine Finals.

DEADLINE FOR FINAL ENTRY SUBMISSION is on November 9, 2015

HOW TO REGISTER: Send an email to gonegosyo.youth@gmail.com. Include your Team Name, Team Leader’s Name, Mobile Number, Email Address, City, Mobile Solution Name, Mobile Solution Description and No. of Team Members.

Download the MCAP Philippines Primer HERE

The MOBILE APPLICATION CHALLENGE (MCAP) PHILIPPINES is organized by the Philippine Center for Entrepreneurship- Go Negosyo and the Peace and Equity Foundation (PEF) for the Philippine run of the Mobile Challenge Asia Pacific in partnership with Applied Innovation Institute, IE Business School and JSeed Ventures in conjunction with GSMA.

Go Negosyo Holds Mobile Challenge Asia Pacific (MCAP) Philippines 2015

Tuesday, October 27th, 2015

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(UPDATED) October 24, 2015 – Go Negosyo and Peace and Equity Foundation teamed up to launch the Mobile Application Challenge for the Philippine run of the Mobile Challenge Asia Pacific (MCAP) in partnership with Applied Innovation Institute, IE Business School and JSeed Ventures in conjunction with GSMA at the Impact Hub Manila, Green Sun Hotel Makati.

The bootcamp was opened to all types of mobile solutions developers, ranging from but not limited to education, SME solutions, entertainment, communication etc.

The first plenary talk was about What Makes A Good Tech Start-up Idea from an Investor’s Point of View with Joe Maristela of katalyst.ph as speaker. Artie Lopez from BrainSpark Philippines spoke next, giving the participants some tips on the How’s of Pitching.

The participants were able to ask questions in the forum with tech industry experts such as: Ragde Falcis, (Gorated Innovations Lab) Alvin Tan (Siglo and 2014 Philippine representative to SEAMAC PH) and Calen Legaspi (Orange & Bronze.)

After the forum, the acceleration program proper transpired. About 10 teams of participants were divided for a session with the following mentors: Renan Mara of 8 MaraLabs, Calen Legaspi of Orange and Bronze, Allan Mangune of Taughtworks, Inc. and Kenneth Swedlund, start-up and app industry expert.

The final pitch submissions for the participants is on November 9 and the semi finals (Philippine finals) is on December 5. The top two teams will receive one ticket each to Hawaii, USA to represent the Philippines for the Regional finals to be held in Hawaii, USA.

For more information about the Mobile Challenge Asia Pacific (MCAP) Philippines, visit www.gonegosyo.net/mobilechallenge.

Young Entrepreneurs Shine in Go Negosyo’s YEDW Program

Monday, October 26th, 2015

Go Negosyo and the US Embassy in Manila teamed up to organize the Youth Entrepreneurship Development Workshop (YEDW) program beginning July until October of 2015. YEDW is a series of developmental three-day workshops for existing Filipino young entrepreneurs and young aspiring entrepreneurs with actual business ideas. It aims to build an entrepreneurial mindset to the Filipino youth and help improve their ideas and concepts through mentorship by field experts and successful entrepreneurs. YEDW had four legs—Manila, Luzon, (held in Batangas) Visayas, (held in Iloilo) and Mindanao (held in Zamboanga).

The workshops include training, networking, mentorship opportunities from the US government exchange program alumni and Go Negosyo angelpreneurs, and a business innovation plan competition.

We have discovered many amazing young, aspiring and practicing entrepreneurs in our YEDW journey all over the Philippines. Here are the winners for each leg:

Rachel De Villa, winner of YEDW Manila leg—business idea category. (L-R: Amiya Sawadjaan of US Embassy, Rachel De Villa and Go Negosyo Executive Director Ramon Lopez) Rachel and her team identified three root causes of the food security problem in the Philippines: funding, farmers and productivity. Her business idea, Cropital, is a social enterprise that aims to connect investors/lenders/donors to local Filipino farmers.

Rachel De Villa, winner of YEDW Manila leg—business idea category.
(L-R: Amiya Sawadjaan of US Embassy, Rachel De Villa and Go Negosyo Executive Director Ramon Lopez)
Rachel and her team identified three root causes of the food security problem in the Philippines: funding, farmers and productivity. Her business idea, Cropital, is a social enterprise that aims to connect investors/lenders/donors to local Filipino farmers.

Flora Señosa winner of the YEDW Manila leg—existing business category. Flora’s business, FDIC broilers, offers affordable and quality poultry products. Initially, her business idea was just part of her school requirement as a management student. She and her groupmates then agreed to pursue a poultry business to build a long-term investment that is also beneficial to the Biliran locals since the province is a great importer of chicken meat.

Flora Señosa winner of the YEDW Manila leg—existing business category.
Flora’s business, FDIC broilers, offers affordable and quality poultry products. Initially, her business idea was just part of her school requirement as a management student. She and her groupmates then agreed to pursue a poultry business to build a long-term investment that is also beneficial to the Biliran locals since the province is a great importer of chicken meat.

Raphaelo Perez is the winner of the YEDW Luzon leg—business idea category. (L-R: Go Negosyo Angelpreneur Vix Madlangbayan, Raphaelo Perez and Glenn Baticados of DTI) Raphaelo’s idea of having a modified Volkswagen Beetle serve fast and fresh off the grill burgers is called Overheat Burgers. He aims for Overheat Burgers to course thru the different areas in Santa Rosa City, Laguna specially in developing places, work hub areas, where people tend to be in most of the time. With Overheat, customers are guaranteed to be served with fresh, quality, affordable, and delicious burgers without having to go far away from their work place and waiting for a very long period of time.

Raphaelo Perez is the winner of the YEDW Luzon leg—business idea category. (L-R: Go Negosyo Angelpreneur Vix Madlangbayan, Raphaelo Perez and Go Negosyo Angelpreneur Glenn Baticados)
Raphaelo’s idea of having a modified Volkswagen Beetle serve fast and fresh off the grill burgers is called Overheat Burgers. He aims for Overheat Burgers to course thru the different areas in Santa Rosa City, Laguna specially in developing places, work hub areas, where people tend to be in most of the time. With Overheat, customers are guaranteed to be served with fresh, quality, affordable, and delicious burgers without having to go far away from their work place and waiting for a very long period of time.

Jesus Dane Lavarias, winner of the YEDW Luzon—existing business category. (L-R: Vix Madlangbayan, Jesus Dane Lavarias, Glenn Baticados and Paul Anthony De Guzman of Go Negosyo) Kabooms Wings and Burgers, a result of a failed business according to Jesus Dane, is now a favourite go-to place at the University belt. It serves glazed fried chicken and burgers and is a good place for students to dine in and spend time with friends while studying.

Jesus Dane Lavarias, winner of the YEDW Luzon—existing business category. (L-R: Vix Madlangbayan, Jesus Dane Lavarias, Glenn Baticados and Paul Anthony De Guzman of Go Negosyo)
Kabooms Wings and Burgers, a result of a failed business according to Jesus Dane, is now a favourite go-to place at the University belt. It serves glazed fried chicken and burgers and is a good place for students to dine in and spend time with friends while studying.

Cezar Chan II, winner of YEDW Visayas leg—existing business category. Cezar’s company is a systems integrator not only for audio and video, but also for IT, Communications, and security systems. It provides a local in-person sales force solely dedicated to the corporate market, carries up-to-date business software, and offers on going technical support to corporate clients at no or minimal cost.

Cezar Chan II, winner of YEDW Visayas leg—existing business category.
Cezar’s company is a systems integrator not only for audio and video, but also for IT, Communications, and security systems. It provides a local in-person sales force solely dedicated to the corporate market, carries up-to-date business software, and offers on going technical support to corporate clients at no or minimal cost.

Maria Mariel May Obrego, winner of the YEDW Visayas leg—business idea category. (L-R: Ramon Lopez, Mutya Euseros of DTI, Maria Mariel Obregon, US Embassy’s Elizabeth Liu and Jorge Wieneke of Tokyo Tempura) Mariel’s business idea, Agri-Block Builders or simply “Agriblocks” aims to address the high demands of hollow blocks and the increasing rate of agricultural waste. Agriblocks integrates the concept of “green construction” where Rice Hull Ash will be used as a raw material in the production of Hollow Blocks. According to Mariel, unlike the traditional hollow blocks which are commercially sold in the market, agriblocks, as per study, is proven to be stronger and lighter.

Maria Mariel May Obrego, winner of the YEDW Visayas leg—business idea category. (L-R: Ramon Lopez, Mutya Euseros of DTI, Maria Mariel Obregon, US Embassy’s Elizabeth Liu and Jorge Wieneke of Tokyo Tempura)
Mariel’s business idea, Agri-Block Builders or simply “Agriblocks” aims to address the high demands of hollow blocks and the increasing rate of agricultural waste. Agriblocks integrates the concept of “green construction” where Rice Hull Ash will be used as a raw material in the production of Hollow Blocks. According to Mariel, unlike the traditional hollow blocks which are commercially sold in the market, agriblocks, as per study, is proven to be stronger and lighter.

Robert Basco, winner of YEDW Mindanao leg—business idea category. (L-R: Edwin To of Budgetwise, Robert Basco, Marketing Guru Willy Arcilla and John Paul Uminga of Go Negosyo) Robert wishes to promote their local product—the Yakan cloth. His business idea, Dream Weavers: Pangarap sin Ka dendehan, is geared toward the preservation of the living tradition of the Yakan and employment of the local weavers, thus reducing the poverty rate in the community. His plan is to sell the weaved Yakan cloths to different institutions to be given to tourists as gifts or souvenirs.

Robert Basco, winner of YEDW Mindanao leg—business idea category. (L-R: Edwin To of Budgetwise, Robert Basco, Marketing Guru Willy Arcilla and John Paul Uminga of Go Negosyo)
Robert wishes to promote their local product—the Yakan cloth. His business idea, Dream Weavers: Pangarap sin Ka dendehan, is geared toward the preservation of the living tradition of the Yakan and employment of the local weavers, thus reducing the poverty rate in the community. His plan is to sell the weaved Yakan cloths to different institutions to be given to tourists as gifts or souvenirs.

Gideon Pahagas, the winner of YEDW Mindanao leg—existing business category. (L-R: Edwin To, Gideon Pahagas and Willy Arcilla) Gideon won P30,000 cash to support his business, Gideon's Alpha Betta. Gideon is a champion fighting fish breeder and animal care advocate. What started as just a hobby became a business when he saw how fish breeding can help the out-of school-youth in his community shift from being addicted to their vices to being fish breeders themselves.

Gideon Pahagas, the winner of YEDW Mindanao leg—existing business category. (L-R: Edwin To, Gideon Pahagas and Willy Arcilla)
Gideon won P30,000 cash to support his business, Gideon’s Alpha Betta. Gideon is a champion fighting fish breeder and animal care advocate. What started as just a hobby became a business when he saw how fish breeding can help the out-of school-youth in his community shift from being addicted to their vices to being fish breeders themselves.

 

 

 

Young and Innovative Entrepreneurs to Watch Out For

Friday, October 23rd, 2015

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Go Negosyo and the US Embassy organized the Youth Entrepreneurship Development Workshop (YEDW) in Luzon, Visayas, Mindanao and Manila to empower young minds with existing businesses or business ideas. Here are some of the promising start-up ventures that we discovered from all over the Philippines and the young entrepreneurs behind them:

Venue Open

Hazel Yap, a promising young entrepreneur from Cagayan de Oro, has recently started an application called Venue Open. This application is a one-stop shop for event organizers that allows the users to book their desired venue in just about 10 minutes—a task which usually takes weeks and even months to accomplish. All the users have to do is pick a venue, location, indicate the expected number of guests and make the payment, just like shopping for clothes online. Venue Open offers real-time price and details on date availability of its partner venues with no added extra fees for the users. For more information about Venue Open, send an email to: hazel@vendormine.ph or visit www.venueopen.com.

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Macho Mucho

For all Filipino men, getting a haircut is always a hassle. There is simply not much choices when it comes to barbershops. Either you go to the local barbershop to get a 50-peso haircut which does not always guarantee quality service, the feminine salon, or a very expensive high-end barbershop that only few can afford. This problem finally has a solution. Kaye Layco is now managing the Macho Mucho in General Santos City, a barbershop and salon specifically designed for men who want good and stylish haircut in a non-traditional yet masculine environment. Macho Mucho, which was started by Kaye’s brother Ralph Layco, provides its customers with a certain guide to their choice of hairstyle and quality service from well-trained “macho” barbers, not to mention the free coffee and wi-fi. Kaye is planning to expand and bring Macho Mucho to Manila. We are quite sure it will be a hit. For franchising inquiries, you may send an email to hklfranchising@gmail.com or contact Kaye Layco at 09321651165.


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Dotimas Documentaries

Social media has taken the world by storm. These days, it is one of the most effective ways to advertise a product, or even a certain personality. It’s a good thing the Jayvee Dotimas founded the Dotimas Documentaries—a company that creates short documentary-style video features that highlight the identity, philosophy and trademark of a brand. It’s a perfect opportunity for start-up enterprises especially because Dotimas Documentaries’ videos are tailored to exhibit, market and showcase the brand’s products and/or services, especially in the global online community. It boasts its signature of having the light-hearted documentary treatment in its videos. The entrepreneur or brand ambassador tells the story of the business which will serve as a personal communication of the brand’s vision, mission and values to the public. For inquiries, visit www.dotimas.com.


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Visit Tarlac

Visit Tarlac is a product-advocacy of Proudly Tarlac Made Inc. which offers packaged and customized tours of Tarlac. Given the range of possible activities in the province, tours can lean towards cultural, culinary arts, sports, outdoor adventure and may sometimes even include business/local industries. Co-founder and Managing Director Diana Prado shared that before, there was a gap between the destinations in Tarlac and the prospective tourists. In other words, the places and activities are great but there is no one making it easier for people to go there. That is how Visit Tarlac started. The tours come in two varieties: A packaged tour (mix of local food, backyard industries and adventure) and a customized tour (itinerary will depend on the tourist’s preference.) If you are interested to go whitewater kayaking, or see Mt. Bungkol Baka, Timangguyob Falls, and all other beautiful places and adventures in Tarlac, you can visit: https://www.facebook.com/visittarlac.

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Ako’y Magsasakang Organiko (AMO)

Erica Midori Acuña is the 22-year old marketing and communications director of Ako’y Magsasakang Organiko or AMO. AMO is a social enterprise that aims to fight hunger and poverty by decreasing the cost of production (by as much as 50%) and increasing the yield and revenues of farmers (by 30 to 100%) thus, making food affordable. Their product is a foliar fertilizer, insect repellant, fungicide, growth enhancer, and soil conditioner all in one. It is non-toxic, environment-friendly, and has no chemical residue on all produce. AMO also provides free trials to prove the efficacy of their product wherein a noticeable improvement on the produce will be seen within 3 days. Backyard gardeners, farmers, agricultural landowners, and fruit and vegetable plantation owners are encouraged to try AMO. For more information visit Ako’y Magsasakang Organiko’s facebook page.

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Meet Presidential Candidate: VP Jejomar Binay

Thursday, October 22nd, 2015


We would like to thank the Quezon City government led by the progressive Mayor Herbert Bautista and Vice Mayor Joy Belmonte-Alimurung, as well as the Gawad Parangal Committee led by Dr. Manuel Alba, for recognizing Go Negosyo as Quezon City’s Most Outstanding Institution.  It is a big honor for our group, and the Award inspires us to do even better in helping build an entrepreneurial nation.

 

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Go Negosyo Founding Trustee, Joey Concepcion with Vice President Jejomar Binay.

Go Negosyo Founding Trustee, Joey Concepcion with Vice President Jejomar Binay.

It has been one week since the filing of the certificate of candidacy for all the national candidates, and from there we have seen the big number of aspirants especially for the president position. However, from the 130 presidential candidates who filed their COC, only 4 will be on top of every Filipinos mind.

But why is this Election 2016 important? The next President needs to be a great leader that will pivot the country towards even greater progress, riding on the growth momentum in the last 10 years.  More so in recent years, the kind of growth that is being emphasized is the one that is more inclusive, that benefits a wider base especially the bottom-of-the-pyramid.

In the recent months, three presidential candidates have been leading the national surveys. These are Vice President Jejomar Binay, former Department of Interior and Local Government Secretary Manuel “Mar” Roxas, and Senator Grace Poe.

We have taken the initiative to gather our community of entrepreneurs to have the chance to meet up close the leading Presidentiables and learn their strategic vision for the country, their platform and programs, especially in the field of entrepreneurship development and business.   Go Negosyo is doing this in partnership with PLDT SME Nation, TV5, Sta. Elena Construction and Development Corporation, and RFM Corporation.

First to confirm was VP Binay and we had the entrepreneurs forum with him recently.  The forum was moderated by Luchi Cruz-Valdes of TV5. The panelists were Atty. Mike Toledo, Dra. Vicki Belo, Haresh Hiranand, Henry Lim Bon Liong, Jose Manuel “Babe” Romualdez, and Go Negosyo’s Ramon Lopez.

The flow of discussion focused on how he will help develop the SME sector.  VP Binay acknowledged the importance of entrepreneurs and how they should be encouraged.  He talked of improving further the ease in doing business just like what they did in Makati City, the need for micro finance and training.

Knowing that his previous programs in Makati City tend to be more welfare-oriented, the VP was asked if his government would be one that would promote empowerment and hard work or one that will be welfare-based. He clarified that basic needs assistance is given to those in most need, but we need to help entrepreneurial activities, especially the micro and those with small capital and revenues.  For instance in Makati, he exempted sari-sari stores from LGU taxes and fees.  This, as he said, will also be one of his key programs, to lower the tax and lessen the burden of the taxpayers.

Philippines is the 2nd highest in terms of personal income tax and the highest in corporate income tax compared to other ASEAN countries that is why the issue on tax reform must be addressed by the next president.

Another concern raised is our current traffic issue. Admittedly, he said he also suffers from this. He opined that the problem is implementation and monitoring. VP Binay shared that three Es must be strictly imposed: Enforcement, Education, and Engineering.

Henry Lim Bon Liong raised his question on conditional cash transfer (CCT) on whether VP Binay will still continue this. VP Binay answered that he will continue the CCT but will focus on public healthcare and broadening the base, just like how he focused on this during his leadership in Makati.

Mike Toledo also opened the discussion on foreign investments. Binay is open to amend the restrictive economic provisions in the constitution. Only the economic provisions, Binay emphasized.  He said that the 60%-40% ownership must be removed. “We must attract more foreign investors. More investors, more manufacturing, more employees.”, said Binay.

He was also asked about corruption allegations on him, and many are concerned that this will affect the investment climate in the country. To this he answered, “I will explain to them that these are just allegations. Presumption of innocence. I will be coming up with programs to ensure an effective legal system”.

As an opposition candidate, VP Binay was also asked what are the top three good things from the Aquino administration that he will continue. First, he will continue the fight against corruption but he added that he will introduce improvements. Second, he will continue programs for GDP development and infrastructure. And lastly, as mentioned earlier, he will continue the conditional cash transfer.

On a lighter note, when asked who will be part of his cabinet, he answered that he will get only the best, the brightest, and the experienced, but he won’t name names yet as they might be subjected to harassments.

This is just the first part of the Negosyo Talks: Meet the Presidentiables Series. Our next guest will be former DILG secretary Mar Roxas on November. Watch out for the telecast of the next part of this series on TV5.

Go Negosyo is Gawad Parangal’s Most Outstanding Institution of 2015

Tuesday, October 20th, 2015
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Go Negosyo Executive Director Ramon Lopez together with Angelpreneurs Paulo Tibig, Vix Madlangbayan, Jorge Wieneke, Carlo Calimon and Butz Bartolome, received the award on behalf of its founder Joey Concepcion.

On October 19, The Philippine Center for Entrepreneurship Foundation Inc.—Go Negosyo received the prestigious Manuel L. Quezon Gawad Parangal Award for being the Most Outstanding Institution of 2015 at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.

The award was given to recognize Go Negosyo’s advocacy for entrepreneurship: addressing poverty by transforming Filipinos into entrepreneurs.

Go Negosyo Executive Director Ramon Lopez, together with Angelpreneurs Paulo Tibig, Vix Madlangbayan, Jorge Wieneke,  Carlo Calimon and Butz Bartolome, received the award on behalf of its founder Joey Concepcion.

The Gawad Parangal is an annual event geared toward recognizing outstanding individuals and institutions that have contributed to not only Quezon City’s development but inspired the nation as well.