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Go Negosyo Empowers SMEs Through APEC SME Summit

Sunday, November 29th, 2015

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The APEC week has been truly successful!

Go Negosyo was privileged to partner with APEC Business Advisory Council (ABAC) and Asia Society, both headed by industry icon Doris Magsaysay-Ho, in mounting the APEC SME Summit, held in GreenSun, Makati last November 17. President Aquino and some of his Cabinet Secretaries, together with our entrepreneurship co-advocate in the Senate, Sen. Bam Aquino, likewise joined the Summit to give importance the sector and how we can all rally the support it needs to elevate the competitiveness and innovativeness of the SMEs to push them to grow and expand.  As SME’s account for 99.6% of the number of enterprises, they play a major role in having a kind of growth that is more inclusive and beneficial to a wider base of the population.

Sen. Bam Aquino, an advocate of entrepreneurship with Myrna Yao of Richprime Global.

Sen. Bam Aquino, an advocate of entrepreneurship with Myrna Yao of Richprime Global.

The SME Summit was jampacked with SRO crowd of over 2000 micro, small and medium entrepreneurs, business leaders, and young and aspiring entrepreneurs.

President Aquino keynoted the Summit where he encourage SMEs to inject innovation and greater competitive value-adding to be able to grow.  He cited a number of SME programs like the Shared Service Facilities, and the setting-up of Go Negosyo Centers under the Go Negosyo Act that are being built around the country to assist Micro SMEs.

President Benigno Aquino III focused on the empowerment of SMEs for the country's inclusive growth during his keynote speech.

President Benigno Aquino III focused on the empowerment of SMEs for the country’s inclusive growth during his keynote speech.

Doris Magsaysay-Ho, APEC Business Advisory Council 2015 Chair.

Doris Magsaysay-Ho, APEC Business Advisory Council 2015 Chair.

The Summit featured leading innovative entrepreneurs and thought leaders in the world such as the passionate founder of AirAsia Tony Fernandes, Uber’s Chief Adviser David Plouffe, Barbara Navarro of Google, Josette Sheeran of Asia Society, Scott Anthony of Innosight, Wendy Kopp of Teach-for-All, Nix Nolledo of Xurpas,  Fil-Ams Shiela Marcelo of Care.com,  Dado Banatao of Tallwood Capital Ventures, Maria Ressa of Rappler, Dexter Ligot Gordon of Kalibrr and Angelo Umali of Simple Wearables, just to name a few.

The Summit was definitely a unique advanced experience for all those who attended.  They heard innovative ways to grow, out-of-the-box ideas, newfound inspiration and encouragement, importance of disruptive innovations, need for value creation, growth strategies, need for competency-building, humility to accept mistakes and correct them at once, and the essence of customer satisfaction.

Enhancing SME growth potential through innovation, moreso thru disruptive innovation, and the use of technology can surely lead to a more robust SME sector, which will lead to a more inclusive economy, to make sure that nobody is left behind.

Josette Sheeran of Asia Society shared that Manila is one of the next megacities in the world.

Josette Sheeran of Asia Society shared that Manila is one of the next megacities in the world.

David Plouffe discussed the sharing economy and how this has helped Uber scale up from a small company in San Francisco to a global brand servicing in more than 300 cities in the world.

David Plouffe discussed the sharing economy and how this has helped Uber scale up from a small company in San Francisco to a global brand servicing in more than 300 cities in the world.

Tony Fernandes shared the value of branding and investment in his people and how he has turned his dream into a reality.

Tony Fernandes shared the value of branding and investment in his people and how he has turned his dream into a reality.

Maria Ressa of Rappler.com and Nix Nolledo of Xurpas Inc. shared how they started their companies and maximized the use of technology products such as mobile phones and internet during their forum moderated by Karen Davila.

Maria Ressa of Rappler.com and Nix Nolledo of Xurpas Inc. shared how they started their companies and maximized the use of technology products such as mobile phones and internet during their forum moderated by Karen Davila.

Another forum session featured Dexter Ligot-Gordon of Kalibrr Inc., and Angelo Umali of Simple Wearables.

Another forum session featured Dexter Ligot-Gordon of Kalibrr Inc., and Angelo Umali of Simple Wearables.

“Innovation is changing everything”, said Scott Antony of Innosight.

“Innovation is changing everything”, said Scott Antony of Innosight.

Alok Shetty, another young and inspiring speaker, wowed the audience with his innovative architectural works. Shetty is the Principal of Bhumiputra Architecture, the firm behind several outstanding but convenient designs of houses that help shelter people in need of a home.

Alok Shetty, another young and inspiring speaker, wowed the audience with his innovative architectural works. Shetty is the Principal of Bhumiputra Architecture, the firm behind several outstanding but convenient designs of houses that help shelter people in need of a home.

Nix Nolledo of Xurpas is considered as a pioneer in the Philippine IT industry which specializes in creating digital mobile products.

Nix Nolledo of Xurpas is considered as a pioneer in the Philippine IT industry which specializes in creating digital mobile products.

Wendy Kopp shared the mission of Teach For All which is a social enterprise which aides in changing low-income communities through education.

Wendy Kopp shared the mission of Teach For All which is a social enterprise which aides in changing low-income communities through education.

Sheila Marcelo shared the story of Care.com, which connects families and caregivers in 16 countries. Sheila said how important it is to value the people, in and out of the organization. She mentioned, “Building companies is about building people."

Sheila Marcelo shared the story of Care.com, which connects families and caregivers in 16 countries. Sheila said how important it is to value the people, in and out of the organization. She mentioned, “Building companies is about building people.”

Another global Filipino entrepreneur who shared his inspiring story was technopreneur Dado Banatao. Dado discussed how SMEs can grow with innovation. He mentioned the need to include the poor and underprivileged sector in the economic growth and empower them with education to compete in a global world.

Another global Filipino entrepreneur who shared his inspiring story was technopreneur Dado Banatao. Dado discussed how SMEs can grow with innovation. He mentioned the need to include the poor and underprivileged sector in the economic growth and empower them with education to compete in a global world.

Bunker Roy discussed the importance of education in uplifting people’s lives. He founded Barefoot College, a school that teaches engineering to elderly women who could not afford to send themselves to school.

Bunker Roy discussed the importance of education in uplifting people’s lives. He founded Barefoot College, a school that teaches engineering to elderly women who could not afford to send themselves to school.

Jonathan Swanson is the co-founder of Thumbtack. Thumbtack is a remote-staffing company that provides services for various corporations by getting talented and qualified people from all over the world. He shared the story of a young Filipina who uplifted herself from poverty by working hard and realizing her talents. She is now fulfilling her dreams of studying for her MBA in France.

Jonathan Swanson is the co-founder of Thumbtack. Thumbtack is a remote-staffing company that provides services for various corporations by getting talented and qualified people from all over the world. He shared the story of a young Filipina who uplifted herself from poverty by working hard and realizing her talents. She is now fulfilling her dreams of studying for her MBA in France.

 Karen Reddington of FedEx Asia Pacific shared how it is important for small businesses to go global. “Small businesses will double its growth once brought global”, she said. She also advised SMEs that it is a must to have mobile technology in order to reach global market as this provides platform for e-commerce.

Karen Reddington of FedEx Asia Pacific shared how it is important for small businesses to go global. “Small businesses will double its growth once brought global”, she said. She also advised SMEs that it is a must to have mobile technology in order to reach global market as this provides platform for e-commerce.

Go Negosyo partners also attended the event. (In photo) Orlando Vea of PLDT, William Belo of Wilcon Depot, and Gabby Cui of PLDT-SME Nation.

Go Negosyo partners also attended the event. (In photo) Orlando Vea of PLDT, William Belo of Wilcon Depot, and Gabby Cui of PLDT-SME Nation.

Go Negosyo Executive Director with French Baker's Johnlu Koa and Mercato Centrale's RJ Ledesma.

Go Negosyo Executive Director with French Baker’s Johnlu Koa and Mercato Centrale’s RJ Ledesma.

Arthur Tugade of Perry's Group, Ramon Lopez, and Jun Manas of Hen Lin.

Arthur Tugade of Perry’s Group, Ramon Lopez, and Jun Manas of Hen Lin.

Phil. Marketing Association's Henry Tenedero, SMART's Corinne Zablan, and VCargo's Paulo Tibig.

Phil. Marketing Association’s Henry Tenedero, SMART’s Corinne Zablan, and VCargo’s Paulo Tibig.

Ramon Lopez, Tommanny Tan of Fern-C, Jun Manas, and Angelpreneurs Tess Dimaculangan and Vix Madlangbayan.

Ramon Lopez, Tommanny Tan of Fern-C, Jun Manas, and Angelpreneurs Tess Dimaculangan and Vix Madlangbayan.

ABAC 2015 Chair Doris Magsaysay-Ho and Go Negosyo Executive Director Ramon Lopez

ABAC 2015 Chair Doris Magsaysay-Ho and Go Negosyo Executive Director Ramon Lopez

Rosalind Wee of Marine Resources Corporation, FVP and Head of PLDT SME Nation Kat Luna-Abelarde and Myrna Yao of Richwell Trading Corporation.

Rosalind Wee of Marine Resources Corporation, FVP and Head of PLDT SME Nation Kat Luna-Abelarde and Myrna Yao of Richprime Global.

DHL's Yati Abdullah and Jojo Habana.

DHL’s Yati Abdullah and Jojo Habana.

Yna Maclang and Atty. Mike Toledo.

Yna Maclang and Atty. Mike Toledo.

Manny Osmena and Carissa Villacorta.

Manny Osmena and Carissa Villacorta.

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Vix Madlangbayan, Carlo Calimon, Paulo Tibig, Jaime Augusto Zobel de Ayala, Jorge Wieneke, and Dr. Jaime Alip.

AFFI members and Go Negosyo Angelpreneurs with Jaime Augusto Zobel de Ayala.

AFFI members and Go Negosyo Angelpreneurs with Jaime Augusto Zobel de Ayala.

Maria Ressa shared how Rappler  challenged the traditional broadcast journalism by incorporating it in social media.​​​​​​​​​

Maria Ressa shared how Rappler challenged the traditional broadcast journalism by incorporating it in social media.​​​​​​​​​

 

Go Negosyo and Villar SIPAG Conduct 5th OFW and Family Summit

Sunday, November 29th, 2015
Ribbon cutting ceremony with DHLExpress Country Manager Yati Abdullah, Sen. Cynthia Villar, Former Senate President Manny Villar, Go Negosyo Founding Trustee Joey Concepcion, Las Piñas Representative Cong. Mark Villar and Go Negosyo Executive Director Ramon Lopez.

Ribbon cutting ceremony with DHL Express Country Manager Yati Abdullah, Sen. Cynthia Villar, Former Senate President Manny Villar, Go Negosyo Founding Trustee Joey Concepcion, Las Piñas Representative Cong. Mark Villar and Go Negosyo Executive Director Ramon Lopez.

The Philippine Center for Entrepreneurship Inc., Go Negosyo and the Villar SIPAG (Social Institute for Poverty Alleviation and Governance) Foundation organized the 5th annual OFW and Family Summit last November 26, at the World Trade Center in Pasay City with the theme: “Ipon Mo, I-Negosyo Mo.”

The summit, which aims to gather former and current overseas Filipino workers and introduce them to various opportunities in entrepreneurship, was attended by more than 5,000 OFWs and their families.

Aside from the forums and special topics discussed by guest speakers, there were also exhibits manned by the Summit partners and sponsors.

The event officially started with the ribbon cutting ceremony with former Senate president and Founding Chairman of Villar Sipag Foundation Manny Villar, Senator Cynthia Villar, Congressman Mark Villar, Joey Concepcion and Ramon Lopez of Go Negosyo and DHL Express Philippines country manager Yati Abdullah.

Go Negosyo founding trustee Joey Concepcion opened the program with an inspiring speech for OFWs and how they can achieve success through Sipag at Tiyaga. His talk was followed by Senator Cynthia Villar’s message of thanks to the program partners and OFW attendees.

After that, the signature crowd photo with the attendees was taken.

On its 5th year, the OFW & Family Summit organized by the Villar SIPAG Foundation and Go Negosyo attracted more than 5,000 OFWs and members of their families who are aspiring to become successful entrepreneurs. Photo shows Go Negosyo Founding Trustee Joey Concepcion, Sen. Cynthia Villar, Cong. Mark Villar and Go Negosyo Executive Director Ramon Lopez joining entrepreneurs and participants at the World Trade Center.

On its 5th year, the OFW & Family Summit organized by the Villar SIPAG Foundation and Go Negosyo attracted more than 5,000 OFWs and members of their families who are aspiring to become successful entrepreneurs. Photo shows Go Negosyo Founding Trustee Joey Concepcion, Sen. Cynthia Villar, Cong. Mark Villar and Go Negosyo Executive Director Ramon Lopez joining entrepreneurs and participants at the World Trade Center.

The first forum of the program featured former OFWs who found success in entrepreneurship: Imelda Dagus, of Dennis Coffee Garden, Rosalie Ellasus of Philippine Maize Federation, Myrna Padilla, of Mynd Consulting, Prudencio Garcia of Mekeni and Zarah Juan of Green Leaf Eco Bags. The forum was co-moderated by MobKard’s Carlo Calimon.

The next forum was composed of successful Agripreneurs such as Henry Lim Bon Lion of Sterling Paper Group of Companies, Joseph Calata of Calata Corporation, Edith Dacuycuy of REFMAD Farms, Leo Dator of Itlog Ni Kuya, Lomboy Farm’s Avelino Lomboy, Paco Magsaysay of Real Fresh Dairy Farms Inc., Antuza Refalda of Kalinga Brew and Paris Uy of Livegreen International Inc.

The third forum focused on other business opportunities such as franchising, direct selling and multi-level marketing. Rico Garcia (World Ventures), Greny Guadamor (Max International), Rhea Horrilleno -Gudani (Nu Skin), Joey Sarmiento (Chair of Direct Selling Association of the Philippines), Cyd Bascar (Crystal Clear), Prof. Euclid Cezar (Famous Belgian Waffle), Ricardo Z. Cuna, (Fiorgelato), Jerry Neil C. Ilao, (Ink All You Can), Ms. Jean Uvero (Nail It) and Carolina T. Rivera (Crystal Clear franchisor) sat as panellists for this forum.

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Forum with former OFWs turned successful entrepreneurs moderated by DJ Cheska San Diego and angelpreneur Carlo Calimon.

Aside from the forums, there were also discussions about various special topics from experts in different fields: Michelle Molas, Product Marketing Manager for Ads Marketing of Google Philippines had a presentation on “Google for Business.” Randell Tiongson, Director of Registered Financial Planner Institute Philippines supplied the attendees of important knowledge about financial literacy. Benel Lagua, EVP & Chief Development Officer of Development Bank of the Philippines discussed financing opportunities for SMEs. Atty. Angelo Jimenez, Asia Pacific Basin for Energy Strategies EVP talked about the National Reintegration Center for OFWs. Atty. Minerva A. Sobreviga-Retanal of the Anti-Fraud Division of National Bureau of Investigation gave everyone crucial information on business investment scams to avoid falling for these schemes. Lastly, Susan Ople, Head of Blas F. Ople Policy Center and Training Institute discussed the very important topic of illegal recruitment and human trafficking amongst OFWs. She also invited the victims of the lag-lag bala incident, Nanay Gloria and Mr. and Mrs. White, who shared their stories with their fellow OFWs.

Participants also had a chance to take home a house and lot from Camella Homes, business franchises from Kettle Korn, sari-sari store package from All Day, motorcycle from K Servico, and home appliances from Savers and business packages from event partners and sponsors.

The grand winner of Camella house and lot is Marlene Cacho.

This year's winner of a house and lot from Camella, Marlene Cacho with former Senate President Manyy Villar, Cong. Mark Villar, Go Negosyo Executive Director Ramon Lopez and last year's winner Art Verano.

This year’s winner of a house and lot from Camella, Marlene Cacho with former Senate President Manyy Villar, Cong. Mark Villar, Go Negosyo Executive Director Ramon Lopez and last year’s winner Art Verano.

After the program, the Villar family hosted a thanksgiving dinner for the partners and organizers of the 5th OFW and Family Summit where Congressman Mark Villar officially announced his candidacy for senator.

 

Levelling-Up the OFWs

Thursday, November 26th, 2015
Go Negosyo's Joey Concepcion and Ramon Lopez with Sen. Cynthia Villar, Sen. Manny Villar, Cong. Mark Villar, and other entrepreneurs and guests in last year's 4th OFW & Family Summit.

Go Negosyo’s Joey Concepcion and Ramon Lopez with Sen. Cynthia Villar, Sen. Manny Villar, Cong. Mark Villar, and other entrepreneurs and guests in last year’s 4th OFW & Family Summit.

Senator Cynthia Villar’s statement at our OFW Summit press conference held the other week summed-up today’s reality for the Overseas Filipino Workers all over the world: “We already heard countless stories about OFWs who after working for a long time abroad, went broke because they had no savings nor alternative ways to earn. Programs should be initiated and regularly held to help our OFWs become successful even after their employment abroad.”

Sadly, she is right. Consumer Expectations Survey results for the Third Quarter 2015 conducted by the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas found that OFW households are saving less from 49.7 percent in the second quarter to 38.2 percent in the third quarter. The percentage of OFW households allocating for investments also fell to 6.2 percent in the third quarter from 6.7 percent in the second quarter.

We understand that many OFWs would spend first for their children’s education and their dream homes.  But after these basic requirements, spending continues on clothing, fashion accessories, gadgets and latest smart phones.  The list goes on and on. The hardest part is when to stop or learn the need to redirect their funds for savings and investments.  They have to plan for their future because they would not be working abroad for the rest of their lives.  They have to think of how they can have replacement income, as early as possible. When we conduct Go Negosyo seminars abroad, especially the recent ones with PLDT Global and PLDT SME Nation, we learned the reality from the OFWs that all of them would really like to return home someday, if they only have the income opportunity.  Actually, the opportunities are there, but one must prepare for these. One has to plan for the future.  I heard from our friend Doris Magsaysay Ho that the right OFW mindset is to Earn-Learn-Return. 

It is never too late to start with some venture so that there is something to work on when the OFW returns.  The families of the OFWs should help prepare for that, perhaps even as an act of reciprocation.  

We in Go Negosyo share in the vision of the Villar SIPAG (Social Institute for Poverty Alleviation and Governance) Foundation to empower the OFWs, to inspire them for them to aspire.  To dream and to learn.  

Now on our 5th year, we are conducting today the OFW and Families Summit at the World Trade Center.  This year’s theme is “Ipon Mo, I-Negosyo Mo.”  We believe that having the right mindset and knowhow is the great equalizer. Anyone can do it, as long as one has the right character and competencies. Thru entrepreneurship, one can find a good replacement income that can sustain them for the rest of their lives.  OFWs should plan for their own replacement incomes, for their future.

This annual summit gathers OFWs and their dependents who wish to get helpful entrepreneurial insights and be inspired by stories of successful former OFWs-turned entrepreneurs. Senator Cynthia Villar and Founding Chairman of Villar SIPAG Foundation Manny Villar and I will attend this event hoping to inspire OFWs with our messages.

Aside from seasoned entrepreneurs and business experts, we have also invited several former OFWs who became entrepreneurs to be panelists in the first forum:

Imelda Dagus, owner of Dennis Coffee Garden in Zamboanga City, Rosalie Ellasus of Philippine Maize Federation, Myrna Padilla, founder of an IT/BPO called Mynd Consulting are some of the former OFWs-turned-entrepreneurs who will be featured.

Prudencio Garcia of Mekeni, Zarah Juan of Green Leaf Eco Bags and MobKard’s Carlo Calimon will also join this group of successful former OFWs for the first forum of the summit.

As we always believe in the potential of agriculture, especially when we talk to majority of Filipinos who live in the countryside where the farms are, we try to present various working-agrinegosyo models, ventures that make money.  This is to show that there is money in agriculture if only we learn the right way to do it, the right technology and processes and value-adding strategies that would lead to better efficiencies, products and incomes.  We can learn much from the with successful Agripreneurs such as Henry Lim Bon Lion of SL Agritech, Joseph Calata of Calata Corporation, Edith Dacuycuy of REFMAD Farms, Leo Dator of Itlog Ni Kuya, Lomboy Farm’s Avelino Lomboy, Paco Magsaysay of Real Fresh Dairy Farms Inc., Antuza Refalda of Kalinga Brew and Paris Uy of Livegreen International Inc.

Knowing the marketability of existing bsuiness concepts and brand, we are also presenting models on franchising and direct selling. Rico Garcia (World Ventures), Greny Guadamor (Max International), Rhea Horrilleno -Gudani (Nu Skin), Joey Sarmiento (Chair of Direct Selling Association of the Philippines), Cyd Bascar (Crystal Clear), Prof. Euclid Cezar (Famous Belgian Waffle), Ricardo Z. Cuna, (Fiorgelato), Jerry Neil C. Ilao, (Ink All You Can), Ms. Jean Uvero (Nail It) and Carolina T. Rivera (Crystal Clear franchisor) will sit as panelists for this forum.

Aside from the forums, there will also be discussions about various special topics from experts in different fields:

Michelle Molas, Product Marketing Manager for Ads Marketing of Google Philippines will have a presentation on “Google for Business.” Randell Tiongson, Director of Registered Financial Planner Institute Philippines will supply the attendees of important knowledge about financial literacy. Meanwhile, Benel Lagua, EVP & Chief Development Officer of Development Bank of the Philippines will discuss financing opportunities for SMEs.

Since the summit is made especially for OFWs, we found it important to invite experts who can talk about OFW protection:

Atty. Angelo Jimenez, Asia Pacific Basin for Energy Strategies EVP will talk about the National Reintegration Center for OFWs. Susan Ople, Head of Blas F. Ople Policy Center and Training Institute will discuss the very important topic of illegal recruitment and human trafficking amongst OFWs. Lastly, Atty. Minerva A. Sobreviga-Retanal of the Anti-Fraud Division of National Bureau of Investigation will give everyone crucial information on business investment scams to avoid falling for these schemes.

Aside from the precious advice on entrepreneurship, participants will also have a chance to take home a house and lot from Camella Homes, business franchises from Kettle Korn, sari-sari store package from All Day, home appliances from Savers and business packages from event partners and sponsors.

Empowering the OFWs is our commitment. We hope they all can live better lives, back here in our country, together with their families, and managing their own businesses. 

Meet the Presidentiable : Mar Roxas

Sunday, November 22nd, 2015

After the success of the Negosyo Talks: Meet the Presidentiables with Vice President Jejomar Binay last October, we had the second part of this series with former DILG Secretary and Liberal Party representative Mar Roxas.

We had a good number of audience with more than 600 entrepreneurs and guests from different organizations who want to hear Mar’s policy directions and plan of action as well as answer the pending issues that need to be addressed.

He opened the program with a good talk discussing how the Philippines has transformed from being the “Sick Man of Asia”, as Lee Kuan Yew labeled us, into “Asia’s Bright Spot”. Mar, who has spoken from the heart, said that we have come a long way. From the fight for democracy in 1986, (where he acknowledged my father Joecon’s role in NAMFREL and as one of the few who stood up against the dictator), to the continuous growth and progress of the country today, Mar commended everyone for participating in the transformation of the Philippines. He also recognized that the last five years had the most improvements when the current administration installed a new kind of management, and not afraid to put people in jail.

He also shared substantial progress we have made over the last five years including the provision of classrooms, chairs and tables, and teachers for the next generation and the growth in GDP. He also mentioned the programs of the government which he will continue under his administration if he wins.

The forum was moderated by TV5’s Luchi Cruz-Valdes and the panelists include Mike Toledo, Babe Romualdez, Olivia Limpe-Aw, Vicki Belo, Tina Papillon and Mon Lopez.

As the discussion with the panelists started, Mar was asked with questions on programs for foreign investments, constitutional change and inconsistency in policies, tax reform, traffic decongestion, and internet issues to which he answered straightforwardly and with full conviction.

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Watch out for the next part of the series with Sen. Grace Poe on December 2, 2015 which will also be aired by TV5.

Mar Roxas with Mon Lopez and Babe Romualdez after the forum.

Mar Roxas with Mon Lopez and Babe Romualdez after the forum.

Johnlu Koa, Luchi Cruz-Valdes, Joey Concepcion, Mike Toledo, Mar Roxas, Mon Lopez, and Babe Romualdez

Johnlu Koa, Luchi Cruz-Valdes, Joey Concepcion, Mike Toledo, Mar Roxas, Mon Lopez, and Babe Romualdez.

 Cecilio Pedro of Lamoiyan Corporation greets Liberal Party representative Mar Roxas.

Cecilio Pedro of Lamoiyan Corporation greets Liberal Party representative Mar Roxas.

Alice Eduardo and Lance Gokongwei.

Alice Eduardo and Lance Gokongwei.

Joey Concepcion, Mar Roxas, and Eric Alberto.

Joey Concepcion, Mar Roxas, and Eric Alberto.

Eric Alberto, Alice Eduardo, and Lance Gokongwei

Eric Alberto, Alice Eduardo, and Lance Gokongwei

en. Bam Aquino and Sec. Greg Domingo

Sen. Bam Aquino and Sec. Greg Domingo

Joey Concepcion delivered the welcome remarks

Joey Concepcion delivered the welcome remarks

Mar Roxas during his opening speech

Mar Roxas during his opening speech

Atty. Mike Toledo joined the panelists in the discussion

Atty. Mike Toledo joined the panelists in the discussion

Mar Roxas answered the question of Mon Lopez on foreign ownership restrictions.

Mar Roxas answered the question of Mon Lopez on foreign ownership restrictions.

Olivia Limpe-Aw asked Mar Roxas on how he can further help in the ease of doing business for entrepreneurs.

Olivia Limpe-Aw asked Mar Roxas on how he can further help in the ease of doing business for entrepreneurs.

Dra. Vicki Belo asked if the "Vote for Mar" is also a "Vote for Kim Henares.

Dra. Vicki Belo asked if the “Vote for Mar” is also a “Vote for Kim Henares.

Tina Papillon asked Mar Roxas about his take on the slow internet of the country.

Tina Papillon asked Mar Roxas about his take on the slow internet of the country.

Henry Lim Bon Liong asked Mar about his programs for the agricultural sector. Mar answered that agriculture will be one of the sector that will experience a boom under his administration.

Henry Lim Bon Liong asked Mar about his programs for the agricultural sector. Mar answered that agriculture will be one of the sector that will experience a boom under his administration.

Meet the Presidentiables Forum with Mar Roxas

Meet the Presidentiables Forum with Mar Roxas

tudents who were also present had a photo opportunity with presidential candidate Mar Roxas

tudents who were also present had a photo opportunity with presidential candidate Mar Roxas

Innovation and Big Ideas: Pushing Boundaries

Thursday, November 19th, 2015
President Benigno Aquino, III delivers keynote address at the APEC SME Summit 2015.

President Benigno Aquino, III delivers keynote address at the APEC SME Summit 2015.

SME development now takes center stage. For the first time in APEC, a dedicated Summit was mounted to focus on SMEs’ innovation and big ideas.  In prior years, SME discussions have only been a topic in the APEC Agenda.  The other day, Go Negosyo was privileged to partner with APEC Business Advisory Council (ABAC) and Asia Society, both headed by industry icon Doris Magsaysay-Ho, in mounting the APEC SME Summit, held in GreenSun, Makati.  President Aquino and some of his Cabinet Secretaries, together with our entrepreneurship co-advocate in the Senate, Sen. Bam Aquino, who was also the Go Negosyo Act’s principal author, likewise joined the Summit to give importance the sector and how we can all rally the support it needs to elevate the competitiveness and innovativeness of the SMEs to push them to grow and expand.  As SME’s account for 99.6% of the number of enterprises, they play a major role in having a kind of growth that is more inclusive and beneficial to a wider base of the population.  

The SME Summit was jampacked with SRO crowd of over 2000 micro, small and medium entrepreneurs, business leaders, and young and aspiring entrepreneurs.

President Aquino keynoted the Summit where he encourage SMEs to inject innovation and greater competitive value-adding to be able to grow.  He cited a number of SME programs like the Shared Service Facilities, and the setting-up of Go Negosyo Centers under the Go Negosyo Act that are being built around the country to assist Micro SMEs.

The Summit I would say was a cut above the rest as we were able to feature leading innovative entrepreneurs and thought leaders in the world such as the passionate founder of AirAsia Tony Fernandes, Uber’s Chief Adviser David Plouffe, Barbara Navarro of Google, Josette Sheeran of Asia Society, Scott Anthony of Innosight, Wendy Kopp of Teach-for-All, Nix Nolledo of Xurpas,  Fil-Ams Shiela Marcelo of Care.com,  Dado Banatao of Tallwood Capital Ventures, Maria Ressa of Rappler, Dexter Ligot Gordon of Kalibrr and Angelo Umali of Simple Wearables, just to name a few.

Josette Sheeran talked about how megatrends can contribute to change. She mentioned that Manila is one of the next megacities and center of innovation in the world and can bring more opportunities.  Internet connectivity is one of the important ways SMEs can gain access to global information and market. 

David Plouffe discussed the sharing economy and how this has helped Uber scale up from a small company in San Francisco to a global brand servicing in more than 300 cities in the world. He commended the Philippines as one of the first countries to regularize these kinds of transport services. Key learning is on how regulations and behavioural changes are needed to maximize the potential of innovation.

Tony Fernandes shared how branding and investment in people is important for companies. He has changed AirAsia by looking at other non-traditional marketing campaigns and made use of social media and merchandising. He also mentioned how his people are his biggest assets. Lastly, he reminded everyone to turn their dreams into reality, to inspire and to always have a positive outlook in life. 

One of Go Negosyo’s featured entrepreneurs, Sheila Marcelo of Care.com, shared how CARE is an economic imperative. After sharing the story behind Care.com, which connects families and caregivers in 16 countries, Sheila said how important it is to value the people, in and out of the organization. She mentioned, “Building companies is about building people.” 

Another global Filipino entrepreneur who shared his inspiring story was technopreneur Dado Banatao. Dado discussed how SMEs can grow with innovation. He mentioned the need to include the poor and underprivileged sector in the economic growth and empower them with education to compete in a global world. He also said that to eliminate poverty, a country must compete with its innovative products designed by its people.

Bunker Roy discussed the importance of education in uplifting people’s lives. He founded Barefoot College, a school that teaches engineering to elderly women who could not afford to send themselves to school. Bunker is proud that this advocacy of Barefoot College has educated many women from different countries including the Philippines.

The inspiring stories continue. The next speaker, David Swanson is the co-founder of Thumbtack. Thumbtack is a remote-staffing company that provides services for various corporations by getting talented and qualified people from all over the world. He shared the story of a young Filipina who uplifted herself from poverty by working hard and realizing her talents. She is now fulfilling her dreams of studying for her MBA in France.

Maria Ressa of Rappler.com and Nix Nolledo of Xurpas Inc. shared how they started their companies and maximized the use of technology products such as mobile phones and internet. Rappler challenged the traditional broadcast journalism by incorporating it in social media. Xurpas, on the other hand, is considered as a pioneer in the Philippine IT industry which specializes in creating digital mobile products.

Another forum session featured Dexter Ligot-Gordon of Kalibrr Inc., and Angelo Umali of Simple Wearables. Dexter shared how he has failed twice but continued to become a problem solver by connecting jobs to people through Kalibrr which is an online recruiting platform. Angelo discussed how a personal experience pushed him to establish his company which provided life-assisting and life-saving devices for elderly.

Barbara Navarro of Google shared how passion is the driver of innovation. Google’s passion is to organize information for the world and make it accessible for all. She encouraged SMEs to do something in a different way and to think bigger and let the passion do the impossible. 

“Innovation is changing everything”, said Scott Antony of Innosight. He shared the background of several companies who changed the traditional way of doing things. He also mentioned what great innovators do – simplify, enable, and disrupt. 

Alok Shetty, another young and inspiring speaker, wowed the audience with his innovative architectural works. Shetty is the Principal of Bhumiputra Architecture, the firm behind several outstanding but convenient designs of houses that help shelter people in need of a home.

Bill Barhydt of ABRA discussed how ABRA, a new type of digital cash money transfer app helped in the promotion of financial inclusivity. ABRA is the world’s first digital cash, US dollar-based mobile wallet.  

Teach For All led by Wendy Kopp, is a social enterprise which aides in changing low-income communities through education. Teach For All programs invests in people through trainings and seminars and equips on how to ensure that an excellent education is provided to all children across the globe.

Karen Reddington of FedEx Asia Pacific shared how it is important for small businesses to go global. “Small businesses will double its growth once brought global”, she said. She also advised SMEs that it is a must to have mobile technology in order to reach global market as this provides platform for e-commerce.  

Lastly, Scott Anthony returned on stage to address the need for companies to anticipate disruptions and create transformative strategies. 

World-class and ground breaking technological advancements were also featured at the interactive exhibit during the Summit.

 The Summit was definitely a unique advanced experience for all those who attended.  They heard innovative ways to grow, out-of-the-box ideas, newfound inspiration and encouragement, importance of disruptive innovations, need for value creation, growth strategies, need for competency-building, humility to accept mistakes and correct them at once, and the essence of customer satisfaction.   

Enhancing SME growth potential through innovation, moreso thru disruptive innovation, and the use of technology can surely lead to a more robust SME sector, which will lead to a  more inclusive economy, to make sure that nobody is left behind.   

Mabuhay ang Micro SMEs!

5th OFW and Family Summit Villar Stresses Need for OFWs to Save and Grow their Income

Sunday, November 15th, 2015
Sen. Cynthia Villar and Go Negosyo Executive Director Mr. Ramon Lopez.

Sen. Cynthia Villar and Go Negosyo Executive Director Mr. Ramon Lopez.

Sen. Cynthia Villar today stressed the need for overseas Filipino workers to learn how to save and invest their hard-earned money following a survey showing a decline in the number of OFW’s household allocating remittances for savings and investment.

“We already heard countless stories about OFWs who after working for a long time abroad, went broke because they had no savings or alternative way to earn. Programs should be initiated and regularly held to help our OFWs become successful even without employment abroad,” Villar said.

Villar cited the results of the Consumer Expectations Survey for the Third Quarter 2015 conducted by the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas saying OFW households are saving less from 49.7 percent in the second quarter to 38.2 percent in the third quarter.

The percentage of OFW households allocating for investments also fell to 6.2 percent in the third quarter from 6.7 percent in the second quarter.

“The mindset should not be working abroad for the remainder of their life. There should be a viable plan upon return to the Philippines that would make their earnings abroad grow,” the chair of the Committee on Agriculture and Food, and Committee on Government Corporations and Public Enterprises added.

Villar said Villar SIPAG (Social Institute for Poverty Alleviation and Governance) partnered with Go Negosyo to provide a venue for OFWs and their family to gain knowledge and information on starting a business and entrepreneurship.

The 5th OFW and Family Summit with the theme “Ipon Mo, I-Negosyo Mo,” will be held on November 26, 7 am to 4 pm at the World Trade Center, Pasay City.

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“The summit has become an annual gathering of OFWs and their dependents where participants acquire business insights from success stories of fellow OFWs and self-made businessmen. It is also a venue allowing participants to interact with the different government and private institutions offering opportunities for investment,” Villar said.

Entrance to the summit is free. Interested parties should register online at ofwsummit2015.villarsipag.org

Aside from the precious advice on entrepreneurship, participants will also have a chance to take home a house and lot from Camella Homes, business franchises from Kettle Korn, sari-sari store package from All Day, home appliances from Savers and business packages from event partners and sponsors.

Among the invited speakers are Zarah Juan (Green Leaf Eco Bags), Rosalie Ellasus (Philippine Maize Federation), Antuza Refalda (Kalinga Brew), Randell Tiongson (Director, Registered Financial Planner Institute Philippines), Benel Lagua (EVP & Chief Development Officer, Development bank of the Philippines), Angelo Jimenez (EVP, Asia Pacific Basin for Energy Strategies), and Susan Ople (Head, Blas F. Ople Policy Center and Training Institute).

The senator will give the inspirational message in the summit, while Go Negosyo’s founding trustee Joey Concepcion will deliver the opening remarks.

MSMEs Take Center Stage in APEC Agenda

Saturday, November 14th, 2015
IN THE PHOTO (L-R): Go Negosyo Founding Trustee, Joey Concepcion, ABAC 2015 Chairman, Doris Magsaysay-Ho and Sen. Bam Aquino during the APEC SME Summit 2015 press conference.

IN THE PHOTO (L-R): Go Negosyo Founding Trustee, Joey Concepcion, ABAC 2015 Chairman, Doris Magsaysay-Ho and Sen. Bam Aquino during the APEC SME Summit 2015 press conference.

Manila, 12 November 2015 – The APEC Business Advisory Council (ABAC) will highlight the critical role of innovation in enabling micro-, small-, and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs) to rethink the way they do businesses and become creators of ideas and solutions. Enterprises are considered the backbone of economies in the Asia-Pacific region.

ABAC, in partnership with Asia Society Philippines and the Philippine Center for the Entrepreneurship, will present the APEC SME Summit 2015, which is anchored on the theme of “Innovation and Big Ideas: Pushing Boundaries.” The event will be held on 17 November 2015 at the Green Sun in Makati City as part of the week-long APEC events.

“Entrepreneurs have become the dynamic drivers of innovation and job creation. With MSMEs accounting for 97% of enterprises and up to 90% of employment in APEC economies, ABAC urges Asia-Pacific economic leaders to address barriers inhibiting the participation of MSMEs in cross-border trade,” said Doris Ho, ABAC 2015 Chair.

Ho added that Asia-Pacific economies must promote inclusive business models to enable more MSMEs enter into long-term, value-driven partnerships in global value chains.

President Benigno Aquino III will deliver the Keynote Address to discuss the inextricable link between innovation and inclusive economies. “Unlocking the remarkable potential of entrepreneurs needs robust innovation ecosystems. SMEs are oftentimes better poised to understand new customer expectations and create transformational business models through innovation,” said Ho.

The Summit’s Conference will feature speakers whose big ideas and innovative solutions have inspired positive changes in their industries and in communities. These include Asia Society President Josette Sheeran; UBER Technologies, Inc. Senior Advisor David Plouffe; Care.com Founder and CEO Sheila Marcelo; Tallwood Venture Capital Managing Director Diosdado Banatao; Barefoot College Founder Bunker Roy, and Thumbtack Co-founder and President Jonathan Swanson.

Discussing innovation insights and experiences are Rappler CEO and Executive Editor Maria Ressa, Xurpas, Inc. President and CEO Nix Nolledo, Kalibrr, Inc. Co-founder and COO Dexter Ligot-Gordon; and Simple Wearables Co-founder and COO Angelo Umali.

The Conference’s afternoon session will talk about innovation and the future. Speakers include Innosight Managing Partner Scott Anthony; Aeromobil Co-founder and CEO Juraj Vaculik; Bhumiputra Architecture Principal Alok Shetty; ABRA Founder and CEO Bill Barhydt; Teach for All Co-founder and CEO Wendy Kopp; and FedEx Asia Pacific President and CEO Karen Reddington.

Also happening alongside the APEC SME Summit is a trade exhibit of innovative and game-changing products and services. Around 30 world-class, cutting-edge business solutions and other groundbreaking technological advances from across the APEC region will be showcased. This covers all fields and sectors from agriculture, creatives, manufacturing, services, finance, science & technology, gaming, and others. One such exhibitor is Harish and Johnsen, the business solutions specialist firm run by two women under the age of 40 offering a creative, multiplatform approach tailor-made for each client’s needs.  Harish and Johnsen, in fact, created the event app that will debut during the Summit, enabling users to enjoy a more interactive experience.

Ho also underscored ABAC’s commitment to create an environment for MSMEs to internationalize through e-commerce. A joint study by ABAC and the USC Marshall School of Business found that MSMEs face complex customs requirements, high compliance costs, high logistics costs, lack of e-commerce infrastructure and e-payment facilities.

“We need APEC-wide e-Commerce policy frameworks and e-Commerce trade facilitation provisions in Regional Trade Agreements, as well as the APEC-wide promotion of the Cross Border E-Commerce Training Program for MSMEs,” said Ho.

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ABAC was created by APEC Leaders in 1995 to be the primary voice of business in APEC. Each economy has three members who are appointed by their respective Leaders. They meet four times a year in preparation for the presentation of their recommendations to the Leaders in a dialogue that is a key event in the annual Leaders Meeting.

ABAC is comprised of the Asia-Pacific region’s top business leaders tasked to provide inputs to APEC. It serves as the official business sector voice in APEC by presenting recommendations that promote the advancement of inclusive growth in the Asia-Pacific region, and ensure greater prosperity and a better quality of life.

This 2015, ABAC focused on four key priorities: Advancing the regional integration and services agenda; strengthening and facilitating micro-, small-, and medium-sized enterprises’ (MSME) entry into global markets; maximizing innovation and human capital potential; and promoting livable, sustainable cities and resilient communities.

 

Go Negosyo Wins Agora Award for Outstanding Achievement in Advocacy Marketing

Friday, November 13th, 2015
Go Negosyo Founding Trustee Joey Concepcion receives the Agora Award for Outstanding Achievement in Advocacy Marketing during the 36th Agora Awards.

Go Negosyo Founding Trustee Joey Concepcion receives the Agora Award for Outstanding Achievement in Advocacy Marketing during the 36th Agora Awards.

Marriot Grand Ballroom—The Philippine Center for Entrepreneurship Foundation Inc., Go Negosyo won the prestigious award for Outstanding Achievement in Advocacy Marketing at the 36th Agora Awards last November 11.

Go Negosyo founder Joey Concepcion accepted the award and thanked Agora for recognizing the efforts of Go Negosyo in alleviating poverty through entrepreneurship.

Winners of the 36th Agora Awards with Department of Tourism Secretary Mon Jimenez.

Winners of the 36th Agora Awards with Department of Tourism Secretary Mon Jimenez.

Among the other winners of the annual event are: Arthur Tan of Integrated Microelectronics Inc. (Outstanding Achievement in Export Marketing), Raul Falcon, country manager of Procter and Gamble Manufacturing (Outstanding Achievement in Overseas Marketing), Dr. Maynoll Montalbo of Mont Albo Wellness Corp. (Outstanding Achievement in Entrepreneurship-small scale), Catherine Salimbangon of Organique Inc. (Outstanding Achievement in Entrepreneurship-medium scale), William Tiu-Lim of Mega Global Corp. (Outstanding Achievement in Entrepreneurship-large scale), Carl Mark Miniano, Ph.D, Dean of Adamson University’s College of Business Administration (Outstanding Achievement in Marketing Education), David Guerrero of BBDO Guerrero Inc. (Outstanding Achievement in Marketing Communications), Benjie Yap of Unilever Philippines (Outstanding Achievement in Marketing Management) and ABS-CBN corporation which was represented by Carlo Katigbak (Marketing Company of the Year).

The Agora Awards is regarded as the standard-bearer for marketing excellence in the Philippines.

 

 

The Need for “Department of Common Sense”

Friday, November 13th, 2015
Mar Roxas in the Negosyo Talks: Meet the Presidentiables last November 9, 2015.

Mar Roxas in the Negosyo Talks: Meet the Presidentiables last November 9, 2015.

After the success of the Negosyo Talks: Meet the Presidentiables with Vice President Jejomar Binay last October, we had the second part of this series with former DILG secretary and Liberal Party representative Mar Roxas.

We had a good number of audience with more than 600 entrepreneurs and guests from different organizations who want to hear Mar’s policy directions and plan of action as well as answer the pending issues that need to be addressed.

He opened the program with a good talk discussing how the Philippines has transformed from being the “Sick Man of Asia”, as Lee Kuan Yew labeled us, into “Asia’s Bright Spot”. Mar, who has spoken from the heart, said that we have come a long way. From the fight for democracy in 1986, (where he acknowledged my father Joecon’s role in NAMFREL and as one of the few who stood up against the dictator), to the continuous growth and progress of the country today, Mar commended everyone for participating in the transformation of the Philippines. He also recognized that the last five years had the most improvements when the current administration installed a new kind of management, and not afraid to put people in jail.

“We have made substantial progress”, Mar said when talking about the growth in GDP and investment capital. Also, he mentioned that in the last five years, 180,000 classrooms with complete chairs and tables and teachers have been provided to assure the next generations with quality education and facilities conducive for learning. This is the greatest improvement that we have seen.  He said, “Because what is a population, and what kind of future will we have if our kids are not educated?”

Mar, who promised to continue the “Daang Matuwid” in his past interviews, mentioned the programs of the Aquino administration that have contributed a lot in the progress. Some of these are the CCT program which has produced 330,000 scholars, the health care services with a 75 billion budget (which translates to savings and disposable funds for the people), and the aggressive fight against corruption. The investment in infrastructure and the people has led us to where we are today.

As the discussion with the panelists started, Mar was asked with questions on programs for foreign investments, constitutional change and inconsistency in policies, tax reform, traffic decongestion, and internet issues to which he answered straightforwardly and with full conviction.

He was asked by Mon Lopez regarding the foreign ownership restrictions that would require constitutional change to attract more foreign investments, Mar answered that, to him, this is not the issue that needs to be addressed. There are other operational issues and to have a constitutional change might even pose some risk. Investors might adopt a wait-and-see attitude if there will be a change in the system. He also mentioned, “Walang investor and nagreklamo na ang nakakahadlang ay ang batas o konstitusyon.” He noted that the issues which hinder the investments are the VAT, importation and shipping, and even the harassment in customs, immigration, and internal revenues. He said he wants an efficient distribution system that will improve business operations to more investors.
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Vicki Belo asked if a ‘Vote for Mar’, is also a ‘Vote for Kim Henares’, to which Mar said “In fairness to Kim, she has done a good job.” But he added that many of the cabinet members wanted to move on to the private sector. When pushed to answer whether he will give Kim a position in his administration, he said, “I’ll look at it at that point in time.”

Babes Romualdez asked him also about the lowering the taxes. Mar, who authored the bill that exempts minimum wage earners from taxes, answered that the ‘money principally belongs to the people who worked hard for it’. But he mentioned that this must be studied carefully as this will affect revenues and therefore there must be substitute sources of government revenues elsewhere or find ways to reduce expenses. “I won’t be here to mention policies that some popular and gain points from the public, he said. “I am for responsible governance.”

Babes also asked him on traffic decongestion. Mar said “I find it anomalous that buses are owned by different entities.”  To have a more efficient bus transport system he said, “Terminate various franchises and bid it out.” With bigger operators, bus drivers will be paid properly and not on commissioned basis which usually lead to improper driving habits.

Jokingly, Mar added that majority of the problems we are encountering need only ‘common sense’ which he mentioned is not very common that is why he plans to establish a Department of Common Sense.

The panelists also recognized the Negosyo Centers established by the Department of Trade and Industry, Go Negosyo, and Sen. Bam Aquino who authored the Go Negosyo Law. This provided that easier process of registration to which Mar supported. He said, “Naniniwala ako na ang mga negosyante ay dapat nag-nenegosyo at hindi pumipila para kumuha ng permits.”

On the issue of internet which was asked by Tina Papillon, Mar provided two solutions: “On the supply side, the government must incentivize; and on the demand side, there must be a change in regulation.” Mar also mentioned that the internet is no longer a luxury but a necessity as we continue to reach for change and progress.

Babes also asked him about one of the most sensitive issues – the Mamasapano tragedy. He said that, “The President ordered coordination and he was disobeyed and lied to.” Until now, he honestly answered that it is an issue that is still on his mind even after months have passed. “”I keep thinking and re-thinking. What else could I have done?” He added, “”But I constantly go through in my mind, wondering. Forty-four people, 44 fathers, 44 husbands, 44 brothers, 44 sons, through no fault of their own, gave up their lives for our safety.” Lastly, he said, “I will live with it for the rest of my life.”

When asked by Henry Lim Bon Liong about his plans on how to increase the yield of production of our farmers, Mar said, “Agriculture is one of the areas that will experience a boom in a Roxas Administration.” He added, “We will find a way to consolidate the holdings. I don’t mean that in ownership. At least through cooperatives, joint ventures, or lease agreements.” Lastly, he added, “We will guarantee a minimum level of prosperity for him (the farmer) and his family.”

Apart from these, Mar gamely answered questions on how he will choose his cabinet secretaries and on his plans to continue “Daang Matuwid.”

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Watch out for the next part of the series with Sen. Grace Poe on December 2, 2015 which will also be aired by TV5.

SME Go! feat. Duran Farm

Wednesday, November 11th, 2015
Desiree Duran of Duran Farm - an Agri-Business Center. The farm services include farm-tourism, selling of seedlings and organic vegetables and providing trainings and workshops for future farmers.

Desiree Duran of Duran Farm – an Agri-Business Center. The farm services include farm-tourism, selling of seedlings and organic vegetables and providing trainings and workshops for future farmers. Photo from Duran Farm website

Success in entrepreneurship is not only about financial breakthroughs. It is also gauged by the positive impact your business brings to the community at large. Dapat “negosyong may puso”!

Kilalanin natin ang tao sa likod ng successful na Duran Farm na si Desiree Duran at ang kwento sa kanyang matagumpay na negosyo—Ang Duran Farm and Agribusiness Center kinikilala bilang isa sa mga paboritong destinasyon ng mga agri-negosyante at ng mga gustong matuto tungkol sa pagtatanim ng gulay.

Sinong mag-aakala na ang nagmamay-ari nito ay dating small-time fishball vendor at umangat sa buhay bilang isang negosyante. Astig di’ba?

“It is not true that it is impossible to find a god job or source of income. You just have to see the potential of what’s already around you and start to make things happen for yourself.” says Desiree Duran.

Watch the full story of Duran Farm dito lang sa SME Go! Powered by Go Negosyo ngayong Sabado (November 14), 5:30 AM sa PTV 4. For updates. LIKE’ Go Negosyo on Facebook and follow @letsgonegosyo on Twitter.