Archive for August, 2016

Go Negosyo Gets More Kapatid

Monday, August 29th, 2016

In order for an organization to reach its goal, the key is the collaboration of all partners, members, and key players.  In Go Negosyo’s mission of alleviating poverty through entrepreneurship, we have our partners who are working with us to push for the advocacy.

Recently, I shared with you the efforts done by Go Negosyo for the Kapatid, Angat Lahat initiative. This is the first public-private partnership of Go Negosyo and Department of Trade and Industry led by Secretary Ramon Lopez for MSME Development.

We are proud to say that we are being supported now by the public and private sectors through different agencies and companies.

I met with First Philippines Holdings Corporation Chief Executive Officer Federico Lopez, Magsaysay Group of Companies President and Chief Executive Officer Doris Magsaysay Ho, and Ayala Corporation Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Jaime Augusto Zobel de Ayala. All of them agreed to support the Kapatid, Angat Lahat initiative.

And most recently, I also had a meeting with Sen. Miguel Zubiri, Chair of the Committee of Trade, Commerce, and Entrepreneurship, Lance Gokongwei of JG Summit Holdings, Michael Tan of LT Group of Companies, Chris Po of Century Pacific Group, and Fred Uytengsu of Alaska Milk Corporation. These companies extend their support to MSME Development through Kapatid project.

We also had a meeting with Department of Agriculture Secretary Manny Pinol to share the Kapatid initiative and how this project can be integrated to the agricultural sector. We will bring the mentorship program to the provinces for our farmers and fisher folk to enhance their skills in farming or fishing and develop their entrepreneurial skills in order to level up.  This will be done with the help of our agri-entrepreneur mentors. After the meeting, DA Secretary Pinol expressed his support to the Kapatid, Angat Lahat initiative and he looks forward on how we can further develop programs for the agriculture sector.

Long time Go Negosyo Partner, DHL Express Philippines led by their Country Manager Yati Abdullah, also partnered with us for the Kapatid. DHL will provide an ease of international shipping for micro, small, and medium enterprises in the country which will help our MSMEs in expanding their market globally and gain access to DHL’s network of 220 countries and territories. They will also be providing the DHL Express Easy box, an all-in pricing product on international export delivery of parcel shipments available to all DTI-registered MSMEs.

All these efforts and partnerships are directed for the development of our “Small Brothers” in the community. Together with our partners and entrepreneurs, we are creating an active entrepreneurship culture in the country!

L-R) Ayala Corporation CFO TG Limcaoco, Presidential Consultant for Entrepreneurship Joey Concepcion, DTI Secretary Ramon Lopez, Ayala Corporation Chairman and CEO Jaime Augusto Zobel de Ayala, Magsaysay Group of Companies President and CEO Doris Magsaysay Ho, and First Philippine Holdings Corporation CEO Federico Lopez.

L-R) Ayala Corporation CFO TG Limcaoco, Presidential Consultant for Entrepreneurship Joey Concepcion, DTI Secretary Ramon Lopez, Ayala Corporation Chairman and CEO Jaime Augusto Zobel de Ayala, Magsaysay Group of Companies President and CEO Doris Magsaysay Ho, and First Philippine Holdings Corporation CEO Federico Lopez.

(L-R) Renato Salud, Head of Corporate Affairs of JG Summit Holdings Inc.; Michael Tan, President and Chief Operating Officer of LT Group; Lance Gokongwei, President and Chief Operating Officer of JG Summit Holdings Inc; Sen. Miguel Zubiri, Chair of Senate Committee on Trade, Commerce, and Entrepreneurship; Joey Concepcion, Presidential Consultant for Entrepreneurship and Founder of Go Negosyo; Ramon Lopez, Secretary of Department of Trade and Industry; Fred Uytengsu, President and Chief Executive Officer of Alaska Milk Corporation; and Chris Po, President and CEO of Century Pacific Group.

(L-R) Renato Salud, Head of Corporate Affairs of JG Summit Holdings Inc.; Michael Tan, President and Chief Operating Officer of LT Group; Lance Gokongwei, President and Chief Operating Officer of JG Summit Holdings Inc; Sen. Miguel Zubiri, Chair of Senate Committee on Trade, Commerce, and Entrepreneurship; Joey Concepcion, Presidential Consultant for Entrepreneurship and Founder of Go Negosyo; Ramon Lopez, Secretary of Department of Trade and Industry; Fred Uytengsu, President and Chief Executive Officer of Alaska Milk Corporation; and Chris Po, President and CEO of Century Pacific Group.

(L-R) Go Negosyo Adviser for MSME Development Merly Cruz, Presidential Consultant for Entrepreneurship Joey Concepcion, Department of Agriculture Manny Pinol, and SL Agritech Chairman and CEO Henry Lim Bon Liong.

(L-R) Go Negosyo Adviser for MSME Development Merly Cruz, Presidential Consultant for Entrepreneurship Joey Concepcion, Department of Agriculture Manny Pinol, and SL Agritech Chairman and CEO Henry Lim Bon Liong.

Presidential Consultant for Entrepreneurship Joey Concepcion and DHL Express Philippines Country Manager, Yati Abdullah.

Presidential Consultant for Entrepreneurship Joey Concepcion and DHL Express Philippines Country Manager, Yati Abdullah.

Go Negosyo Synergy

Thursday, August 18th, 2016

Last Monday, together with other 41 newly appointed officials, I took an oath in Malacañang signifying my commitment to do the best that I can to fulfil my responsibility as a pro-bono Presidential Consultant for Entrepreneurship. Whether I was appointed or not, I would have continued what Go Negosyo has been doing for the past 11 years.

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President Rodrigo Duterte and Presidential Consultant for Entrepreneurship Joey Concepcion. ​

After hearing the 10-point economic agenda of the Duterte Administration, with one of the agenda focusing on micro and small entrepreneurs’ development, we know that there will be a boost in the entrepreneurship community since the President himself commits to focus on this area.

With this new task that I am given, I will synergize entrepreneurship efforts and programs being done by the different departments and agencies in the country most especially with Sec. Mon Lopez’s Department of Trade and Industry. Also, together with Sen. Miguel Zubiri’s Committee on Trade, Commerce and Entrepreneurship, we will work closely with the Senate in developing bills that will support the needs of all entrepreneurs.

But the real focus of Go Negosyo is MSME Development.

The partnership with DTI is, I can say, a tremendous force in helping micro and small receive their needed assistance. This is a chance for private companies to extend their hand to the smaller entrepreneurs.

Before Mon joined the government, we were already forming the program, Kapatid. Kapatid is focused on three areas: mentoring, shared service facilities, and inclusive business.

We all know that many entrepreneurs have been successful because they are mentored well by their parents, schools, or their fellow entrepreneurs. I, myself have been mentored by my parents. But some of our micro entrepreneurs did not receive proper mentorship. Most of them are hindered by their families to continue their business, or they came from schools that did not enhance their skills, or they were not exposed to inspirations and innovations. They are lucky if they are part of a strong micro-finance institution which can give basic business advices. That is why I think mentorship is important.

We rolled out our mentorship program in Negosyo Centers, in partnership with the office of Sen. Bam Aquino who is now the Chairman of Committee on Education.

After our Kapatid Workshop with DTI regional directors and provincial directors last Monday and Tuesday, we have identified the role of 17 Big Mentors, one per region. They will be mentoring the region assigned to them and look into the business models available in their region and check the shared service facilities that can be used. Under Kapatid is the Adopt-an-SSF program which aims to develop DTI’s Shared Service Facilities in the country. SSF was launched 2 years ago with 2,015 beneficiaries. Although it was done very quickly, and that the success rate is not very high, it shows great potential. This program will enhance the productivity of cooperatives. The structural way of helping farmers, fishermen, and other micro entrepreneurs, is through cooperatives.

Lastly, Inclusive Business. This is by linking micro and small to medium and large corporations and making them part of the value chain. It is important for them to be sustainable. It is not about creating more micro and small entrepreneurs. It is more on making them earn more. And if we are to follow the President’s wish, this is the way forward.

I asked our company to look for micro entrepreneurs who can be one of our raw materials supplier. We understand that buying from micro entrepreneurs can be a hassle sometimes, but I think we can search for potential cooperatives who can supply the demand of many corporations. I believe everyone wants to buy local products and help farmers, and this is one way of helping them.

I have been talking to big corporations and asking them of their inclusive business models. We can get 100 Kapatid models out there which will then inspire more businesses to have their own Kapatid models. This is an inspiration campaign.

We call out to more corporations to adopt this Kapatid, Angat Lahat program. With your support, we can help micro and small entrepreneurs level up!

 

President Duterte Appoints Go Negosyo’s Joey Concepcion Presidential Consultant for Entrepreneurship

Monday, August 15th, 2016

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte recently appointed RFM Corporation President and CEO and Philippine Center for Entrepreneurship – Go Negosyo Founder Jose Ma. “Joey” Concepcion III as Presidential Consultant for Entrepreneurship. Joey Concepcion is known for his Go Negosyo advocacy which aims to address poverty through entrepreneurship.

Concepcion is appointed pro-bono by the Duterte Administration to synergize entrepreneurship efforts and programs in the country.

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Joey Concepcion was previously given the same position by Former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo in 2004. This then led to the birth of the Go Negosyo advocacy together with the support of fellow entrepreneurs. From 2005 up to present, Concepcion is actively leading the programs, caravans, summits, and seminars for all entrepreneurs nationwide. Go Negosyo also inspires and empowers Filipinos to start their entrepreneurial journey through its books, television and radio shows, social media platforms, and Concepcion’s weekly columns.

For 11 years, Concepcion and the entire Go Negosyo community believes that entrepreneurship will help alleviate poverty, increase employment, and achieve economic growth.

Concepcion appreciates the recognition of President Duterte to the Go Negosyo advocacy.

“With this appointment, we will strive more in helping Filipinos. With Secretary Ramon Lopez, who was with me for 11 years as my Executive Director in Go Negosyo and is now the current trade secretary, I know that this will increase the synergy between government and private sector for MSME development. Recently, we launched Kapatid, Angat Lahat, an initiative with DTI and other business associations to strengthen the mentorship program for micro and small entrepreneurs, increase their productivity and creativity, and link them to the value chain of medium and large corporations through inclusive business models. Hopefully, we can partner with more organizations and government agencies and together we can contribute to the plan of President Duterte to reduce poverty”, Concepcion said.

Kapatid, Angat Lahat is a joint undertaking of Go Negosyo and Department of Trade and Industry that is envisioned to bring in an entrepreneurial culture geared towards a more prosperous nation.

Under Kapatid are initiatives such as Mentor Me, a program which aims to help micro and small entrepreneurs scale up through weekly coaching and mentoring by business owners and practitioners in different areas of entrepreneurship; Adopt-an-SSF, from DTI’s Shared Service Facilities Project, aims to improve the competitiveness of MSMEs by providing them with machinery, equipment, and tool, under a shared system; and Inclusive Business which benefits low-income communities by linking them in various corporations’ value chain.

Concepcion appeals to entrepreneur-mentors and business experts to “support the advocacy by adopting the Kapatid, Angat Lahat in their business models.”

Go Negosyo Mentor Me Innovation Forum on Agriculture

Sunday, August 14th, 2016

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It’s Agriculture’s time to shine!

With the objective to reinforce the entrepreneurial spirit of the Filipino people by educating them about different opportunities in the vast sector of agriculture, the Philippine Center for Entrepreneurship, Inc. – Go Negosyo in partnership with the University of the Philippines- Los Banos is holding the Go Negosyo Mentor Me Innovation Forum (MMIF) on Agriculture at the D.L. Umali Hall, University of the Philippines- Los Banos, Laguna on September 1, 2016.

MMIF on Agriculture will be a one-day event that will feature different topics in agripreneurship and agri-innovations in the forms of keynote addresses, plenary forums and lectures. Experts in the field of agribusiness and successful agri-entrepreneurs will be tapped as resource persons. An exhibit will also be setup to showcase the technologies which both private and public entities can use.

HOW TO REGISTER (Registration is FREE for ALL)

*For Students and Teachers (Academe)
Each school is allocated ten (10) slots only. Interested schools may get in touch with the Go Negosyo MIFF on Agriculture Secretariat through (02) 637-9229 or (02) 638-8489 to request for the Go Negosyo MIFF on Agriculture Official Invitation Packet. Registration must be made until August 26, 2016.

*For Interested Individuals
Interested participants may register through this link: www.tinyurl.com/GoNegosyoMMIFAgri. You may also get in touch with the Secretariat through (02) 637-9229 or (02) 638-8489. An email will be sent to acknowledge registration and slot reservation. Deadline is until August 26 only.

*For Organizations and Institutions
Organizations and institutions who want to send their respective delegations may get in touch with the Go Negosyo MIFF on Agriculture Secretariat through (02) 637-9229 or (02) 638-8489 or (049) 5014756 (look for Mikki Junsay) to request for the Official Invitation Packet.

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 or (02) 631- 8101 loc 7806.

For Interested Media Partners
Interested media partners may get in touch with Den Viaña at awduenli.pce@gmail.com or (02) 631-8101 loc 7188.


The Go Negosyo – Mentor Me Innovation Forum on Agriculture 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; (CO PRESENTED BY) University of the Philippines-Los Baños, UP Center for Technology Transfers and Entrepreneurship; (EVENT PARTNERS) SL Agritech Corporation, R. Lapid Chicharon & BBQ; Department of Agriculture- Bureau of Agricultural Research; (EVENT SUPPORTER) ADP Pharma Corporation, USAID Stride; (SPECIAL THANKS TO) Oryspa Spa Solutions; APEX: The UPLB Business Network; (MEDIA PARTNER) WheninManila.com

Angat Lahat

Thursday, August 11th, 2016
DTI Secretary Ramon Lopez and Go Negosyo Founder Joey Concepcion.

DTI Secretary Ramon Lopez and Go Negosyo Founder Joey Concepcion.

After the launch of the Kapatid, Angat Lahat last week, I am glad to share with you, fellow Go Negosyantes, that this partnership of Go Negosyo and Department of Trade and Industry has received overwhelming support. We get a heartwarming feeling knowing that we now have the support of both private and public sectors.

Just last Tuesday, Senator Miguel Zubiri who leads the Committee on Trade, Commerce, and Entrepreneurship, invited me to be part of the senate meeting discussing what can and must be done to help the micro, small, and medium entrepreneurs (MSMEs) in the country. Together with Committee co-chair Senator Win Gatchalian, Secretary Ramon Lopez of DTI, other DTI officials, and other private sector organizations related to trade and entrepreneurship shared their thoughts and opinions on how we can all contribute to the goal of the Duterte administration in eradicating poverty.

Senator Bam Aquino, who formerly leads this committee in the past Congress session, was also present. I believe that he is still going to be part of the working group of this committee as he has a lot of laws and inputs for entrepreneurship. He has supported not just Go Negosyo through his Go Negosyo Law but the whole business community with his Philippine Competition Act and the Foreign Ships Co-Loading Act which helps in the logistics of companies. All these are impressive improvements in the economy and with Bam as a young senator who only wants change and developments, we can expect more from him. He serves as an inspiration to Go Negosyo.

On a side note, despite being busy in his role as a legislator, Senator Bam always attends our events, inspires young and aspiring entrepreneurs, and now he is co-anchoring our radio show, Go Negosyo sa Radyo in DZRH together with Cheska San Diego.

Going back, it was a great session to have as we see the active efforts of the members of the Senate to support the Kapatid, Angat Lahat! Even Sen. Win Gatchalian, who belongs to a family of businessmen in Valenzuela, also have inputs on how we can all help micro and small entrepreneurs level up in the business.

Sen. Win Gatchalian, Sen. Miguel Zubiri, and Sen. Bam Aquino.

Sen. Win Gatchalian, Sen. Miguel Zubiri, and Sen. Bam Aquino.

DTI led by Mon Lopez presented their plans of action for the coming years which are focused on the following areas: (1) MSME Development; (2) Ease the doing business; (3) Industry Development; (4) Promote Investment and Trade; and (5) Consumer Protection.

As I said in my speech, the focus today is on the micro and small entrepreneurs. The large and extra large can always take care of themselves. We are opportunity seekers. Whatever the problems are, entrepreneurs will find solutions. We learned that entrepreneurs are not just problem solvers but also problem seekers. For medium and large corporations, they can hire people to solve problems that come, but for the micro and small, they will have to face the problems and at the same time, manage the business. Just imagine the frustrations they are experiencing. That is why we need to help them be sustainable entrepreneurs and not surviving entrepreneurs.

Kapatid, Angat Lahat! was launched to support the goal of MSME Development. In partnership with DTI, Go Negosyo and other partner institutions will help micro and small entrepreneurs grow in the business through mentoring, training, access to credit and market linkages. We are developing the program of Kapatid which now involves Mentor Me, weekly coaching of business owners and practitioners on different functional areas of entrepreneurship; Adopt-an-SSF, which aims to improve the productivity and competitiveness of micro entrepreneurs by providing them a Shared Service Facility in their community through their project partners; and lastly Inclusive Business, which encourages medium and large corporations to adopt an IB model and link micro and small entrepreneurs in their value chain.

These are just simple ways of how we can help the micro and small enterprises be part of the growing economy. As I said last Tuesday, many of entrepreneurs have not benefitted in the investments that came in our country in the previous years. Only the big corporations benefit from the growth. That is why the question “How much are we committed in helping them scale up?” is important.

For Go Negosyo, we are more than willing to partner with private organizations and government sectors to provide the needed assistance for the “small brothers” in the industry. The assistance must not be a dole out, but instead it must be sustainable.

We are calling out for more mentors on the following areas of expertise: Entrepreneurial Mind-setting/Business Sense;Product Development, Marketing, and Cashflow Management! If you are interested to be part of the mission in helping micro and small entrepreneurs, you may email us at mentorme.gonegosyo@gmail.com or call us at 6379347 or 6379229.

The New Brother Mono Laser Series That Means Business

Tuesday, August 9th, 2016


brother1MANILA August 4, 2016 – Brother International Philippines Corp. has launched an all-new mono laser series that delivers high reliability, value and productivity for businesses. Designed in Japan, the four models in the new range comprise two mono laser printers, the HL-L5100DN and HL-L6400DW, and two Multi-Function Centres (MFCs), the MFC-L5900DW and MFC-L6900DW, which serve high print volume office environments.

“The new mono laser series offers reliable performance that Brother is known for, coupled with significant innovations to meet the expectations of a modern workplace,” Brother Philippines President Glenn Hocson said. “Businesses are looking for user-friendly, cost-efficient solutions with outstanding high-volume, quality output that can scale as they grow. These Brother laser printers and Multi-Function Centres provide an excellent combination of dependability, versatility and security to meet office needs.”

Brother has enhanced the new series significantly based on customer feedback, achieving several firsts in the process. This family is the first mono laser range by Brother to print up to 50 pages per minute (ppm)¹. This is also the first Brother mono laser series to feature a new heavy duty Automatic Document Feeder with an 80-sheet capacity, a 60 percent improvement over the previous series². Maximum input capacity has improved by 150 percent to a maximum paper input of 2,650 pages¹, another ‘first’, while the dual CIS supports 100 images per minute (ipm) scanner², another new introduction.

Improved total cost of ownership (TCO)
Brother’s latest mono laser family is built for high efficiency and cost effectiveness. The laser printers and MFCs support monthly print cycles of up to 150,000 pages per month¹, while an ultra high-yield toner¹ enables up to 20,000^ printed pages with cost savings in mind. Compared to the previous mono laser range, the new family has raised maximum paper output capacity by 600 percent, and expanded toner yield by 66 percent for vastly improved TCO.

Superior productivity and ease of use
Productivity is a key feature of the new series. High volume print jobs are easily managed, without the need for frequent paper reloads. The default paper tray can hold up to 520 sheets¹, and optional upgrades of either two additional paper trays or a tower tray provide businesses with a total input capacity of as many as 2,080 sheets¹. A 4-bin Mailbox³ with stacker and sorter makes even easier to share a printer as bins can be assigned to individual users or groups.

Simplified business operations
The new models are easily managed over the network with Brother’s BRAdmin Professional Software. This software includes a suite of security solutions to ensure that documents remain confidential. It is also a network management tool that supports remote configurations and the monitoring of useful information such as page count, toner and drum status. Print costs can be more controlled with the option of setting print quotas for users, while instant notification of printer downtime lets customers attend to the problem quickly.

Customized workflow solutions
As each business is unique and may operate under unpredictable conditions, Brother has developed flexible workflow solutions that can be customized if required. Brother Special Solutions Customization (SSC) enables Brother to collaborate with a business on modifying Brother products for specific business needs. The Brother Solutions Interface (BSI¹), a web-based service platform, aims to improve customers’ productivity and efficiency by allowing software developers to create custom solutions easily.

Mobile convenience
Brother also supports the convenient integration of mobile devices into the workflow. Brother iPrint&Scan, Apple AirPrint® and Google Cloud Print enable users to print directly from their mobile devices. JPEG and PDF documents can be printed, while faxes and copies can be previewed. Apple products can also save documents to iCloud.

Buyers Laboratory (BLI), a widely-respected testing and resource company, has evaluated several of the new Brother models.  BLI noted the significant business value of the new machines:  “The Brother models offer competitive to lower than average cost of ownership,” BLI’s Director of Office Equipment Product Analysis Marlene Orr said.

BLI recognized the machines’ reliability, particularly in high-volume printing.  “Even during peak periods, users won’t see any noticeable slowdowns in output speeds,” Orr added.  She also noted the ease of use: “The smartphone-like interface on the touch-screen models reduces the learning curve, and NFC connectivity eliminates guesswork for mobile printing, offers badge authentication and a quick link to troubleshooting information.”  In addition, BLI pointed to robust scan features that boost worker productivity, and simple and affordable sharing of content and collaboration in the cloud with Brother WebConnect+.

The new Brother mono laser series is now available in the Philippines. For more information, visit www.brother.com.ph or call (02) 581-9819.

1 Applicable to HL-L6400DW and MFC-L6900DW 
2 Applicable only to MFC-L6900DW
³ Applicable only to HL-L6400DW
^ Applicable for TN-3498, in accordance with ISO/IEC 19752
+ Brother WebConnect requires an Internet connection and an account with desired service

 

Angat Lahat

Thursday, August 4th, 2016
More than 600 members of the entrepreneurship community, legislators, government representatives, and partner organizations expressed their support to the mission of Kapatid.

More than 600 members of the entrepreneurship community, legislators, government representatives, and partner organizations expressed their support to the mission of Kapatid.

In unity, there is prosperity.

This has been the outcome of our recent launch of the Kapatid, a Go Negosyo initiative in partnership with the Department of Trade and Industry to strengthen the mentorship program for micro and small entrepreneurs and link them to the value chain of medium and large corporations through inclusive business models.

Last Monday, with the company of the entire Go Negosyo community, we presented “Kapatid”. As mentioned in my previous column, we used the term “Kapatid” which is the Tagalog term for siblings to show the distinctive trait of Filipinos to help their families. We also know how our beloved Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) have sacrificed just to support the younger members of the family.

More than 600 people joined us as we celebrate the partnership of Go Negosyo and the Department of Trade and Industry for this project. Members of the entrepreneur community, legislators, government representatives, and partner organizations expressed their support for the mission.

In my speech, I recognized people who have believed in the advocacy and share in the mission of Go Negosyo.

First, MVP Group Chairman Manny V. Pangilinan who believed from the very first day that entrepreneurship is really the solution to poverty in this country. He’s been a great supporter in helping and promoting entrepreneurship using his companies and projecting entrepreneurs as the new heroes of the Philippines.

Go Negosyo trustees - Justin Uy, William Belo, Alice Eduardo, Rosalind Wee, Myla Villanueva, Corazon Dayro-Ong,Carla Limcaoco, and Go Negosyo founder Joey Concepcion awarded Ramon Lopez for having served as the Executive Director of Go Negosyo for 11 years.

Go Negosyo trustees – Justin Uy, William Belo, Alice Eduardo, Rosalind Wee, Myla Villanueva, Corazon Dayro-Ong,Carla Limcaoco, and Go Negosyo founder Joey Concepcion awarded Ramon Lopez for having served as the Executive Director of Go Negosyo for 11 years.

Of course, I have to recognize the Former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo who can be considered instrumental to the birth of Go Negosyo when she appointed me as the Presidential Consultant for Entrepreneurship.

I also recognized the senators present most especially Sen. Bam Aquino who really inspired us and supported us by creating his first bill, the Go Negosyo Law which created the Negosyo Centers. I felt like giving up but when I saw the bill, I realized that this will help pursue the mission. Senator Grace Poe, Senator Cynthia Villar, Sen. Sonny Angara, and Vice President Leni Robredo are also a source of encouragement for Go Negosyo.

Gawad Kalinga’s Tony Meloto was also there. Aside from my dad, he is one of the people I look up to.

The good progress achieved by Go Negosyo is also shared to our partners, who were always there to support the advocacy. We cannot succeed without their help.

We were also joined by the young, micro and small entrepreneurs from our Youth Entrepreneurship Development Workshop (YEDW) Program; Mentor Me mentees from Negosyo Centers in Mandaluyong and Calamba; and our selected micro entrepreneurs from Cavite and Batangas who needed the support to level up their businesses.

Aling Yoly is one of the micro entrepreneurs we interviewed for Kapatid. She is a vendor and cultivator of oysters and mussels for 33 years which has helped their family in their everyday needs. With a starting capital of 10,000 pesos, she started the business even with limited knowledge and training for it. If we can connect Aling Yoly to a food manufacturer who needs oysters, even with 1% contribution to the supply, she can have a more sustainable income.

Freddie of Batangas who is a farmer can be enrolled in a mentoring session for farmers with other farmers in their region. With the support of agri-entrepreneurs such as Henry Lim Bon Liong (SL Agritech) or Joseph Calata (Calata Corporation) who can give mentoring and capacity building trainings, then they can be equipped with knowledge on how they can multiply their productivity, innovate farming system, and develop farming techniques.

Macario Macaraig, a wooden handicrafts manufacturer, can be linked to souvenir shops. He can also be enrolled in a mentoring session for creativity and innovation.

These are just simple ways on how we can achieve inclusive growth. But there will be more programs that can be developed under this partnership.

Sen. Bam Aquino, Sen. Miguel Zubiri, Sen. Sonny Angara, Sen. Grace Poe, and Sen. Win Gatchalian answered questions on inclusive growth during the forum. The forum was moderated by Atty. Mike Toledo and Shawn Yao.

Sen. Bam Aquino, Sen. Miguel Zubiri, Sen. Sonny Angara, Sen. Grace Poe, and Sen. Win Gatchalian answered questions on inclusive growth during the forum. The forum was moderated by Atty. Mike Toledo and Shawn Yao.

Together with the Go Negosyo trustees – Felix Ang, Justin Uy, William Belo, Alice Eduardo, Rosalind Wee, Myla Villanueva, Corazon Dayro-Ong, and Carla Limcaoco, we recognized Mon Lopez who has been the Executive Director of Go Negosyo since the beginning. He has passionately pushed for the advocacy since 2005.

The highlight of the event was the forum on inclusive growth which featured legislators – Sen. Bam Aquino, Sen. Miguel Zubiri, Sen. Sonny Angara, Sen. Grace Poe, and Sen. Win Gatchalian. Sen. Cynthia Villar was also present in the Kapatid launch.

In totality, the launch is a success after receiving outpouring support for Kapatid. All were eager and ready to help micro and small entrepreneurs. I am so glad that all our entrepreneurs are ready to answer to the call of action.

With the support of DTI, and other partner organizations and hopefully, more government departments, we can all achieve the goal of inclusive growth!

Go Negosyo Launches Kapatid

Wednesday, August 3rd, 2016
Go Negosyo Founder Joey Concepcion.

Go Negosyo Founder Joey Concepcion.

The Philippine Center for Entrepreneurship – Go Negosyo launched “Kapatid: Angat Lahat!” last August 1, 2016. Kapatid is an initiative that encourages medium and large corporations, or the “Big Brother”, to help Micro and Small enterprises (MSEs), or the “Small Brother”, through the use of Inclusive Business (IB) models. Kapatid Project will develop programs to partner MSEs with medium and large enterprises as part of their value chain. This is in partnership with the Department of Trade and Industry led by Sec. Ramon Lopez.

More than 600 guests composed of entrepreneurs, legislators, government representatives and partner organizations joined the launch. Micro and small entrepreneurs from the the first batch of Mentor Me program mentees in Negosyo Centers Mandaluyong and Calamba also attended.

Joey Concepcion, Go Negosyo founder, opened the program and officially launched how Kapatid can help in the goal of achieving inclusive growth. He also led the recognition of Sec. Ramon Lopez for having served as Go Negosyo’s Executive Director for the past 11 years.

A forum featured Senator Bam Aquino, Sen. Sonny Angara, Sen. Miguel Zubiri, Sen. Grace Poe, and Sen. Win Gatchalian and their thoughts on inclusive growth. The forum panelists discussed economic development through business. They also talked about the role of the private sector and the government in achieving inclusive growth.

Go Negosyo Launches Kapatid

Monday, August 1st, 2016

For the past 11 years, Go Negosyo has been advocating for real change in mindset towards entrepreneurship. Back then, entrepreneurship was the last career choice Filipinos would take. But with the continued efforts of Go Negosyo and other groups promoting entrepreneurship, we can say that entrepreneurship now is one of the career paths taken by many.

In our mission to share the advocacy across every region, we have been travelling with our Angelpreneurs and partner mentors and entrepreneurs to conduct negosyo seminars for micro and small, and aspiring entrepreneurs. Through these seminars and mentoring sessions, we were able to see the need for additional support for micro and small entrepreneurs.

When we launched the Mentor Me Program, a business coaching program for aspiring and micro and small entrepreneurs, we aim to assist them scale up in their businesses by aligning their mindset and equipping them with the needed skill sets by lectures and one-on-one mentoring. This is a way to encourage them to innovate and develop their products and services.

Today, we will be launching “Kapatid”, an initiative of Go Negosyo and the Department of Trade and Industry that encourages medium and large corporations, or the “Big Brother”, to help Micro and Small enterprises (MSEs), or the “Small Brother”, through the use of Inclusive Business (IB) models. This is in support to one of the 10-point Economic Agenda of the Duterte Administration.

In the process of Kapatid 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.

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.

Let me share with you the real life stories of some micro entrepreneurs whom we   interviewed.

Yoly Legaspi of Kawit,Cavite is a vendor and cultivator of oysters and mussels for 33 years. She ventured in this business when she was just a teenager with only 10,000 pesos as a starting capital. She was able to grow her business and started selling oyster sauce and fermented mussels. With her business, she was able to send her children to school. She hopes to learn ways on how she can improve her business and eventually reach more customers.

Yoly Legaspi of Kawit,Cavite is a vendor and cultivator of oysters and mussels for 33 years. She ventured in this business when she was just a teenager with only 10,000 pesos as a starting capital. She was able to grow her business and started selling oyster sauce and fermented mussels. With her business, she was able to send her children to school. She hopes to learn ways on how she can improve her business and eventually reach more customers.

Freddie Rosales of Nasugbu, Batangas is a 3rd generation farmer in their family. He started farming vegetables when he was just 11 years old. During off season, he sidelines as a tricycle driver to provide for their everyday expenses. With his savings, he hopes to have his own land to farm in the near future.

Freddie Rosales of Nasugbu, Batangas is a 3rd generation farmer in their family. He started farming vegetables when he was just 11 years old. During off season, he sidelines as a tricycle driver to provide for their everyday expenses. With his savings, he hopes to have his own land to farm in the near future.

Macario Macaraig of Tuy, Batangas is a physically-challenged wooden handicrafts sculptor. Everyday, he takes long walks going to the forest to gather wood for his handicrafts. His products vary from wooden figurines to key chains. In 2 days, he can make 10 products and sells it in the nearby market. He learned sculpting through friends but his skills in painting is what makes his artworks innovative and creative.

Macario Macaraig of Tuy, Batangas is a physically-challenged wooden handicrafts sculptor. Everyday, he takes long walks going to the forest to gather wood for his handicrafts. His products vary from wooden figurines to key chains. In 2 days, he can make 10 products and sells it in the nearby market. He learned sculpting through friends but his skills in painting is what makes his artworks innovative and creative.