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KAPATID

Thursday, July 28th, 2016

Last Monday, President Duterte delivered the State of the Nation Address in a different way. The simplicity of the affair was evident. He even folded up his barong sleeves. When we fold our sleeves, for me it means that we are getting ready to work. Definitely, it was a sign of being a hands-on president. I guess he wanted to make it clear to the audience that it’s the work that matters and not any other flair. His speech was easily understood by many simple folks, even our house helpers were glued to the television and understood the entire message he delivered. Pausing several time to add adlibs and extemporaneous speech, he made sure the speech was relatable. He also joked around which made the SONA more interesting to listen to.

The Duterte presidency was never expected and in fact even in his speech he said that he never wanted to be where he is today and that he would just sit out in the audience. If we believe in destiny, this surely is one and I am sure for the better of many Filipinos. I can relate to how destiny works, as I have mentioned in my previous column entitled “3 Wishes”, I made a wish in a church which we have visited for the first time. In my wish, I prayed that Go Negosyo will be instrumental to this administration in helping scale up more micro and small entrepreneurs. This wish came true when I was offered a position and I gave it a lot of thought but in the end I felt that Ramon Lopez is the best person for the position of trade secretary. He has been with me in the advocacy for the past 11 years and him being the secretary, I believe that this will give the micro and small entrepreneurs a better chance to move up in life.

One of the 10-point economic agenda of the Duterte administration is devoted to the development of the micro and small entrepreneurs. This is also the mission of Go Negosyo for many years. With the right mentorship, market linkage, and financial support, many micro entrepreneurs will have ways to improve and develop their enterprises. And Go Negosyo provides the mentorship through the various programs that we are conducting.

As an entrepreneur, I know the value of having mentors. For the start-up entrepreneurs taking their first steps in their entrepreneurial journey, it is an advantage to have someone who will support and guide them throughout the process. An adviser who will teach you how to make the next big step.

For micro and small entrepreneurs, it is also a plus to have big corporations lending a hand to their enterprises. But not just through corporate social responsibility programs but also by linking them in their value chains.

PNIOT-kapatid

To commit to the Duterte administration in helping entrepreneurs, Go Negosyo is partnering with the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI). This will be the first partnership among other related government agencies. We are launching the KAPATID, an initiative that aims to encourage medium and large corporations to help micro and small enterprises through the use of Inclusive Business (IB) models. We are considering the medium and large corporations as Big Brothers and the micro and small enterprises as Small Brothers, thus the term Kapatid.

I have coined the term Kapatid which is the Tagalog term for siblings because it is innate for Filipinos to help their brothers not just in the family but also in the industry.

In the process of Kapatid project roll-out, MSEs will be partnered with medium and large enterprises to develop industries as part of their value chain.  To enable the MSEs to supply goods and services that meet the required standards of the medium and large enterprises and to eventually sustain their enterprise on their own, adequate capacity building will have to be provided.

And this is where the MENTOR ME Program of Go Negosyo comes in. Mentor Me which have been executed in some Negosyo Centers like Mandaluyong and Calamba provides the necessary capabilitiy and linkages to financing and marketing through a series of sessions with entrepreneurs and business mentors. This is Go Negosyo’s way of reaching out to more micro entrepreneurs and helping them develop the needed skills and mindset to reach success. This Mentor Me is the first program under the Kapatid Project which will soon be rolled out in all Negosyo Centers nationwide.

In the end, MSEs will then be efficiently producing goods and services that have waiting markets and will then be empowered to engage in more value-adding activities thereby generating increased income for them.  These interlinked enterprises making up industry clusters under the Kapatid will concretely contribute to industry sustainability, inclusive growth, poverty reduction and employment generation.

I have envisioned this Kapatid as a way for the micro and small enterprises to level-up and be sustainable. Despite having 99.6% of MSMEs in the country, only a small percentage of them aspires to grow and develop. This is why aside from inspiring Filipinos to venture into entrepreneurship, Go Negosyo’s role is to also provide the needed support for micro and small entrepreneurs and encourage them to strive to make their enterprises more sustainable and innovative.

We call out to the medium and large corporations to integrate inclusive business models in their value chain. Through the Kapatid with DTI, we hope that we can address poverty, encourage entrepreneurship, and generate employment. Other government agencies like Department of Agriculture, Department of Science and Technology, Department of Tourism, Technical Education and Skill Development Authority and many more.

With the Kapatid, we are now building a network of different players in the value chain. With the different partners around, Go Negosyo, now acts as an accelerator which will encourage innovation, communication and collaboration among government agencies and private institutions that will direct efforts towards MSME development. Together, we can all create an enabling environment that create a stronger entrepreneurship culture.

Go Negosyo Brings Mentor Me Program to Cebu City

Thursday, July 21st, 2016

In partnership with Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Region 7, Philippine Center for Entrepreneurship – Go Negosyo conducted the Mentor Me Negosyo Seminar for Cebuanos last July 15 at the Robinsons Galleria Cebu Atrium, Cebu City.

The one-day program opened by a welcome message delivered by DTI Cebu Provincial Director Ma. Elena Arbon and a motivational message from Merly M. Cruz, Go Negosyo Adviser on MSME Development. PCE Senior Programs Development Officer Jeah La Guardia then introduced Go Negosyo and its flagship program dubbed as Mentor Me Program.

Go Negosyo Adviser for MSME Development Merly Cruz.

Go Negosyo Adviser for MSME Development Merly Cruz.

The seminar highlighted three major topics covered by Go Negosyo Angelpreneurs: Entrepreneurial Mindset and Values Formation by Learning Consultant Efren ‘Ping’ Sotto, Product Development and Marketing by Vix Madlangbayan, and Finance for MSMEs by Financial Literacy Advocate Armand Bengco.

To inspire the Cebuano crowd, local entrepreneurs were invited to share their journey towards success. Rey Calooy shared how he managed to build RNC Marketing from being a mere pharmaceutical company agent to selling dust rags. Engr. Ramir Bonghanoy emphasized the importance of focusing on passion and not on frustration when he started doing crafted products using natural resources and eventually opened the world renowned Bon-Ace Fashion Tools, Inc. Lastly, Dr. Alvin Roxas told the interesting stories on sustaining a food business thru the family’s Cebu enterprise Yakski Barbecue. The panelists also shared their take on mentorship and how it played a big role as they were starting until eventually expanding their businesses.

Variety of questions ranging from situational to technical were raised during the open forum. Joining the forum was Dr. Eli Tecson, the Business Development Division Chief of DTI Cebu who also introduced the Barangay Micro Business Enterprise (BMBE Law) to the audience. One on one mentoring and coaching session also took place at the venue after the program. Around 300 Cebuanos participated and learned from the program mostly composed of LGU and DTI-endorsed MSMEs from different municipalities such as Balamban, Bogo, Carmen, Cebu City, Dalaguete, Danao, Lapu-Lapu, San Remegio, and Tuburan.

In the photo: DTI Cebu Provincial Director Ma. Elena Arbon, Angelpreneurs Ping Sotto, Vix Madlangbayan and Armand Bengco.

In the photo: DTI Cebu Provincial Director Ma. Elena Arbon, Angelpreneurs Ping Sotto, Vix Madlangbayan and Armand Bengco.

Tagumpay Forum with Cebuano entrepreneurs Rey Calooy, Engr. Ramir Bonghanoy and Dr. Alvin Roxas.

Tagumpay Forum with Cebuano entrepreneurs Rey Calooy, Engr. Ramir Bonghanoy and Dr. Alvin Roxas.

Go Negosyo and private partners such as Brother Philippines, Kettle Korn, PLDT SME Nation took part by promoting their products and services alongside the network’s institutional partners and government agencies. The #GoNegosyoMentorMe Free NegoSem was brought to Cebu City in celebration of Cebu Business Month.

Mentor Me Program aims to help Micro, Small and Medium Entrepreneurs scale up their businesses thru the weekly coaching and mentoring by business owners and practitioners on different functional areas of entrepreneurship to be held in Negosyo Centers nationwide. Go Negosyo is currently conducting NegoSems in partnership with DTI and other organizations in preparation to launch the program in a specific location wherein a nearby Negosyo Center is already established.

Watch out for the Mentor Me Program in a Negosyo Center near you!

Mentor Me: Innovation Forum

Thursday, July 21st, 2016

Last week, we conducted the Mentor Me Innovation Forum at the University of San Carlos. This is part of the Youth Entrepreneurship Development Workshop (YEDW), which we launched last year together with the U. S. Embassy Manila.

It was another insightful event filled with inspiring stories and practical pieces of advice from our invited guests who willingly shared their time to help mentor more than 1000 young and aspiring micro and small entrepreneurs. Some of the YEDW fellows who flew from different provinces of Visayas and Mindanao also attended.

I am sure that every entrepreneur knows the value of innovating. As I have mentioned last week, if one does not innovate, he cannot expect his enterprise to level-up and be sustainable. It will soon be conquered by those who take risks and innovate.

We are honored to have Sen. Bam Aquino, who is considered as the entrepreneurship champion in the Senate. Bam, who has been supportive since the beginning and even hosted our television show, shared three Ms which are important for entrepreneurs for them to level up. These 3Ms are: Money, Market and Mentorship. I agree that these three are what most micro and small entrepreneurs lack. Go Negosyo addresses the need for mentorship through the programs we organize for them, most especially the Mentor Me program launched in the established Negosyo Centers all over the country.

As Bam mentioned in his message, he said that there is space for all entrepreneurs to work together. Together, we can develop and earn.

“We do our best to create a nationwide framework where entrepreneurs can get what they need. With support from institutions like Go Negosyo, we can create the environment of success”, Bam said.

More than 1000 participants attended the Mentor Me: Innovation Forum held in University of San Carlos in Cebu.

More than 1000 participants attended the Mentor Me: Innovation Forum held in University of San Carlos in Cebu.

Former Go Negosyo Executive Director and now the head of the Department of Trade and Industry Ramon Lopez also attended the forum. Being with Go Negosyo for 11 years, Mon has known many great examples of innovation ‘with a heart’. He cited Cropital led by Rachel De Villa, one of the YEDW fellows, as an example. Cropital provides funding and support to farmers and through the monetary support, this also helps them improve their productivity. Another YEDW product is the Agriblocks of Mariel Obregon which identified the increasing need for hollow blocks in Tacloban and developed environment friendly hollow blocks which are made from rice hulls. He also mentioned Anna and Dylan Wilk of Human Nature which manufactures environment friendly products which are made from raw materials grown locally. Even the venue partner, University of San Carlos, has produced products from mango waste through biotechnology. These are just some of the notable innovations in the community which we can expect to flourish in the coming years.

From these examples, we can say that in the heart of every enterprise is the idea of innovation to solve community problems.

Paul Rivera founded a technology start-up company in the Philippines called Kalibrr. He innovated the job-seeking system and has helped more than 500,000 jobseekers find opportunities in more than 10,000 best companies in the Philippines. Apart from sharing his inspiring story of success, he advised the participants to “go where you’re not supposed to be” in order to find innovative ideas. He cited several companies which have made disruptions in the industries. One of which is Uber, the mobile application that helps transport people by linking consumers to the riders.

Paul said, “Innovation and disruption can come from anywhere. Anything can be disrupted or innovated.” From the traditional models come the innovative models which are not just creative but also sustainable.

Lastly, he said, “If you’re looking for ideas, shift the mindset. Check the problems in your community and think of ways on how you can make businesses out of it.”

If we are talking about creativity and innovation, one of the top entrepreneurs that comes to mind is one of Cebu’s pride – Kenneth Cobonpue. Kenneth is a multi-awarded and world-renowned furniture designer and manufacturer.

Because of his ingenuity in design, he was tasked to be the creative director for the APEC Economic Leaders’ Welcome Dinner. He highlighted the Filipino culture through the designs and even the chairs he produced for the special venue. He also made the limited-edition souvenirs for the event.

Kenneth shared that his inspirations came from the things around. Kenneth said, “You do not need to look far for inspiration.” He encouraged the audience to use creativity and innovation not only in their businesses but also in their everyday tasks to show the world that this country is capable of.

One of Go Negosyo trustees and President and CEO of Islands Group Jay Aldeguer attended the Innovators Forum together with Wilson Ng of Ng Khai Development Corporation, Jefferson Tan of Wellmade Motors and Development Corporation, Julita Urbina of Laguna Garden Café, and Peter Delantar of Nature’s Legacy Eximport.

Jay who has been with Go Negosyo since 2005, is a great example of innovative entrepreneur. Through Islands Groups, he has creatively improved the tourism industry by developing products and services that showcased the beauty of each province. He shared that with innovation and the right market, one can become successful.

Jocot de Dios, CEO of GE Philippines also joined us in the Innovation Forum and talked about the culture of innovation in their company. He shared, “In GE, our greatest asset is our people.”

Aside from them, we were also joined by several innovation enablers from different institutions and young innovators who shared how innovation helped their start-up companies go big in their respective industries.

These stories presented have imparted the value of innovation to our audience. We saw their tweets and feedback about the program and it revealed that this has helped them nurture creativity and develop better business models. We will soon share this program to other provinces and hopefully, they too will develop an enterprising and innovative mindset!

 

US Embassy-Go Negosyo Bring Mentor Me Innovation Forum in Cebu

Wednesday, July 20th, 2016

As part of the Youth Entrepreneurship Development Workshop (YEDW), ‪‎Go Negosyo, together with the U.S. Embassy, Manila Philippines organized the Cebu run of the Mentor Me Innovation Forum (MMIF) last Thursday, July 14, 2016 at the Cultural Center of the University of San Carlos. This forum gathered innovators and enablers who have shared their inspiring and successful stories of innovation, expertise and advices on how to incorporate innovation in products, services, operation processes and business models.

More than 1000 young and aspiring entrepreneurs, students, academe members, start-up entrepreneurs and micro and small entrepreneurs joined as we shared the importance of innovating. The Mentor Me: Innovation Forum in Cebu was attended by Sen. Bam Aquino, DTI Secretary Ramon Lopez, Kenneth Cobonpue, and Paul Rivera of Kalibrr. Innovators from different fields such as Jay Aldeguer of The Islands Group, Wilson Ng of Ng Khai Development Corporation, Jefferson Tan of Wellmade Motors and Development Corporation, Julita Urbina of Laguna Garden Café, and Pete Delantar of Nature’s Legacy Eximport imparted encouraging words to the audience as they share their stories of success and challenges conquered.

Hon. DTI Secretary Ramon Lopez gave an inspiring message during his opening remarks. He shared, “Every growing company must start to think of innovation with a heart.”

Hon. DTI Secretary Ramon Lopez gave an inspiring message during his opening remarks. He shared, “Every growing company must start to think of innovation with a heart.”

Senator Bam Aquino delivered the keynote message. He emphasized the 3Ms that MSMEs need: ”Money, Market and Mentorship”.

Senator Bam Aquino delivered the keynote message. He emphasized the 3Ms that MSMEs need: ”Money, Market and Mentorship”.

In the photo: Paul Rivera of Kalibrr Kenneth Cobonpue Jocot de Dios of GE Philippines and Carlo Calimon of Mobkard.

In the photo: Paul Rivera of Kalibrr Kenneth Cobonpue Jocot de Dios of GE Philippines and Carlo Calimon of Mobkard.

Jocot de Dios, CEO of GE Philippines also shared the GE story and the culture of innovation in their company. Innovation enablers such as Tina Amper of Techtalks.ph, Nonoy Espeleta of FAMCOR Franchise Management and Development Corporation, Assistant Regional Director Nelia Navarro of DTI Cebu, Joselito “Joey” Limjap, of PLDT Innolab, JP Deloso of A SPACE Philippines and Miriam Bacalso of DTI GIZ PH discussed simple business ideas can turn into successful business models. Carlo Calimon of MobKard shared how one can overcome innovation barriers.

Young entrepreneur-innovators such as Albert Padin of Sym.ph, Joy Anya Lim of ANTHILL Fabric Gallery, Nini Jose “Jojo” Tiongko, Jr. of San Jose Bakeshop, Jan Slater Young of Litecrete Corporation, Jan Rodriguez of Irie and Ilaputi, Wesley Chiongbian of Mynimo.com, Gabino Abejo Jr. of Abejo Waters Corporation, and Vikki and Paula Rodriguez of Detalia Aurora and Co-creative Studios also joined the program.

Innovators’ forum featured key speakers Pete Delantar of Nature’s Legacy Eximport Inc., Julita Urbina of Laguna Group of Companies, Jefferson Tan of Wellmade Motors and Development Corporation, Wilson Ng of Ng Khai Development Corporation and Jay Aldeguer of The Islands Group who shared their expertise in innovating business solutions.

Innovators’ forum featured key speakers Pete Delantar of Nature’s Legacy Eximport Inc., Julita Urbina of Laguna Group of Companies, Jefferson Tan of Wellmade Motors and Development Corporation, Wilson Ng of Ng Khai Development Corporation and Jay Aldeguer of The Islands Group who shared their expertise in innovating business solutions.

Innovation Enablers forum joined by JP Deloso of A Space, Nelia Navarro ARD for DTI Central Visayas, Miriam Bacalso of ProGED Region 7, Joey Limjap of PLDT Innolab, Nonoy Espeleta of FAMCOR and Tina Amper of TechTalks.ph. The forum was moderated by Go Negosyo advocate RJ Ledesma.

Innovation Enablers forum joined by JP Deloso of A Space, Nelia Navarro ARD for DTI Central Visayas, Miriam Bacalso of ProGED Region 7, Joey Limjap of PLDT Innolab, Nonoy Espeleta of FAMCOR and Tina Amper of TechTalks.ph. The forum was moderated by Go Negosyo advocate RJ Ledesma.

Young Innovators forum featured Albert Padin of Sym.ph, Joy Anya Lim of Anthill, Jojo of San Jose Bakeshop, Slater Young of Litecrete Corporation, Jan Rodriguez of Ilaputi and Irie, and E3 Creative Solutions and Wesley Chiongbian of Mynimo.com, Gabino Abejo Jr. of Abejo Waters Corporation and Paula and Vikki Rodriguez of Detalia Aurora / Co-Creative Studios.

Young Innovators forum featured Albert Padin of Sym.ph, Joy Anya Lim of Anthill, Jojo of San Jose Bakeshop, Slater Young of Litecrete Corporation, Jan Rodriguez of Ilaputi and Irie, and E3 Creative Solutions and Wesley Chiongbian of Mynimo.com, Gabino Abejo Jr. of Abejo Waters Corporation and Paula and Vikki Rodriguez of Detalia Aurora / Co-Creative Studios.

The Go Negosyo- US Embassy Mentor Me Innovation Forum is supported by: (ANNUAL PARTNERS) Sta. Elena Construction and Development Corporation, RFM Corporation, PLDT SME Nation, Smart Communications, DHL Express Philippines, Calata Corporation, Wilcon Depot, Concepcion Industrial Corporation, Brother Philippines, Business World, Vibal Group, Profood International Corporation, Double Dragon Properties Corporation, BPI Family KaNegosyo, Kettle Korn, Meralco Biz Partners & LBC Business Solutions; (EVENT PARTNER) Penshoppe, Aboitizland, CreamSilk & Julie’s Bakeshop; (TRANSPORTATION PARTNER): Avis; VENUE PARTNER: University of San Carlos & American Corner Cebu; (FOOD PARTNER): Bo’s Coffee: (MEDIA PARTNERS): People’s Television Network, ABS-CBN News Channel, The Philippine Star, DZRH, DZRH News Television, Radyo Natin, Rappler, The Freeman, Banat, Sun Star, WhenInManila.com & Cebu Blogging Community: (INSTITUTIONAL PARTNERS): Cebu Chamber of Commerce and Industry, CHED, DTI Region 7 & Mandaue Chamber of Commerce and Industry; (SPECIAL THANKS TO): Island Souvenirs, PLDT Innolab & National Confederation of Cooperatives.

Entrepreneurs Must Innovate!

Monday, July 18th, 2016

As an entrepreneur, I know how important it is to consistently innovate. Over the years, I have seen brands perish, businessmen fail, and companies close because of their failure to innovate. That is why it is important for us entrepreneurs to always think of ways to improve and develop their products and services.

As part of the Youth Entrepreneurship Development Workshop (YEDW), ‪‎Go Negosyo, together with the U.S. Embassy, Manila Philippines organized the Cebu run of the Mentor Me Innovation Forum (MMIF) last Thursday, July 14, 2016 at the Cultural Center of the University of San Carlos.

This forum gathered innovators and enablers who have shared their inspiring and successful stories of innovation, expertise and advices on how to incorporate innovation in products, services, operation processes and business models.

More than 1000 young and aspiring entrepreneurs, students, academe members, start-up entrepreneurs and micro and small entrepreneurs joined us as we shared the importance of innovating.

The Mentor Me: Innovation Forum in Cebu was attended by Sen. Bam Aquino, DTI Secretary Ramon Lopez, Kenneth Cobonpue, and Paul Rivera of Kalibrr. Innovators from different fields such as Jay Aldeguer of The Islands Group, Wilson Ng of Ng Khai Development Corporation, Jefferson Tan of Wellmade Motors and Development Corporation, Julita Urbina of Laguna Garden Café, and Peter Delantar of Nature’s Legacy Eximport imparted encouraging words to the audience as they share their stories of success and challenges conquered.

Jocot De Dios, CEO of GE Philippines also shared the GE story and the culture of innovation in their company. Innovation enablers such as Tina Amper of Techtalks.ph, Nonoy Espeleta of FAMCOR Franchise Management and Development Corporation, Program Director Elena Arbon of DTI Cebu, Joselito Limjap, of PLDT Innolab, Jeffrey Montecillos of CebuinIT, and Miriam Bacalso of DTI GIZ PH discussed simple business ideas can turn into successful business models. Carlo Calimon of MobKard shared how one can overcome innovation barriers.

Young entrepreneur-innovators such as Albert Padin of Sym.ph, Joy Anya Lim of ANTHILL Fabric Gallery, Nini Jose Tiongko of San Jose Corporation, Jan Slater Young of Litecrete Corporation, Jan Rodriguez of Irie and Ilaputi, Wesley Chiongbian of Mynimo.com, Gabino Abejo of Abejo Builders Corporation, and Vikki and Paula Rodriguez of Detalia Aurora and Co-creative Studios also joined the program.

Hon. DTI Secretary Ramon Lopez gave an inspiring message during his opening remarks. He shared, “Every growing company must start to think of innovation with a heart.”

Hon. DTI Secretary Ramon Lopez gave an inspiring message during his opening remarks. He shared, “Every growing company must start to think of innovation with a heart.”

Senator Bam Aquino delivered the keynote message. He emphasized the 3Ms that MSMEs need: ”Money, Market and Mentorship”.

Senator Bam Aquino delivered the keynote message. He emphasized the 3Ms that MSMEs need: ”Money, Market and Mentorship”.

More than 1000 participants joined the Mentor Me Innovation Forum held at the University of San Carlos – South Campus.

More than 1000 participants joined the Mentor Me Innovation Forum held at the University of San Carlos – South Campus.

Paul Rivera, CEO of Kalibrr advised the attendees to innovate by doing it better than anyone else and that hard work manufactures opportunities to be lucky.

Paul Rivera, CEO of Kalibrr advised the attendees to innovate by doing it better than anyone else and that hard work manufactures opportunities to be lucky.

Renowned furniture designer Kenneth Cobonpue advised to find inspirations from the things around you.

Renowned furniture designer Kenneth Cobonpue advised to find inspirations from the things around you.

 Innovators’ forum featured key speakers Pete Delantar of Nature’s Legacy Eximport Inc., Julita Urbina of Laguna Group of Companies, Jefferson Tan of Wellmade Motors and Development Corporation, Wilson Ng of Ng Khai Development Corporation and Jay Aldeguer of The Islands Group who shared their expertise in innovating business solutions.

Innovators’ forum featured key speakers Pete Delantar of Nature’s Legacy Eximport Inc., Julita Urbina of Laguna Group of Companies, Jefferson Tan of Wellmade Motors and Development Corporation, Wilson Ng of Ng Khai Development Corporation and Jay Aldeguer of The Islands Group who shared their expertise in innovating business solutions.

“Dream big because you can accomplish big vision.” Carlo Calimon, MobKard CEO and Go Negosyo angelpreneur talks about ways of overcoming innovation barriers.

“Dream big because you can accomplish big vision.” Carlo Calimon, MobKard CEO and Go Negosyo angelpreneur talks about ways of overcoming innovation barriers.

“It all starts with a change in mindset. Start now!” Jay Aldeguer, President and CEO of The Islands Group and one of the trustees of Go Negosyo.

“It all starts with a change in mindset. Start now!” Jay Aldeguer, President and CEO of The Islands Group and one of the trustees of Go Negosyo.

Jocot de Dios, CEO of GE Philippines talks about GE’s culture of innovation and shared that GE’s greatest asset is their people.

Jocot de Dios, CEO of GE Philippines talks about GE’s culture of innovation and shared that GE’s greatest asset is their people.

   In the Innovation Enablers forum, we were joined by JP Deloso of A Space, Nelia Navarro ARD for DTI Central Visayas, Miriam Bacalso of ProGED Region 7, Joey Limjap of PLDT Innolab, Nonoy Espeleta of FAMCOR and Tina Amper of TechTalks.ph. The forum was moderated by Go Negosyo advocate RJ Ledesma.

In the Innovation Enablers forum, we were joined by JP Deloso of A Space, Nelia Navarro ARD for DTI Central Visayas, Miriam Bacalso of ProGED Region 7, Joey Limjap of PLDT Innolab, Nonoy Espeleta of FAMCOR and Tina Amper of TechTalks.ph. The forum was moderated by Go Negosyo advocate RJ Ledesma.

 Young Innovators forum featured Albert Padin of Sym.ph, Joy Anya Lim of Anthill, Jojo of San Jose Bakeshop, Slater Young of Litecrete Corporation, Jan Rodriguez of Ilaputi and Irie, and E3 Creative Solutions and Wesley Chiongbian of Mynimo.com, Gabino Abejo Jr. of Abejo Waters Corporation and Paula and Vikki Rodriguez of Detalia Aurora / Co-Creative Studios.

Young Innovators forum featured Albert Padin of Sym.ph, Joy Anya Lim of Anthill, Jojo of San Jose Bakeshop, Slater Young of Litecrete Corporation, Jan Rodriguez of Ilaputi and Irie, and E3 Creative Solutions and Wesley Chiongbian of Mynimo.com, Gabino Abejo Jr. of Abejo Waters Corporation and Paula and Vikki Rodriguez of Detalia Aurora / Co-Creative Studios.

 

Go Innovate!

Thursday, July 14th, 2016

Go Negosyo and US Embassy’s successful partnership has resulted to several wonderful projects such as last year’s Youth Entrepreneurship and Development Workshop (YEDW) wherein we discovered and honed the potential of young entrepreneurs.

This year, the embassy continues to support our advocacy by sponsoring Go Negosyo’s Mentor Me: Innovation Forum and bringing it to Cebu. This forum is tied-in with the YEDW program. It is a gathering of innovators and enablers whose expertise cover major topics such as innovative products or services development, operation processes, and innovative business models. 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.

We are expecting around 2,000 people to attend this forum.

As an entrepreneur, I know how important it is to consistently innovate. Over the years, I have seen brands perish, businessmen fail, and companies close because of their failure to innovate. If the world of business has a golden rule, it would be ‘innovate or die.’

The whole notion of innovation reminds me of the Nokia story. When Nokia was acquired by Microsoft, its CEO Stephen Elop ended his speech in tears saying, “We didn’t do anything wrong, but somehow, we lost.” In my opinion, they did do something wrong: they did not innovate. While Apple and Samsung were at each other’s throat all the time, competing to pioneer new features in the mobile and computer industry, Nokia kept it safe. It did not take risks. It did not try to compete with the best and that resulted to their downfall. This event made the world realize that even a company as big as Nokia can go down if they fail to innovate.

In the photo:  DTI Secretary Ramon Lopez, Sen. Bam Aquino, Kenneth Cobonpue, Kalibrr's Paul Rivera, Jocot de Dios of GE Philippines and Mobkard's Carlo Calimon,

In the photo: DTI Secretary Ramon Lopez, Sen. Bam Aquino, Kenneth Cobonpue, Kalibrr’s Paul Rivera, Jocot de Dios of GE Philippines and Mobkard’s Carlo Calimon,

Some of our Go Negosyo entrepreneurs take on the challenge of innovation. There is Joseph Calata of Calata Corporation who first introduced a computerized system in their agribusiness in Bulacan. Through this innovative system, he was able to monitor sales, inventory, and expenses. Another innovative entrepreneur is Sherill Quintana who used rice bran in her Oryspa beauty products. Jasmine Basuil (Bake & Churn), on the other hand, developed ice cream cakes to cater to the Filipino sweet cravings. Destileria Limtuaco led by Olivia Limpe-Aw also innovated their alcohol products by incorporating fruits such as dragon fruits, kalamansi, dalandan, and mangoes.

Even at Go Negosyo, we strive to innovate to be able to meet the current needs of our followers. In fact, we are currently developing an online bookstore that will sell digital books to our readers. This is to make sure that we are also tapping the demands of the ‘digital citizens.’

Aside from businesses, we also see innovation in other areas such as entertainment, social media, transportation and even public governance. The K-12 educational system is a proof of this. We needed to change the system to keep up with the international standards.

I hope that we exceed the expected number of participants in the MMIF today. We have a great roster of speakers and panelists like Paul Rivera of Kalibrr. Paul is a Filipino-American who came back to the Philippines to found Kalibrr, a technology startup that’s been transforming how people find jobs. A year after its launch, Kalibrr now helps 500,000 jobseekers find opportunities in 10,000 of the best companies in the Philippines.

Another speaker is the world-renowned and multi-awarded furniture designer, Kenneth Cobonpue.  Kenneth is the designer and CEO of Interior Crafts Of The Islands Inc., a furniture design and manufacturing company founded by his mother in 1972. Known for his pieces of functional art and innovative handmade products, he has earned recognitions both here and abroad. Under his own brand, he has made exceptional pieces for Hollywood celebrities and royalties.

Jocot De Dios is also in the speakers’ line-up. He is the CEO of GE Philippines since 2012, and has deep business expertise and experience in the energy sector. JV has successfully served in various leadership roles including that of managing director of Nido Petroleum Ltd. in Australia, chairman of the Philippine National Oil Company Exploration Corp. and Undersecretary of the department of energy in the Philippines.

Lastly, one of Go Negosyo’s Angelpreneurs will speak: Carlo Calimon. He is the CEO of the tech company Mobkard and has been a mentor to many aspiring entrepreneur and MSMEs through Go Negosyo.

And more importantly, we will also be joined by Senator Bam Aquino and DTI Secretary Ramon Lopez.

Aside from these men, we will also be joined by other innovators such as Manny Osmena, Jay Aldeguer, Wilson Ng, Jefferson Tan, Julita Urbina, and Pete Delantar. Innovation enablers from different organizations will also join us such as Tina Amper (TechTalks.ph), Nonoy Espeleta (FAMCOR Franchise Management and Development Corporation), Joselito Limjap ( PLDT Innolab), Jeffrey Montecillos (CebuinIT), Miriam Bacalso (DTI GIZ-ProGED), Nelia Navarro (DTI), and JP Deloso (A Space Philippines).

Young innovators like Albert Padin (Sym.ph), Anya Lim (Anthill), Jojo Tiongko (San Jose Bakeshop), Slater Young (Litecrete Corporation), Wesley Chiongbian (Mynimo.com), Gabino Abejo Jr. (Abejo Waters Corporation), and Vikki and Paulo Rodriguez (Detalia Aurora and Co-creative Studios) will also join the discussion!

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Go Negosyo supports Philippine Franchise Association’s Franchise Asia Philippines 2016. With a theme “Building Inclusive Growth in a Hypercompetitive World”, the biggest franchise event hopes to reinforce the role of franchising in economic development and nation-building. We encourage you, Go Negosyantes, to visit this three-day expo of successful business models and franchise concepts.

Collaborative Leadership

Thursday, July 7th, 2016
Photo from Vice President Leni Robredo's official Facebook Page.

Photo from Vice President Leni Robredo’s official Facebook Page.

Last week, I was informed by my friend that in a dinner in Tondo, President Duterte mentioned Go Negosyo as one of organizations that can help bring employment and develop enterprises. Along with SME loans provided by financial institutions, Go Negosyo can provide mentorship and guidance for aspiring entrepreneurs.

This is the beginning of the change.

“But the change, if it is to be permanent and significant, must start with us and in us.”

This is a direct quotation from President Rodrigo Duterte during his inauguration speech last week. Though I was abroad, I am tuned in on the reports and updates on the inauguration. I was even able to catch his speech after taking his oath.

His inaugural address was clear and straight to the point. Unlike his usual speeches during the campaign season filled with unnecessary side comments and foul words, his inaugural speech was meaningful and insightful. He focused on the important matters such as those issues he wishes to resolve and the changes he will implement.

First, he acknowledged the Filipino people who have given him their full trust and faith to lead the country. He said, “No leader, however strong, can succeed at anything of national importance or significance unless he has the support and cooperation of the people he is tasked to lead and sworn to serve.” As we all know, more than 16 million voters voted for Duterte, a large percentage of which came from the youth sector and the OFWs working abroad.

Then, he identified the ‘problems that bedevil our country today’, such as corruption in the government, criminality, illegal drugs, and the breakdown of law and order. All these have been the focus of his campaign since day one and we know that these are rampant in the society today. He plans to remove these social diseases that bring the country in its lowest ebb.

With corruption cases filed against many government officials, people have lost their trust to the government thus resulting to loss of confidence in the system. I cannot blame the Filipino people. How can they trust the people in the government when these people whom they have voted for are stealing their money or doing illegal acts?

But as President Duterte said, “Indeed ours is a problem that dampens the human spirit. But all is not lost.” We still have hope.

He assured the public that he will adhere to due process and the rule of law. “As a lawyer and a former prosecutor, I know the limits of power and authority of the president.” There have been doubts on how he will implement his plans but rest assured that as a President; he will not bend laws to favor him.

“Malasakit, tunay na pag-babago”, these are the slogans that were used during his campaign and will now be the main focus of his government: to deliver ‘real change’. We have been wanting, craving, for change but no one can deliver. This time, we can all hope that President Duterte will. But as I have said in my column last week, the change must also start with us. As members of the community, we should also try to change ourselves.

His last statement revealed his urgency to serve the country. “I am here because I love my country and I love the people of the Philippines. I am here, why? Because I am ready to start my work for the nation.”

Somehow, we are assured of his plans. We can trust the government again to push for change. To bring real change will take time but with the kind of leadership President Duterte promises to carry out, we can hope that after six years, we are a better Philippines.

On the same day but in a different time and venue, Leni Robredo also swore her oath as Vice President of the Philippines. Both of them have the same vision for the country, to bring inclusive growth to the country. I believe President Duterte and Vice President Robredo can collaborate to give hope to the underprivileged members of the community. Leni has always vowed to serve those who are in the fringes of the society.

She plans to resolve hunger and poverty, provide healthcare and education, and inspire people empowerment. She also called for those who want to help and contribute to her plans to meet her in her office and together, they will work for a better life for our fellowmen.

Despite having no position in the Duterte cabinet yet, Leni has promised to work and continue what she has started.

I believe that despite coming from different political parties and heated elections, both Duterte and Robredo can lead the country with their efforts to address the concerns of the Filipino people. With our cooperation, we can achieve the progress we long craved for. Let’s rally behind them and support collaborative leadership.

As what Jesse Robredo said, which Leni also mentioned in her speech, “What brings us together as a nation is far more powerful than what pulls us apart.”

Franchise Asia Philippines 2016 to Feature New Learnings and New Business Concepts

Tuesday, July 5th, 2016

PFA Franchise Asia

Franchise Asia Philippines 2016—set to engage hundreds of exhibitors and thousands of delegates nationwide and from neighboring countries—aims to help businesses gain strategic advantage amid hypercompetition and to stay ahead of the curve while providing equitable opportunities benefiting every sector of the community.

The Philippine Franchise Association (PFA), organizer of Franchise Asia, is the country’s pioneer and premier franchise association. It is committed to promote franchising as a tool for economic development and nation-building through enterprise development and employment generation.

To date, there are about 1,300 franchises—68-percent homegrown and 32-percent foreign—in the country. “This number used to be higher but because of greater competition, many of the half-baked franchise concepts folded up,” PFA Chairman Franklin Go said.

“The economic landscape is rapidly changing, and in this era where competition gets tougher every day, we seek areas on how we can stay ahead of the competition while providing evenhanded economic growth opportunities,” Franchise Asia Philippines 2016 Overall Chairman Richard Sanz emphasized. “PFA, as the voice of Philippine franchising, continues to lead the sector by raising the global competitiveness of Philippine franchising. And in this matter, we want the sector to grow so that it can continue to open business and job opportunities for our country,” Sanz added.

Franchise Asia Philippines 2016, acknowledged as Asia’s largest four-in-one franchise event, is slated on July 20 to 24 at the SMX Convention Center in Pasay City. Now on its 24th edition and themed “Building Inclusive Growth Amidst a Hypercompetitive World,” the conference will feature best practices and disruptive innovations, which can help raise the level of the sector, in particular, and the entire Philippine business, in general. “We would like to emphasize that our conference is not only for the franchise sector but for everyone,” Vic Gregorio, conference chairman pointed out. “If you want to be competitive in today’s market, then be sure to attend our conference.”

The International Franchise Conference is scheduled on July 20 and 21 with Sen. Paolo Benigno “Bam” Aquino IV, Chairman of the Senate Committee for Trade, Industry and Entrepreneurship, keynoting the opening of the said event. Meanwhile, DTI Secretary Ramon Lopez is also invited to keynote the second day of the conference.

The conference will feature top industry leaders on marketing, innovation, retailing and franchising, and social entrepreneurship. The conference super sessions will feature the topics The Future of Retail in the Digital World; The Role of Technology Amidst a Disruptive and Hypercompetitive World; The International Forum: Conquering Global Markets; The CEO Forum: Maximizing Growth Opportunities using Disruptive Strategies; Building Inclusive Growth: The Jollibee Model; The CMO Forum: Developing and Implementing Disruptive Marketing Strategies; The NXTGEN in FRANCHISING Forum: Preparing for the Challenges Ahead; and The ZEE Forum: Winning Strategies in Times of Growth and Hypercompetition.

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Concurrent breakout sessions, on the other hand, will be conducted by experts in the following topics: Strategies on Creating and Maintaining Brand Loyalty, Leading Multi-Generation Talent, Trademark Protection in Franchising, Making Franchise Advisory Council Effective, How Can Facebook Advertising Drive Customers Amidst Hypercompetition, Emotional Intelligence in Leadership, and Healthy Franchise Culture During Growth and Change.

“We are expecting around 1,000 delegates in the conference this year,” Sanz said. The profile of conference attendees range from franchisors, businesses’ top management, franchisees, foreign delegates and guests from various private and government sectors.

Meanwhile, the International Expo on July 22 to 24 will showcase a wide array of investment opportunities not only from established franchise brands but also from emerging concepts and overseas franchise brands. “We are happy to note that the International Zone of our expo has grown bigger through the years,” Sherill Quintana, Expo chairman said. “And as part of our commitment to support the growth of MSMEs [micro, small and medium enterprises], we will also showcase emerging concepts in our Food Street and DTI sections.”

The International Zone will feature country pavilions from Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan and Thailand. It will also showcase international master franchise opportunities from Australia, Japan, Vietnam, and other countries. The Expo also offers business matching opportunities to its visitors and exhibitors.

Vice President Leni Robredo will grace the opening of the International Expo on July 22.

And as part of continued efforts to professionalize the Philippine franchising sector, the Certified Franchise Executive (CFE) Program, will be held on July 18 and 19 at the AIM Conference Center-Manila. CFE is a mini-MBA professional development course duly accredited by the Institute of Certified Franchise Executives, USA. This will be facilitated by Lynette McKee, an expert in the industry.

“This year we also want to make the event more valuable by launching the ‘Balik Franchise for Overseas Filipino Program.’ We partnered with the Department of Trade and Industry to help us entice overseas Filipino workers to look at franchising as a viable investment option,” PFA President Dr. Alan Escalona, said. “Through this program, we want our fellow Filipinos abroad to learn more about franchising, and hopefully, add to the reason they will return to the country for good,” Escalona added.

Franchise Asia Philippines 2016 is co-presented by BPI Ka-Negosyo and PLDT Smart SME Nation, and in partnership with Go Negosyo, the DTI, the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry, and the Philippine Retailers Association. For inquiries about Franchise Asia Philippines, please  visit http://franchiseasiaphl2016.com.ph/ or contact the PFA Secretariat at +63 2 687 0365 to 67 and look for Joanna Tomagan (Conference) or for Benie Briones (Expo).

 

Go Negosyo Celebrates MSMED Week

Friday, July 1st, 2016
DTI Secretary Ramon Lopez, DTI Usec. Zenaida Maglaya and our Go Negosyo Mentor Me Program Mentees and angelpreneurs (mentors).

DTI Secretary Ramon Lopez, DTI Usec. Zenaida Maglaya and our Go Negosyo Mentor Me Program Mentees and angelpreneurs (mentors).

As a staunch supporter of entrepreneurship in the Philippines, Go Negosyo joined the celebration of the Micro, Small and Medium Enterprise Development (MSMED) Week 2016 at the Philippine Trade Training Center.

With the theme: “Developing Innovative and Resilient MSMEs,” a two-day event is being held at the PTTC to provide potential and existing MSMEs with capacity building programs that would enhance their entrepreneurial capability  to start and sustain their respective businesses. More than 40 skills and managerial training sessions will be offered for free to provide building MSMEs, expose them to current business trends, and boost their skills to be resilient in order to ably compete in local and global markets.

Go Negosyo’s booth will hold mentoring sessions from July 1 to July 2. Mentors include: Jorge Noel Wieneke (President, Tokyo Tempura), Glenn Baticados (Executive Director, UPLB Center for Technology Transfer and Entrepreneurship), Cathal Hughes (VP for Origination, First Circle), Carlo Calimon (CEO, Mobkard) and Vix Madlangbayan (Go Negosyo Angelpreneur and Consultant). These mentors’ expertise revolve around Mindsetting, Product Development, Marketing, Franchising, Business Development, Spotting Business Opportunities, Agri Business, Social Entrepreneurship, Business Finance, SME Financing, Process Improvement, Business Strategy, Technopreneurship and Innovation, Business Planning, Community-based Enterprise Development and Supply Chain Management.

Go Negosyo angelpreneur Glenn Baticados during the mentoring session.

Go Negosyo angelpreneur Glenn Baticados during the mentoring session.

Go Negosyo angelpreneur Jorge Wieneke during the mentoring session.

Go Negosyo angelpreneur Jorge Wieneke during the mentoring session.

The event was opened by the keynote speaker DTI Secretary Ramon M. Lopez. Mon Lopez is the former executive director of Go Negosyo. In his speech, Lopez acknowledged Go Negosyo as one of the supporters MSMEs in the country. He mentioned that we are fortunate to have partners from the public and private sector who work hard to help entrepreneurs.

DTI Secretary Ramon Lopez.

DTI Secretary Ramon Lopez.

Lopez also mentioned the 4Cs that entrepreneurs should remember to be successful: Character, Competency, Creativity and Consumer. Meanwhile the government should keep in mind 7Ms to effectively help MSMEs: Mindset, Mastery, Mentors, Market, Money, Machines and Models.

At the end of his speech, Sec. Lopez quoted Go Negosyo Founder, Joey Concepcion: Success is for those who want it the most.