Archive for October, 2015

SME Go! feat. Universal Harvester, Inc.

Thursday, October 15th, 2015

This week, Go Negosyo features the story on how a fertilizer manufacturer finds mission in life among farmers.

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“Set a goal and be persistent to succeed. Keep on trying, trying and trying and you will succeed.” says Dr. Milagros Ong-How, Founder of Universal Harvester, Inc.

The fertilizer sector drew her attention because she believed that there would always be demand for fertilizers considering that the Philippine economy still largely depends on agriculture. Dr. Milagros Ong-How and her husband put up Universal Harvester Inc. in 2003 and as she knew more about the business, she realized that helping the farmers was her mission in life.

Being the only woman in her field did not faze her, saying that the business did not really discriminate between men and women. What was important was for entrepreneurs—whether male or female—to spot opportunities and grab them. Now, Dr. How’s flagship firm, Universal Harvester Inc. got over its early jitters and is considered as one of the leading names in fertilizer manufacturing and distribution.

“There is nothing instant when it comes to business. You have to make it grow and the road can be difficult. I guess I was just very daring. I relied a lot on my gut feel,” said Dr. How, admitting that running a business also means summoning the courage to get back up again when the business hits a rough patch.

Watch the full story of Dr. Milagros Ong-How on our SME Go! Powered by Go Negosyo this Sunday (October 18, 2015), 4:00 PM sa PTV 4. For updates, ‘LIKE’ Go Negosyo on Facebook and follow @letsgonegosyo on Twitter.

Mentorship Strengthens Entrepreneurship Development

Thursday, October 15th, 2015
RFM Corporation President & CEO and Go Negosyo Founding Trustee, Joey Concepcion joined a discussion on how the private sector could participate in the development of social enterprises as a way to create jobs and provide basic services during the BPI Foundation’s Sinag Challenge Awards. Looking on is Ayala Corporation’s Chairman and CEO Jaime Augusto Zobel de Ayala.

RFM Corporation President & CEO and Go Negosyo Founding Trustee, Joey Concepcion joined a discussion on how the private sector could participate in the development of social enterprises as a way to create jobs and provide basic services during the BPI Foundation’s Sinag Challenge Awards. Looking on is Ayala Corporation’s Chairman and CEO Jaime Augusto Zobel de Ayala.

I was fortunate to have joined the forum last week at the BPI Foundation’s Sinag Challenge awards, to share my insights on the current entrepreneurship landscape in the country. The BPI group thru BPI Family Bank has long been a partner of Go Negosyo as they have set financing programs that focus on helping the SME’s grow.

The forum also had Jaime Augusto Zobel de Ayala, Dr. Cielito Habito, DTI Undersecretary Zeny Maglaya and Oliver Segovia of AVA Online Group and we covered many facets of entrepreneurship development. Dr. Ciel mentioned that while small entrepreneurs must strengthen financial business management, they must also horizontally integrate and be a stronger part of a value chain.  Jaime meanwhile recognized the efforts of many entrepreneurs who have supported social causes and addressed social development issues. The government work as one in empowering entrepreneurs as mentioned by Usec. Maglaya. DTI has programs which are focused on small entrepreneurs such as the Shared Service Facilities and the various trainings and business support services for SMEs. Since we are now living in the digital era, Oliver Segovia who leads an e-commerce company shared that we must continue to improve our technologies in order to keep up with the fast-paced digital developments.

As for my part, I have shared that in Go Negosyo’s 10 years of going around the country, visiting provinces and small towns, we have seen the improving quality of entrepreneurship, now more idea-based and creativity.  The need to create entrepreneurs is definitely there, but we have to look at the education system. As Jaime said, education is really important in shaping up the proper mindset in the youth today.

We need to level-up further the quality of our teachers, beyond the academics but more of instilling the right mindset in terms of attitude and competence. The youth must believe that they are the masters of their own destiny.  They can dream, believe and achieve.

Our education system also needs to encourage more interest in math and science competencies. Technology is definitely the game of today and the future. And the only way we can create new entrepreneurs is to get them to a different level. Technology somehow breaks the barrier because there is a direct communication between the entrepreneurs and the consumers. Inspiring technopreneurs we have featured were Dado Banatao, Doy Vea of Smart,  RJ David of OLX.ph and Nix Nolledo of Xurpas. Nix Nolledo is one young entrepreneur who in a few months has a marketcap of close to 25 Billion pesos and has overtaken the big guys.

But entrepreneurship is challenging for many. We have a lot of entrepreneurs out there, but many are what we call surviving entrepreneurs. They are the ones running their sari-sari stores and carinderias who remain micro-entrepreneurs. But how do we help them to level-up? This is where we must push for inclusive growth.

Go Negosyo’s network of entrepreneurs practice the inclusive development by guiding small entrepreneurs. The key is mentorship. We are glad that Sen. Bam Aquino, who has been part of advocacy for many years, has authored the Go Negosyo Act. We are targeting to have over 1,600 Negosyo Centers over time that will act as mentors to many micro-small businesses. But these centers will be useless if we don’t bring in the experienced mentors who can really give sound advice. As I have seen in many start-up entrepreneurs, they really need guidance. In the upper AB market, kids are fortunate to have their parents as mentors. But when you go down to the bottom of the pyramid, the young kids will not have the same opportunity. Hopefully, these Negosyo Centers will have the right mentors for them. Young entrepreneurs who are guided with the right mentors have better chance to succeed.

There is one advice that I wish to share to the kids, ‘Do not start a business if you are not ready.’ Just because entrepreneurship is being promoted and that negosyo is the cool thing to do, one must not just follow if they are not into it. The right time will come when you will know that it is your time to start a business.  But you can start developing the same right mindset and values that make an entrepreneur successful in order to be successful in the organizations that you now work for.  This is what we have to do in our organization; we get employees to think like entrepreneurs. And somewhere down the road you will see that, as they gain confidence and as they make mistakes in our own companies, they will be ready eventually to start their own business. I’m glad to share that many of our previous employees have left Go Negosyo to start their own businesses.

While we have a ready pool of mentors and lecturers or what we call Angelpreneurs, we need to institutionalize and expand the structure to be able to support the mentorship requirements in the hundreds and eventually over a thousand Negosyo Centers located in all cities and municipalities.  We will be inviting more enabler institutions and mentors with the heart to teach to join our Mentor Me program. We encourage those who can help to join us.

This is one volunteering task that can make a difference in the lives of others. Young kids or aspiring entrepreneurs from the mass-based communities will be given a better chance to succeed.

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Congratulations as well to the BPI Sinag Challenge as they encouraged more social enterprise concepts that aimed for Profits with Purpose. I shall feature next time these inspiring social enterprises that are making a difference in the communities they serve.

Kwentong Go Negosyo: All Hope is Not Lost

Wednesday, October 14th, 2015
Marivic Quiero with Alice Eduardo of Sta. Elena Construction & Development Corporation.

Marivic Quiero with Alice Eduardo of Sta. Elena Construction & Development Corporation.

Hundreds of homes wrecked, trees uprooted, farms destroyed, vessel ships washed ashore, dead bodies strewn and dirt and debris scattered all over. One might think that this is a scene from a disaster movie, but this scenario is far from motion picture. This was the scenario people have seen, heard of and experienced. It was a scene fresh from the aftermath of Typhoon Yolanda in November 2013.

From an outsider’s point of view, one can sense the need for urgency and help but for those who have experienced the wrath knows that it is more than that. The hope of surviving this tragic event is a dimming light as days pass by.

Faced with one of life’s hardest challenges, Marivic Quiero, a mother of two from Palo, Leyte, knew that the situation will worsen day by day. She knew that the only way to survive the aftermath of destruction: the impulsive looting, the impending famine, and the inevitable despair; is to join the “great escape” of the survivors to Manila.

Despite grieving for their loss of her brother and sister-in-law, they all fled ground zero with the hope of starting anew in the city.  The university where her son Paolo studies, welcomed them in their care and provided them with their essential needs.

But Marivic knew that the donations and help that they are getting will not be enough to support their stay in the city. Since they have nothing to begin with, it was a great challenge. Anxiety slowly develops in their hearts and fear slowly shows its signs. But her faith kept her moving forward. She knew well that with God, they can survive the challenge and overcome their fears and anxieties.

March of 2014, months after the typhoon Yolanda, Marivic saw the advertisement of Go Negosyo regarding its 6th Filipina Entrepreneurship Summit. Even without the registration fee at hand, she has firmly decided to attend the summit. She shares, “I think this is what I need to stop crying and worrying; to be exposed in an atmosphere of successes, be motivated and be inspired to rise again just by listening to the empowered women entrepreneurs’ journeys.”

And so it happened. It was an answered prayer for Marivic when she attended the Go Negosyo summit. More than being an audience, she was blessed to meet the Sta. Elena Construction and Development Corporation President and CEO, Alice Eduardo who willingly offered help to her. After months of despair, her attendance to the Go Negosyo Filipina Summit has brought answers to their problems.

She was in tears as she shares her story to the crowd of more than 7,000 aspiring entrepreneurs and students. But before the forum ended, her tears have turned into tears of joy. She was full of hope.  She was offered with the opportunity to be one of the food suppliers for her workers in the construction sites. Alice Eduardo had given her the capital including kitchen equipment and utensils.

She knew that this is a big opportunity and a blessing for the whole family who wants to move on from the adversities that they faced. She has found a mentor in Alice Eduardo who unselfishly provided them with their needs for the business and some personal matters. Marivic also found mentors in Go Negosyo’s founding trustee, Joey Concepcion and executive director, Ramon Lopez who have also given her advices on how to start their business.

Unfortunately, they have to stop the operation of their food business due to several problems. But Marivic did not give up. Her determination towards having a business has led her to the idea to restore their pharmaceutical business which was destroyed by the typhoon. She sought the guidance of Alice and got a supportive feedback. They travelled back to Tacloban, with all the materials they need which was also donated by Alice. This will be the start of their new life and new beginning.

Today, their pharmaceutical business continues to flourish. They are now distributing to different hospitals in the area and nearby cities.

Looking back at the trials they have faced, Marivic said that if she has just lost her faith and determination, she might have given up early on. But backed up by God’s love and kindness and the guidance of Alice Eduardo and the Go Negosyo team led by Joey Concepcion, she was equipped to embark on the entrepreneurial journey.

Lastly, Marivic shares, “Our story does not end here, there will be more… the best and great things are yet to come, making us more than just survivors but victors of life.”

Go Negosyo and US Embassy Empower Young Entrepreneurs in Luzon

Tuesday, October 13th, 2015
YEDW Luzon fellows with mentors, Jorge Wieneke, Paulo Tibig and Mylene Abiva.

YEDW Luzon fellows with mentors, Jorge Wieneke, Paulo Tibig and Mylene Abiva.

The Philippine Center for Entrepreneurship—Go Negosyo and US Embassy in Manila held the Luzon Leg of the Youth Entrepreneurship Development Workshop (YEDW) in Batangas last October 7, 8 and 9, 2015.

48 participants from all over Luzon went to the Pontefino Hotel in Batangas City to join the three-day workshop. Several entrepreneurs and guests were invited to speak and inspire the young entrepreneurs with their entrepreneurial journey.

The first day speakers were all Go Negosyo Angelpreneurs: Jorge Wieneke, (co-founder, Potato Corner and President of Tokyo Tempura) talked about re-discovering the entrepreneurial mindset and the secrets of spotting business opportunities; Mylene Abiva, (CEO of FELTA Multimedia) engaged the audience with her presentation on business model development; and Mon Abrea (CSO of Abrea Consulting Group) enlightened the fellows with his expertise on business finance. The latter part of the program was spent on group mentoring sessions. The first day ended with the Fellowship Night where the fellows were able to have fun and get to know each other better.

On the second day, the fellows learned the commerce and culture of the book business through none other than Karina Bolasco, AGM and Publishing Manager of Anvil Publishing, Inc. She was followed by another Go Negosyo Angelpreneur, Vix Madlangbayan, (Manok Mabuhay Inc.) who talked about Business Planning. Jaime Garchitorena (President and CEO of Credit Information Corporation) and Dr. Mario Lamberte (Team Leader for Access to Credit, USAID COMPETE Project) educated the participants with the much-needed information on improving credit availability through credit information and enhancing access to credit and business development services respectively. Jay De Quiros (Project Management Specialist of USAID) discussed the USAID initiatives on improving the investment climate in Philippine cities.

Joel Yala (ChocoVron) and Brian Belen (Ato Belen Farm) during the forum moderated by Go Negosyo's Publication Officer, Lara Mendoza.

Joel Yala (ChocoVron) and Brian Belen (Ato Belen Farm) during the forum moderated by Go Negosyo’s Publication Officer, Lara Mendoza.

After lunch, two promising entrepreneurs Joel Yala (ChocoVron) and Brian Belen (Ato Belen Farm) shared their entrepreneurial stories in the entrep sharing panel wherein the fellows got to ask questions and seek for pieces of advice. After this, the entrep champ Paulo Tibig (President of VCargo worldwide) shared the strategies of a champion entrepreneur. The day ended with another group mentoring session.

YEDW Luzon leg winners Jesus Dane Lavarias (Kaboom Wings and Burgers) and Raphaelo Perez (OVERHEAT Burgers).

YEDW Luzon leg winners Jesus Dane Lavarias (Kaboom Wings and Burgers) and Raphaelo Perez (OVERHEAT Burgers).

The last day was spent on business pitches. The top 10 from the business idea and existing business category presented their business and plans to the panel of judges Vix Madlangbayan, Glenn Baticados, (Director, Center for Technology Transfer and Entrepreneurship, UPLB) and Marcelina Alcantara (DTI Assistant Regional Director, Region IV-A.) The participants also enjoyed hearing the story of Carmen’s Best Ice Cream straight from the man behind the brand, Paco Magsaysay. At the end, the following made the top 5:  BUSINESS IDEAS CATEGORY: Joanna Marie Aquino (Sano Food Inc.), Hosfelito Fines (Fino d’ Fine Perfume), Raphaelo Perez (OVERHEAT Burgers), Randy Reyes, Jr. (Freeze Dried Fruits) and Rose Jaminilio (Golden Goat Farm); EXISTING BUSINESS CATEGORY: Erica Midori Acuna (Ako’y Magsasakang Organiko (AMO)), John Paul Vincent (Dotimas Documentaries), Jesus Dane Lavarias (Kaboom Wings and Burgers), Sedfrey Lacsamana (Real Estate Service CPD Seminars) and Diana Prado (Proudly Tarlac Made Inc. (Visit Tarlac)).

Raphaelo Perez won the P10,000 cash grant for the business idea category and Jesus Dane Lavaras won the P30,000 cash grant for existing business category.

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Monday, October 12th, 2015

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Negosyo Talks: Meet the Presidentiables Series with Vice President Binay

Monday, October 12th, 2015

Go Negosyo had its first of the three part Negosyo Talks: Meet the Presidentiables Series last Thursday with Vice President Jejomar Binay. The Vice President presented his platform and major policies and programs specifically those that pertain to entrepreneurship development, economy, tax reforms, agriculture, and infrastructure development. He also gamely answered questions on traffic and transportation, dealing with corruption allegations and business confidence, core values and profiles of his possible cabinet members.

The forum was aired in TV5 and moderated by TV5’s Luchi Cruz Valdes. Other panelists who joined in the discussion were Dra. Vicki Belo, Atty. Mike Toledo, Go Negosyo’s Ramon Lopez, columnist Babe Romualdez, entrepreneurs Henry Lim Bon Liong and Haresh Hiranand.

This Negosyo Talks: Meet the Presidentiables Series is a special dialogue with each of the presidential candidates and the network of Go Negosyo entrepreneurs to further tackle each presidentiables’ platform and plan of action and answer current issues. We are finalizing the schedule of the next candidates Senator Grace Poe and former Secretary Mar Roxas.

Go Negosyo’s Executive Director Ramon Lopez with DHL’s Country Manager Yati Abdullah and Marketing and Corporate Communications Manager Hope Atienza.

Go Negosyo’s Executive Director Ramon Lopez with DHL’s Country Manager Yati Abdullah and Marketing and Corporate Communications Manager Hope Atienza.

TV5’s Luchi Cruz-Valdes with PLDT SME Nation’s Kat Luna-Abelarde, Gabby Cui and PLDT-SMART Foundation’s Esther Santos.

TV5’s Luchi Cruz-Valdes with PLDT SME Nation’s Kat Luna-Abelarde, Gabby Cui and PLDT-SMART Foundation’s Esther Santos.

Vice President Jejomar Binay exchanges pleasantries with Go Negosyo’s Joey Concepcion.

Vice President Jejomar Binay exchanges pleasantries with Go Negosyo’s Joey Concepcion.

Vice President Jejomar Binay with Joey Concepcion, Marissa Concepcion and daughter, Isabella Concepcion.

Vice President Jejomar Binay with Joey Concepcion, Marissa Concepcion and daughter, Isabella Concepcion.

Alice Eduardo of Sta. Elena Construction and Development Corporation and Grace Glory Go of Philippine Star.

Alice Eduardo of Sta. Elena Construction and Development Corporation and Grace Glory Go of Philippine Star.

Vice President Binay briefly discussed his platform, programs and major policies directed for entrepreneurship and other areas of concern.

Vice President Binay briefly discussed his platform, programs and major policies directed for entrepreneurship and other areas of concern.

Entrepreneur Haresh Hiranand is one of the panelists in the Presidentiables Series with VP Binay.

Entrepreneur Haresh Hiranand is one of the panelists in the Presidentiables Series with VP Binay.

Atty. Mike Toledo of MVP Media Group Bureau joins Luchi Cruz-Valdes in the discussion.

Atty. Mike Toledo of MVP Media Group Bureau joins Luchi Cruz-Valdes in the discussion.

Dra. Vicki Belo of Belo Medical Group asks VP Binay of his actions on the current traffic situation in the metro.

Dra. Vicki Belo of Belo Medical Group asks VP Binay of his actions on the current traffic situation in the metro.

Other panelists Ramon Lopez, Babe Romualdez and Henry Lim Bon Liong listen as VP Binay answers the question on economy.

Other panelists Ramon Lopez, Babe Romualdez and Henry Lim Bon Liong listen as VP Binay answers the question on economy.

BPI Supports Young Social Entrepreneurs thru 1st BPI Sinag Business Plan Competition

Friday, October 9th, 2015
BPI Sinag grand awardee, Karaw Craftventures, received P500,000 along with a credit line up to P500,000 from BPI Family Ka-Negosyo. They were also granted a six-month mentorship and access to the Ateneo Business Incubation Center along with other four awardees. (L-R): Ginbee Go, BPI Head for Retail Loan, Jaime Augusto Zobel 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 Consing, BPI President and Atty. Jaime Hofileña, VP for Social Develeopment of Ateneo de Manila University.

BPI Sinag grand awardee, Karaw Craftventures, received P500,000 along with a credit line up to P500,000 from BPI Family Ka-Negosyo. They were also granted a six-month mentorship and access to the Ateneo Business Incubation Center along with other four awardees. (L-R): Ginbee Go, BPI Head for Retail Loan, Jaime Augusto Zobel 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 Consing, BPI President and Atty. Jaime Hofileña, VP for Social Develeopment of Ateneo de Manila University.

MAKATI CITY, Metro Manila—BPI Foundation, in collaboration with the Ateneo Center for Social Entrepreneurship (ACSENT) and BPI Family Ka-Negosyo, awarded young social entrepreneurs at the first ever BPI Sinag Pitch Day at the Alpha Tents in Makati City.

BPI Sinag is a business plan competition aimed at empowering young Filipino entrepreneurs with a social mission. Over 150 entries from around the Philippines were submitted to BPI Foundation, 40 of which were chosen to go through a Social Entrepreneurship Boot Camp and the best 10 going on to participate at the BPI Sinag Pitch Day.

“We knew that we wanted to tap and empower millennials—this young and energetic generation of idealists, doers, and changemakers, whose purpose is just as important as profit. The youth see all kinds of connections and possibilities and are filled to the brim with ideas on how to make the world a better place. Let’s make the most of the BPI Sinag experience and use it as a platform for dreams of a better Philippines to actually happen,” said Fidelina Corcuera, Executive Director, BPI Foundation.

During the event, 10 finalists were given a chance to pitch their social enterprise business plans to a panel of judges consisting of Jim Ayala, social entrepreneur and founder of Hybrid Social Solutions Inc.; Josiah Go, Chairman and Chief Marketing Strategist of Mansmith and Fielders Inc.; Chit Juan, Founder of ECHOStore; Ramon Lopez, Go Negosyo Executive Director; Injap Sia, property developer and founder of Mang Inasal; and Mark Yu, CFO of SEAOIL Philippines.

The social entrepreneurs’ business plans were judged based on the following criteria: 20%, social impact and business model; 20%, market strategy and competitive analysis; 20, design and development plan; 20%, financial plan; 10%, management and organizational plan; and 10%, pitch presentation and summary of overall business plan.

Each of the top five finalists was awarded P200,000, a six-month mentorship, and access to the Ateneo Business Incubation Center. On top of this prize, the grand awardee also received P300,000. All the awardees will also be given access to financing options such as crowdfunding, debt and equity and venture philanthropy.

The top five awardees were Herxilia Protacia and Ron Dizon of Bayani Brew, Asa Feinstein of CocoAsenso, Fabien Courteille of Plush and Play, Alvin Kingston Tan of Siglo, and grand awardees Paul Andrew Orpiada and Leciel Ramos of Karaw Craftventures.

The grand awardee also received a credit line of up to P500,000 from BPI Family Ka-Negosyo while a credit line of up to P200,000 was also given to the other four awardees.

Moreover, BPI Family Ka-Negosyo granted each top five awardee P100,000 worth of advertising mileage via Facebook promoted posts and a Ka-Negoyso credit line of up to P300,000. A People’s Choice Award worth P20,000 for the finalist with the most number of “likes” on Facebook was awarded to Herxilia Protacia and Ron Dizon of Bayani Brew

The finalists who participated during the BPI Sinag pitch day are Kevin Philip Gayao of Agritech Mutual Laboratories (AGMULA); Herxilia Protacio and Ron Dizon of Bayani Brew Inc.; Asa Feinstein of CocoAsenso;  Catherine Patacsil and Tajen Sui of First Harvest; Janine Mikaella Chiong and Allister Roy Chua of Habi Footwear Fabien Courteille; Paul Andrew Orpiada and Leciel Ramos of Karaw Craftventures; Winston Fopalan, M.D. of MicroMedics; Fabien Courteille of Plush & Play; Alvin Kingson Tan of Siglo; and Ryan Gersava of Virtualahan. The finalists come from various industries such as manufacturing and production, IT and business process outsourcing, health and wellness, and retail and trade.

BPI recognizes that social enterprises are one of the sustainable ways to engage and uplift those at the bottom of the pyramid, allowing for inclusive growth. It is the goal of BPI Sinag to encourage members of the private sector to participate in the development of social enterprises as a way to create jobs and provide basic services for those in the country that need it most.

Open to individuals aged 18-35 years old, BPI Sinag was designed for the youth whose mindset is ideal for social entrepreneurship. “This is not the last investment we will make in them [the youth], we wish for them to succeed so we can invest in them more,” said BPI President and CEO Cezar P. Consing

The BPI Sinag Pitch Day also included a discussion on how the public and private sector can enable the youth in inclusive social development. The discussion panel included Chairman and CEO of Ayala Corporation Jaime Augusto Zobel de Ayala, President and CEO of RFM Corporation Joey Concepcion, Professor of Economics and head of the USAID Trade-Related Assistance for Development (TRADE) Project Dr. Cielito Habito, DTI Undersecretary Zeny Maglaya and founder and CEO of AVA Online Group Oliver Segovia.

For more information on the 10 finalists and to learn more about BPI Sinag and its mission to discover, develop, and support young social entrepreneurs, visit http://sinag.bpifoundation.org/. Join the discussion and add BPI Sinag on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/bpisinag and Twitter http://twitter.com/bpisinag.

Celebrating Franchising

Thursday, October 8th, 2015

Franchising is definitely a growing sector. As we have been promoting entrepreneurship in the past 10 years, we have been pushing for a kind of enterprise that is innovative, value-adding and idea-based.  We are seeing many of those new concepts flourishing around, presented usually by young and passionate entrepreneurs.   As these entrepreneurs reach certain stability and growth, these concepts go to the next level and expand.  If these are franchiseable concepts, they are advised on tightening and documenting their systems and procedures, so that the brand and concepts can be franchised to others.  They become the franchisors who are willing to spread their concepts to other areas and make use of franchisees who will operate the business branch as their own.

PFA Board with their partners and NxtGen Finalists and NxtGen Winner, Joseph Calata for his business Agri during the PFA Franchise Excellence Awards 2015.

PFA Board with their partners and NxtGen Finalists and NxtGen Winner, Joseph Calata for his business Agri during the PFA Franchise Excellence Awards 2015.

Recently, the Philippine Franchise Association (PFA), one of Go Negosyo’s partner institutions in promoting entrepreneurship through franchising, recognized six young entrepreneurs as the “NxtGen in Franchising” finalists. This NxtGen Franchising Award ‘’seeks to promote franchising as a tool to accelerate business growth and recognize brands and businesses that can scale up through franchising.” PFA searched for the finalists all over the country and has named 6 young and promising enterprises including 360 Fitness Club, a fast, fun and effective alternative workout for busy young professionals; Beauty and Beyond, a skin and beauty services center that offers high quality products and excellent services at a more affordable price; BluNektar, offers cake shakes and dreams of becoming a recognized and respected beverage chain in the country; Happy Helpers, a social enterprise that provides reliable and quality home services which at the same time provide livelihood opportunities to women living in Gawad Kalinga communities; The Paper Stone, a chic and trendy premium stationery and paper goods store that specializes in designs that delight; and lastly the top winner and named as the first NxtGen in Franchising awardee Agri which is led by Joseph Calata. Agri is a one-stop-shop for agricultural inputs.  (visit http://nextgenfranchising.org/)

Aside from the NxtGen Award, PFA also held its Franchise Excellence Awards which is the country’s first and only industry award for the franchising sector awarded to the home-grown and foreign franchisors and franchisees who showed excellence in business growth.

Along with partners PFA Chair Emeritus Samie Lim, Bing Limjoco, and Franklin Go, we awarded the Outstanding Filipino Franchise Awardees – Froilan Manotok franchisee of 7-11 in Taguig and Michelle Alonto, franchisee of Max’s Restaurant in Bataan.

We also congratulate our partners BPI Ka Negosyo and PLDT SME Nation for being awarded with the The Chairman’s Award which is given to institutions and individuals who have made significant contributions to the growth of the Philippine franchising sector, and entrepreneurship in general.

DTI Undersecretary Zenaida Maglaya also graced the event. She mentioned programs of DTI which continues to empower entrepreneurs including the Negosyo Centers, Shared Service Facilities program and the SME Roving Academy. She also recognized and thanked Go Negosyo for helping in the mentoring and training of young and aspiring entrepreneurs.

AFFI Board with Sen. Cynthia Villar and program partners including Go Negosyo represented by Go Negosyo Executive Director, Ramon Lopez.

AFFI Board with Sen. Cynthia Villar and program partners including Go Negosyo represented by Go Negosyo Executive Director, Ramon Lopez.

We joined last week’s back-to-back events for Franchising. Last Friday, the Association of Filipino Franchisers Inc. (AFFI), also a champion partner of Go Negosyo, opened their 14th Franchise and Business Expo with over 200 business exhibitors. Companies such as Fiorgelato of Richie Cuna, Lots A Pizza of Tess Ngan Tian, Ink-All-You Can of Jerry Ilao, SeaOil of Bossing Glenn Yu, among others presented their unique business models to aspirants. Many of these concepts were mentored by Franchise Angelpreneur and AFFI Chairman Butz Bartolome.

One of the franchise expo’s highlights is the Business Journey which gives the aspiring entrepreneurs a quick tour of the processes and what they should know in putting up the business. There were 8 stations on the Business Journey that featured key areas in entrepreneurship – from acquiring the right mindset to choosing the right business. Go Negosyo booth, manned by Angelpreneurs Carlo Calimon and Vix Madlangbayan, served as the first stop in the Business Journey to discuss the need for an enterprising mindset.

Another highlight is what they call the War Room where the real mentoring happens. Go Negosyo Executive Director Mon Lopez likewise joined the forum on entrepreneurship start-up challenges, together with Chairman Butz, and other entrepreneurs.  The panelists also gave advice to the aspiring entrepreneurs in the audience.

Shiv Hiranand, son of my friend Haresh, had his own new concept called Pizzacle, or a pizza that is shaped like a popsicle.  It’s a very unique concept that was just recently introduced in the market. This business was closely mentored by one of Go Negosyo’s Angelpreneurs Jorge Wieneke, of Tokyo Tempura.

Sen. Cynthia Villar who gave the keynote address in the opening ceremony shared the growing entrepreneurship force, while citing challenges like on SME financing. She also mentioned the initiatives of Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas to promote microfinancing.

Philippines is definitely the Franchise Hub of Asia as we see the growing number of franchisors and franchisees in the country. Go Negosyo with the partners PFA and AFFI will continue to promote franchising as a viable option for aspiring and young entrepreneurs.

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We invite everyone to watch our Negosyo Talks: Meet the Presidentiables Series. The first part of the series will be with Vice President Jojo Binay to be televised on October 9, 4:15-6:15 PM on TV5.

Go Negosyo Agri-Negosyo Summit 2015

Sunday, October 4th, 2015

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Be part of the biggest agriculture summit of the year happening on November 11, 2015 at CLSU Auditorium, Central Luzon State University, Munoz, Nueva Ecija! Now on its 2nd year, the Summit centered on reinforcing the entrepreneurial spirit of the Filipino people by showing them specifically the different opportunities in the vast sector of agriculture.

SUMMIT AGENDA:

EMPOWER people especially the young to be entrepreneurs and to INSPIRE them to look at entrepreneurship not only as an alternative to employment but a viable option for a career;

INSPIRE the people by presenting in the plenary forum actual practicing and successful negosyanteswho would share their own entrepreneurship journey;

ENCOURAGE people especially the young to take on pagnenegosyonot only to help themselves but more importantly their families and communities;

PROVIDE a venue for possible networking between and among schools, NGOs and other organizations in the region.

Want to know more about Go Negosyo Agri-Negosyo Summit 2015? Download Event Brief HERE.

Learn more about the concepts and tools that will equip you to become successful as you pursue your agribusiness venture. If you are STUDENT or a TEACHER, we highly encourage you to register by group. Download the Go Negosyo Agri-Negosyo Summit 2015 Schools Invitation Packet HERE.

If you are registering as an organization or association (institutions), download the Go Negosyo Agri-Negosyo Summit 2015 Orgs/Insti Invitation Packet HERE.

If you are a REGULAR/NON-ACADEME participant, REGISTER HERE.

Slots are limited! CLSU Auditorium can only accommodate 2500 participants, we encourage you to confirm immediately or reserve your slots by calling 637.9229 or 6318101 loc. 7106. Wait for the Secretariat’s confirmation email that your registration has been received.

Deadline of Registration is October 30, 2015.

Interested in being a sponsor for the Go Negosyo Agri-Negosyo Summit 2015? Email us at padeguzman.pce@gmail.com or call (02) 631-8101 loc 7806 and we’ll help you find the perfect sponsorship package for you.

Go Negosyo Agri-Negosyo Summit 2015 Secretariat
Philippine Center for Entrepreneurship (GoNegosyo)
5/F RFM Corporate Center, Sheridan cor. Pioneer Sts.
Mandaluyong City, Philippines
DL: +632 6379229 | +632 6318101 (loc 7106)
F: (02) 638-8489
W: www.gonegosyo.net

Go Negosyo and US Embassy go to Luzon for YEDW

Friday, October 2nd, 2015


Visayas

The Philippine Center for Entrepreneurship – Go Negosyo and the US Embassy will have the Luzon leg of the Youth Entrepreneurship Development Workshop (YEDW) happening this coming October 7-9, 2015 in the province of Batangas to empower existing Filipino young entrepreneurs and young aspiring entrepreneurs in the area. This YEDW program will provide training, mentorship and networking opportunities for the participants.

Applicants must meet the following requirements:  (1) Must be a Filipino citizen, (2) Should either be a young entrepreneur with existing enterprises, or young person with profound interest with starting his/her own business (has a well thought-out idea that he/she is committed to pursuing or growing into a venture,) (3) Should be below 35 years old at the time of the deadline of application and (4) Requirements: business pitch (existing business and business idea.)

Batangas
CONGRATULATIONS! Below are the names of the 46 young entrepreneurs and young people with business idea who have been selected to be the official fellows for the Youth Entrepreneurship Development Workshop Luzon.

Acuna, Erica Midori
Alcoba, Andrew
Alcordo, Carmela Denise
Aquino, Joanna Marie
Arciaga, Jeremiah Oliver
Arellano, Sherwin Anthony
Belen, Cheryl
Beringuela, Joey
Bienvenido, Jazaika Marie
Bonita, Venelyn
Boquiron, Aileen
Brazil, Michelle
Cabe, Frederick Simeon Jr
Cano, Jim Leandro
Casimero, Vincent Brian
Catibog, Rebecca
Cornista, Exyz
Dedase, Marry Ann
Delgado, Precious
Dimaculangan, Clarissa
Dotimas, John Paul Vincent
Fines, Hosfelito
Foliente, Joville Andrea
Fortuno,Paullete
Guinhawa, Angelo Kit
Interno, Justin Paolo
Jaminillo, Rose
Javier, Ena Jane
Labang, Julia Alessandra
Lacsamana, Sedfrey
Lavarias, Jesus Dane
Mazon, Bernardino
Norio, Nimrod Aubrey
Perez, Raphaelo
Prado, Diana
Que, Mark Steven
Racuya, Jean Edward Felip
Reataza, Joven
Reyes, Randy Jr
Sagun, Devin Carl
Santos, Mary Grace
Sibayan, Arcel
Subia, Eric
Tan, Karla Marijoy
Venegias, Arvay Reynald
Vicente, Janine Micah