Archive for April, 2016

PLDT Smart SME Nation Made Waves at TechIsland 3.0

Friday, April 29th, 2016
PLDT Smart SME Nation Head Micth Locsin, Facebook Philippines Interim Country Director, Alfredo Tan, DENTSU Jayme Syfu Chairmom Merlee Jayme, Laurence Cua of UBER and Eric Alberto, EVP, Head of Enterprise and International Carrier Business, and CEO of ePLDT.

PLDT Smart SME Nation Head Micth Locsin, Facebook Philippines Interim Country Director, Alfredo Tan, DENTSU Jayme Syfu Chairmom Merlee Jayme, Laurence Cua of UBER and Eric Alberto, EVP, Head of Enterprise and International Carrier Business, and CEO of ePLDT.

PLDT Smart SME Nation hosted the Tech Island 3.0, the third annual technology convention last April 22, 2016 at the Sofitel Philippine Plaza. Tech Island 3.0 aims to ‘educate, enable, and empower’ micro, small, and medium enterprises to the digital landscape by highlighting and maximizing available digital tools and platforms. Now in its third year, it has gathered more than 2,000 MSMEs and digital practitioners.

Eric Alberto, EVP, Head of Enterprise and International Carrier Business, and CEO of ePLDT, opened the session welcoming all ‘innovators and disruptors’ in the audience who “continue to challenge status quo, relentless in their pursuit for faster, easier, and more efficient ways of doing things. He also recognized the community of entrepreneurs in the audience.

“MSME are bossings whose collective hard work and passion brought forth value and success not only to your respective enterprise stakeholders, but also to this nations’ overall economic well-being”, he said.

He also stressed that Tech Island 3.0 will demystify digital terrains and emphasize the relevance to different businesses.

He also clarified the essence of digital. “Digital is about solving real life problems”, Alberto said and gave concrete outstanding solutions such as Google which provided the largest system of organized data for easy and real time access; Uber which addressed the concern for safe transportation by providing quality and convenient transport system and also providing additional livelihood to individuals around the world; and Zalora which changed the traditional game for shopping and provided an online platform for digital shopping.

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Eric Alberto.

Winston Damarillo, CEO of Talas and Chief Strategy Officer of PLDT, discussed how PLDT aims to democratize the access of Filipinos in the digital economy by providing specially-designed business solutions for MSMEs.

Dentsu Jayme Syfu’s chairmom Merlee Jayme shared digital marketing trends and how companies invested in the digital platforms to produce effective marketing strategies. She defined the importance of producing “heart sell” messages which are effective in generating genuine emotions thus creating buzz and building brand image.

“Ideas from the heart makes a brand relevant and meaningful”, Jayme shared.

Laurence Cua of Uber Philippines enlightened the audience with the application of digital technology by sharing the story of Uber. Uber has become a trusted transport service as it provides the market with convenience through mobile application, safety because of the recording of all trips, reliability of getting a car in just five minutes, accountability through the rider and driver feedback, and transparency through clear pricing. Uber will continue to operate around the world with the help of innovative technology and big data, the public and private partnerships, and responsive government. Cua also mentioned that the Philippines is one of the first countries to have regulations in shared rides.

Special guest speaker Alfredo Tan, Facebook Canada’s Group Director of Global Marketing Solutions and Facebook Philippines’ Interim Country Director tackled digital exploration and how Facebook has evolved more than a social networking site but also a platform for businesses. He also explained digital trends that helped businesses go digital.

“The most powerful appendage now for discovery is the thumb. Create thumb stopping stories”, Tan said.

After the informative morning session, delegates were ushered into four different breakout sessions which targeted key players in companies – the Captain (CEOs and owners), the Navigator (sales and marketing), the Trader (finance and procurement), and the engineer (operation and IT).

The breakout sessions featured distinguished speakers who have shared their expertise in the digital world.

Tech Island 3.0 encouraged the delegates most especially the MSMEs to go digital and maximize available tools and systems in order to better capture their markets in the challenging digital competition.

Kettle Korn Opens the First Pop Corn Café in the Philippines – Pop Cafe

Thursday, April 28th, 2016

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Popcafe by Kettle Korn — the first popcorn café in the Philippines is now poppin with its first branch at SM Fairview. Witness the reinvention of popcorn as a well-loved finger food and experience it like never before with its one-of-a-kind popcorn treats. We present popcorn as a cross between a science experiment and a delectable treat – thanks to the liquid nitrogen technology that allows us to give you a unique popcorn experience! Popcafe proudly offers its signature sweet fix – the Nitro Popstix: freshly cooked popcorn handcrafted into a ball and served on a stick. It is topped with choice ingredients, drizzled with chocolate sauce and dipped in nitro so smoke comes out of your mouth (and nose) while you enjoy eating it.

Popcafe also ups the ante by giving basic sweet and savory popcorn flavors a tongue-tickling twist; dare to try our signature flavors that beyond what’s typically offered in cinemas. We also have light & healthy popcorn flavors for those who are watching their diet. Not everyone knows that popcorn is actually a whole grain snack that’s good for you. So that’s a whole lot of poppin’ for family and friends to enjoy!

So to all the popcorn lovers, come visit Popcafe where you can indulge, enjoy and experience popcorn in ways beyond the usual. We also have an open kitchen that allows you to watch how your favorite snack is made. And if there’s one more thing we can guarantee, our popcorn is always fresh and popped to perfection because of our small-batch cooking. It’s popped fresh so you can enjoy it at its best.

Popcafe is the latest offering from Kettle Korn, the leading brand in popcorn which has been in the popping business for almost three decades now.

So pop by, enjoy the Popcafe experience – spread the good vibes only a popcorn treat can bring.

Like and follow us at Instagram and Facebook @popcafeph.

 

Appetite For Risk

Thursday, April 28th, 2016

Let’s get this straight. We are near the election day, and so far we have heard many times the candidates’ policies, programs and platform of government.  Apart from the COMELEC-sanctioned debates, Go Negosyo has also mounted several fora to be able to hear out the candidates. By now we have a better read on the pros and cons of each, a read on their personalities and competencies. In short, we all know they have areas of strength, but there are downsides and risks. And it now depends how deep our appetite for risks is.  I am not officially endorsing any candidate but just to share with you in my own little way how I read each candidate, an impression from a entrepreneur-layman’s view, not a political expert.

Here are my insights to our candidates.

First, Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte. He has been topping all the surveys recently. The clamor for a big change has resulted to a strong support for him. He certainly talks tough, and some see danger as well if he will go to the extreme of having extra judicial actions.  Hailing from Davao City, his track record of implementing laws in his city has been commended for being effective. He promises a completely different government by implementing federalism. And he offers a drastic change and outrageous promises to save the country from crime, corruption and illegal drugs in three to six months. Supporters see him as the hero this country needs in order to experience a safer and better life.  He is an unorthodox type of leader. Street smart. And very relatable to the Filipino masses for his simplicity. He says what he means, and means what he says.

But despite all these, some see Duterte as risky, who may go beyond boundaries. But there are those who want real drastic change for good, and they are willing to take a risk.  As they say. more risk, more benefit if it works.

Mar Roxas. He is the candidate to continue the good progress the Aquino administration has started. As the next leader under Liberal Party is considered a decent and ‘presidential’ candidate. His public service record is outstanding after leading several departments in the government including the DTI and DILG. He is an expert on how the government works and knows its ins and outs. Although, he has also been accused for some performance lapses and anomalies this current government has been involved in. He has a concrete platform for the country. And promises to do good and do better. Mar Roxas is considered a safe choice. But others consider this also as a vote for less drastic changes and continuing issues with government.

Jejomar Binay is another candidate that is not without issues. With his record as a mayor of Makati, he has established a good following among his constituents. According to him, he has steered a municipality into the largest business district in the metro. But he has been facing a lot of allegations regarding corruption and issue on public’s trust. Despite promising to do what he did in Makati to the rest of the Philippines, he will have to fight hard and long in order to get the presidency.

Grace Poe is another safe we can choose. She has plans to sustain the country, and actions for current issues that needs to be addressed. Despite nationality and residency issues hurled against her, she continuous to promote her good plans for the nation. She has been referred to as the candidate with less experience in public service but she has clear platforms, realistic and doable. She offers a fresh perspective of how things will be done. Grace is a risk that one may be willing to take to experience change without ruthless actions. She promises to take care of the nation and guide it towards development.

In the end of all this elections, we can say that our choices depend on who we trust the most to lead the country. Nothing is right or wrong. At the end of the day, our votes will vary depending on our appetite for risk. How much are we willing to gamble? How much can we sacrifice momentarily in order to experience long-term advancement? What are you willing to compromise? Who among these candidates connects to you on a personal level, and speaks to you like he/she is genuine in his/her promises? Who among them shares the same values as you do?

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Go Negosyo Mentor Me Program in Naga City in partnership with Cong. Leni Robredo's Lakas ng Kababaihan.

Go Negosyo Mentor Me Program in Naga City in partnership with Cong. Leni Robredo’s Lakas ng Kababaihan.

In partnership with Cong. Leni Robredo’s Lakas ng Kababaihan (LK), Go Negosyo hosted a Mentor Me Seminar for their members last April 23 at the Champagne Garden in Naga City, Camarines Sur.

This program highlighted three major topics: Discovering the Entrepreneurial Character and Spotting Business Opportunities covered by Ed Pilapil, Jr. (President, CreedoGroup Inc and Go Negosyo Angelpreneur), Basics of Product Development and Strategic Marketing for MSMEs by Mylene Abiva (CEO, Felta Multimedia Inc and Go Negosyo Angelpreneur) and Basics of Value Chain Management discussed by Efren Daniel De Leon (President and CEO of Worldtech Resources Institute and Director of Metro Naga Chamber of Commerce). Go Negosyo Executive Director Ramon Lopez presented how one can be a SMART entrepreneur while entrepreneur Desiree Duran also shared her inspiring entrepreneurial story to the audience of more than 200 LK members.

Go Negosyo Brings Mentor Me Program to Naga

Tuesday, April 26th, 2016
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Empowering women entrepreneurs! Around 200 members of Lakas ng Kababaihan (LK) took part and learned from the Go Negosyo Mentor Me Program.

In partnership with the Lakas ng Kababaihan (LK), the Philippine Center for Entrepreneurship organized the Go Negosyo Mentor Me Seminar for their members last April 23 at the Champagne Garden in Naga City, Camarines Sur.

The one-day program highlighted three major topics: Discovering the Entrepreneurial Character and Spotting Business Opportunities covered by Ed Pilapil, Jr. (President, CreedoGroup Inc and Go Negosyo Angelpreneur), Basics of Product Development and Strategic Marketing for MSMEs by Mylene Abiva (CEO, Felta Multimedia Inc and Go Negosyo Angelpreneur) and Basics of Value Chain Management discussed by Efren Daniel De Leon (President and CEO of Worldtech Resources Institute and Director of Metro Naga Chamber of Commerce).

Go Negosyo Executive Director Ramon Lopez.

Go Negosyo Executive Director Ramon Lopez.

Coun. Gabriel Bordado and Mr. Efren Daniel de Leon of Metro Naga Chamber of Commerce Inc.

Coun. Gabriel Bordado and Mr. Efren Daniel de Leon of Metro Naga Chamber of Commerce Inc.

Go Negosyo angelpreneur Ed Pilapil.

Go Negosyo angelpreneur Ed Pilapil.

Go Negosyo angelpreneur Mylene Abiva.

Go Negosyo angelpreneur Mylene Abiva.

DTI CamSur Provincial Director Edna Tejada.

DTI CamSur Provincial Director Edna Tejada.

DTI CamSur Provincial Director Edna Tejada graced the seminar to introduce their programs to the LK members. PD Edna highlighted the Great Women Project and the function of Negosyo Centers among others. Desiree Duran, known as the Seedling Queen of Bulacan, was also invited to join the Tagumpay Forum to share her inspiring story on how a former fishball and “palamig” vendor became a successful farmer. Also from starting small and now having a toll manufacturing for herbal products, Naga-based owner of YML Food Products Yoli Oliva joined the Tagumpay Forum to share her entrepreneurial journey. Ramon Lopez, Executive Diretor of Go Negosyo also participated the forum to share his inputs on how can one level up from livelihood to entrepreneurship. LK members were enthusiastic in asking questions to the panelists, eager to be mentored right after their lectures. The topics emerged from their questions were mostly about loans and micro-financing, marketing and government-provided support for MSMEs.

Tagumpay Forum. In the photo (L-R): Go Negosyo Executive Director Ramon Lopez, Desiree Duran (Duran Farm), Ed Pilapil, Yolly Oliva (YML Food Corp.), Mylene Abiva and Efren Daniel de Leon.

Tagumpay Forum. In the photo (L-R): Go Negosyo Executive Director Ramon Lopez, Desiree Duran (Duran Farm), Ed Pilapil, Yolly Oliva (YML Food Corp.), Mylene Abiva and Efren Daniel de Leon.

Around 200 members of LK took part and learned from the program. Lakas ng Kababaihan is a community- based organization founded by Cong. Leni Robredo which aims to enhance women’s lives by providing series of training, scholarships, and support grassroots micro-entrepreneurship.

Seasoned Entrepreneur Gives Back through Kalye Negosyo

Tuesday, April 26th, 2016

kalye negosyoKalye Negosyo 2016 was officially launched at the Palm Village in Makati last April 22. Now on its third year, Kalye Negosyo founder Jorge Noel Wieneke excitedly welcomed the latest batch of Negosyantes to the Kalye Negosyo program—a series of seminars and workshops that aims to help Pinoy microentrepreneurs to be successful in their business. The program holds a seminar every Friday of the week and runs for six months.

Jorge Noel Wieneke is known as the co-founder of Potato Corner and the current president of Tokyo Tempura. He started Kalye Negosyo as a way to give back to his fellow Filipino entrepreneurs. One of the aims of the project is to rekindle the spirit of bayanihan among Filipinos by connecting aspiring entrepreneurs to different networks of opportunities.

The program, which was directed and hosted by Jorge’s wife, Jenny Wieneke, started with a prayer by MobKard’s Carlo Calimon. It was followed by an inspirational talk by Michael Angelo Lobrin and an encouraging message from Jorge himself. Other entrepreneurship advocates like Vix Madlangbayan, AFFI’s Jerry Ilao and Armand Bengco also graced the event with their presence.

Go Negosyo is a staunch partner and supporter of the Kalye Negosyo program. Jorge Noel Wieneke is one of Go Negosyo’s Angelpreneurs.

 

Public-Private Support for Microentrepreneurs

Thursday, April 21st, 2016

The government and many private organizations like Go Negosyo are working together to empower and support MSMEs in the country. Most of them are from the provinces who just need that extra inspiration and knowhow, information and network with relevant mentors and institutions in order to level up. It is found that not all microentrepreneurs are eager nor committed to grow. Some are contented where they are, while some are really aggressive and hardworking.

Our friend Dr. Jaime Aris Alip of CARD-MRI, the biggest micro finance institution in the country today, cited about 6% of all micro entrepreneurs they lend to are really enterprising and would grow on their own, while about 80% are happy where they are.  The balance 14% are those eager to grow but would need the extra assistance on competency building and information to grow their business.  This is where the needed training and mentoring from the Go Negosyo community will make a difference in improving their business models and strategies.  For the majority 80%, I still believe that if we are able to inspire many of them to dream bigger, to have a vision moving forward, and to show them how to take it to the next level, they too can be empowered to grow and succeed more.

Here is one micro-entrepreneur who has received support from the government and private organization.

Nanay Fe Buangin-Carranza was introduced to us by Cong. Leni Robredo after our Vice Presidentiables Forum. Nanay Fe together with other mom-entrepreneurs from Naga traveled all the way to Manila to support Cong. Leni because she has been instrumental in helping them level up. As we all know, Cong. Leni is an advocate of entrepreneurship and livelihood for women in Naga and has led several organizations that support this cause.

She is a person with an orthopedic disability caused by polio. But this did not stop her from being successful.

Cong. Leni Robredo shared the story of Nanay Fe (middle) to Go Negosyo's Joey Concepcion and Ramon Lopez​.

Cong. Leni Robredo shared the story of Nanay Fe (middle) to Go Negosyo’s Joey Concepcion and Ramon Lopez​.

Nanay Fe has always identified herself as an entrepreneur. She admits that among her nine siblings, she’s the one inclined to selling things. “Mahilig akong magtinda-tinda”, she said. From fresh fish in Navotas, to cellphone and accessories in Palawan, and now a variety of soya-products, Nanay Fe continuous to be entrepreneurial despite her disability.

Her soya business started when she was taught how to prepare soya beans and turn them to tofu by one of the friends of her children. From then on, she has been producing tofu and soya milk in Naga. She would sell her products to the employees of Naga City Hall. And that is where she met Cong. Leni Robredo, who was then the president of Naga City Council for Women. Cong. Leni took notice of how she starts the engine of her motorbike, her transport service to and from her house to the markets. Because her right foot is the one with a disability, she has to turn around and kick the starter with her left foot. Actually, she even showed me how she does it when we met her.

She is then endorsed by Cong. Leni to DOST which then granted her with technical assistance for the soya production. Through the years, Fe’s Fabcarr Food Products has received support from local government and private organizations such as Grow Negosyo Project of Naga City, GREAT Women Project, DTI Camsur, among others.

Today, Fabcarr Food Products offers soya milk, tofu, nutrimeat made from soya pulp, soy coffee, taho jelly, and soya bread. Through partnership with the local government, Fabcarr has provided nutritional food including soya bread and chilled taho to the students and malnourished kids of the city. In 2011, Nanay Fe was recognized as the Outstanding Micro Entrepreneur of Naga City.

This proves that with determination, enterprising mindset, and developed skills, one can achieve her own success. And with the help of the government and other private institutions, micro entrepreneurs like Nanay Fe will receive the needed financial access, technical support, and mentoring and guidance.

The Lakas ng Kababaihan group has tapped Go Negosyo to conduct the Negosyo Mentor Me Seminar on Saturday, April 23 in Naga City. We are inviting all the mom-preneurs like Nanay Fe and all the aspiring entrepreneurs to register and learn more about entrepreneurship and growing the business.

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PLDT SMART SME NATION and Go Negosyo continue to support MSMEs. (In photo) Gabby Cui, SME Community Engagement and Marketing Communication Head; Ramon Lopez, Go Negosyo Executive Director; Eric Alberto, PLDT EVP, Head of EICB and CEO, ePLDT; Joey Concepcion, Go Negosyo Founder, Mitch Locsin, PLDT SMART SME Nation Head; and Francis Oliva, SME Community Partnerships Head.

PLDT SMART SME NATION and Go Negosyo continue to support MSMEs. (In photo) Gabby Cui, SME Community Engagement and Marketing Communication Head; Ramon Lopez, Go Negosyo Executive Director; Eric Alberto, PLDT EVP, Head of EICB and CEO, ePLDT; Joey Concepcion, Go Negosyo Founder, Mitch Locsin, PLDT SMART SME Nation Head; and Francis Oliva, SME Community Partnerships Head.

One solid partner that continues to support and enable many micro, small, and medium entrepreneurs to level-up is PLDT Smart SME Nation.  Part of the MVP group, PLDT Smart continues to join our Summits and seminars and we will launch jointly this year the Negosyo Seminar Mentor Me – Make It Big seminars to ensure we bring the entrepreneurial knowhow, coupled with learnings on how to maximize digital technology to enhance efficiencies and profitability. Connectivity to the world helps many entrepreneurs from business ideation process, to product and market development.  Entrepreneurs do a lot of research and having access to internet is key.  ICT in operations and of course in selling and getting consumer feedback though e-commerce and social media are now a must-have in any operation. Thanks to the PLDT Smart team led by MVP, Eric Alberto, Kat Luna Abelarde, Mitch Locsin and Gabby Cui for continuing to serve as enabling partners in entrepreneurship development.

DHL Express Philippines Opens Retail Outlet in SM Seaside Cebu

Tuesday, April 19th, 2016
Photo shows Nurhayati Abdullah, Country Manager, DHL Express Philippines (2nd from right), flanked by Cebu managers during the SM Seaside City Cebu Service Point ribbon cutting ceremony.

Photo shows Nurhayati Abdullah, Country Manager, DHL Express Philippines (2nd from right), flanked by Cebu managers during the SM Seaside City Cebu Service Point ribbon cutting ceremony.

Cebu City, Philippines, 18 April, 2016 – DHL Express Philippines, the world’s leading international express services provider opened its 24th service point located inside the 3rd largest shopping mall in the Philippines, the SM Seaside City Cebu, last  March 22. Currently, there are a total of 213 DHL Express points of sale all over the country.

Targeting mostly walk-in and retail customers, the new service point is strategically situated in the heart of Cebu, with expected growth from its small and medium enterprise in the area.

“Our expansion in key growth areas in the country includes Cebu, and this reinforces our commitment to continuously upgrade and improve our services in order to exceed expectations of our valued customers,” said Nurhayati Abdullah, DHL Express Philippines Country Manager.

DHL Express has existing partnerships with SM, the Philippine’s largest chain of shopping malls in facilitating faster, easier, and more accessible payment transactions  through its bills payment centers.

Not only that, DHL 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.

How Do We Elect A Leader

Thursday, April 14th, 2016

After the heated debate with the vice presidential candidates last Sunday, we have seen a tighter competition for all the candidates. With only less than a month from election day, candidates visit more towns and provinces to show their plans of actions to more voters. We are now at the peak of the election campaign period and the race is still anybody’s game.

But as we hear more political promises and proposals, we see more of the candidates’ focus and priorities. More often than not, voters are often swayed and blinded by these plans and do not recognize the bigger picture. Promises of reducing crimes and eliminating drugs in a short span of time, fighting corruption continuously and all other incredible related platforms are important but to many of us, eliminating poverty should be the primary social issue that must be addressed. After all, poverty is the root cause of all these crimes and drug-abuse.

Poverty continues to be a challenge in this country. Yes, it is a very difficult task but there is still hope.

In Go Negosyo, we have always pushed for poverty alleviation through entrepreneurship. It has even been our slogan for years, “Go Negosyo, Sagot sa Kahirapan.” Our advocacy aims to engage more people to entrepreneurship thus creating an active economic activity which I think is essential in development. We can generate an active economic activity by creating more entrepreneurs. As we encourage more Filipinos to become entrepreneurs, we then generate more jobs. By having more companies and job availabilities, we give more people a chance to level up in life.

Aside from creating more entrepreneurs, we need to empower the micro and small enterprises as well to level up, innovate, and develop their businesses. This can be done through mentoring, seminars, and trainings.

To make it simpler, envision a young Filipino who was inspired to establish his own company. After some time, he levels up and needs to acquire more people to support the business. Enterprising individuals then become part of the business. After a few years, these employees will also start their own companies, then hire people, and so on and so forth.

By doing these things – encouraging more Filipinos to become entrepreneurs and empowering existing micro entrepreneurs, we develop a strong economic activity, a cycle of development.  We must turn employees to entrepreneurs and the cycle spins faster.

This does not only engage those of the middle and higher classes but it also gives chance to the poor and underprivileged, the bottom of the pyramid to up the ante.

Now, the government’s role is to provide a better system most especially infrastructures. Plans of decongesting Metro Manila are great and I totally support it. By building airports, ports, railways, and opening more roads to and from the provinces, we will have an easy transport of goods and services and a wider market linkage. We need to develop the rural areas and construct business districts so that people from the provinces will no longer need to move in Manila just to provide for their families. We are now giving more people better opportunities.

Aside from this, we also need to strengthen our educational system as this will bring about greater intelligence to the next generation.

We need a leader to do all these in the next six years. We need a leader who can set the right environment with consistent and progressive policies and conducive to doing business. An environment that will encourage people economic empowerment.  We need a leader who can motivate Filipinos to be the best that they can be, to be enterprising and industrious. We need someone who can empower the mass-based population by ‘teaching them how to fish’.

Now the question is, how do we elect a leader? Do we go for their popularity and ride on the bandwagon? Or look at their track record and performance? More than this, I think that we need to scrutinize and assess their character and values, their real priorities and platforms. I say we go for those who are sincere and committed to eradicate poverty.  One with the kind of leadership that can change our culture and behavior.  One that can push for people economic empowerment and entrepreneurship development. These can all help bring about Prosperity for All.

Vote wisely.

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Go Negosyo Mentor Me Program in Calamba, Laguna.

Go Negosyo Mentor Me Program in Calamba, Laguna.

Go Negosyo launched the first Mentor Me Program in Calamba, Laguna recently. More than 200 aspiring, micro and small entrepreneurs joined the program. In partnership with DTI and the office of Sen. Bam Aquino, Go Negosyo will launch more Mentor Me Programs in the different Negosyo Centers located nationwide.

Presidentiables and Vice Presidentiables in Full Support of Entrepreneurship Development

Monday, April 11th, 2016

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This year’s national elections is one of the most colorful elections that we have ever experienced. With more active citizens maximizing their freedom of expression and social media, we are experiencing a lively and sometimes raucous election season. But let us stray away from the issues and black propaganda hurled against each others’ bet. Instead, let us focus on the important things such as their platforms and agenda once they are elected.

Go Negosyo for the past months launched a series of fora entitled Meet the Presidentiables and Vice Presidentiables which became an avenue for the Go Negosyo community to get to know the candidates more through an active discussion of their vision for the country particularly in the economic and entrepreneurship development. As a non-government organization, Go Negosyo hopes to have a strong support from the government so as to promote the entrepreneurship culture and bring inclusive growth to the whole country.

We have heard them talk about their programs to push micro, small and medium entrepreneurs to become successful. They are all in full support of the empowerment of Filipinos towards entrepreneurship. As I have always said, Filipinos are never destined for poverty. We can be entrepreneurial and enterprising. Many may not become entrepreneurs but with an enterprising mindset, they can be successful in whatever field that they have chosen. Let us vote for the right candidate who will turn their promised programs and visions of successful Filipinos into reality.

Our future, most especially the future of our children, lies in the hands of the next President and Vice President. We need to choose wisely.

Let me share with you the statements of the four Presidential candidates and the four Vice Presidential candidates we have captured from the discussions we had in the recently concluded series.

Grace Poe - “Ang Go Negosyo Act ay mahalaga sapagkat ito ay one-stop shop in setting up businesses, ngunit kailangan pa itong dagdagan. You still need to include access to financing, and representatives from banks, from the barangay, Pag-Ibig, Philhealth, SSS to be present in every Negosyo center. Sabi nga ng isang businessman, ‘business should be in the business of ending poverty.’ The government should not just be there to regulate. The government should be there to enable. Therefore, the government has to be in partnership with the private sector in order to create jobs for the people."

Grace Poe – “Ang Go Negosyo Act ay mahalaga sapagkat ito ay one-stop shop in setting up businesses, ngunit kailangan pa itong dagdagan. You still need to include access to financing, and representatives from banks, from the barangay, Pag-Ibig, Philhealth, SSS to be present in every Negosyo center. Sabi nga ng isang businessman, ‘business should be in the business of ending poverty.’ The government should not just be there to regulate. The government should be there to enable. Therefore, the government has to be in partnership with the private sector in order to create jobs for the people.”

Mar Roxas – “Mangangailangan ng pagbabago sa batas dahil sobrang lawak ng kapangyarihan na pinagkaloob natin sa local government units sa pamamagitan ng Local Government Code na mahirap na maimpluwensiya.  Nadaanan ko ang iba-ibang anti-red tape efforts ng pamahalaan.  Mangangailangan ito ng amendments sa Local Government Code para iisa ang proseso at seamless ang patakaran.”

Mar Roxas – “Mangangailangan ng pagbabago sa batas dahil sobrang lawak ng kapangyarihan na pinagkaloob natin sa local government units sa pamamagitan ng Local Government Code na mahirap na maimpluwensiya. Nadaanan ko ang iba-ibang anti-red tape efforts ng pamahalaan. Mangangailangan ito ng amendments sa Local Government Code para iisa ang proseso at seamless ang patakaran.”

Rodrigo Duterte - “I will support organizations that help SMEs and reserve a sizeable amount for SME development through the Department of Trade and Industry. We have to create an environment that will develop products that can compete in the global market, especially in the ASEAN region. Infrastructures that will enable businesses must be in place. This is why I will invest billions for SMEs.”

Rodrigo Duterte – “I will support organizations that help SMEs and reserve a sizeable amount for SME development through the Department of Trade and Industry. We have to create an environment that will develop products that can compete in the global market, especially in the ASEAN region. Infrastructures that will enable businesses must be in place. This is why I will invest billions for SMEs.”

Jejomar Binay -  “We can attract investors by being able to provide the basic needs of the employees so that kahit mababa ang sweldo nila, matutumbasan pa rin ang kanilang pangunahing pangangailangan. Gan’yan ang nagawa ko sa Makati. Isusulong ko din ang pagtanggal sa 60-40 foreign ownership system to attract foreign investors. More investments, more jobs, more employees.”

Jejomar Binay – “We can attract investors by being able to provide the basic needs of the employees so that kahit mababa ang sweldo nila, matutumbasan pa rin ang kanilang pangunahing pangangailangan. Gan’yan ang nagawa ko sa Makati. Isusulong ko din ang pagtanggal sa 60-40 foreign ownership system to attract foreign investors. More investments, more jobs, more employees.”

Leni Robredo – “Tatlong Ms ang susi sa pagpapalakas ng MSMEs. Una, Money, kailangang may access sa pautang at murang interes ang ating maliliit na negosyo. Pangalawa, Market linkage, ang gobyerno ang dapat tumulong sa mga MSMEs para makahanap ng merkado para sa kanilang mga produkto. Pangatlo, Mentorship, kailangan makapag-provide ng mga eksperto na tutulong sa mga MSMEs para tuloy-tuloy ang kanilang pag-unlad.”

Leni Robredo – “Tatlong Ms ang susi sa pagpapalakas ng MSMEs. Una, Money, kailangang may access sa pautang at murang interes ang ating maliliit na negosyo. Pangalawa, Market linkage, ang gobyerno ang dapat tumulong sa mga MSMEs para makahanap ng merkado para sa kanilang mga produkto. Pangatlo, Mentorship, kailangan makapag-provide ng mga eksperto na tutulong sa mga MSMEs para tuloy-tuloy ang kanilang pag-unlad.”

Chiz Escudero – “We have to come up with faster internet connection for businesses. Dapat ding ipasa ang batas na nagpapahintulot ng one-person corporation. Babaan din dapat ang buwis para maging competitive ang local businesses sa Asya at ASEAN region.”

Chiz Escudero – “We have to come up with faster internet connection for businesses. Dapat ding ipasa ang batas na nagpapahintulot ng one-person corporation. Babaan din dapat ang buwis para maging competitive ang local businesses sa Asya at ASEAN region.”

Bongbong Marcos – “Dapat suportahan ang MSME’s para suportahan ang ekonomiya. We have to come up with public investments sa infrastructure. Magdagdag tayo ng may mga kakayahan sa public works and infrastructure sa pamagitan ng pautang at training for SME’s para mapabilis ang pagbigay ng trabaho sa ating mga kababayan sa bansa. Mag-provide din dapat tayo ng training for business planning, book keeping at lahat ng skills para magpatakbo ng negosyo.”

Bongbong Marcos – “Dapat suportahan ang MSME’s para suportahan ang ekonomiya. We have to come up with public investments sa infrastructure. Magdagdag tayo ng may mga kakayahan sa public works and infrastructure sa pamagitan ng pautang at training for SME’s para mapabilis ang pagbigay ng trabaho sa ating mga kababayan sa bansa. Mag-provide din dapat tayo ng training for business planning, book keeping at lahat ng skills para magpatakbo ng negosyo.”

Antonio Trillanes – “Ang problema ng SMEs ay access sa kapital and ease of doing business. Once business is operational, the government can help SMEs sustain their business by reducing corporate and income taxes. Kailangan ding i-angat ang sahod ng mga government officials because it is a form of economic stimulus.”

Antonio Trillanes – “Ang problema ng SMEs ay access sa kapital and ease of doing business. Once business is operational, the government can help SMEs sustain their business by reducing corporate and income taxes. Kailangan ding i-angat ang sahod ng mga government officials because it is a form of economic stimulus.”

 

YEDW 2015 Participants Continue to Grow their Business

Saturday, April 9th, 2016

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2015 capped off one of the biggest events of Go Negosyo which is the Youth Entrepreneurship Development Workshop. Together with the US Embassy, we were able to find and mentor some of the finest young entrepreneurs from Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao.

Here are some of the YEDW participants sharing how the YEDW program has helped them and their businesses.

Faith Purugganan took home a “bucket full of learning” from the YEDW Culminating Activity. According to her, the series of workshops and mentorships from different field experts helped her develop her events management business Purple Bunny. “Before, I only owned three photo booths. Now, I’ve expanded to food carts.” Her business also now has a stronger social media presence, as she learned various marketing techniques from the YEDW seminars.

Jesus Dane Lavarias of Kaboom Wings and Burgers is the winner of the YEDW Luzon Leg, existing business category. He claims that the YEDW program has greatly improved Kaboom’s business model. Most importantly, it pushed him to take Kaboom to the next level: Franchising. Aside from that, “our sales have doubled since we implemented the marketing strategies I’ve learned from the mentors.”

Focus is an important takeaway that Diana Prado got from the YEDW program. “Before Go Negosyo, we only do it [our business] on the side. But after Go Negosyo, we realized that we can’t just do that. We need to focus.” And that’s exactly what Diana did with her eco-tourism business, Visit Tarlac. In fact, right after the YEDW series, Visit Tarlac immediately produced back-to-back tours in Tarlac. They also added new features in their tour packages. Now Diana’s biggest problem is telling people that they are fully booked because of the business’ growing popularity. “The more sustainable you are, the more people you can help,” says Diana.

Fino d’ Fines is the name of Hosfelito Fines’ perfume business. According to Hoselito, the YEDW program fired up his entrepreneurial spirit so much that he decided to venture into another business which is an innovative academic center. He credits the expansion of his perfume business and the start of his new enterprise to Go Negosyo and YEDW. “Without Go Negosyo, all of these would be nothing.”

For Rachel de Villa, keeping in touch with the mentors is the secret to her continuous success. He agri-social enterprise Cropital was first discovered by Go Negosyo when Rachel joined the YEDW program. Until now, she still talks to these mentors whenever she encounters a bump on the road and they are always happy to help. “Another thing I learned from YEDW is to focus…the workshops also fast-tracked Cropital’s success. Rachel was recently recognized as one of Forbes 30 under 30 Asia, Finance & Venture Capital category.

“YEDW gave my business, Dotimas Documentaries, a lot of exposure. It raised the awareness of SMEs that such service exists,” says JP Dotimas. Jayvee was also able to use the learning he got to strategically market a relatively new product to other entrepreneurs. As of now, he is glad to announce that Dotimas Documentaries has gained more clients through the networks and friends he made during the workshops.