Archive for March, 2016

Pushing for Innovative Entrepreneurship

Thursday, March 31st, 2016

Whenever we talk about innovation, the common response or idea that would come to mind would be technology or digital development. Yes, this is majority of the innovation that we are seeing today. But looking at all the innovative enterprises and entrepreneurs we have interviewed for the past years, I learned that innovation is more than just a ‘click of a button.’  Innovation is, and must be into all enterprises.  Continuous innovation is key to starting and growing the business.  Ignore innovation is like ignoring the business.

Innovation can be in the product output, design, features, benefits, or it can be in the processes that produce such output.  Innovation should drive up excellence and differentiation in product or service features and benefits.  It should also bring down cost in any business processes, and enhance efficiencies in operations.

Recently, in partnership with US Embassy, we had the Mentor Me: Innovation Forum together with Senior Adviser to the US Secretary of State, Amb. David Thorne and all the global innovators that flew in to continue the commitment of the US government to foster entrepreneurship and support inclusive growth.

As emphasized by Amb. David Thorne, the Obama administration values entrepreneurs that is why they have the Young Southeast Asia Leadership Inititative (YSEALI) which is a program empowering young leaders and young entrepreneurs. Also, they are hosting a Global Entrepreneurship Summit which will feature inspiring global entrepreneurs and innovators who are trying to create new opportunities for partnerships and collaborations. It is encouraging to know that international governments and organizations are interested in strengthening the entrepreneurial ecosystem globally.  We have this partnership as well with the UK Embassy. This inspires us that our little act of advocacy here in the country contributes to the common goal of inclusive growth.

Sen. Bam Aquino shared three inspiring stories: Purple Passion of Davao, Kalasag Farmers of Nueva Ecija, and Melvie and Myrna Rojo of Iloilo. Purple Passion is a social enterprise which has engaged farmers to produce ube jams and ube powder which they now sell to industrial clients. Kalasag Farmers was featured in our agri book as they are directly selling their onions to the largest fast-food chain in the country, Jollibee. Lastly, Melvie and Myrna Rojo are both former OFWs in Brunei but upon returning in the country, they consulted the Iloilo Negosyo Center and met Mutya, a business councilor assigned in the said center. Mutya was able to mentor the Rojo couple and guided them through the whole process – from idea formulation to application of loans and improvement of business model. All these are inspiring for many micro and small entrepreneurs who with innovation can level up with the aide also of the Negosyo Centers.

In photo (L-R) Go Negosyo entrepreneurs Ferdinand Maranon (Sagrex Corporation), Josiah Go (Mansmith & Fielders), Carlo Calimon (MobKard), Go Negosyo Founder Joey Concepcion, Senior Adviser to US Secretary of State Amb. David Thorne, Sheel Tyle (Seed Practice), Deborah Magid (IBM Venture Capital Group), Manny Ayala (Endeavor Philippines), Mike Cassidy (Google), Jason Fischer (UL's Asia Pacific), Go Negosyo Executive Director Ramon Lopez, Javy Infante (Enderun Colleges & Navegar Fund), Dr. Edgardo Rodriguez (Enderun Colleges), Delby Bragais (North Road Image and Fashion Group), and Rj Ledesma (Mercato Centrale).

In photo (L-R) Go Negosyo entrepreneurs Ferdinand Maranon (Sagrex Corporation), Josiah Go (Mansmith & Fielders), Carlo Calimon (MobKard), Go Negosyo Founder Joey Concepcion, Senior Adviser to US Secretary of State Amb. David Thorne, Sheel Tyle (Seed Practice), Deborah Magid (IBM Venture Capital Group), Manny Ayala (Endeavor Philippines), Mike Cassidy (Google), Jason Fischer (UL’s Asia Pacific), Go Negosyo Executive Director Ramon Lopez, Javy Infante (Enderun Colleges & Navegar Fund), Dr. Edgardo Rodriguez (Enderun Colleges), Delby Bragais (North Road Image and Fashion Group), and Rj Ledesma (Mercato Centrale).

One of the highlights of the program is the Innovators’ Forum with Manny Ayala of Endeavor Philippines, Mike Cassidy of Google, Deborah Magid of IBM Venture Capital Group, Jason Fischer of UL’s Asia Pacific, and Sheel Tyle of Seed Practice. Amb. David Thorne also joined the discussion. They have shared how using innovation as an engine for growth helped their companies.

When asked how can one build the mindset of innovators, here are their noteworthy answers:

“People are always imaginative. We need to celebrate the success of ideas. Second, we can work together in small things, so work with other people.” – Deborah Magid

“Think bigger. Given that you have an innovative mindset, why not solve a really big problem.” – Sheel Tyle

“Ask help. We are here because we want to hear and help you. mentors are very important in any entrepreneurship journey” – Jason Fischer

“People must be very observant, self-confident, and humble. Taken together are the recipe in innovation.” – Manny Ayala

Aside from these global innovators, we also had Filipino innovators such as Julius Paras (Kalibrr), Henry Lim Bon Liong (SL Agritech), Carlo Calimon (MobKard), Ryan Chua (Navegar Fund), Jay Fajardo (Launchgarage), Dianne Eustaquio (IdeaSpace), Dr. Ed Canela (K+e Ventures), Rebecca Ricalde (Voyager innovations), Bryan McClelland (Bambike), , Gian Javelona (Orange Apps), Benedict Carandang (HIA), Sofia Ang (1EXPORT), Rommel Juan (Philippine Utility Vehicle), Koh Onozawa (Loudbasstard), Scot Frank (One Earth Designs), Jason Magbanua (videographer), Kim Lato (Kimstore), and Krie Lopez (Messy Bessy).

This forum encouraged the students and entrepreneurs to start their innovative idea and transform it into a successful enterprise. It also fulfills our mission to mentor young and aspiring individuals by sharing them the stories of creative and innovative entrepreneurs.

As part of our advocacy, we are rallying behind the MSME sector by providing mentorship programs for the aspiring and micro entrepreneurs. Aside from the Mentor Me: Innovation Forum, we are proud to say that we have activated the second phase of the plan to help level-up and scale-up MSMEs through our Mentor Micro Entrepreneurs (Mentor ME) program. This coaching program in partnership with institutions such as DTI, DOST, MRI-CARD and several enabler institutions that will help provide mentorships such as PCCI, FINEX, Kalye Negosyo, Assn, of Filipino Franchisers, Phil. Franchise Association, PACE Culinary School, HURIS, HR group, Supply Chain Assn. and many more who will form part of the pool of experts to help guide the selected micro entrepreneurs in each Negosyo Centers who have the strong commitment to level-up.

We recently had the first Mentor Me session in Mandaluyong Negosyo Center, which DTI Asec. Bles Lantayona, Mandaluyong Councilor Charisse Abalos, Go Negosyo Executive Director  Mon Lopez and members of entrepreneurship community attended.

Next week will be the launch in Calamba Laguna, as another pilot run for the Mentor Me program and we will bring this to more Negosyo Centers in the future. With the 150 centers established across the country to date, micro and small entrepreneurs will now have the access to the coaches and business experts from different institutions to improve their enterprises.

Go Negosyo and the Vice Presidentiables

Monday, March 28th, 2016

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After the success of the four-part series Negosyo Talks: Meet the Presidentiables featuring Vice President Jejomar Binay, Former Secretary Mar Roxas, Sen. Grace Poe, and Mayor Rodrigo Duterte, Go Negosyo hosted the Negosyo Talks: Meet the Vice Presidentiables Forum. This forum is again co-presented by RFM Corporation, Sta. Elena Construction and Development Corporation, PLDT-SMART SME Nation, and exclusively covered by TV5.

Sen.Chiz Escudero, Sen. Bongbong Marcos, Cong. Leni Robredo, and Sen. Antonio Trillanes accepted our invitation to talk before the Go Negosyo community.

First and foremost, we asked them on their plans for entrepreneurship development. All are in full support of the MSMEs. Marcos plans stressed the need for business infrastructures and training programs. Robredo mentioned three important Ms needed by MSMEs: Money, Market Linkage, Mentorship. Trillanes highlighted the issue on access to capital and ease in doing business. Escudero mentioned initiatives to promote competitiveness, ease in registration such as allowing ‘One-person’ Corporation, tax reforms and other measures.

Aside from topics on MSMEs, education, agriculture, and their platforms, panelists also asked them some controversial issues. When Bongbong was asked if Martial Law is justifiable, Marcos answered, “Nang itatag ang martial law noon, tayo ay lumalaban sa dalawang gyera, sa sessionist movement sa Mindanao, at isa sa communist insurgent.”

But for those who have experienced martial law like Leni who has been very vocal with her dismay to martial law, this is not the answer she wanted to hear. She retorted, “Bakit nagkaroon ng maraming extra judicial killings? Just because iba ang kanilang paniniwala?  I am just fighting for the victims of Martial law”, Leni said.

It was an informative discussion with four vice presidentiables. They were able to prove their points, answer issues hurled against them, and conveyed their plans and platforms well.

The  Panelists: Atty. Mike Toledo of Philippine Bar Association, Ramon Lopez of Go Negosyo, and Babe Romualdez of Stargate Media Corporation.

The Panelists: Atty. Mike Toledo of Philippine Bar Association, Ramon Lopez of Go Negosyo, and Babe Romualdez of Stargate Media Corporation.

Joey Concepcion, founder of Go Negosyo, acknowledges the vice presidentiables and Go Negosyo entrepreneurs who attended the forum.

Joey Concepcion, founder of Go Negosyo, acknowledges the vice presidentiables and Go Negosyo entrepreneurs who attended the forum.

TV5 News Chief Luchi Cruz-Valdes moderated the forum.

TV5 News Chief Luchi Cruz-Valdes moderated the forum.

Go Negosyo entrepreneurs Henry Lim Bon Liong (SL Agritech Corporation), and Alice Eduardo (Sta. Elena Construction and Development Corporation).

Go Negosyo entrepreneurs Henry Lim Bon Liong (SL Agritech Corporation), and Alice Eduardo (Sta. Elena Construction and Development Corporation).

The vice presidentiables and the panelists together with Luchi Cruz Valdes and Joey Concepcion.

The vice presidentiables and the panelists together with Luchi Cruz Valdes and Joey Concepcion.

PLDT's Eric Alberto and Philippine Star's Miguel Belmonte also attended the forum.

PLDT’s Eric Alberto and Philippine Star’s Miguel Belmonte also attended the forum.

AFFI Entrepreneurs Sonny Francisco, Richie Cuna, Teresita Ngan Tian, and Josie See.

AFFI Entrepreneurs Sonny Francisco, Richie Cuna, Teresita Ngan Tian, and Josie See.

Go Negosyo entrepreneurs Josiah Go (Mansmith & Fielders), Samie Lim (Blim's Furniture), and Bobby Claudio (Toby's Sports).

Go Negosyo entrepreneurs Josiah Go (Mansmith & Fielders), Samie Lim (Blim’s Furniture), and Bobby Claudio (Toby’s Sports).

Cong. Leni Robredo on Go Negosyo Act: "I have been very supportive of the passage of Go Negosyo Act with Sen. Bam Aquino.

Cong. Leni Robredo on Go Negosyo Act: “I have been very supportive of the passage of Go Negosyo Act with Sen. Bam Aquino.

Sen. Sonny Trillanes on the problems of SMEs: "Problema ng MSME’s ang access sa kapital and ease in doing business."

Sen. Sonny Trillanes on the problems of SMEs: “Problema ng MSME’s ang access sa kapital and ease in doing business.”

Sen. Chiz Escudero on his programs for SMEs:  "Bababan ang buwis para maging competitive sa Asia at ASEAN."

Sen. Chiz Escudero on his programs for SMEs: “Bababan ang buwis para maging competitive sa Asia at ASEAN.”

Sen. Bongbong Marcos on SMEs: "Sa pamamagitan ng pautang at training for SME’s mapapabilis ang pagbibigay ng trabaho sa ating mga kababayan sa bansa."

Sen. Bongbong Marcos on SMEs: “Sa pamamagitan ng pautang at training for SME’s mapapabilis ang pagbibigay ng trabaho sa ating mga kababayan sa bansa.”

Go Negosyo trustee Myla Villanueva during the open forum.

Go Negosyo trustee Myla Villanueva during the open forum.

 

Magandang Business Advice (MBA): Tax for Entrepreneurs

Monday, March 21st, 2016

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True to its commitment of helping transform the Philippines into an entrepreneurial nation, the Philippine Center for Entrepreneurship, Inc. – Go Negosyo, is organizing the Magandang Business Advice (MBA): Tax for Entrepreneurs on April 11, 2016 at the RFM Auditorium, RFM Corporate Center, Pioneer corner Sheridan Sts., Mandaluyong City.

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION:
This is a four-hour training on tax awareness for entrepreneurs and professionals who would like to gain insights on how to enjoy a tax-free lifestyle – a lifestyle not free from taxes but from unnecessary penalties and compromises. Participants will have better understanding of our tax system and its impact in doing business in the Philippines.

ABOUT THE MENTOR:

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MON ABREA

One of the Outstanding Global Filipinos of his generation, awarded as The Outstanding Young Men (TOYM) of the Philippines, Asia CEO Young Leader of the Year and Distinguished Bedan in the field of Accounting and Taxation for 2015, MON ABREA, is a former BIR examiner and is considered the most prominent advocate of genuine tax reform.

Popularly known as the “Tax Whiz,” he helps educate politicians, celebrities, fellow entrepreneurs, and even lawyers in tax matters. As President and Chief Strategy Officer of the Abrea Consulting Group (ACG), considered as the Tax Hub for SMEs in the Asia-Pacific, and Founding President of the Center for Strategic Reforms of the Philippines (CSR Philippines), an organization that seeks to empower the fast-growing SMEs, he shares the game-changing strategy to enjoy a tax-free lifestyle – a lifestyle not free from taxes, but free from the unnecessary burden of penalties and compromises, by promoting Citizen Tax Planning (CTP) Certification Program which awards a “Seal of Honesty” to qualified taxpayers.

He also serves as Member of the Board of Trustees for Metrobank ASSET (alumni association), Entrepinoy Volunteers Foundation, Inc. (EVFI), and I am M.A.D. (Making A Difference), which was awarded as one of the Ten Accomplished Youth Organizations (TAYO) for 2015. He is also one of the Go Negosyo Angelpreneurs, an Ayala Young Leader alumnus, Gerry Roxas Leadership awardee and author of the bestselling tax handbook, “Got A Question About Taxes? Ask the Tax Whiz!: Most Frequently Asked Tax Questions in the Philippines.” Follow him on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram as Ask The Tax Whiz, and search his article and interviews using #AskTheTaxWhiz.

LEARNING FEE
Learning fee is One Thousand and Five Hundred Pesos Only (P1500)
Inclusions: One (1) GoNegosyo book and Certificate of Completion.

**EARLY BIRD & STUDENTS/TEACHERS RATE:
Those who will pay on or before April 4, 2016 will only pay One Thousand and Two Hundred Pesos (P1200.00). Students and teachers (with valid ID) are also entitled to a discounted rate of One Thousand and Two Hundred Pesos (P1200).

HOW TO REGISTER
There are two ways to register:

  1. For Organizations & Institutions: Fill up the Confirmation Slip then fax (02 6388489 or email (gonegosyoacademy.pce@gmail.com) together with the deposit slip.
  2. For regular individual participants: Sign up through the link http://tinyurl.com/MBAtax2016

After pre-registering, interested participants may already proceed with the payment.

HOW TO PAY

BANK DETAILS:
BANK: BDO Pioneer Highland Branch, Mandaluyong City
ACCOUNT NAME: Philippine Center for Entrepreneurship Foundation Inc. (SAVINGS)
ACCOUNT NUMBER: 485-0088-492

TERMS & CONDITIONS:
In case of refunds, cancellation, and substitution:
* Refunds will be honored if we received a written notice of cancellation 30 days prior to the event and must be emailed at gonegosyoacademy.pce@gmail.com. Cancellation received less than 30 days prior to the event will be charged 20% of the total learning investment fee while those received one (1) week prior will be charged 50%. Refund is unacceptable made for cancellations after the stated deadline. Substitution is possible but only upon the advice of the original attendee. The original participant can email the details of the representative.

IMPORTANT REMINDERS
To verify slot, kindly email a scanned or photographed copy of the deposit slip to gonegosyoacademy.pce@gmail.com.

For organizations and institutions:
SUBJECT: MBA TAX/ [NAMEOFORGANIZATION])

For individual participants:
SUBJECT: MBA TAX/ APRIL112016 (LASTNAME_FIRSTNAME)

REMINDER: Please bring your deposit slip at the registration booth on the day of the event as a proof of payment.


GOING TO THE VENUE
Address: 9/F RFM Corporate Center, Pioneer cor. Sheridan Sts., Mandaluyong City
How to get there: From north bound EDSA, turn right to Pioneer. You will find a 7-Eleven and Joey Pepperoni on the ground floor.
Parking: There is parking area behind the RFM building. There is a gate located beside 7-Eleven or you can turn right on Sheridan St. and you’ll find the parking entrance on the left side.
For questions and clarifications, you may contact Go Negosyo at (02) 6379229 and look for April Casas, or you may email gonegosyoacademy.pce@gmail.com.

 

Who’s Your VP?

Thursday, March 17th, 2016

After the success of the four Negosyo Talks: Meet the Presidentiables Series, Go Negosyo hosted the Negosyo Talks: Meet the Vice Presidentiables Forum.

This forum gathered four vice presidentiables who have shared their platforms, plan of actions when they get elected. Sen. Chiz Escudero, Sen. Bongbong Marcos, Cong. Leni Robredo, and Sen. Antonio Trillanes joined our forum and I must say we had a very lively discussion, heightened by the cheers from their respective supporters after every answer.

But we definitely had a great discussion. Quite challenging for the candidates I must say because of the time constraints, but I believe they had conveyed their plans and policies very well.  They were articulate, but concise to the points they wanted to stress, smart and passionate to do their share in serving the country.  Due to the limited time given, it showed who among them is prepared to answer the questions. Of course, voters would have their choices on who in the end they believe are sincere, will perform, and can help execute the plans, who will remain honest and remain true public servants.

Go Negosyo hosted the Meet the Vice Presidentiables Forum last Monday, March 14, 2016. (L-R) Luchi Cruz-Valdes, Atty. Mike Toledo, Sen. Chiz Escudero, ​Joey Concepcion, Sen. Bongbong Marcos, Cong. Leni Robredo, Sen. Antonio Trillanes, Ramon Lopez, and Babe Romualdez.

Go Negosyo hosted the Meet the Vice Presidentiables Forum last Monday, March 14, 2016. (L-R) Luchi Cruz-Valdes, Atty. Mike Toledo, Sen. Chiz Escudero, ​Joey Concepcion, Sen. Bongbong Marcos, Cong. Leni Robredo, Sen. Antonio Trillanes, Ramon Lopez, and Babe Romualdez.

On the entrepreneurship development side, all are in full support of the MSMEs. Marcos plans stressed the need for business infrastructures and training programs. Robredo mentioned three important Ms needed by MSMEs: Money, Market Linkage, Mentorship. Trillanes highlighted the issue on access to capital and ease in doing business. Escudero mentioned initiatives to promote competitiveness, ease in registration such as allowing ‘One-person’ Corporation, tax reforms and other measures.

As an agricultural country, this sector is one of the most important sectors that needs support, especially now that it has been lagging behind relative to other sectors. Leni advocates for rice self-sufficiency and the provision for crop insurance which is also supported by Chiz. Aside from that, Chiz mentioned that our research and development should be strengthened. Sonny wanted to modernize agricultural sector by providing modern equipment while Bongbong cited smuggling and irrigation as the major problems that needs to be solved.

With Bongbong Marcos running for a national position, the issue on Martial Law was one of the hottest topics raised during our forum. The question is, “Is martial law justifiable?”

Marcos answered, “Nang itatag ang martial law noon, tayo ay lumalaban sa dalawang gyera, sa sessionist movement sa Mindanao, at isa sa communist insurgent.” To him, this is a defense to those who plan to bring the administration down that is why it was justifiable, but in other interviews, he said that this is something he is not supporting.

But for those who have experienced martial law like Leni who has been nothing but vocal in her dismay to martial law, this is not the answer she wanted to hear. She retorted, “Bakit nagkaroon ng maraming extra judicial killings? Just because iba ang kanilang paniniwala?  I am just fighting for the victims of Martial law”, Leni said.

They all smartly answered questions on education system, healthcare, conditional cash transfer system, foreign ownership, agrarian reform, and also controversial issues to which our audience applauded and laughed about.

Philstar’s Twitter run a poll on who stood out in the forum and it was Escudero who won. But as for Go Negosyo’s poll, it was Leni who won the survey.

That night, we were also introduced to the several women entrepreneurs from the Bicol region who have been supported by Cong. Leni Robredo, a known strong advocate of women empowerment.

One of them is Nanay Fe Carranza. She is a PWD entrepreneur who manufactures a variety of soy bean-based products like taho, soya milk, soy coffee, soya bread, and nutrimeat. She has no formal background on entrepreneurship but through the Naga City Council for Women which Cong. Leni is a past president, NCCW and DOST supported her with a grant for equipment. Fe has been part of the Great Women Project and has been recognized by different organizations for her perseverance and passion for her business despite her disabilities. Together with her family and a few employees, they are also supporting feeding programs for more than 3,000 students.

Go Negosyo Founder Joey Concepcion and Executive Director Ramon Lopez together with Cong. Leni Robredo and women entrepreneurs from Bicol.

Go Negosyo Founder Joey Concepcion and Executive Director Ramon Lopez together with Cong. Leni Robredo and women entrepreneurs from Bicol.

The policies and programs of our 4 VP candidates were very encouraging.  These are the kinds of programs we wish the next national leaders would support. We in Go Negosyo will continue to support them in the task of nation-building thru entrepreneurship empowerment.  This is our way to help spread prosperity and beat poverty.

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Catch the telecast of our Meet the Vice Presidentiables Forum today, March 17, 2016 at 2:45 – 4:15 in the afternoon on TV5.

Marriage and Mentorship

Thursday, March 10th, 2016

Marriage is one of the most important unions in life. More than just a legal contract, marriage to me is a commitment one shares with his or her partner for the rest of their lives. A relationship that surpasses physical connection as it also entails spiritual, mental, and emotional aspects of the couple.

It feels like it was not too long ago when my wife, Marissa and I wed in a simple church ceremony. Our relationship was not a perfect one. We had also experienced trials that challenged us. Just like many husbands and wives, we faced these problems together, listening to each other’s opinion on the matter, and coming up with a solution together.

This is what we have learned through the guidance of our parents. My parents who have been married for more than 60 years is truly an inspiration not just to me and my siblings but also to others.

Just last week, my one and only son Christian married Olivia, his girlfriend for nine years. Just like what Archbishop Socrates Villegas had said during the ceremony, family is the most important teacher in their lives. They have to continue to love and understand each other for the rest of their lives. And this is what I have always advised them, that the key to a happy life is a happy family which they can achieve through strong faith in God, communication, and most importantly, love.

As parents, we are the first mentors in their lives. More than inspiring them, we are supposed to teach them the values that matter and the timeless principles to guide them  in their lives and in making a difference in the lives of others.

I congratulate Christian and Olivia and I look forward to the day when there will be little Christians and Olivias running around.

Jason Magbanua, Paul Rivera of Kalibrr, Sen. Bam Aquino, US Embassy Senior Adviser to the Secretary State David Thorne and Henry Lim Bon Liong of SL Agritech.

Jason Magbanua, Paul Rivera of Kalibrr, Sen. Bam Aquino, US Embassy Senior Adviser to the Secretary State David Thorne and Henry Lim Bon Liong of SL Agritech.

Speaking of mentorship, Go Negosyo is continuously mentoring young entrepreneurs who are eager to level up and succeed in their respective industries. Today, in partnership with the US Embassy led by Amb. Philip Goldberg, we are hosting the first Mentor Me Innovation Forum (MMIF) which will be held at Enderun Colleges, our official venue partner. This MMIF is a follow through mentoring program that is part of the Youth Entrepreneurship Development Workshop (YEDW) mounted successfully by Go Negosyo and US Embassy last year.

This forum is a gathering of innovators and enablers whose expertise will cover major topics such as innovative products or services development, operation processes, and innovative business models. Our partner, the US Embassy, is bringing over innovation experts from Endeavor, GE, and from the Silicon Valley such as Google and IBM.

YEDW-MMIF aims to gather participants from the youth sector, micro and small and medium entrepreneurs (MSMEs), aspiring young entrepreneurs, and academe to enhance their innovation models as a way to take the business to a higher growth plane.

Sen. Bam Aquino will be gracing the innovation forum to inspire the delegates. US Embassy Senior Adviser to the Secretary State David Thorne will be giving the opening remarks.  Other speakers include Paul Rivera of Kalibrr, Manny Ayala of Endeavor Philippines, Jocot Emmanuel de Dios of GE Philippines, Mike Cassidy of Google, Deborah Magid of IBM Venture Capital Group, Jason Fischer of UL’s Asia Pacific, Sheel Tyle of Seed Practice, Carlo Calimon of MobKard, Ryan Chua of Navegar, Jay Fajardo of Launchgarage, Dianne Eustaquio of IdeaSpace, Dr. Ed Canela of K+e Ventures, Bryan McClellang of Bambike, Henry Lim Bon Liong of SL Agritech, Gian Javelona of Orange Apps, Benedict Carandang of HIA, Sofia Ang of 1EXPORT, Rommel Juan of Philippine Utility Vehicle, Koh Onozawa of Loudbasstard, Scot Frank of One Earth Designs, Jason Magbanua, and Kim Lato of Kimstore.

The delegates will be experiencing a group mentoring through the fora and plenary talks we have prepared for them. They will surely get learnings from the experts.

For the past 10 years of Go Negosyo, we aim not only to inspire but also to mentor and guide the aspiring, micro, small and medium entrepreneurs. Through mentorship, they do not only acquire the essential business knowledge an entrepreneur must possess but also develop the proper mindset, characteristics, and important values.

We hope to bring this Mentor Me Innovation Forum to different sectors in the community. We are preparing the Mentor Me program which will provide experienced mentors to many Negosyo Centers in the country. And we hope to launch this soon with our institutional partners and angelpreneurs.

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Meet the VPs

After the success of the Meet the Presidentiables Series, Go Negosyo is hosting the Negosyo Talks: Meet the Vice Presidentiables Forum this coming Monday, March 14, 2016. This forum will give equal chance to all Vice Presidentiable candidates to present their views including their vision and platform for the country, particularly on economic and entrepreneurship development. This forum will also allow interaction between the Vice Presidentiable candidates and the entrepreneurs community.

 

This program will be aired by TV5 on March 17, 2016 at 2:45-4:15 in the afternoon.

US Embassy-Go Negosyo to Mentor Young Entrepreneurs through Innovation Forum

Tuesday, March 8th, 2016
Jason Magbanua, Paul Rivera of Kalibrr, Sen. Bam Aquino, US Embassy Senior Adviser to the Secretary State David Thorne and Henry Lim Bon Liong of SL Agritech.

Jason Magbanua, Paul Rivera of Kalibrr, Sen. Bam Aquino, US Embassy Senior Adviser to the Secretary State David Thorne and Henry Lim Bon Liong of SL Agritech.

US Embassy in partnership with The Philippine Center for Entrepreneurship – Go Negosyo will be hosting the first Mentor Me Innovation Forum (MMIF) on March 10, 2016, from 9:00 AM to 3:00P PM at the Enderun Tent, Fort Bonifacio, Taguig City.

This MMIF is part of the Youth Entrepreneurship Development Workshop (YEDW) hosted by Go Negosyo and US Embassy successfully launched last year.

This forum is a gathering of innovators and enablers whose expertise will cover major topics such as innovative products or services development, operation processes, and innovative business models. Our partner, the US Embassy, is bringing over innovation experts from Endeavor, GE, and from the Silicon Valley such as Google and IBM. YEDW-MMIF aims to gather participants from the youth sector, micro and small and medium entrepreneurs (MSMEs), aspiring young entrepreneurs, and academe to enhance their innovation models as a way to take the business to a higher growth plane.

Sen. Bam Aquino will be gracing the innovation forum to inspire the delegates. US Embassy Senior Adviser to the Secretary State David Thorne will be giving the opening remarks.  Other speakers include Paul Rivera of Kalibrr, Manny Ayala of Endeavor Philippines, Jocot Emmanuel de Dios of GE Philippines, Mike Cassidy of Google, Deborah Magid of IBM Venture Capital Group, Jason Fischer of UL’s Asia Pacific, Sheel Tyle of Seed Practice, Carlo Calimon of MobKard, Ryan Chua of Navegar, Jay Fajardo of Launchgarage, Dianne Eustaquio of IdeaSpace, Dr. Ed Canela of K+e Ventures, Bryan McClelland of Bambike, Henry Lim Bon Liong of SL Agritech, Gian Javelona of Orange Apps, Benedict Carandang of HIA, Sofia Ang of 1EXPORT, Rommel Juan of Philippine Utility Vehicle, Koh Onozawa of Loudbasstard, Scot Frank of One Earth Designs, Jason Magbanua, and Kim Lato of Kimstore.

This Forum is for free for Students and Teacher. This project is in partnership with Navegar Fund, a private equity fund. Enderun College in BGC is the official venue partner.

For more information, please visit www.gonegosyo.net or call 637-9347/637-9229.

Women Game Changers in FES8

Thursday, March 3rd, 2016

As we begin the women’s month, let me share some of the learnings we got from inspiring women speakers we had during our recent 8th Go Negosyo Filipina Entrepreneurs Summit.  One column is not enough to spread their inspiring messages, and share their vision and personal missions.

With the goal to touch as many lives as we can, we invited a diverse group of speakers for this year’s FES. First was Karen Davila, an award-winning broadcast journalist. Karen’s speech was short but meaningful: nothing is impossible with hardwork. “Ang masipag na tao, tatalunin ang taong matalino at tamad,” she said.

As the host of the negosyo show “May Puhunan,” Karen has interviewed several entrepreneurs who have exceptional success stories. She advised the youth in the audience, “kapag kayo ay grumaduate at kumita ng pera, ‘wag niyo kakalimutan ang inyong mga magulang at mga kapatid. If you honor your father and your mother you will be rewarded.”

Renowned journalist, Maria Ressa also had an impactful sharing. The woman behind the most popular online social news network Rappler zeroed in on the impact of digitalization and the internet on the Filipino’s daily lives. “There are 46 million Filipinos that are active online. And these people are now realizing the potential of social media in fast tracking their businesses.”

Maria also explained why the social media changes the game not just for entrepreneurs but practically for everyone. She suggested that all business plans should have an internet plan.  She said that the effective use of technology, especially the internet can be the greatest asset of the company. It is a great equalizer.  If one knows how to stay connected, it can help reduce economic exclusion, reduce social and political isolation and change leadership structures.

Ressa’s Rappler has been effectively using social media to crowdsource and collect big data. Ressa then concluded that: “When we bring our own community and help each other, we can create a wonderful world.”

In the photo (L-R): Karen Davila, Maria Ressa, Sandy Prieto-Romualdez and Miriam Quiambao-Roberto.

In the photo (L-R): Karen Davila, Maria Ressa, Sandy Prieto-Romualdez and Miriam Quiambao-Roberto.

Philippine Daily Inquirer’s Sandy Prieto-Romualdez spoke next, and she shared their success story in the past 30 years. “Thirty years is something to be celebrated. Organizations come and go, and it’s amazing that their company stood the test of time,” she proudly said. When asked about what kind of advertising she prefers when it comes to products, she mentioned that the entrepreneur should think first of the marketing point-of-view. There will be a certain platform that will fit with its advertising.

Sandy advised everyone not to be afraid of change. This is the same principle that she applied to her company to pioneer internet news in order to engage a larger market. For her, CHANGE stands for: Courage, Humility, Aspire, Never give up, sense of Hope, Go for sound strategies, Empower your people. 

Last, but of course not the least, was Miriam Quiambao- Roberto—bestselling book author and celebrity entrepreneur. We all know Miriam as a beauty queen when she was awarded 1st runner-up in the 1999 Miss Universe pageant. But she has come a long way from that. In her speech, Miriam shared her personal life story—a story of a strong woman who has struggled but stood up, with the help of God and her faith in him.

At the height of her fame, Miriam let go of everything for a man. Her life went on a downward spiral, having been separated, getting her life savings scammed, and even becoming broke. She instead turned back to God to get her life straightened out. It was a story of resilience and having a positive mindset in life.  She now hosts the 700 Club Asia and is the president of her own real estate company.

Another woman from the audience offered to share her story on how her life changed when she attended the Filipina Entrepreneurship Summit two years ago.  We remember her as Ms. Marivic, a mother and a woman entrepreneur from Tacloban who lost all their material possessions and business when super typhoon Yolanda hit their area.  She narrated how their family struggled and almost gave up until she got the chance to attend the women negosyo summit, where she was mentored, guided and supported after, particularly by our Co-Chairperson of the Summit Alice Eduardo of Sta Elena Construction.  Marivic had a “new lease in life” so to speak, as she was able to revive her business, but this time on pharmaceutical distribution, so that she can work together with her husband who is very familiar with the industry.  

These women are different in their own ways, but all of them have become successful. At Go Negosyo, we do our best to inspire, and educate, so people can start to fulfill their dreams and create their new stories.

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We are mounting next week March 10 an exciting forum on Innovation as we always aim to create more innovative entrepreneurs in the country.  This is an extension program of our Youth Entrepreneurship Development Workshop (YEDW) that focuses on mentoring young entrepreneurs. This will be called Mentor Me Innovation Forum and Go Negosyo’s programme partner, the US Embassy, shall bring over key entrepreneurs and executives from the tech communities in the US like Google and IBM.  We will also  be joined by key enablers and innovative entrepreneurs in our country today. This project is in partnership with Navegar Fund, a private equity fund. Enderun College in BGC is the official venue partner.  Those interested to attend can contact 637-9227 or visit www.gonegosyo.net

DHL is Now Accepted in all SM Bills Payment Centers Nationwide

Wednesday, March 2nd, 2016

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Greater convenience for DHL Express customers with access to over 300 payment centers

Manila, Philippines, 9 February 2016: DHL Express, the world’s leading international express services and logistics provider, and SM, Philippine’s largest chain of shopping malls, today announced a partnership to provide business payment services for DHL Express customers in over 300 SM Bills Payment centers nationwide, offering greater convenience for shippers.

Small and medium enterprises (SMEs), which comprise 99.58% of registered businesses in the country, will find it easier to pay for their DHL Express transactions without having to go to a bank or connect to the internet which may not be easily accessible in some parts of the Philippines. This new service will also benefit Filipinos who ship packages to their loved ones abroad with the added convenience of paying their DHL Express transactions at any SM Bills Payment center nearest to them.

“Filipino shippers can leverage on our extensive network and we can help them to expand internationally, said Nurhayati Abdullah, Country Manager, DHL Express Philippines, “DHL Express is fortifying long-term relationships that will contribute to making our customers’ lives easier, such as providing them with flexible and secure range of payment options. I am confident that the synergies between DHL and SM will continue to introduce new benefits for our customers in the long run.”

“We are proud of this partnership with a large multinational company like DHL Express. This partnership affirms the trust and confidence that DHL Express has in the operations of this service and SM Bills Pay, and I am sure that we will be able to work together in providing convenience for customers of DHL and SM in the coming years,” shared Dennis Yaw, Senior Assistant Vice President for Business Center Operations, SM Retail.

DHL Express has also partnered with SM Global Pinoy, SM’s corporate social responsibility program that provides services tailored specifically for Overseas Filipino Workers (OFW) and their families. As part of its promotional launch, DHL Express is now offering 20% discount to all SM Global Pinoy OFW members and their families if they ship their packages in selected DHL retail outlets.

DHL Express Philippines will continue to collaborate with private and public institutions to facilitate global trade and enable SMEs to be competitive internationally.

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US Embassy-Go Negosyo Mentor Me Innovation Forum

Tuesday, March 1st, 2016

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ABOUT THE FORUM
As part of the Youth Entrepreneurship Development Workshop (YEDW), #GoNegosyo, together with the US Embassy is organizing the Mentor Me Innovation Forum (MMIF) on March 10, 2016, from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM at the Enderun Tent, Fort Bonifacio, Taguig City.

This forum is a gathering of innovators and enablers whose expertise will cover major topics such as innovative products or services development, operation processes, and innovative business models. Our partner, the US Embassy, is bringing over innovation experts from Endeavor, GE, and from the Silicon Valley such as Google and IBM.

YEDW-MMIF aims to gather participants from the youth sector, micro and small and medium entrepreneurs (MSMEs), aspiring young entrepreneurs, and academe to enhance their innovation models as a way to take the business to a higher growth plane.

REGISTRATION DETAILS:

For Students and Teachers (Academe)
Registration for Students and Teachers is FREE. Interested schools may get in touch with the MIFF- Manila Secretariat through 637-9229 or 638-8489 (Look for Julius Landicho). Schools were sent official invitation letters addressed to the College or University President. Request for the MMIF-Manila Official Invitation Packet for SUCs may also be communicated through the Secretariat.

Registration must be made until March 7, 2016.

WHO TO CONTACT

Interested participants (colleges and universities, students and teachers of business or creative courses, aspiring and practicing entrepreneurs and other attendees) may get in touch with our Programs Development Associate, Julius Landicho at julius.pce@gmail.com.

For Interested Institutional Partners
Interested institutional partners, sponsors and exhibitors may get in touch with our Marketing Officer, PA De Guzman at padeguzman.pce@gmail.com.

For Interested Media Partners
Interested media partners may get in touch with our Media and Communications Officer Aeron Morado at aeron.pce@gmail.com.

For Interested Individuals
Interested participants may get in touch with the YEDW-MMIF Secretariat through 637- 9229 or 638-8489. Limited slots are available to the general public. Click the link to register: tinyurl.com/MMIF-Manila. Registration is until March 4 (Friday) only.


GO NEGOSYO MENTOR ME INNOVATION FORUM SECRETARIAT
Philippine Center for Entrepreneurship (Go Negosyo)
5/F RFM Corporate Center, Sheridan cor. Pioneer Sts.
Mandaluyong City, Philippines
E: DL: +632 6379229 | +632 6318101 (loc 7106)
F: (02) 638-8489
W: www.gonegosyo.net