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Forum 5: Mainstreaming Market Access and Expanding Market Reach: Discussion on Innovative Platforms and Opportunities for tapping new and growing your market

Monday, February 26th, 2018

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As a developing country with a high gender-inclusivity rating – 10th in the Global Gender Gap Index 2017 of the World Economic Forum – the Philippines has harnessed formidable spaces in the digital sphere catering to the women sector.

Digital marketing plays an essential role in the growth of ASEAN countries’ digital economy. At the height of e-commerce, businesses today are going digital – slowly overtaking, if not replacing, the brick-and-mortar industries. Despite this change, MSME’s have yet to completely overcome issue hindering its growth: the lack of market access.

In the “Mainstreaming Market Access and Expanding Market Reach: Discussion on Innovative Platforms and Opportunities for Tapping New and Growing your market” forum of the 10th Filipina Entrepreneurship Summit, invited panelists will take on the essential role of digital economy in boosting market reach of Filipina entrepreneurs.

The forum will feature panelists that will discuss innovative platforms and opportunities in increasing MSMEs access not only to domestic but global markets. It will also highlight e-commerce as a powerful tool to take advantage of when they want to grow their market faster.

What is the role the women entrepreneurs in this paradigm shift? How can other business replicate their business models to ensure growth? These are some of the issues the fifth forum hopes to address.

Invited panelists are Inanc Balci, CEO and Co-founder of Lazada Philippines, Agatha Soh, Regional Marketing Head of Shopee, Constantin Robertz, Managing Director of Zalora Philippines, Atty. Paul Santos, President of Philippine Retailers Association, Steven Cua, President of Philippine Amalgamated Supermarkets Association, Inc., Jeannie Javelosa, Lead of GREAT Women in ASEAN Initiative, with Bettina Quimson, Senior Advisor for ICT of ASEAN BAC Philippines moderating the discussion.

In this forum, key personalities from various fields will examine the impact of the digital sphere in promoting and developing their businesses. The panelists will also provide a glimpse of the status of business innovation in the country, its successes and challenges – and the ways they have overcome them.

The summit aims to provide inspiration and support to the significance of women’s economic power in the country by recognizing women champions who will serve as role models where more people especially the women can learn from and emulate.

Apart from the discussions, participants will have an opportunity to be part of the largest mentoring event happening in one day where 50 mentors at the least will be present to share their insights and expertise.

The Filipina Entrepreneurship Summit expects to gather 7000 participants hailing from various stakeholders such as women entrepreneurs, young entrepreneurs, students and administrators from the academe, business organizations, NGOs, cooperatives and government officials.

If you have not yet registered, visit www.gonegosyo.net to secure your seat and prepare to be amazed by the beauty and power of the Filipina women.

 

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The Filipina Entrepreneurship Summit is an annual summit is centered on reinforcing the entrepreneurial spirit of the Filipino people, particularly the Filipina and recognizing their capacity to be agents of change and progress. It also aims to provide inspiration and support to the significance of women’s economic power by covering different entrepreneurship and empowerment topics to be highlighted by plenary talks and forums featuring prominent female personalities. Now on it’s 10th year, we invite you to be part of the biggest women negosyo summit and mentoring event of the year!

For more info., please call ‎‎‎(02) 631-5001 or email filipinasummit.gonegosyo@gmail.com

Mga Inspiring Pinay, Panalo sa Negosyong Bubusog sa inyo!

Friday, February 23rd, 2018

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On February 21, 2018, Go Negosyo sa Radyo hosts DJ Cheska San Diego-Bobadilla and Sen. Bam Aquino were joined by Evelyn Daytao of Daytao Native Cakes, Lydia Lomibao of House of Pili, and Josie See of Peanut World in a discussion with some of the inspiring Filipinas who have made it in the food industry.

It is no secret that Filipinos love food, whether its a large buffet meal or a simple pica-pica. This makes the food industry a very attractive area to venture in. As DJ Cheska said, one could never go wrong in the food business. To which Sen. Bam agreed because indeed the snacking culture is ingrained in many Filipinos.

In this episode, three inspiring women entrepreneurs shared their experiences in managing their own food business born out of the combination of perseverance and passion.

Lydia Lomibao is a staunch advocate of pili nuts – regarded as ‘King of Nuts’  by foreigners for its distinctive softness and buttery taste. She established J.Emmanuel Pastries ‘The House of Pili’ together with her husband with the meager amount of P500 from their last remaining wedding money. They started making pili tarts with this and delivered them to downtown stores in Naga City.  Today, through their perseverance and aide from local government agencies, the business has now grown to become a multi-awarded and Bicol’s leading pili nut processor and exporter of pili. In 2017, Lydia was awarded as one of the Inspiring Filipina Entrepreneurs in the micro-small entrepreneur category.

Daytao’s Native Cakes owned by former OFW Evelyn Daytao started when she decided to join one of her town’s annual activities ‘Tarlac Kakanin Festival,’ which she won twice. Eventually the judges from Tarlac’s LGU encouraged her to start her own business. With the support of the local government she established Daytao’s Native Cakes, using locally sourced raw materials as ingredients for her delicacies. Evelyn was also one of the 2017 Inspiring Filipina Entrepreneurs Awardees in the micro-small entrepreneur category.

Josie See, is the woman behind Peanut World – home of delicious nuts currently with over 80 branches nationwide. Josie started as a practicing optometrist for two years. Even back then, she already loved eating peanuts, being a regular in one of the nearby peanut stalls in her office. After a while she noticed the limited choices of peanut flavors. This gave her the idea of conceptualizing her own business which led to the establishment of the very first Peanut World Cart, located in Ever Gotesco Grand Central. With the success of the first store, she began to expand her business by applying in various SM Supermalls. Josie was one of the Inspiring Filipina Entrepreneurs of 2015.

ON BEING A WOMAN ENTREPRENEUR

When asked if juggling between being both a woman and an entrepreneur is difficult, Lydia said it is not. Between men and women, she stated that women are more flexible. “Ito talaga ang what is best in me, napakaflexible ko. I can always balance everything,” she said.

For Evelyn, a single mother with one child, it was not so easy. Her early days in the business, include going from building to building to sell her delicacies to whoever would be interested to buy. She shared that her previous job as an OFW became a stepping stone for her business. There she learned the ability to accomplish many things at once, which has proven to be very helpful in doing her business today.

Josie on the other hand emphasized that a woman’s mother instinct and heart is one of the advantages of being a woman entrepreneur. “Ako ang nalalapitan ng mga empleyado kapag may problema,” she shared.

EMOTIONS AND ENTREPRENEURSHIP

One of the main prejudices against women in the business industry is the tendency of their emotions to get in the way. Our guests were asked how they handle them in terms of doing business.

For Josie, it’s a continuous learning process with emotions. Even though at time it may get to you, what’s important is how you address it. “Pag may mistake ako pinag-iisipan ko kung pano nangyari ito, maybe kasi naging ganito ang attitude ko,” she shared.

Emotions were never a problem for Lydia. “Sa business kasi lagi ko nang sineset aside na ‘hold on to your emotions’ ibig sabihin kung magiging emotional ka lang naman baka wala kayong ma achieve,” she said. Lydia further emphasized how crying over spilled milk will get you nowhere, what matters ultimately is focusing on your end goal and never looking back.

For Evelyn on the other hand, it has been an emotional journey with her business especially with her solely managing the business. She revealed that she has her share of days filled with pressure and stress having to deal with her people and customers as well. Despite this, she imparts how it’s all worth it in the end. “Nakakatuwa din kasi yung tao, sila din yung magpapalakas sa iyo. Pag nakikita mo yung loyalty nila, yun yung mag eencourage sa iyo to go on,” Evelyn said.

WHAT WOULD YOU BE IF YOU WERE YOUR PRODUCT?

To end the lively discussion, Sen. Bam Aquino asked each guest what they would be if they were their own products.

Lydia answered that she would be the ‘Au Naturel’ pili peanuts or the classic plain pili peanuts. “Ready kasing kung anong ilagay mo. Ready to face challenges. I am an action person, I do not wait,” said Lydia.

For Evelyn, she is their best-selling delicacy – suman. “Malagkit ito, hindi madaling gumive-up, kahit maraming flavor na pinagdaanan mananatili siyang masarap,” she said.

Josie on the other hand, is mixed nuts.  She shared that the feeling you get from the anticipation of getting different kinds of flavors and type of nuts is similar to her attitude in doing business.  “Excited kasi ako parati, because nakita naman natin na tatlo na yung concept namin, pag nagcoconceptualize kami energetic ako pag ganon,” Josie said.

These three successful women have different experiences and approaches while pursuing their business ventures. But one thing remains the same, that Filipina women entrepreneurs have the passion and the drive to realize their dreams.

Get to know this year’s set of Inspiring of Filipina Entrepreneurs on March 6 at the 10th Filipina Entrepreneurship Summit, happening at the World Trade Center. For more info., please call (02) 631-5001 or email filipinasummit.gonegosyo@gmail.com

 

Forum 4: Doing Business the Millennial Way: Insights and Advices from Young Entrepreneurs

Thursday, February 22nd, 2018

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Today’s technology has leveled the playing field in terms of doing business. In this new age of computers, smartphones and a tech-savvy population, the power to start a business can be right at your fingertips.

The widespread popularity of social media platforms such as Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and the booming online marketplace manifested by the success of sites such as Lazada, Shoppee, and Zalora, just proves that technology and business go hand in hand.

It is noteworthy that these thriving online companies were established mainly by millennial entrepreneurs.

According to the 2016 BNP Paribas Global Entrepreneur Report, millennials are starting businesses at significantly younger ages than their counterparts from previous generations. By the age of 27 these millennial entrepreneurs were reported to be managing more ventures and workers compared to their older generation who start roughly at 35.

This widespread desire to start a business may be attributed to this generation’s strong and ambitious drive to create something for themselves and find their niche in the world.

As we celebrate women’s month, Go Negosyo, in partnership with the ASEAN Business Advisory Council Philippines is set to stage the 10th Filipina Entrepreneurship Summit with the theme, “Bridging the Gap: Leading Women to Greater Prosperity through Mentorship, Money, and Market.”

Entrepreneurs coming from diverse industries who are pushing the boundaries of innovation in the digital landscape will be sharing their insights and advices in the forum entitled “Doing Business the Millennial Way: Insights and Advices from Young Entrepreneurs.”

Featured in this forum are young inspiring entrepreneurs coming from diverse industries who are disrupting their industries and empowering their respective communities.

Invited women entrepreneurs to join us in this talk are: Krie Lopez, Founder of Messy Bessy Cleaners, Cherrie Atilano, Founder and CEO of Agrea Agricultural Systems, Nicole Paterno, Founder of 1000 Angels, Helen Kaye Layco, CEO of Macho Mucho, Maria Tan, President and CEO of MFT Group, Valenis Balece, Founder and CEO of Peekawoo, Abbey Sy,  Aya Fernandez, Founder and President of Project Lily PH, Jen Gerodiaz-Diaz, CEO and Founder of Snoe Beauty and Angely Dub, CEO of Access Travel. Moderating the discussion will be TV Host, Gretchen Ho.

Aside from hearing from the talks from a pool of inspiring women innovators, participants will also have an opportunity to be part of the largest mentoring event happening in one day where 50 mentors at the least will be present to share their insights and expertise.

The Filipina Entrepreneurship Summit expects to gather 7000 participants hailing from various stakeholders such as women entrepreneurs, young entrepreneurs, students and administrators from the academe, business organizations, NGOs, cooperatives and government officials.

If you have not yet registered, visit www.gonegosyo.net to secure your seat and prepare to be amazed by the beauty and power of the Filipina women!

 

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The Filipina Entrepreneurship Summit is an annual summit is centered on reinforcing the entrepreneurial spirit of the Filipino people, particularly the Filipina and recognizing their capacity to be agents of change and progress. It also aims to provide inspiration and support to the significance of women’s economic power by covering different entrepreneurship and empowerment topics to be highlighted by plenary talks and forums featuring prominent female personalities. Now on it’s 10th year, we invite you to be part of the biggest women negosyo summit and mentoring event of the year!

For more info., please call ‎‎‎(02) 631-5001 or email filipinasummit.gonegosyo@gmail.com

Strengthening partnerships

Thursday, February 22nd, 2018
PA Joey Concepcion (right) attends the 10th Biennial National Convention and 20th founding anniversary celebration of the Chinese Filipino Business Club Inc. Also in photo are Chinese Ambassador Zhao Jianhua, Filipino-Chinese General Chamber of Commerce Inc. president James Dy, Federation of Filipino Chinese Chamber of Commerce and Industry Inc. president Domingo Yap and presidential legal counsel Salvador Panelo.

PA Joey Concepcion (right) attends the 10th Biennial National Convention and 20th founding anniversary celebration of the Chinese Filipino Business Club Inc. Also in photo are Chinese Ambassador Zhao Jianhua, Filipino-Chinese General Chamber of Commerce Inc. president James Dy, Federation of Filipino Chinese Chamber of Commerce and Industry Inc. president Domingo Yap and presidential legal counsel Salvador Panelo.

Our President Duterte is keen on strengthening ties and partnerships with key stakeholders who can contribute to the country’s mission of development and growth. He has been in talks with various groups and representatives of different countries. I was also part of those engagements as a member of his official delegation in state visits and meetings.

Last Monday, I was invited to join the 10th Biennial National Convention and 20th founding anniversary of the Chinese Filipino Business Club Inc. (CFBCI) which is led by its president William Yap. The celebration was attended by former president Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, China Ambassador Zhao Jianhua, Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea, Sen. Cynthia Villar, and other Cabinet secretaries and government officials.

The gathering was made special with the attendance of President Duterte who thanked the Filipino-Chinese community for their “untiring toil to help the entire nation in the many catastrophes and crises faced in the past.”

A day after, my good friend and Go Negosyo advocate Rex Daryanani, and the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce Inc. had their induction ceremony and oath taking of their new board of directors in Malacañang. It was actually the President who invited them and treated the whole organization to dinner after seeing their efforts in the country’s development.

The Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce Philippines has represented the Indian business community since 1951 and has contributed to nation building ever since.

When we had the Christmas Townhall with the President in December 2016, where we launched the program Negosyo Para sa Kapayapaan sa Sulu, the Indian Chamber was one of the first to respond to the call to help Sulu in its socio-economic development. Because of Rex and their members, construction is underway on the very first Indian Chamber Kapatid Village located in the municipality of Pata, Sulu. Aside from this, they have also provided the seaweed fishermen of Sulu with fishing boats. A total of 110 fishing boats were given to various barangays.

Additionally, they have been supporting the people of Sulu through donations of toys and clothes and through medical missions conducted by the military.

The Board of Directors and members of the Federation of Indian Chamber of Commerce Philippines, led by Rex Daryanani, together with President Duterte, Indian Ambassador Jaideep Mazumdar and Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea.

The Board of Directors and members of the Federation of Indian Chamber of Commerce Philippines, led by Rex Daryanani, together with President Duterte, Indian Ambassador Jaideep Mazumdar and Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea.

When Marawi was under siege, Go Negosyo called for the support of Kapatid brothers to help displaced Maranao brothers and sisters. Their chamber was again first in the list of supporters and donors. They sent a 40-foot container van of relief goods and basic needs of evacuees. They also partnered with two schools in Manila to write letters for kids in Marawi. The letters were full of encouragement, hope, love and prayers, wishes that all would end well.

Indians are one of the most charitable people I know. Rex and his chamber have always been a partner of Go Negosyo for its humanitarian efforts and MSME development programs. They also have one of the largest delegation who attended our ASEAN activities last year. And for that, I am always grateful for their support.

I am honored to have been given the Padma Shri Award from the Indian Chamber. As Rex mentioned in his speech last Tuesday, the award “seeks to recognize achievements in all fields of activities or disciplines where an element of public service is involved.”

To end his speech, Rex assured the President that the Indian Chamber is a partner in nation building. President Duterte appreciates the support from the Filipino-Indian community.

President Duterte shared that when he recently went to India and met with Indian President Narendra Modi, they mutually agreed to treat their citizens equally, protect each other and govern with the same compassion.

This is the kind of relationships that we need as our country continues to progress. With the support of different nations and stakeholders, we will all achieve prosperity for all.

Go Negosyo Celebrates Milestones of its Filipina Entrepreneurship Summit

Tuesday, February 20th, 2018

Filipino women are known for being resilient, passionate, and innovative. A Filipina can take on any role and be successful in doing it. That is why, these Filipino women are considered as catalysts of change and progress in the society.

Go Negosyo’s annual Filipina Entrepreneurship Summit is anchored on empowering, inspiring, encouraging, and providing better opportunities for women across the country. It also fires up the entrepreneurial spirit among aspiring Filipina entrepreneurs and provides inspiration and support to the importance of women’s economic prowess.

For 2018, Go Negosyo is celebrating a milestone as it stages the 10th Filipina Entrepreneurship Summit. It has been a decade of highlighting women empowerment and entrepreneurship.

Ten years of inspiring more Filipina comes with remarkable milestones:

1.) The first Filipina Entrepreneurship Summit was held in March 2, 2009.

The first FES was created to empower women by showcasing women entrepreneurs who were ale to overcome challenges and manage successful and lucrative business ventures.

2.) The first Inspiring Filipina Entrepreneurs recognized by Go Negosyo during the Filipina Entrepreneurship Summit are: Eulalia Baylon, Founder of the Immaculate Concepcion College; Helena Benitez, Founder of Philippine Women University; and Socorro Ramos, Founder of National Bookstore.

(Left to Right) Helene Benitez and Socorro Ramos

(Left to Right) Helene Benitez and Socorro Ramos

3.) In the Filipina Entrepreneurship Summit 2010, Go Negosyo launched its 5th book entitled Tagumpay Mula Sa Kahirapan: 100 Inspiring Stories of Small Entrepreneurs which featured stories of Filipinos who have beaten poverty through entrepreneurship.

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The 100 featured micro entrepreneurs all attended the summit held in World Trade Center, Pasay City.

4.) The largest number of attendees ever recorded for the Filipina Entrepreneurship Summit is 25,000. It was in 2011 when the largest crowd attended the three-day summit and expo entitled: Babae: Kapuso Ka ng Bayan.

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5.) Every year, there are more than 50 different business models presented by the speakers and panelists and also by the exhibitors. The booths have attracted attendees who are looking for business models which can be franchised or be inspired of.

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6.) For the past decade, the Filipina Entrepreneurship Summit has gathered women entrepreneurs, advocates, supporters, and women in government who have expressed their support for women entrepreneurship. Some of the known women personalities who attended FES over the years include former Camarines Sur Congresswoman and now Vice President Leni Robredo, Sen. Grace Poe, Sen. Cynthia Villar, former Batangas Governor and now Congresswoman Vilma Santos-Recto, among others.

In 2011, Batangas Governor Vila Santos-Recto was recognized during the 3rd Filipina Entrepreneurship Summit.

In 2011, Batangas Governor Vila Santos-Recto was recognized during the 3rd Filipina Entrepreneurship Summit.

 

Sen. Cynthia Villar and Sen. Miriam Defensor-Santiago together with Joey Concepcion and Sec. Ramon Lopez during the Filipina Entrepreneurship Summit 2013.

Sen. Cynthia Villar and Sen. Miriam Defensor-Santiago together with Joey Concepcion and Sec. Ramon Lopez during the Filipina Entrepreneurship Summit 2013.

 

Sen. Grace Poe also attended the Filipina Entrepreneurs Summit 2015.

Sen. Grace Poe also attended the Filipina Entrepreneurs Summit 2015.

7.) Only two presidents of the Philippines have graced the recognition of Inspiring Filipina Entrepreneurs. One is former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo. And for the first time after 6 years, President Rodrigo Duterte awarded successful and inspiring Filipina entrepreneurs in 2017.

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8.) Speaking of the 2017 awarding ceremony, it was also the first Filipina awards held inside Malacanang Palace. President Rodrigo Duterte, Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea, and Trade Secretary Ramon Lopez handed the trophies to the 26 awardees.

GO NEGOSYO INSPIRING FILIPINA ENTREPRENEURS 2017. (first row from left) Gina Lorenzana, Sheree Gotuaco, Honie Navor, Mary Montemayor, DTI Secretary Ramon Lopez, Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea, Rosalind Wee, Socorro Ramos (National Bookstore), President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, Mercedes Gotianun, Go Negosyo Founder and PA on Entrepreneurship Joey Concepcion, Tessie Sy-Coson, Sen. Cynthia Villar, Pacita Juan, Corazon Dayro-Ong and Ester Vitto. (Second row from left) Rebecca Bustamante, Anne Gonzalez, Evelyn Palomo, Felicitas Pantoja, ArizzaNocum, Rachel de Villa, Ana de Ocampo, EvellinDaytao, Cherrie Atilano, Doris Magsaysay Ho, Felicia Atienza, Lydia Lomibao, Arlene Mabute, Pamela Henares and Imelda Dagus.

GO NEGOSYO INSPIRING FILIPINA ENTREPRENEURS 2017.

9.) Go Negosyo reached its 100th mark on Inspiring Filipina Entrepreneurs in 2016. For the past decade, Go Negosyo has recognized more than 100 women entrepreneurs who are inspiration to many for positively and passionately leading their respective enterprises.

2010 Inspiring Filipina Entrepreneur awardees

2010 Inspiring Filipina Entrepreneur awardees

2010 Inspiring Filipina Entrepreneur awardees

 

2011 Inspiring Filipina Entrepreneur awardees

2011 Inspiring Filipina Entrepreneur awardees

 

2012 Inspiring Filipina Entrepreneur awardees

2012 Inspiring Filipina Entrepreneur awardees

 

2013 Inspiring Filipina Entrepreneur awardees

2013 Inspiring Filipina Entrepreneur awardees

 

2014 Inspiring Filipina Entrepreneur awardees

2014 Inspiring Filipina Entrepreneur awardees

 

2015 Inspiring Filipina Entrepreneur awardees

2015 Inspiring Filipina Entrepreneur awardees

 

2016 Inspiring Filipina Entrepreneur awardees

2016 Inspiring Filipina Entrepreneur awardees

 

GO NEGOSYO INSPIRING FILIPINA ENTREPRENEURS 2017. (first row from left) Gina Lorenzana, Sheree Gotuaco, Honie Navor, Mary Montemayor, DTI Secretary Ramon Lopez, Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea, Rosalind Wee, Socorro Ramos (National Bookstore), President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, Mercedes Gotianun, Go Negosyo Founder and PA on Entrepreneurship Joey Concepcion, Tessie Sy-Coson, Sen. Cynthia Villar, Pacita Juan, Corazon Dayro-Ong and Ester Vitto. (Second row from left) Rebecca Bustamante, Anne Gonzalez, Evelyn Palomo, Felicitas Pantoja, ArizzaNocum, Rachel de Villa, Ana de Ocampo, EvellinDaytao, Cherrie Atilano, Doris Magsaysay Ho, Felicia Atienza, Lydia Lomibao, Arlene Mabute, Pamela Henares and Imelda Dagus.

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10.) Esther Vibal of Vibal Publishing and Socorro Ramos of National Bookstore were the first recipients of the Go Negosyo Lifetime Achievement Award. Esther Vibal is the Chair of the Vibal Group of Companies. She was awarded by Go Negosyo because of her keen adherence to quality and passion for excellence which have led the Vibal Group to become an institution in the education and publishing fields. Socorro Ramos, one of Go Negosyo first awardees, received the special recognition for being a true inspiring Filipina entrepreneur who is passionate in ensuring quality school and office supplies products for students and workers. National Bookstore is the leading bookstore nationwide. Esther Vibal and Soccoro Ramos are both Go Negosyo trustees back in 2005.

Socorro Ramos and Esther Vibal during the 7th Filipina Entrepreneurship Summit

Socorro Ramos and Esther Vibal during the 7th Filipina Entrepreneurship Summit

 

Socorro Ramos receives one of the Inspiring Filipina Entrepreneurs Awards from President Duterte last 2017.

Socorro Ramos receives one of the Inspiring Filipina Entrepreneurs Awards from President Duterte last 2017.

 

Esther Vibal was awarded during the Filipina Entrepreneurship Summit 2010

Esther Vibal was awarded during the Filipina Entrepreneurship Summit 2010

 

Join the 10th Filipina Entrepreneurship Summit on March 6, 2018 at the World Trade Center, Pasay City! To register, visit www.tinyurl.com/FES10registration. For more information, call the Go Negosyo Secretariat at +63 6315001 or email filipinasummit.gonegosyo@gmail.com

 

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The Filipina Entrepreneurship Summit is an annual summit is centered on reinforcing the entrepreneurial spirit of the Filipino people, particularly the Filipina and recognizing their capacity to be agents of change and progress. It also aims to provide inspiration and support to the significance of women’s economic power by covering different entrepreneurship and empowerment topics to be highlighted by plenary talks and forums featuring prominent female personalities. Now on it’s 10th year, we invite you to be part of the biggest women negosyo summit and mentoring event of the year!

“Nagmahal, Nagnegosyo, Umasenso!”

Thursday, February 15th, 2018

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On Feruary 14, 2018, Go Negosyo sa Radyo Host DJ Cheska San Diego-Bobadilla and guest co-host Jorge Wieneke III were joined by two couple entrepreneurs, Ofrace and Era Ocampo of Sitsirya Sari-sari and Glen and Majella Villaroman of AccelSPROUT for an episode on successful businesses built on the foundation of love and passion.

Ofrace and Era Ocampo is the couple behind Sitsirya Sari-Sari, a one stop shop that brings the sweetness of Filipino delicacies especially made for the panlasang pinoy. With over 35 years of career in the business industry, and 37 years of marriage, the two shared their journey as a couple who endured through the thick and thin of life.

The business started even before they shared their life as a married couple. It was after 7 months of being unemployed due to the economic meltdown in the country, when Ofrace came to decide that he was going to work abroad. Era went against this decision with the welfare of their 3-year old daughter in mind. It was then that they ventured into entrepreneurship and return to what they know best – food.

Ofrace shared that the challenging years they faced before, only led them to achieve their success today. There will always be a solution no matter how big the problem is, the solution will be bigger. “You only need all the failures plus one to succeed,” Ofrace added.

Glen and Majela Villaroman the couple behind AccelSPROUT, an agricultural business accelerator and consultancy, shared how their love for food led to their passion for agriculture.

Initially, the couple did not have a background in agriculture. They were more well-versed in the food industry, managing a restaurant business in the states. Five years ago, when the couple went back to the Philippines, they noticed the huge difference between the sizes of the produce.

It was through this venture that made them think of developing a more productive agricultural industry in the Philippines through natural farming techniques based on maintaining overall soil health. Through AccelSPROUT, the couple continues to advocate for urban farming, the establishment of more post-harvest facilities and raising awareness to the youth on the profitability and benefits of agriculture.

PARTNERSHIP IN MARRIAGE AND BUSINESS

When asked if there exists a division of labor between tasks in the business, “Sa amin, syempre ang marriage ay partnership yan, dapat based on mutual trust and respect. So may mga panahon na yung isa ang masusunod, may panahon na yung iba,” said Glen.

He emphasized that what matters is that both of you are working towards achieving the same goal, and that is to do the right thing not only for the business but also for each other.

For the Ocampos on other hand, Era explained that there is a division of tasks in their business. Ofrace handles the operations part of the business while she works on the financial aspect. But there secret lies in communication. “Through the years, open ang communication and we support each other,” she shared.

“She’s the wind beneath my wings. She provided direction, motivation, and inspiration,” Ofrace added.

PERSONAL LIFE VS BUSINESS LIFE

Being in a business with your partner in life can inevitably be challenging with the merging of the two aspects of life. “Yan kasing business namin ay personal. We fell in love with each other, we fell in love with what we do, mahirap po talagang ihiwalay ang dalawa,” said Majella.

Despite the inseparable spheres of business and personal life, Glen shares that it in time it eventually becomes a natural thing. “I guess dahil mahal mo yung ginagawa mo, hindi na nagiging burden…pareho kaming naniniwala at mahal namin yung ginagawa namin.”

This goes the same for the Ocampos, Ofrace believes that a couple’s compatibility is important for a relationship to work both for personal and business. “We support and complement each other and we don’t really find conflicts, as long as you have one mission, vision and values. Compatible lahat yan. Full speed ahead,” said Ofrace.

Visit their websites at:
Sitsirya Sari-Sari: http://sitsirya.com
https://www.facebook.com/sitsirya.sarisari

AccelSprout: https://www.facebook.com/AccelSPROUT/

Empower women, empower Philippines

Thursday, February 15th, 2018
PLDT and Smart chief revenue officer and ePLDT president and CEO Eric Alberto, PLDT Chairman Manny Pangilinan, and presidential adviser for entrepreneurship and Go Negosyo founder Joey Concepcion. Read more at https://beta.philstar.com/business/2018/02/15/1787840/empower-women-empower-philippines#QBgtT5Gimm5SMkyj.99

PLDT and Smart chief revenue officer and ePLDT president and CEO Eric Alberto, PLDT Chairman Manny Pangilinan, and presidential adviser for entrepreneurship and Go Negosyo founder Joey Concepcion.

Yesterday was Ash Wednesday, the start of Lent and yearly, our family attends mass. While it is a sacred day for Catholics, it is also Valentine’s Day for everyone. I think it’s the only day in a year where I see many people wearing red, carrying flowers, or buying chocolates.

I think Valentine’s Day is one of the most celebrated days for women. Maybe because women are more into romantic things. But they do deserve all the love and affection that we can give. Most especially our wives, mothers, sisters and daughters.

In expressing our appreciation and love for them, we should also empower and support them as they pursue their goals and reach their dreams. As a father, I will always give 100 percent support to my daughters as they build their careers and enterprises. I will guide them, nurture them and encourage them all throughout.

Today, most of the micro, small and medium enterprises are run by women. These enterprises are born out of their passion, their desire to step up, or their goal to help others. When women pour their hearts out to what they do, they create wonderful things.

Look at how women run different industries such as retail, fashion, beauty, technology, agriculture, manufacturing, business processing and even in male-dominated fields such as construction, electronics and automotive. One example of a passionate woman entrepreneur is Alice Eduardo, president and CEO of Sta. Elena Construction and Development Corp. Known as a woman of steel, she led her company to great heights because of her drive and hard work.

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Another inspiring Filipina entrepreneur is Marife Zamora who is on top of her game in the BPO industry as she leads Convergys Philippines as country chair.

This is why even at a young age, we must empower our daughters to be goal-driven, determined and confident. When we empower our women, we empower the Philippines.

Go Negosyo will recognize a new batch of empowered women entrepreneurs in this year’s Inspiring Filipina Entrepreneurs Awards. The awarding ceremony will be part of the 10th Filipina Entrepreneurship Summit.

This coming March 6, we are hosting the 10th Filipina Entrepreneurship Summit. This is our annual celebration of successful women entrepreneurs. Our goal is to reinforce the entrepreneurial spirit in them and recognize their capacities to be contributors of change and progress not just in our country, but also globally. This summit will highlight stories of inspiring women and how they have led their enterprises to its success today. This will be the biggest negosyo seminar dedicated for women!

Aside from being the biggest negosyo seminar, we will have the biggest one-on-one mentoring session on site. We have invited more than 150 mentors and experts who can share business tips and advice to the aspiring, micro and small entrepreneurs in attendance.

One of the highlights of the summit is the awarding of women entrepreneurs from different industries who have embodied the characteristics of an inspiring Filipina: passionate, positive and panalo (“can do”) attitude. These women are exemplary at what they do and how their businesses contribute to national development.

Yearly, we invite more than 50 speakers and panelists who can also share their insights, models and trends in the business. I will share with you the confirmed speakers next week. We look forward to a large crowd because yearly, we average around 7,000 participants. I am sure there will be more women attending.

For interested participants, you can still register at www.tinyurl.com/FES10registration.

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We have launched another development in the MSME community. Last Monday, Feb. 12, Go Negosyo, together with PLDT and Voyager, launched an SME e-commerce enablement program. This partnership aims to “boost the e-commerce readiness of MSMEs through a program that covers all aspects needed to participate in a digital marketplace.”

Through our partnership, we are extending a stronger support to the Department of Trade and Industry which aims to equip 100,000 MSMEs with digital solutions by 2020. Together with PLDT and Voyager, we are also strengthening the 3Ms: mentorship, money and market by providing business trainings, wider market reach and access to funds and capital.

Because of the digital business solutions and platforms being provided by PLDT and Voyager, we are allowing more MSMEs to grow and scale up. Some of the business solutions and platforms include Takatack, the online marketplace of Voyager, and Lendr, which is a digital lending platform where MSMEs can apply and process various loans.

As Mitch Locsin, PLDT FVP and head of SME Business, have said during the launch, this does not only empower the entrepreneurs by being present online, this also gives them the convenience of going digital and maximizing their potential to grow by fulfilling transactions through the digital solutions.

I believe digital technology is indeed a game changer for MSMEs. It provides them the opportunity to grow online and offline. The digital space will definitely enable them to take better control of their growth and prosperity.

Forum 3: Changing the Game: Successful Women Innovators and Disruptors

Tuesday, February 13th, 2018

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How did inspiring women break barriers? As we celebrate the Women’s Month, prepare to learn from the top women innovators and disruptors of our time.

Today, the Philippines has become a rising hub of innovators and start-ups driven by women in different fields such as engineering, fintech services, social enterprise, agricultural enterprise, fashion, manufacturing, and so much more.

With the boldness and courage to take risks in creating new products and realizing new services, Filipinas have truly emerged at the top. The growth rate of  disruptive stand-alone business Philippine market has never been this huge.

To celebrate the women who have introduced disruptive businesses in the Philippine economy, a forum entitled, “Changing the Game: Successful Women Innovators and Disruptors,” will be facilitated by Go Negosyo, in partnership with the ASEAN Business Advisory Council Philippines.  This year’s Filipina Entrepreneurship Summit theme is  “Bridging the Gap: Leading Women to Greater Prosperity through Mentorship, Money, and Market” highlighting the 3M approach in the road to inclusive growth for women.

Through a series of forums and plenary talks, the event will reinvigorate the entrepreneurial spirit of the Filipino people, particularly the women and celebrate their capacity to be agents of economic change and progress.

Invited panelists who will take charge in answering questions on how women entrepreneurs have wielded the power of ideas and innovation and continuously contributed to our economy in the forum entitled,  “Changing the Game: Successful Women Innovators and Disruptors,” are Alice Eduardo, President and CEO of Sta. Elena Construction and Development Corporation, Rissa Manaquil-Trillo of Happy Skin, Josephine Costales of Costales Nature Farms, Felicia Atienza, President and CEO of Chinese, Gaita Fores, President of Cibo, Inc.,  Sandy Montano, Founder and President of CHEERS, Lenora Cabili, Founder and Creative Designer of Filip + Inna, Myrna Padilla, President of Mynd Consulting, Charisse Tinio, Owner of Nice Print Photography, Neri Miranda, a Celebrity Entrepreneur, moderated by Issa Litton, Corporate & Lifestyle Events.

In this session, the country’s award-winning women innovators will impart their stories of change. They will also provide a glimpse of the status of business innovation in the country by looking at how they overcame challenges and reached success.

The summit aims to provide inspiration and support to the significance of women’s economic power in the country by recognizing women champions who will serve as role models where more people especially the women can learn from and emulate.

Participants will also have an opportunity to be part of the largest mentoring event happening in one day where 50 mentors at the least will be present to share their insights and expertise.

The Filipina Entrepreneurship Summit expects to gather 7000 participants hailing from various stakeholders such as women entrepreneurs, young entrepreneurs, students and administrators from the academe, business organizations, NGOs, cooperatives and government officials.

If you have not yet registered, visit www.gonegosyo.net to secure your seat and prepare to be amazed by the beauty and power of the Filipina women.

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The Filipina Entrepreneurship Summit is an annual summit is centered on reinforcing the entrepreneurial spirit of the Filipino people, particularly the Filipina and recognizing their capacity to be agents of change and progress. It also aims to provide inspiration and support to the significance of women’s economic power by covering different entrepreneurship and empowerment topics to be highlighted by plenary talks and forums featuring prominent female personalities. Now on it’s 10th year, we invite you to be part of the biggest women negosyo summit and mentoring event of the year!

For more info., please call ‎‎‎(02) 631-5001 or email filipinasummit.gonegosyo@gmail.com

10 Years of Empowering Women Entrepreneurs

Monday, February 12th, 2018
GO NEGOSYO INSPIRING FILIPINA ENTREPRENEURS 2017. (first row from left) Gina Lorenzana, Sheree Gotuaco, Honie Navor, Mary Montemayor, DTI Secretary Ramon Lopez, Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea, Rosalind Wee, Socorro Ramos (National Bookstore), President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, Mercedes Gotianun, Go Negosyo Founder and PA on Entrepreneurship Joey Concepcion, Tessie Sy-Coson, Sen. Cynthia Villar, Pacita Juan, Corazon Dayro-Ong and Ester Vitto. (Second row from left) Rebecca Bustamante, Anne Gonzalez, Evelyn Palomo, Felicitas Pantoja, ArizzaNocum, Rachel de Villa, Ana de Ocampo, EvellinDaytao, Cherrie Atilano, Doris Magsaysay Ho, Felicia Atienza, Lydia Lomibao, Arlene Mabute, Pamela Henares and Imelda Dagus.

GO NEGOSYO INSPIRING FILIPINA ENTREPRENEURS 2017. (first row from left) Gina Lorenzana, Sheree Gotuaco, Honie Navor, Mary Montemayor, DTI Secretary Ramon Lopez, Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea, Rosalind Wee, Socorro Ramos (National Bookstore), President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, Mercedes Gotianun, Go Negosyo Founder and PA on Entrepreneurship Joey Concepcion, Tessie Sy-Coson, Sen. Cynthia Villar, Pacita Juan, Corazon Dayro-Ong and Ester Vitto. (Second row from left) Rebecca Bustamante, Anne Gonzalez, Evelyn Palomo, Felicitas Pantoja, ArizzaNocum, Rachel de Villa, Ana de Ocampo, EvellinDaytao, Cherrie Atilano, Doris Magsaysay Ho, Felicia Atienza, Lydia Lomibao, Arlene Mabute, Pamela Henares and Imelda Dagus.

A big part of our mission to empower Filipinos through entrepreneurship is directed towards mothers, aunts, grandmothers, and other women in the society. For the past 10 years, we have been honoring and recognizing successful and inspiring Filipina entrepreneurs through our annual Filipina Entrepreneurship Summit or FES.

FES is the platform we use to showcase creative business ideas, innovative business models, and well-thought of business strategies made by women entrepreneurs who have led their respective enterprises with grit and passion.

Looking back at those years, I was reminded of how many women entrepreneurs have been honored by Go Negosyo. More than 100 Pinays have been recognized as Inspiring Filipina Entrepreneur and more than 300 women have been part of the program as they have shared their entrepreneurial journey to thousands of participants.

More than the women awardees, panelists and speakers, imagine the number of participants in the audience who have been touched and encouraged to pursue their goals. Every year, we are averaging 5,000 delegates who are all ears during the summit.

As we celebrate its tenth run this year, let me share with you some highlights of the past Filipina Entrepreneurship Summits:

Joey Concepcion’s 100 Inspiring Stories of Small Entrepreneurs was launched during the Filipina Entrepreneurship Summit 2010. In photo are the featured entrepreneurs together with then President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo.

Joey Concepcion’s 100 Inspiring Stories of Small Entrepreneurs was launched during the Filipina Entrepreneurship Summit 2010. In photo are the featured entrepreneurs together with then President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo.

 

Esther Vibal of Vibal Publishing received the award from Presidential Adviser for Entrepreneurship Joey Concepcion together with President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, Myrna Yao, and Kat Luna-Abelarde.

Esther Vibal of Vibal Publishing received the award from Presidential Adviser for Entrepreneurship Joey Concepcion together with President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, Myrna Yao, and Kat Luna-Abelarde.

 

In 2011, Batangas Governor Vila Santos-Recto was recognized during the 3rd Filipina Entrepreneurship Summit.

In 2011, Batangas Governor Vila Santos-Recto was recognized during the 3rd Filipina Entrepreneurship Summit.

 

Joey Concepcion and then Go Negosyo Executive Director Ramon Lopez with the 2013 Inspiring Filipina Entrepreneur awardees.

Joey Concepcion and then Go Negosyo Executive Director Ramon Lopez with the 2013 Inspiring Filipina Entrepreneur awardees.

 

2012 Inspiring Filipina Entrepreneurs together with their ladder trophies which signifies the path of entrepreneurship.

2012 Inspiring Filipina Entrepreneurs together with their ladder trophies which signifies the path of entrepreneurship.

 

Joey Concepcion and Grace Padaca during the 2012 Filipina Entrepreneurship Summit.

Joey Concepcion and Grace Padaca during the 2012 Filipina Entrepreneurship Summit.

 

Inspiring women entrepreneurs share their entrepreneurial stories. In photo (L-R) Alice Eduardo, Fe Agudo, Sen. Cynthia Villar, Maria Ressa, Yati Abdullah, Marife Zamora, Dr. Milagros Ong-How, and Karen Davila.

Inspiring women entrepreneurs share their entrepreneurial stories. In photo (L-R) Alice Eduardo, Fe Agudo, Sen. Cynthia Villar, Maria Ressa, Yati Abdullah, Marife Zamora, Dr. Milagros Ong-How, and Karen Davila.

 

4th Filipina Entrepreneurship Summit Awardees.

4th Filipina Entrepreneurship Summit Awardees.

 

Sen. Cynthia Villar and Sen. Miriam Defensor-Santiago together with Joey Concepcion and Sec. Ramon Lopez during the Filipina Entrepreneurship Summit 2013.

Sen. Cynthia Villar and Sen. Miriam Defensor-Santiago together with Joey Concepcion and Sec. Ramon Lopez during the Filipina Entrepreneurship Summit 2013.

 

Entrepreneur herself, Kris Aquino, interviewed one of the participants in the audience.

Entrepreneur herself, Kris Aquino, interviewed one of the participants in the audience.

 

Micro entrepreneur Marivic Quiero together with Alice Eduardo and Joey Concepcion.

Micro entrepreneur Marivic Quiero together with Alice Eduardo and Joey Concepcion.

 

Sen. Grace Poe also attended the Filipina Entrepreneurs Summit 2015.

Sen. Grace Poe also attended the Filipina Entrepreneurs Summit 2015.

 

Sen. Grace Poe also attended the Filipina Entrepreneurs Summit 2015.

Sen. Grace Poe also attended the Filipina Entrepreneurs Summit 2015.

 

The 2016 Inspiring Filipina Entrepreneurs Awardees.

The 2016 Inspiring Filipina Entrepreneurs Awardees.

 

Every year, more than 5000 delegates attend the Filipina Summit. Attendees include students, entrepreneurs and aspiring entrepreneurs.

Every year, more than 5000 delegates attend the Filipina Summit. Attendees include students, entrepreneurs and aspiring entrepreneurs.

 

 For the first time, in 2017, the awarding ceremony for Inspiring Filipina Entrepreneur Awards was held in Malacanang in the presence of President Duterte.

For the first time, in 2017, the awarding ceremony for Inspiring Filipina Entrepreneur Awards was held in Malacanang in the presence of President Duterte.

 

Socorro Ramos or fondly known Nanay Coring received the legacy award from President Duterte and Executive Secretary Bingbong Medialdea.

Socorro Ramos or fondly known Nanay Coring received the legacy award from President Duterte and Executive Secretary Bingbong Medialdea.

 

One of the awardees’ mother hugged President Duterte during the awarding ceremony.

One of the awardees’ mother hugged President Duterte during the awarding ceremony.

 

In 2014, Joey Concepcion hosted a special dinner for 50 Inspiring women of Passion which includes Maria Ressa, Sheila Marcelo, and Jessica Cox. Joining them in photo is Karen Davila.

In 2014, Joey Concepcion hosted a special dinner for 50 Inspiring women of Passion which includes Maria Ressa, Sheila Marcelo, and Jessica Cox. Joining them in photo is Karen Davila.

Forum 2: Leading Ladies: Making a Difference in the Corporate World

Friday, February 9th, 2018

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Just last year, the Philippines ranked 10th in the 2017 Global Gender Gap report. Despite falling 3 notches from its 7th position in 2016,  it remains to be Asia’s most gender equal country.

In addition, statistics from the Philippine Commission of Women reveal that the unemployment rate of women in recent years were relatively lower than that of men.

Filipinas of today are also able to revel in the benefits of the laws that eliminate discrimination in their economic, political, and social lives, thanks to the relentless efforts of our women legislators. These laws ensure that men and women are treated equally in terms of wage, promotion and other employment benefits.

Not bad right? If sound statistics and passed laws are the manifestations of the success toward gender parity, the Philippines has indeed come a long way in the road towards gender parity. But the real question here is, is it enough?

“Globally, women earn only three-quarters as much as men—even with the same level of education, and in the same occupation,” said Christine Lagarde, Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund and the first woman to hold this position.

In spite of all the progress women have achieved in this male-dominated society, women still have to work twice harder than men to get to their position.

As it happens, gender discrimination is also more rampant in industries traditionally tailored for men. In some cases, even breaking the glass ceiling is not enough. Even top females executives from major companies still have to deal with discrimination in a daily basis.

Marife Agudo who steers Hyundai Asia Resources Inc., shared her most discriminating experience during a meeting with a room full of male executives.  She recalled that, upon finishing her presentation, the men in the room only had question, “You are a woman, what do you know about cars?”

As we celebrate women’s month, Go Negosyo, in partnership with the ASEAN Business Advisory Council Philippines is set to stage the 10th Filipina Entrepreneurship Summit with the theme, “Bridging the Gap: Leading Women to Greater Prosperity through Mentorship, Money, and Market.”

Through a series of talks with women who have graced their way to the top, the summit aims to reinforce the entrepreneurial spirit of Filipinas in recognizing their capacity to be agents of economic change and progress.

The summit will feature a forum entitled “Leading Ladies: Making a Difference in the Corporate World,” which will bring to light prominent women taking the lead of some of the country’s biggest companies to share their insights on how women can advance their professional careers and make it to the top.

Joining us will be Norlela Suhailee, Chair of ASEAN Coordinating Committee For MSMEs (ACCSME), Datuk (Dr.) Hafsah Hashim, CEO of SME Corporation Malaysia, Atty. Betty Medialdea, Pioneer Foundation President, Marife Zamora, Chairperson of Convergys Philippines, Flor Tarriela, Chairman of Philippine National Bank, and Jane Jimenez-Basas, President and CEO of Cignal TV. Moderating the discussion will be Issa Litton, Corporate &  Lifestyle Events Host.

The discussion will tackle the everyday challenges women have to face in the male-dominated corporate world, at the same time address these challenges to empower women into making a difference in the corporate world.

The 10th Filipina Entrepreneurship Summit expects to gather 7000 participants hailing from various stakeholders such as women entrepreneurs, young entrepreneurs, students and administrators from the academe, business organizations, NGOs, cooperatives and government officials.

If you have not yet registered, visit www.gonegosyo.net to secure your seat and prepare to be amazed by the beauty and power of the Filipina women!

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The Filipina Entrepreneurship Summit is an annual summit is centered on reinforcing the entrepreneurial spirit of the Filipino people, particularly the Filipina and recognizing their capacity to be agents of change and progress. It also aims to provide inspiration and support to the significance of women’s economic power by covering different entrepreneurship and empowerment topics to be highlighted by plenary talks and forums featuring prominent female personalities. Now on it’s 10th year, we invite you to be part of the biggest women negosyo summit and mentoring event of the year!

For more info., please call ‎‎‎(02) 631-5001 or email filipinasummit.gonegosyo@gmail.com