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DHL Express Employees in the Philippines Display Commitment to Strengthen their Local Community as Part of Global Volunteer Day 2016

Friday, September 23rd, 2016

Makati City, August 18, 2016: DHL Express, the world’s leading international express service provider, has displayed its commitment to supporting local communities with 784 employees and their family members taking part in its celebration of Global Volunteer Day 2016.

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This event is part of the company’s global drive aimed at giving back to local communities and instilling the spirit of volunteerism among employees. This year, among 60 underprivileged public elementary students from Quezon City were the beneficiaries of the DHL-Teach for the Philippines environmental awareness workshop. Additionally, various activities and discussions on reducing, recycling, and segregating waste were conducted. Fundraising projects such as replacing coffee with water in vending machines in DHL offices, food and clothing bazaars, and a benefit concert were held. The proceeds were donated to charities. A blood donation drive, in partnership with Philippine Red Cross, was also supported by employees and their family members.

“For the past five years, we have been incorporating a sense of social ownership among all of our employees and contributing to the sustainability of the communities through our programs. Though these Global Volunteer Day activities that promote social responsibility, we have ignited a spirit of volunteerism and a sense of fulfillment not only for our employees but also to our customers,” shared Nurhayati Abdullah, Country Manager, DHL Express Philippines.

About Global Volunteer Day

Introduced in Asia Pacific in 2008, Volunteer Day soon expanded into the Americas, Middle East, Africa and Europe and continues to build on its success by involving more employees than ever before. Now a global, Group-wide program, the initiative was rolled out as a year-long program in 2013. On an annual basis, tens of thousands of colleagues at Deutsche Post DHL Group participate in these Global Volunteer Day (GVD) activities, helping out communities in which they live and work. This number has been steadily growing and in 2015, over 110,000 employees from around the world devoted 260,000 hours to GVD related activities.

As part of GVD 2016, DPDHL Group offices around the world are participating in a variety of community projects in support of various local causes. All Global Volunteer Day activities contribute to the Group’s three corporate responsibility focus areas: GoGreen (protecting the environment), GoHelp (providing skill-based help to people in need) and GoTeach (improving educational opportunity and employability).

Nurhayati Abdullah, Country Manager, DHL Express Philippines (middle in the left photo) leads Global Volunteer Day with activities including fundraising projects for charities and a blood donation drive.

Nurhayati Abdullah, Country Manager, DHL Express Philippines (middle in the left photo) leads Global Volunteer Day with activities including fundraising projects for charities and a blood donation drive.

 

Shining a Light to Women

Thursday, September 22nd, 2016

March is the women’s month but it is not too late to celebrate the success of women entrepreneurs!

Last Tuesday, Go Negosyo launched the Special Edition of the Go Negosyo: Inspiring Stories of Women Entrepreneurs. The first edition of this book was published in 2009 and has become one of the best-sellers in book stores. For the special edition, we have 25 new stories of champion ‘womenpreneurs’.

Their stories are additional inspirations to the aspiring entrepreneurs who need an encouragement to pursue their goals and dreams of becoming an entrepreneur.

We were joined by more than 300 entrepreneurs, partner organizations, and government officials. Sen. Bam Aquino, Sen. Miguel Zubiri and Sen. Sonny Angara graced the launch. DOST Secretary Boy Dela Pena joined us as well. Sec. Mon Lopez of course joined us despite his busy schedule.

On the same day of the book launch, we had a simultaneous Mentor Me Roll Out in Cavite and Tacloban. Despite the heavy load for the team, we are glad that we are moving out nationwide as we plan to bring mentorship in all provinces. I shared the efforts done by Go Negosyo for the Kapatid, Angat Lahat program and how we are gathering the support of the private corporations and government agencies.

The featured women entrepreneurs Vivian Sarabia, Corazon Ong, Elizabeth Lahoz, Evelyn Yap, Mary Joy Abaquin, Mylene Abiva, Delby Bragais, Stella Sy, Michelle Reyes, Florence Ko, Donna Jiao, Myrna Yao, Gianna Montinola, Catherine Delantar, Jean Uvero, Josie See, Tess Ngan Tian, Willen Ma, Cathy Turvill, Anya Lim, Ines Fernandez, Anne Gonzalez, Rebecca Bucad, Rossana Llenado, Roxanne Farillas, Yoling Sevilla, Rowie Matti, Michelle Fontelera, Sherill Quintana, Jasmin Basuil, and Dulzzi Gutierrez with Presidential Adviser Joey Concepcion, Secretary Ramon Lopez, and Vice President Leni Robredo.

The featured women entrepreneurs Vivian Sarabia, Corazon Ong, Elizabeth Lahoz, Evelyn Yap, Mary Joy Abaquin, Mylene Abiva, Delby Bragais, Stella Sy, Michelle Reyes, Florence Ko, Donna Jiao, Myrna Yao, Gianna Montinola, Catherine Delantar, Jean Uvero, Josie See, Tess Ngan Tian, Willen Ma, Cathy Turvill, Anya Lim, Ines Fernandez, Anne Gonzalez, Rebecca Bucad, Rossana Llenado, Roxanne Farillas, Yoling Sevilla, Rowie Matti, Michelle Fontelera, Sherill Quintana, Jasmin Basuil, and Dulzzi Gutierrez with Presidential Adviser Joey Concepcion, Secretary Ramon Lopez, and Vice President Leni Robredo.

As I have mentioned many times, mentorship is vital to an entrepreneur. That is why this is the focus of all our efforts.

Vice President Leni Robredo, who came straight from a provincial trip, delivered the keynote speech which all of the women entrepreneurs and also men in the room appreciated. She focused on women empowerment, mentoring, and inclusive growth. She recognized the women entrepreneurs in the book which make “success look easy.”

“We are grateful for Go Negosyo for shining a light to women in this crowd who proved that there is no limit in excellence”, Leni shared. Knowing that starting a business is not an easy task, she commended the women in the room who have pursued passion in their chosen industry.

As we all know, Leni is hands-on when it comes to her advocacies. She travels to provinces and listens to the community members on how she can help them. She discussed their plan of having a comprehensive roadmap on how to empower women across all sectors in the next six years. Part of this plan is to help micro entrepreneurs scale up and become small and medium entrepreneurs (SMEs) through access to inclusive supply chains.

There are two existing innovations which she mentioned: First is her program against hunger and poverty where local government units inked an agreement which requires them to get 30% of food needed in their supplementary feeding program from poor women farmers which then provides income for women and addresses the problems of malnutrition at the same time.

Second is the farmer-entrepreneurship program or inclusive business models where big corporations buy produce from farmers. Some fast-food corporations are buying a part of the vegetable supply from farmers. One of the examples she encountered is the small coastal community in Alabat, Quezon where residents are engaged in producing coco sugar and are now supplying to big corporations.

“Small farmers are given access to big markets without having to go through layers of middlemen,” she said.

VP Leni also stressed the importance of mentoring.

“What if every women entrepreneur featured in this book personally mentors five other women from the fringes of the society who are trying to build their own small business? What if they spent at least an hour each day to teach, encourage and do some handholding? What if we use the power of mentoring to create pockets of hope among the poor?”, Robredo said.

“What the women in the fringes of the society need is mentoring. There is power in the mere thought that someone like you would care enough. There is power in the idea that you would take time for them”, she added.

We appreciate that VP Leni extended their hands in helping Go Negosyo in this collaborative effort of helping entrepreneurs scale-up.

Presidential Adviser Joey Concepcion with Washington Sycip, DOST Secretary Boy Dela Pena and Myrna Yao.

Presidential Adviser Joey Concepcion with Washington Sycip, DOST Secretary Boy Dela Pena and Myrna Yao.

Washington Sycip, who is one of the founders of SGV & Co., the country’s and Asia’s largest accounting and consulting firm also joined us. Before leaving, he shared a wish for the country: “By the end of another six years, when the new president comes in, half of the Senate, half of the House will be women!”

As Go Negosyo releases its latest book edition, it also empowers women in the society to take the first step of their entrepreneurial journey with the knowledge that there are successful women who lead several companies and industries and are on their road to global success!

Go Negosyo Launches its 11th Book: 55 Inspiring Stories of Women Entrepreneurs

Wednesday, September 21st, 2016
The featured women entrepreneurs Vivian Sarabia, Corazon Ong, Elizabeth Lahoz, Evelyn Yap, Mary Joy Abaquin, Mylene Abiva, Delby Bragais, Stella Sy, Michelle Reyes, Florence Ko, Donna Jiao, Myrna Yao, Gianna Montinola, Catherine Delantar, Jean Uvero, Josie See, Tess Ngan Tian, Willen Ma, Cathy Turvill, Anya Lim, Ines Fernandez, Anne Gonzalez, Rebecca Bucad, Rossana Llenado, Roxanne Farillas, Yoling Sevilla, Rowie Matti, Michelle Fontelera, Sherill Quintana, Jasmin Basuil, and Dulzzi Gutierrez with Presidential Adviser Joey Concepcion, Secretary Ramon Lopez, and Vice President Leni Robredo.

The featured women entrepreneurs Vivian Sarabia, Corazon Ong, Elizabeth Lahoz, Evelyn Yap, Mary Joy Abaquin, Mylene Abiva, Delby Bragais, Stella Sy, Michelle Reyes, Florence Ko, Donna Jiao, Myrna Yao, Gianna Montinola, Catherine Delantar, Jean Uvero, Josie See, Tess Ngan Tian, Willen Ma, Cathy Turvill, Anya Lim, Ines Fernandez, Anne Gonzalez, Rebecca Bucad, Rossana Llenado, Roxanne Farillas, Yoling Sevilla, Rowie Matti, Michelle Fontelera, Sherill Quintana, Jasmin Basuil, and Dulzzi Gutierrez with Presidential Adviser Joey Concepcion, Secretary Ramon Lopez, and Vice President Leni Robredo.

Go Negosyo launched the Go Negosyo: Inspiring Stories of 55 Women Entrepreneurs (Special Edition) last Tuesday, September 20. The launch was attended by Vice President Leni Robredo, Trade Secretary Ramon Lopez, Science and Technology Secretary Boy Dela Pena, Senator Bam Aquino, Senator Miguel Zubiri, Senator Sonny Angara and the Go Negosyo entrepreneurship community. The book featured the success stories of women entrepreneurs who with passion and perseverance, conquered their respective industries.

Presidential Adviser Joey Concepcion shared the efforts done for Kapatid most especially the simultaneous Mentor Me roll outs in different provinces. He also stressed the importance of mentorship to which Vice President Leni Robredo also highlighted in her talk.

Presidential Adviser for Entrepreneurship and Go Negosyo Founder Joey Concepcion.

Presidential Adviser for Entrepreneurship and Go Negosyo Founder Joey Concepcion.

Vice President Leni Roberdo.

Vice President Leni Roberdo.

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Vice President Leni Robredo shared how women prove that there is no limit in excellence. She also mentioned the women empowerment programs which she has been doing with cooperative groups and women’s groups. She discussed their plan of having a comprehensive roadmap on how to empower women in the next six years. Part of this plan is to help micro entrepreneurs level-up and become small and medium entrepreneurs through access to finance. She also highlighted the inclusive business models which are helping women farmers and small communities in the rural areas reach sustainability.

Vice President Robredo also stressed the importance of mentoring.

“What if every women entrepreneur featured in this book personally mentors women from the fringes of the society who are trying to build their own small business? What if they spent an hour each day to teach, encourage and do some handholding? What if we use the power of mentoring to create pockets of hope among the poor?” Robredo said.

“There is power in the mere thought that someone like you would care enough. There is power in the idea that you would take time to empower them”, she added.

As Go Negosyo releases its latest book edition, it also empowers women in the society to take the first step of their entrepreneurial journey with the knowledge that there are successful women who lead industries and are on their road to global success!

The Next Big Food Entrepreneur: The Secret Ingredient

Friday, September 16th, 2016


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Mercato Centrale founders Anton Diaz and RJ Ledesma are often asked, “What is the secret to a successful food business?” And they will tell you: it is definitely more than just the food.

Now on its 5th year, The Next Big Food Entrepreneur makes sure all aspiring foodtrepreneurs understand the five things that matter most in starting a successful food business:
* Delicious Food
* Food Packaging
* Visual Merchandising
* Marketing
* Customer Service

In an intensive 4-week program, contestants are trained by industry experts in these five areas, the end goal of which is for each one to emerge with a stronger food concept that is built to last.

In the end, this year’s winner gets:
* P100,000 in startup capital
* 6-months rent-free stay in Mercato Centrale markets
* Mentorship by Anton Diaz and RJ Ledesma and more!

How To Join?

#NBFE2016 is open to all ASPIRING FOOD ENTREPRENEURS ages 18 and above, residing and citizens of the Philippines.

If you fit the bill, simply download and fill up the application form here: http://tinyurl.com/nbfe2016app 

The document also contains the terms and conditions with the full mechanics of the competition. Take note of the important dates so that you don’t miss out!

The application form, along with other necessary documents, must be sent to nbfe2016.mercato@gmail.com with the title “#NBFE2016” + [Name of Business]. Deadline of submissions is on October 7, 2016, 11:59PM.

Qualified participants will bring their best food forward and serve samples of their dishes to 100 guests and judges at The Grand Taste Test. The top 7 with the best dish will turn their hobby into an actual business by going through the Design Mentorship Workshops and The Real Market Experience.

For 4 weekends, they will operate in Mercato Centrale markets rent-free while testing out the feasibility of their business plan. The top 3 to win the hearts and taste buds of the customers will pitch their plans at The Finals – where only one will be crowned The Next Big Food Entrepreneur!

It’s time to put your love for food to the test! What is your secret ingredient?

For inquiries, contact Candice Gan (+639209453471) or email us at nbfe2016.mercato@gmail.com

Mentor Me Program Launched in Iloilo and Zamboanga

Thursday, September 15th, 2016

Go Negosyo and the Department of Trade and Industry kick off the Mentor Me program last September 14 in Zamboanga and Iloilo!

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(L-R) Go Negosyo angelpreneurs Vix Madlangbayan and Carlo Calimon.

(L-R) Go Negosyo angelpreneurs Vix Madlangbayan and Carlo Calimon.

The Zamboanga launch happened in the DTI-Zamboanga City Office with Angelpreneurs Vix Madlangbayan and Carlo Calimon sharing their expertise on Entrepreneurial Mindsetting and Marketing respectively. The Angelpreneurs were joined by local entrepreneurs from Zamboanga: Arnold Sotto of Sotto’s Delicacies and Angie Ilul of Angie’s Yakan Cloth in the inspirational forum where the audience member were given the chance to ask business questions. Mentor Me program Zamboanga was organized by the Go Negosyo team and DTI Region 9 led by Regional Director Sitti Jain and Provincial Director Rolando Acuna.

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(L-R) Go Negosyo angelpreneurs Ping Sotto and Willy Arcilla.

(L-R) Go Negosyo angelpreneurs Ping Sotto and Willy Arcilla.

The Iloilo launch took place in the Sarabia Manor Hotel. Angelpreneurs Willy Arcilla, who talked about Marketing, and Ping Sotto, who taught the attendees the proper entrepreneurial mindset, graced the event. In the inspirational forum, Bjorn Tomter of Einar’s Natural Food Export and Greg Palabrica of Mushroom Goodies Galore shared their success stories and answered questions from the audience. Mentor Me program Iloilo was organized by the Go Negosyo team and DTI Region 6 led by RD Rebecca Rascon ad Iloilo Provincial Director Diosdado Cadena Jr.
Mentor Me is a series of mentoring sessions supervised by the Negosyo Centers all over the country. This program is under the KAPATID initiative of Go Negosyo and DTI and its coming to cities all over the Philippines this September and October!

 

Duterte and the MSME Development Agenda

Thursday, September 15th, 2016

Last week while I was in Laos, I was able to meet briefly President Duterte while he was walking to a room with the other ministers to meet various groups. That day, the President was the superstar with people from different countries wanting a photo with him. Apparently, people were curious to meet the person who was extremely passionate about making the Philippines a drug-free nation.

During his talk at the ASEAN Business and Investment Summit, his speech was straightforward. During the photo session, I asked him if I could have a meeting with him to discuss our ‘Kapatid, Angat Lahat’ program and other important issues. He said to set it, and thanks to the very efficient assistant of the President, Sec. Bong Go, we were told we could meet Monday evening. Although Monday was a holiday, it was still good news to be given a slot when I was told some people had to wait much longer.

We were given 30 minutes to present but since there was a delay due to the agrarian reform committee which made the president engaged with pressing issues, all other appointments were pushed back. The delay was perfectly fine with us as it gave Sec. Mon and myself the time to have a lengthy discussion with DOLE Director IV Dominique Tutay on the pressing labor contracting issue.  George Barcelon, President of the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry was also in that meeting with us together with DOST Sec. Boy De La Pena, DA Usec. Ariel Cayanan, and Go Negosyo Consultant on MSME Development Merly Cruz.

President Duterte met with Presidential Consultant for Entrepreneurship Joey Concepcion to discuss Kapatid, Angat Lahat.

President Duterte met with Presidential Consultant for Entrepreneurship Joey Concepcion to discuss Kapatid, Angat Lahat.

That night, I had three major topics for discussion with the president: the Kapatid program, the contractualization issue and the ASEAN Summit which the Philippines is hosting next year in time with its 50th year as I was recently appointed to chair the ASEAN Business Advisory Council which is basically the private sector counterpart.

We started with a presentation on Kapatid.  I told him that my passion which is MSME Development has been there for the last 12 years just like his passion in making a drug-free country.

I explained to him the vision behind Kapatid, which meant sibling. Kapatid is the brand that we are using to promote inclusive growth. This also pertains to the Big Brothers (Large Corporations), and the Small Brothers (Micro, Small, and Medium Enterprises) in the community which can help one another in reaching growth and success. Kapatid’s tagline: Angat Lahat empowers every entrepreneur to level up regardless the size and industry.

I was seated in front of him and saw that he was pleased as I was explaining the program. The micro SMEs need our help more than the others. Many MSMEs are not able to get mentors to guide them. Some did not receive the best education as well. This is where the big companies have agreed to share their talent in the massive mentoring program. Sec. Mon Lopez will be the first secretary to give focus on this area.

This discussion set the tone for the entire night.

I asked the president if he mind discussing the next topic which would be contractualization. This has bothering the business community for some time now. I told him that endo or end of contract must be stopped but I suggested that the business community can continue to hire service providers on the condition that these providers will regularize them and give them the due benefits which includes retirement pay and most of all security of tenure. What is important is job security in the end. The objective is really job creation and that the employers (whether direct hiring or through agencies) do not really matter provided the conditions are met. I,  Sec. Mon and George Barcelon was pleased that the President agreed to the proposal.

This is a win-win for all parties concerned. I also suggested that, like in the past, let us continue to maintain industrial peace because for the past 12 years, our country has faced very few strikes. We should continue to foster this atmosphere. This will enable us to bring in more investors. The President was very supportive. The priority in his mind was job creation and increase of the incomes of employees. I do believe change is now happening let’s give our President the chance to show us the way.

In closing, I simply mentioned the ASEAN Summit which we will be hosting next year. I asked him to consider holding the ASEAN in the Mall of Asia boulevard area where the new airport road will be opened and more hotels are being finished. And he agreed to this proposal as well. This will be the chance for the Philippines, under the Duterte administration, to showcase our strength in international business community.

PLDT SME Nation, Rappler Honor New Batch of #BeTheBoss Awardees

Wednesday, September 14th, 2016

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On its second year, #BeTheBoss continues to inculcate digital technology in making businesses big as the winners’ night took place last September 9, 2016 at the Conrad Manila in Pasay City.

#BeTheBoss is the first social media crowdsourcing search for a new generation of entrepreneurs who are harnessing digital tools to grow their businesses.

The panelists for this year include Eric Alberto of PLDT, Laura Verallo de Bertotto of VMV Hypoallergenics, Luigi Nuñez of Global Beer Zero Inc., Maria Ressa of Rappler.com, Mitch Locsin of PLDT Smart SME Nation, Senator Bam Aquino and Chot Reyes of Media5.

Accumulated votes from the panel plus the highest public votes determines the winners for the award, The Sexy Chef, Sky Eye Inc., Holy Carabao, and Pedro Brewcrafters emerged as winners for this year’s #BeTheBoss Awards.

Boss for E-commerce Rachel Alejandro and Barni Rennebeck of The Sexy Chef, Boss for Innovative Solutions Matthew Cua of Sky Eye, Inc., Boss for Social Responsibility Hindy Weber-Tantoco and Melanie Go of Holy Carabao, and Boss for Social Media Jill Borja, Nadine Fanlo, and Jaime Fanlo of Pedro Brewcrafters.

The winners of each category will be sent to Silicon Valley to experience networking opportunities to different top companies and each winner will also receive a BIZ Kit that includes a mobile phone, laptop and a tablet.

With performances by CRWN and World Hip Hop International 2016 Megacrew’s champions, UPeepz, Curtis Smith and Ransom Collective, the winner’s night was truly a celebration of passion, determination and excellence.

 

Pursuit for Real Inclusive Growth

Thursday, September 8th, 2016

The theme of this year’s ASEAN Business and Investment Summit (ABIS) in Vientiane, Laos, of which I had the privilege of attending, is “Operationalizing AEC – Turning Vision into Reality”.    ABIS is ASEAN’s premier annual Business and Investment event and is currently hosted by Laos.

President Rodrigo Duterte and ​Presidential Consultant for Entrepreneurship Joey Concepcion together with the ASEAN-Business Advisory Council members.

President Rodrigo Duterte and ​Presidential Consultant for Entrepreneurship Joey Concepcion together with the ASEAN-Business Advisory Council members.

AEC, or ASEAN Economic Cooperation, was one ongoing concern that is close to my father’s heart.   Aside from being known for NAMFREL, I can still remember my dad JoeCon being active in the ASEAN Chambers of Commerce and Industry (ASEAN-CCI).  He was then named founding chairman of the ASEAN Business Advisory Council (ASEAN-BAC) Philippines, with Miguel Varela and Rose Teodoro as fellow council members. This was his passion and many of the council members are his good friends. He was one of the senior members in in the council since most of them have the same age as I do. I am glad to have the passion that my dad had.

During the summit, I was appointed as the new chair for the ASEAN-BAC Philippines. I am honored. This is a big role to take but I am willing and looking forward to the things that we can do for the country. Next year, the Philippines will host the ASEAN Summit to be led President Rodrigo Duterte who have been recognized by the regional leaders for his political will. He was warmly received and recognized by the ASEAN Heads of Government.

One of the highlights to the ABIS is the ASEAN Business Awards which was launched in 2007 to “give recognition to companies that have contributed to the growth and prosperity of the ASEAN economy”. They also recognized ASEAN Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) that have the potential to grow globally.

 President Rodrigo Duterte with the Philippine delegates and ASEAN Business Awards winners.

President Rodrigo Duterte with the Philippine delegates and ASEAN Business Awards winners.

I am glad to witness the gala night which recognizes Philippine entrepreneurs and brands. In fact, we won the most number of awards from 80 companies that competed. The panelists that judged the event came from the 10 ASEAN countries and ASEAN Business Awards partner KPMG.

Three Philippine companies were awarded with the AEC Priority Integration Sector Excellence Award and they are: EMS Component Assembly (electronics category), Oryspa Spa Solutions (healthcare), and Anthill Fabric Gallery (textile).

Oryspa Spa Solutions is headed by Go Negosyo advocate and entrepreneur-mentor Sherill Quintana. She has one of the inspiring stories. She started with a small company that specializes in aromatherapy, selling candles and spa products. Oryspa Spa Solutions introduced the use of rice bran or ‘bran’ in personal care products. Today, Sherill and her passion led her to Singapore as its first international market.

Anthill Fabric Gallery is also an awardee. This social enterprise that showcases the Philippine weaving tradition. ANTHILL stands for Alternative Nest and Trading Hub for Indigenous/Ingenious Little Livelihood seekers. Its founder, Anya Lim, strives to fulfil its mission of keeping traditional Filipino craftsmanship alive by tapping three different indigenous communities: Abra Weaving Community, Daraghuyan-Bukidnon tribe, and the home community in Cebu. Anya is one of Go Negosyo’s Innovative Young Entrepreneurs in 2014.

Both Sherill and Anya are part of the latest book of Go Negosyo – Inspiring Stories of 55 Women Entrepreneurs.

Presidential Consultant for Entrepreneurship Joey Concepcion with Tan Sri Dato' Dr. Mohd Munir Bin Adbul Majid, Chairman of ASEAN-BAC Malaysia; Christine Lagarde, Managing Director of International Monetary Fund; and Oudet Souvannavong, Chairman of ASEAN BAC.

Presidential Consultant for Entrepreneurship Joey Concepcion with Tan Sri Dato’ Dr. Mohd Munir Bin Adbul Majid, Chairman of ASEAN-BAC Malaysia; Christine Lagarde, Managing Director of International Monetary Fund; and Oudet Souvannavong, Chairman of ASEAN BAC.

Aside from them, Sunlight Foods (employment category), Global Foods Solution (growth), and Jewel Collection Manufacturing Co. (innovation) won the SME Excellence Awards. Zeenoh Inc., got the Best Innovative SME Award.

Other Philippine companies that are runners up were Sanitary Care Products Asia, and Manila Catering Services (both for employment), Cater King (innovation), and Manila Catering Services (corporate social responsibility).

I must say that exciting times for entrepreneurship are ahead of us most especially that Philippines will soon be the ASEAN-BAC Chair next year. With the chairmanship of the Philippines in the ASEAN and ASEAN-BAC, we can look forward to a stronger partnership of the private and public sector in the ASEAN region that will support the business sector to a global level.

We did well in hosting the Asia-Pacific Economic Conference (APEC) last year, and we should do the same next year as we host ASEAN Summit 2017. We shall integrate all efforts to know the best practices in MSME Development, among other things. Tessie Sy-Coson and George Barcelon are also part of the ASEAN-BAC Philippines and they too will play a very big role especially Tessie who has been ASEAN-BAC Philippine chair for the past 6 years. And of course, George who will have the backing of Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry. We hope that the entire Go Negosyo community will support this event.

Joey Concepcion Appointed as Chair of ASEAN-BAC

Wednesday, September 7th, 2016

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Presidential Consultant on Entrepreneurship and Go Negosyo Founder Joey Concepcion was named the next chair of the ASEAN Business Advisory Council (ASEAN-BAC) last September 6 in Laos.

The Philippines is the incoming host of the ASEAN Summit 2017 and Joey Concepcion will serve as the host Chair for ASEAN-BAC from the private sector.

“My father was ASEAN Business Advisory Council chair for many years. And it is an honor to be appointed as the incoming ASEAN-BAC chair for next year. We did well in the APEC Summit last year and as I assume the chairmanship of ASEAN, we hope to have the same active participation of the entrepreneurship community and the whole country!” says Concepcion.

 

Pinoy Companies Win Big in the ASEAN Business Awards

Tuesday, September 6th, 2016

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Go Negosyo sends its congratulations to Filipino entrepreneurs who won in the 2016 ASEAN Business Awards in Laos.

Three Filipino companies were awarded the AEC Priority Integration Sector Excellence Award: EMS Component Assembly (electronics category), Oryspa Spa Solutions, (health care), and ANTHILL Fabric Gallery (textile).

Winning the SME Excellence Awards were Sunlight Foods (employment category), Global Foods Solution (growth), and Jewel Collection Manufacturing Co. (innovation).

The Best Innovative SME Award went to Zeenoh, Inc., whose owner, Jhondee Abenaza was a recipient of the first PCCI Young Entrepreneur Award (PYOEA).

Runners up were Sanitary Care Products Asia and Manila Catering Services (both for employment), Cater King (innovation) and Manila Catering Services (corporate social responsibility).

Three of the winning entrepreneurs, Anya Lim (ANTHILL Fabric Gallery), Sherill Quintana (Oryspa Spa Solutions) and Tiks Laurel (Cater King) are featured in Go Negosyo’s latest book: “Joey Concepcion’s 55 Inspiring Stories of Women Entrepreneurs: Special Edition” to be released soon.

Source: aseanbac.ph