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Presidentiables and Vice Presidentiables in Full Support of Entrepreneurship Development

Monday, April 11th, 2016

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Go Negosyo and the Vice Presidentiables

Monday, March 28th, 2016

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After the success of the four-part series Negosyo Talks: Meet the Presidentiables featuring Vice President Jejomar Binay, Former Secretary Mar Roxas, Sen. Grace Poe, and Mayor Rodrigo Duterte, Go Negosyo hosted the Negosyo Talks: Meet the Vice Presidentiables Forum. This forum is again co-presented by RFM Corporation, Sta. Elena Construction and Development Corporation, PLDT-SMART SME Nation, and exclusively covered by TV5.

Sen.Chiz Escudero, Sen. Bongbong Marcos, Cong. Leni Robredo, and Sen. Antonio Trillanes accepted our invitation to talk before the Go Negosyo community.

First and foremost, we asked them on their plans for entrepreneurship development. All are in full support of the MSMEs. Marcos plans stressed the need for business infrastructures and training programs. Robredo mentioned three important Ms needed by MSMEs: Money, Market Linkage, Mentorship. Trillanes highlighted the issue on access to capital and ease in doing business. Escudero mentioned initiatives to promote competitiveness, ease in registration such as allowing ‘One-person’ Corporation, tax reforms and other measures.

Aside from topics on MSMEs, education, agriculture, and their platforms, panelists also asked them some controversial issues. When Bongbong was asked if Martial Law is justifiable, Marcos answered, “Nang itatag ang martial law noon, tayo ay lumalaban sa dalawang gyera, sa sessionist movement sa Mindanao, at isa sa communist insurgent.”

But for those who have experienced martial law like Leni who has been very vocal with her dismay to martial law, this is not the answer she wanted to hear. She retorted, “Bakit nagkaroon ng maraming extra judicial killings? Just because iba ang kanilang paniniwala?  I am just fighting for the victims of Martial law”, Leni said.

It was an informative discussion with four vice presidentiables. They were able to prove their points, answer issues hurled against them, and conveyed their plans and platforms well.

The  Panelists: Atty. Mike Toledo of Philippine Bar Association, Ramon Lopez of Go Negosyo, and Babe Romualdez of Stargate Media Corporation.

The Panelists: Atty. Mike Toledo of Philippine Bar Association, Ramon Lopez of Go Negosyo, and Babe Romualdez of Stargate Media Corporation.

Joey Concepcion, founder of Go Negosyo, acknowledges the vice presidentiables and Go Negosyo entrepreneurs who attended the forum.

Joey Concepcion, founder of Go Negosyo, acknowledges the vice presidentiables and Go Negosyo entrepreneurs who attended the forum.

TV5 News Chief Luchi Cruz-Valdes moderated the forum.

TV5 News Chief Luchi Cruz-Valdes moderated the forum.

Go Negosyo entrepreneurs Henry Lim Bon Liong (SL Agritech Corporation), and Alice Eduardo (Sta. Elena Construction and Development Corporation).

Go Negosyo entrepreneurs Henry Lim Bon Liong (SL Agritech Corporation), and Alice Eduardo (Sta. Elena Construction and Development Corporation).

The vice presidentiables and the panelists together with Luchi Cruz Valdes and Joey Concepcion.

The vice presidentiables and the panelists together with Luchi Cruz Valdes and Joey Concepcion.

PLDT's Eric Alberto and Philippine Star's Miguel Belmonte also attended the forum.

PLDT’s Eric Alberto and Philippine Star’s Miguel Belmonte also attended the forum.

AFFI Entrepreneurs Sonny Francisco, Richie Cuna, Teresita Ngan Tian, and Josie See.

AFFI Entrepreneurs Sonny Francisco, Richie Cuna, Teresita Ngan Tian, and Josie See.

Go Negosyo entrepreneurs Josiah Go (Mansmith & Fielders), Samie Lim (Blim's Furniture), and Bobby Claudio (Toby's Sports).

Go Negosyo entrepreneurs Josiah Go (Mansmith & Fielders), Samie Lim (Blim’s Furniture), and Bobby Claudio (Toby’s Sports).

Cong. Leni Robredo on Go Negosyo Act: "I have been very supportive of the passage of Go Negosyo Act with Sen. Bam Aquino.

Cong. Leni Robredo on Go Negosyo Act: “I have been very supportive of the passage of Go Negosyo Act with Sen. Bam Aquino.

Sen. Sonny Trillanes on the problems of SMEs: "Problema ng MSME’s ang access sa kapital and ease in doing business."

Sen. Sonny Trillanes on the problems of SMEs: “Problema ng MSME’s ang access sa kapital and ease in doing business.”

Sen. Chiz Escudero on his programs for SMEs:  "Bababan ang buwis para maging competitive sa Asia at ASEAN."

Sen. Chiz Escudero on his programs for SMEs: “Bababan ang buwis para maging competitive sa Asia at ASEAN.”

Sen. Bongbong Marcos on SMEs: "Sa pamamagitan ng pautang at training for SME’s mapapabilis ang pagbibigay ng trabaho sa ating mga kababayan sa bansa."

Sen. Bongbong Marcos on SMEs: “Sa pamamagitan ng pautang at training for SME’s mapapabilis ang pagbibigay ng trabaho sa ating mga kababayan sa bansa.”

Go Negosyo trustee Myla Villanueva during the open forum.

Go Negosyo trustee Myla Villanueva during the open forum.

 

Go Negosyo’s 8th Filipina Entrepreneurship Summit Empowered Over 10,000 Participants

Monday, February 22nd, 2016

Go Negosyo led by its founder Joey Concepcion together with Sen. Grace Poe, Sen. Cynthia Villar, Cong. Leni Robredo, trustees, partners, and 2016 Inspiring Filipina Awardees welcomed more than 10,000 participants in the 8th Filipina Entrepreneurship Summit (FES8) last Thursday, February 18, 2016 at the World Trade Center. Over 1,000 micro and small entrepreneurs as well as students from more than 200 schools and universities from all over the country joined the summit. 50 top women entrepreneurs also shared their stories and insights to empower and inspire the aspiring, micro, small, and medium entrepreneurs in the audience.

11,000 participants composed of students and representatives from more than 200 schools and universities and aspiring, micro, small, and medium entrepreneurs attended the Go Negosyo Filipina Summit.

11,000 participants composed of students and representatives from more than 200 schools and universities and aspiring, micro, small, and medium entrepreneurs attended the Go Negosyo Filipina Summit.

The biggest women negosyo summit of the year featured women icons such as Karen Davila, Sandy Prieto-Romualdez, Maria Ressa, and Miriam Quiambao; and champion entrepreneurs Rosalind Wee, Myrna Yao, Genevieve Ledesma-Tan, Emma Imperial, Olivia Limpe-Aw, Dr. Vivian Sarabia, Laura Bertotto, Catherine Dizon, Chit Juan, and many more.

Go Negosyo also awarded 18 Inspiring Filipina Entrepreneurs: social entrepreneurs Cristina Liamzon (Leadership and Social Entrepreneurship Program), and Fatima Lorenzo (Kythe Foundation); microentrepreneurs Lydia Malot (Lydia’s Nata de Coco), and Teresita Valdez (Viana Food Condiments); small and medium entrepreneurs Amina Aranaz-Alunan (ARANAZ and SoFA Design Institute), Adelfa Borro (Ted’s Oldtime La Paz Batchoy), Delby Bragais (The North Road Image and Fashion Group), Evelyn Lao-Yap (Benby Enterprise), Rossana Llenado (AHEAD Learning System), Rowena Matti (Galileo Enrichment Program), Sherill Quintana (Orsypa Spa Solutions), Yolanda Sevilla (The Leather Collection), Judith Versoza (Aveate Management Group), and Martine Cajucom, Bea Soriano-Dee and Georgina Wilson (Sunnies Studios); and large entrepreneurs Elizabeth Lahoz (Technological Institute of the Philippines), and Abba Napa (The Moment Group).

Go Negosyo founder Joey Concepcion greeted more than 11,000 participants in the 8th Filipina Entrepreneurship Summit.

Go Negosyo founder Joey Concepcion greeted more than 11,000 participants in the 8th Filipina Entrepreneurship Summit.

Sen. Grace Poe during her inspirational talk.

Sen. Grace Poe during her inspirational talk.

The 2016 Go Negosyo Inspiring Filipina Entrepreneurs: (top row L-R) Chal Lontoc, Ramon Lopez, Joseph Calata, Yati Abdullah, Rosalind Wee, Sen. Cynthia Villar, Cong. Leni Robredo, Joey Concepcion, and Mike Lobrin. (second row L-R) Adelfa Borro (Ted’s Old-timer La Paz Batchoy), Amina Aranaz-Alunan (ARANAZ and SoFa Design Institute), Delby Brags (North Road Image and Fashion Group), Martine Cajucom (Sunnies Studios), Bea Soriano-Dee (Sunnies Studios), Rossana Llenado (AHEAD Learning Systems), Evelyn Lao-Yap (Benby Enterprise), Rowena Matti (Galileo Enrichment Learning Program), Elizabeth Lahoz (Technological Institute of the Philippines), Yoling Sevilla (The Leather Collection), Sherill Quintana (ORYSPA Spa Solutions), Abba Napa (The Moment Group) (first row L-R) Cristina Liaison (Leadership and Social Entrepreneurship Program), Teresita Valdez (Viana Food Condiments), Girlie Lorenzo (Kythe Foundation), Lydia Malot (Lydia’s Nata de Coco), and Judith Versoza (Aveate Management Corporation)

The 2016 Go Negosyo Inspiring Filipina Entrepreneurs:
(top row L-R) Chal Lontoc, Ramon Lopez, Joseph Calata, Yati Abdullah, Rosalind Wee, Sen. Cynthia Villar, Cong. Leni Robredo, Joey Concepcion, and Mike Lobrin.
(second row L-R) Adelfa Borro (Ted’s Old-timer La Paz Batchoy), Amina Aranaz-Alunan (ARANAZ and SoFa Design Institute), Delby Brags (North Road Image and Fashion Group), Martine Cajucom (Sunnies Studios), Bea Soriano-Dee (Sunnies Studios), Rossana Llenado (AHEAD Learning Systems), Evelyn Lao-Yap (Benby Enterprise), Rowena Matti (Galileo Enrichment Learning Program), Elizabeth Lahoz (Technological Institute of the Philippines), Yoling Sevilla (The Leather Collection), Sherill Quintana (ORYSPA Spa Solutions), Abba Napa (The Moment Group)
(first row L-R) Cristina Liaison (Leadership and Social Entrepreneurship Program), Teresita Valdez (Viana Food Condiments), Girlie Lorenzo (Kythe Foundation), Lydia Malot (Lydia’s Nata de Coco), and Judith Versoza (Aveate Management Corporation)

 Keynote forum with Sen. Cynthia Villar and Cong. Lena Robredo. The forum was moderated by Go Negosyo Executive Director Mon Lopez, and Chal Lontoc.

Keynote forum with Sen. Cynthia Villar and Cong. Lena Robredo. The forum was moderated by Go Negosyo Executive Director Mon Lopez, and Chal Lontoc.

Karen Davila shares her insights on entrepreneurship.

Karen Davila shares her insights on entrepreneurship.

2016 Inspiring Filipina Entrepreneurs share the stories of their entrepreneurial journeys. (L-R) Yoling Sevilla, Rossana Llenado, Teresita Valdez, Lydia Malot, Cristina Liaison, Girlie Lorenzo, Delby Bragais, Amina Aranaz-Alunan, Rowena Matti, Judith Versoza, Sherill Quintana. Karen Davila (rightmost) moderated the discussion.

2016 Inspiring Filipina Entrepreneurs share the stories of their entrepreneurial journeys. (L-R) Yoling Sevilla, Rossana Llenado, Teresita Valdez, Lydia Malot, Cristina Liaison, Girlie Lorenzo, Delby Bragais, Amina Aranaz-Alunan, Rowena Matti, Judith Versoza, Sherill Quintana. Karen Davila (rightmost) moderated the discussion.

Maria Ressa shares the value of social media through an informative talk.

Maria Ressa shares the value of social media through an informative talk.

Sandy Prieto-Romualdez

Sandy Prieto-Romualdez

Go Negosyo trustees Esther Vibal of Vibal Publishing Group and Rosalind Wee (W Group).

Go Negosyo trustees Esther Vibal of Vibal Publishing Group and Rosalind Wee (W Group).

Women Innovators and Brand Builders (L-R) Mon Lopez, Ali Sotto, Esther Vibal, Rosalind Wee, Emma Imperial, Genevieve Ledesma-Tan, Dr. Vivian Sarabia, Olivia Limpe-Aw, Cathy Dizon-Posas, Chit Juan, Laura Bertotto, Joey Concepcion, and RJ Ledesma.

Women Innovators and Brand Builders (L-R) Mon Lopez, Ali Sotto, Esther Vibal, Rosalind Wee, Emma Imperial, Genevieve Ledesma-Tan, Dr. Vivian Sarabia, Olivia Limpe-Aw, Cathy Dizon-Posas, Chit Juan, Laura Bertotto, Joey Concepcion, and RJ Ledesma.

Women in the Business of Changing the World (L-R) Joey Concepcion, Mon Lopez, Ali Sotto, Cherrie Atilano, April Cuenca, Antuza Refold, Desiree Duran, Nanette Medved-Po, Aisa Mijeno, Rachel de Villa, Xilca Protacio, Ces Rondario, Raquel Capio, Atty. Lorna Kapunan, and RJ Ledesma.

Women in the Business of Changing the World (L-R) Joey Concepcion, Mon Lopez, Ali Sotto, Cherrie Atilano, April Cuenca, Antuza Refold, Desiree Duran, Nanette Medved-Po, Aisa Mijeno, Rachel de Villa, Xilca Protacio, Ces Rondario, Raquel Capio, Atty. Lorna Kapunan, and RJ Ledesma.

Miriam Quiambao-Roberto gave an empowering talk to the aspiring entrepreneurs.

Miriam Quiambao-Roberto gave an empowering talk to the aspiring entrepreneurs.

Sen. Grace Poe greets the students and entrepreneurs in the audience.

Sen. Grace Poe greets the students and entrepreneurs in the audience.

BPI Ka-Negosyo awarded Sherill Quintana and Cristina Liamzon with the Ka-Negosyo (Kababaihan sa Negosyo) Financial Excellence Award). Jay Santos, Vice President for BPI Ka-Negosyo loans handed the award with Go Negosyo’s Mon Lopez and Joey Concepcion.

BPI Ka-Negosyo awarded Sherill Quintana and Cristina Liamzon with the Ka-Negosyo (Kababaihan sa Negosyo) Financial Excellence Award). Jay Santos, Vice President for BPI Ka-Negosyo loans handed the award with Go Negosyo’s Mon Lopez and Joey Concepcion.

The Biggest Women Negosyo Event!

Monday, February 15th, 2016

With the theme, “Building Innovative and Inclusive Enterprises”, we are having the 8th Go Negosyo Filipina Entrepreneurship Summit on Thursday, February 18! This has been an annual tradition of Go Negosyo to recognize women and their capacity to be catalysts for change and progress. For the past 7 years of holding a summit specially designed to inspire and empower more aspiring pinays to become entrepreneurs by showcasing inspiring stories of champion Filipina entrepreneurs.

We are also recognizing this year’s Inspiring Filipina Entrepreneurs who exemplary in their fields of business. Aside from this, here are 8 reasons as to why you should attend the 8th Filipina Entrepreneurship Summit:

First, it is a great platform to showcase women empowerment. We will expose you to different business models and have an opportunity to develop your business acumen through a roster of awesome speakers and panellists.

Second, we have an all-star team of speakers! From champion entrepreneurs like Maria Ressa to TV personalities like Karen Davila and Miriam Quiambao, we got you covered.

Third, we have also invited women icons from all fields of life who will discuss topics like governance, business management, innovation, and ways of changing the world.

Also, empowered women such as Kris Aquino, Sen. Grace Poe, Sen. Cynthia Villar, and Cong. Leni Robredo will join us as they share their activities to empower and inspire women.

Another reason to attend is the four informative fora with amazing panellists such as champion entrepreneurs Myrna Yao, Rosalind Wee, Nanette Medved-Po, Aisa Mijeno, Genevieve Ledesma-Tan, and many more.

Sixth on our list is the chance to ask questions and hear business tips and advices from our speakers and panellists.

Also, with more than 5,000 expected participants, you will get to network with like-minded Pinays who are all passionate to learn and enterprising.

Lastly, it is a great source of inspiration to start you own entrepreneurship journey!

Now, let me share with you the awardees of this year’s 8th Filipina Summit and some of our invited guests and speakers.

In the photo: Amina Aranaz-Alunan, Adelfa Borro, Belby Bragais and Dr. Elizabeth Lahoz,

In the photo: Amina Aranaz-Alunan, Adelfa Borro, Belby Bragais and Dr. Elizabeth Lahoz,

Amina Aranaz-Alunan has made a name in the fashion industry for leading Aranaz Bags, one of the premiere manufacturer of bags, totes and clutches. Her designs are a perfect combination of classic styles and intricate craftsmanship. Aside from this, she is also the founder of SoFA Design Institute, Manila’s first specialized fashion and design college which offers a wide range of degrees, certificate programs, and short courses for designers and artists in the Philippines.

From a family recipe, Adelfa Borro shared her father’s well-loved La Paz Batchoy to the whole country through Ted’s Old Timer La Paz Batchoy. Her father started this business with just 10.00 capital but today, their enterprise has reached the different provinces in the country including Metro Manila with more than 40. Because of Adelfa’s leadership in the business, she has guided the company to progress and development, including the formulation of new recipes and additional food offers.

Delby Bragais is the president of The North Road Image and Fashion Group which provides custom-made bridal and luxe wear, designer ready-to-wear clothes, and image consultancy. Believing in the importance of carrying a great image, Delby studied and specialized further to become the sole Filipino with the advanced “Certified Image Professional” level of certification in the image industry. Her ensembles have been recognized in different fashion shows in New York, New Jersey, Los Angeles, Hawaii, and Singapore.

Dr. Elizabeth Quirino-Lahoz is the third president of the Technological Institute of the Philippines (T.I.P.). She assumed the presidency in 2003, succeeding Dr. Teresita U. Quirino, who succeeded Engr. Demetrio A. Quirino, Jr., T.I.P. founder and first T.I.P. president. Continuing the entrepreneurial drive and legacy of the school’s founders, Dr. Elizabeth Quirino-Lahoz continues to empower the filipino youth towards national development. To date, TIP holds the distinction of being the only educational institution in the country to offer 20 engineering and computing programs accredited by the US-based ABET engineering accreditation commission (CAC), the gold standard in engineering and computing education.

In the photo: Evelyn Lao-Yap, Cristina Liamzon, Rossana Llenado and Girlie Lorenzo.

In the photo: Evelyn Lao-Yap, Cristina Liamzon, Rossana Llenado and Girlie Lorenzo.

 If you have enjoyed imported snacks from different countries, you should thank Evelyn Lao-Yap and her company Benby Enterprise. After three years of being an employee, she started her business Benby which is the leading distribution company handling multi-national brands. Today, her company is the distributor of Quaker Oats, Frito Lay, Ferrero, Loacker, Splenda, and other food and non-food products.

Cristina Liamzon. She has built a global community of Overseas Filipino Workers (OFW) who are empowered through leadership and educational programs on entrepreneurship and other related topics. Tina believes that by influencing the mindset of our hard working OFWs, they can look beyond their current status and plan for long-term goals which will help their families and themselves. Through the Leadership and Social Entrepreneurship (LSE) Program, OFWs receive financial literacy trainings, counselling and mentorships, and most especially entrepreneurship classes.

With only P5000 as starting capital, Rossana Llenado brought AHEAD Tutorial & Review Center to life. Her friends, all graduates from UP—helped develop AHEAD’s course material which focused on providing programs for students to prepare them for the UP College Admission Test (UPCAT). Soon they expanded AHEAD’s review program which now included admission exams for the Ateneo College Entrance Test (ACET) and the De La Salle College Entrance Test (DLSUCET). In 2006, she opened AHEAD’s door to franchising.

Fatima “Girlie” Lorenzo, Philippine’s first Ashoka fellow, started Kythe Foundation in 1992 to provide children with cancer and other chronic illnesses with psychosocial support. Since their establishment, 8,000 children have been given support and has received counselling and emotional provision through the help of volunteer and the Kythe Child Life coordinators. Aside from donations, Kythe also has programs such as Adopt-a-Hospital, Adopt-a-Patient, Tithe for Kythe and other monthly programs for its patients.

In the photo: Lydia Malot, Rowenna Matti, Abba Napa, and Sherill Quintana.

In the photo: Lydia Malot, Rowenna Matti, Abba Napa, and Sherill Quintana.

Another microentrepreneur who will be receiving an award in our Filipina Summit is Lydia Malot of Lydia’s Nata De Coco. She started her business with just P300 after reading a magazine with step-by-step instruction on how to make a nata de coco. This motivated her to turn her dreams of having a better life into a reality. With the help of microfinance company in their region, Lydia started her production in 1993. Today, Lydia has tapped on a bigger market by becoming one of the top suppliers of nata de coco to large food and beverage companies in the country.

In 2005, Rowena Matti founded the Galileo Enrichment Learning Program, Inc. an enrichment program for students’ ages 3 to 12.Anchored on play-based learning, toddlers are taught early numeracy and literacy skills, practical life skills such as good manners, proper socialization, responsibility, awareness of their environment and appreciation of nature. As for Rowena Matti, The key is to strengthen the basic knowledge of learners and to make an impact on the child’s early stages of learning is Galileo’s primary goal.

Abba Napa is the founding partner and concept development officer of the Moment Group. Her first business venture was in retail focusing on skincare. Later on, she founded the country’ largest retailers of casual footwear. But since she grew up in the food industry – her mother’s bakery and her father’s investment in restaurants like L’Opera, she went into food businesses with modern treatment. Thus the establishment of The Moment Group. The Moment Group is the company behind ‘Cue, Phat Pho, 8 Cuts, Manam, Mecha Uma, and Bistro Du Vin. , Ooma, Bank Bar  Linguini Fini and, Din Tai Fung.

Sherill

Go Negosyo 2015 Highlights

Monday, December 28th, 2015
Go Negosyo celebrated its 10th anniversary last July in Green Sun Hotel, Makati.

Go Negosyo celebrated its 10th anniversary last July in Green Sun Hotel, Makati.

2015 marked a decade of the Go Negosyo’s advocacy in building an enterprising nation.

For the past 10 years, we have launched countless of programs, summits, caravans, and fora that provided a marketplace of ideas, innovative business solutions, and informative business advices that aim to develop an entrepreneurship culture in our country. We believe that through these platforms, we are sharing the vision that SMEs can make an impact in the society which then can contribute to the economic growth of the country.

To us, it is important to find your passion and have right mindset which will lead you towards success. As for Go Negosyo, the passion to serve and share the entrepreneurial spirit has always been our driving force. This is what we hope to share in the community, to inspire them to move up in life.

As we continue to educate and instil entrepreneurship in the country, many organizations from different sectors have recognized Go Negosyo as a pioneer in pushing entrepreneurial mindset among Filipinos. We were given recognitions and awards and we thanked them for believing in our advocacy. And of course, we share this success to you, our readers, and to the whole entrepreneurship community.

Go Negosyo had been successful in promoting the advocacy. This year has been fruitful with events that empowered different sectors especially the youth.

As this year is about to fold, let me share with you the highlights of 2015, a landmark year for Go Negosyo.

Go Negosyo Founding Trustee Joey Concepcion welcomes the thousands of participants to the 7th Filipina Entrepreneurship Summit last March 6, 2015 at the World Trade Center, Pasay City.

Go Negosyo Founding Trustee Joey Concepcion welcomes the thousands of participants to the 7th Filipina Entrepreneurship Summit last March 6, 2015 at the World Trade Center, Pasay City.

The 2015 Inspiring Filipina Awardees: (front row L-R) Stella Sy (Mint), Menchie De Guzman (Gantsilyo), Ria Lu (Komikasi), Patis Tesoro, Josephine See (JM Peanut World), and Nanette Po (Friends of Hope Inc.). (Middle row L-R) Emma Imperial (Imperial Homes Corporation), Riza Mantaring (Sun Life Financial Philippines), Kathleen Go (Universal Records), Roxanne Farillas (Plains and Prints), Myrna Bituin (Betis Crafts Inc.), Celinda De Guia (Ovation Productions) and Fe Vidal (CBN Boneless Bangus). (Back row L-R) Alice Eduardo, Sen. Cynthia Villar, Socorro Ramos, Esther Vibal, Sen. Grace Poe and Joey Concepcion.

The 2015 Inspiring Filipina Awardees: (front row L-R) Stella Sy (Mint), Menchie De Guzman (Gantsilyo), Ria Lu (Komikasi), Patis Tesoro, Josephine See (JM Peanut World), and Nanette Po (Friends of Hope Inc.). (Middle row L-R) Emma Imperial (Imperial Homes Corporation), Riza Mantaring (Sun Life Financial Philippines), Kathleen Go (Universal Records), Roxanne Farillas (Plains and Prints), Myrna Bituin (Betis Crafts Inc.), Celinda De Guia (Ovation Productions) and Fe Vidal (CBN Boneless Bangus). (Back row L-R) Alice Eduardo, Sen. Cynthia Villar, Socorro Ramos, Esther Vibal, Sen. Grace Poe and Joey Concepcion.

Cong. Leni Robredo, Sen. Cynthia Villar, and Tessie Sy-Coson during a forum in the 7th Filipina Entrepreneurship Summit.

Cong. Leni Robredo, Sen. Cynthia Villar, and Tessie Sy-Coson during a forum in the 7th Filipina Entrepreneurship Summit.

National Bookstore’s Socorro Ramos and Vibal Publishing Group’s Esther Vibal received the Lifetime Achievement Award for Entrepreneurs in the field of Education.

National Bookstore’s Socorro Ramos and Vibal Publishing Group’s Esther Vibal received the Lifetime Achievement Award for Entrepreneurs in the field of Education.

Ramon Lopez (Go Negosyo), Ricardo Po Jr. (Century Pacific Food), Sen. Cynthia Villar, Yati Abdullah (DHL), Sen. Sonny Angara, and Leonardo Po (Century Pacific Food) celebrating a decade of building an entrepreneurial nation during Go Negosyo’s 10th Anniversary celebration.

Ramon Lopez (Go Negosyo), Ricardo Po Jr. (Century Pacific Food), Sen. Cynthia Villar, Yati Abdullah (DHL), Sen. Sonny Angara, and Leonardo Po (Century Pacific Food) celebrating a decade of building an entrepreneurial nation during Go Negosyo’s 10th Anniversary celebration.

A gathering of bossings. Glenn Yu (Seaoil Philippines), Benjamin Liuson (The Generics Pharmacy), Alice Eduardo (Sta. Elena Construction and Development Corporation), Mark Belo and William Belo (Wilcon Builders Depot) and Ramon Lopez (Go Negosyo).

A gathering of bossings. Glenn Yu (Seaoil Philippines), Benjamin Liuson (The Generics Pharmacy), Alice Eduardo (Sta. Elena Construction and Development Corporation), Mark Belo and William Belo (Wilcon Builders Depot) and Ramon Lopez (Go Negosyo).

Alice Eduardo, Joey Concepcion, Vivienne Tan, Mylene Abiva, and Grace Glory Go.

Alice Eduardo, Joey Concepcion, Vivienne Tan, Mylene Abiva, and Grace Glory Go.

PLDT’s Gabby Cui and Kat Luna-Abelarde with FERN Inc.’s Tommanny Tan.

PLDT’s Gabby Cui and Kat Luna-Abelarde with FERN Inc.’s Tommanny Tan.

Luigi Bernas, Rosalind Wee, Joey Concepcion and James Bernas.

Luigi Bernas, Rosalind Wee, Joey Concepcion and James Bernas.

Go Negosyo recognized icon entrepreneurs who have been inspirational to many aspiring and young entrepreneurs.

Go Negosyo recognized icon entrepreneurs who have been inspirational to many aspiring and young entrepreneurs.

The Go Negosyo crowd shot with more than 700 entrepreneurs, government partners and other corporate advocacy partners at the Go Negosyo @ 10 in Green Sun, Makati.

The Go Negosyo crowd shot with more than 700 entrepreneurs, government partners and other corporate advocacy partners at the Go Negosyo @ 10 in Green Sun, Makati.

The prestigious Manuel L. Quezon Gawad Parangal Award for being the Most Outstanding Institution of 2015 was awarded by Quezon City Mayor Herbert Bautista to Go Negosyo. Go Negosyo’s Executive Director Ramon Lopez, received the award together with angelpreneurs Butch Bartolome, Jorge Wieneke, Vix Madlangbayan, Paulo Tibig and Carlo Calimon.

The prestigious Manuel L. Quezon Gawad Parangal Award for being the Most Outstanding Institution of 2015 was awarded by Quezon City Mayor Herbert Bautista to Go Negosyo. Go Negosyo’s Executive Director Ramon Lopez, received the award together with angelpreneurs Butch Bartolome, Jorge Wieneke, Vix Madlangbayan, Paulo Tibig and Carlo Calimon.

Go Negosyo founder Joey Concepcion accepted the Outstanding Achievement Award for Advocacy Marketing at the 36th Agora Awards.

Go Negosyo founder Joey Concepcion accepted the Outstanding Achievement Award for Advocacy Marketing at the 36th Agora Awards.

Go Negosyo also became part of the APEC Week through the partnership with APEC Business Advisory Council led by Doris Magsaysay-Ho. Go Negosyo and ABAC launched the APEC SME Summit dedicated for all SMEs in the country. In photo are Filipino technopreneurs Nix Nolledo of Xurpass and Maria Ressa of Rappler with Karen Davila.

Go Negosyo also became part of the APEC Week through the partnership with APEC Business Advisory Council led by Doris Magsaysay-Ho. Go Negosyo and ABAC launched the APEC SME Summit dedicated for all SMEs in the country. In photo are Filipino technopreneurs Nix Nolledo of Xurpass and Maria Ressa of Rappler with Karen Davila.

President Benigno Aquino III focused on the empowerment of SMEs for the country’s inclusive growth during his keynote speech at the APEC SME Summit.

President Benigno Aquino III focused on the empowerment of SMEs for the country’s inclusive growth during his keynote speech at the APEC SME Summit.

Doris Magsaysay-Ho with Go Negosyo Executive Director Ramon Lopez.

Doris Magsaysay-Ho with Go Negosyo Executive Director Ramon Lopez.

Doris Magsaysay-Ho, APEC Business Advisory Council 2015 Chair thanked everyone who participated and organized the APEC SME Summit.

Doris Magsaysay-Ho, APEC Business Advisory Council 2015 Chair thanked everyone who participated and organized the APEC SME Summit.

Joe Maristela of Katalyst.ph, Mr. Carlo Calimon of Mobkard, Ms. Beverly Tantiansu of e27, Mr. Jeff Char of JSeed Ventures, Mr. David Cruz of Bluewave and Mr. Klas Lundgren of Xeric served as judges for the MCAP Philippine Finals 2015 with the three teams who won Team 1Export, Team Saffron Technologies and Team Wattsmart with Ramon Lopez of Go Negosyo

Joe Maristela of Katalyst.ph, Mr. Carlo Calimon of Mobkard, Ms. Beverly Tantiansu of e27, Mr. Jeff Char of JSeed Ventures, Mr. David Cruz of Bluewave and Mr. Klas Lundgren of Xeric served as judges for the MCAP Philippine Finals 2015 with the three teams who won Team 1Export, Team Saffron Technologies and Team Wattsmart with Ramon Lopez of Go Negosyo

Go Negosyo’s Executive Director Ramon Lopez joined the Meet the Presidentiables Forum as a panelist.

Go Negosyo’s Executive Director Ramon Lopez joined the Meet the Presidentiables Forum as a panelist.

VP Binay with Joey Concepcion, moderator Luchi Cruz Valdes of T5, panelists Dra. Vicki Belo of Belo Medical Group, Atty. Mike Toledo of Philex Mining, Ramon Lopez of Go Negosyo, columnist Babe Romualdez, Henry Lim Bon Liong of Sterling Group, and Haresh Hiranand.

VP Binay with Joey Concepcion, moderator Luchi Cruz Valdes of T5, panelists Dra. Vicki Belo of Belo Medical Group, Atty. Mike Toledo of Philex Mining, Ramon Lopez of Go Negosyo, columnist Babe Romualdez, Henry Lim Bon Liong of Sterling Group, and Haresh Hiranand.

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Vice President Binay gave an opening speech before the forum proper.

Former Secretary Mar Roxas gave his opening message during the Presidential forum last November 9, 2015.

Former Secretary Mar Roxas gave his opening message during the Presidential forum last November 9, 2015.

Johnlu Koa (French Baker), Luchi Cruz Valdes (TV 5), Joey Concepcion, Atty. Mike Toledo (Philex Mining), Sec. Mar Roxas, Ramon Lopez (Go Negosyo) and Babe Romualdez

Johnlu Koa (French Baker), Luchi Cruz Valdes (TV 5), Joey Concepcion, Atty. Mike Toledo (Philex Mining), Sec. Mar Roxas, Ramon Lopez (Go Negosyo) and Babe Romualdez

Sen. Grace Poe bravely answered questions from the panelists and audience during the Presidential forum we had last December 2.

Sen. Grace Poe bravely answered questions from the panelists and audience during the Presidential forum we had last December 2.

Patty Chilip (Standard Insurance), Rosalind Wee (W Group), Atty. Mike Toledo (Philex Mining), Joey Concepcion, Luchi Criz Valdes (TV 5), Ramon Lopez (RFM Corporation and Go Negosyo), Babe Romualdez, and Myrna Yao (Richprime Global)

Patty Chilip (Standard Insurance), Rosalind Wee (W Group), Atty. Mike Toledo (Philex Mining), Joey Concepcion, Luchi Criz Valdes (TV 5), Ramon Lopez (RFM Corporation and Go Negosyo), Babe Romualdez, and Myrna Yao (Richprime Global)

US Ambassador to the Philippines Philip Goldberg during his welcoming remarks in the Youth Entrepreneurship Development Workshop Culminating Activity.

US Ambassador to the Philippines Philip Goldberg during his welcoming remarks in the Youth Entrepreneurship Development Workshop Culminating Activity.

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Joey Concepcion and US Ambassador Philip Goldberg together with the YEDW delegates at the Heritage Hotel in Pasay City.

Go Negosyo had a Negosyo sa Bayan session in Davao City in partnership with Vice Governor Joey Pelaez. In photo is Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte.

Go Negosyo had a Negosyo sa Bayan session in Davao City in partnership with Vice Governor Joey Pelaez. In photo is Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte.

Angelpreneur Josiah Go in one of our Magandang Business Advice (MBA) Seminar.

Angelpreneur Josiah Go in one of our Magandang Business Advice (MBA) Seminar.

Go Negosyo is part of the opening of many Negosyo Centers in the country.

Go Negosyo is part of the opening of many Negosyo Centers in the country.

APEC SME Summit Press Conference with Joey Concepcion, Doris Magsaysay-Ho, and Sen. Bam Aquino.

APEC SME Summit Press Conference with Joey Concepcion, Doris Magsaysay-Ho, and Sen. Bam Aquino.

On its 5th year, Go Negosyo partnered with Villar Sipag Foundation for the OFW and Family Summit. In photo : Yati Abdullah, Sen. Cynthia Villar, Sen. Manny Villar, Joey Concepcion, Cong. Mark Villar, and Ramon Lopez.

On its 5th year, Go Negosyo partnered with Villar Sipag Foundation for the OFW and Family Summit. In photo : Yati Abdullah, Sen. Cynthia Villar, Sen. Manny Villar, Joey Concepcion, Cong. Mark Villar, and Ramon Lopez.

Sen. Sonny Angara in the Harvard Project for Asian and International Relations’ Manila Night. Go Negosyo in partnership with the HPAIR Manila team hosted the Manila Night for all its delegates showcasing the rich Filipino culture.

Sen. Sonny Angara in the Harvard Project for Asian and International Relations’ Manila Night. Go Negosyo in partnership with the HPAIR Manila team hosted the Manila Night for all its delegates showcasing the rich Filipino culture.

Go Negosyo was also invited in DTI’s SME Roving Academy in Samar. Angelpreneur Ardy Roberto gave an inspiring talk on entrepreneurship.

Go Negosyo was also invited in DTI’s SME Roving Academy in Samar. Angelpreneur Ardy Roberto gave an inspiring talk on entrepreneurship.

PLDT SME Nation and Go Negosyo continues to empower SMEs during the launch of the PLDT Small Business Month last July.

PLDT SME Nation and Go Negosyo continues to empower SMEs during the launch of the PLDT Small Business Month last July.

Smart - Talk N Text in partnership with GoNegosyo launched the first ‘Panalo ang May Alam: Katropa sa Kabuhayan’ Program at Boljoon Sports Complex, Cebu

Smart – Talk N Text in partnership with GoNegosyo launched the first ‘Panalo ang May Alam: Katropa sa Kabuhayan’ Program at Boljoon Sports Complex, Cebu

Go Negosyo and SMART brought the Smart Pinoy Go Negosyo Caravan in Hong Kong to empower our OFW kababayans and inspire them to start their entrepreneurial journeys.

Go Negosyo and SMART brought the Smart Pinoy Go Negosyo Caravan in Hong Kong to empower our OFW kababayans and inspire them to start their entrepreneurial journeys.

Joey Concepcion during the BPI Sinag Awards Forum. Also in photo are Jing Castaneda and Jaime Augusto Zobel de Ayala.

Joey Concepcion during the BPI Sinag Awards Forum. Also in photo are Jing Castaneda and Jaime Augusto Zobel de Ayala.

Go Negosyo’s Executive Director Ramon Lopez during the launch of Negosyo Center in Taytay.

Go Negosyo’s Executive Director Ramon Lopez during the launch of Negosyo Center in Taytay.

Go Negosyo and US Embassy Empower Young Entrepreneurs through YEDW

Monday, December 21st, 2015

Go Negosyo in partnership with the US Embassy brought together the Grand Culminating Activity of the Youth Entrepreneurship Development Workshop (YEDW) series on December 9, 10 and 11 at the Heritage Hotel in Manila. The grand culminating activity gathered the winners of the YEDW existing business and business idea categories from all over the country.

Day 1 kicked off with the arrival of our special guest H.E. Ambassador Philip S. Goldberg from the US Embassy. Ambassador Goldberg, Ramon Lopez (Go Negosyo Executive Director) and I delivered our inspiring messages to the youth delegates and even entertained a few questions.

The rest of the afternoon was spent for clustered mentoring sessions. The fellows were mentored by experts from their respective industries. The following served as mentors to the YEDW fellows: Food: Juliet Herrera (Serenitea), GJ Jimenez (Banapple), RJ Ledesma (Mercato Centrale), Paco Magsaysay (Carmen’s Best) and Ifore Yu (Chicken Charlie). Beauty/Health and Wellness: Sherill Quintana (Orayspa) and Anna Meloto-Wilk (Human Nature). Tourism/Travel: Chal Lontoc (Jeron Travel) and Ivan Man Dy (Old Manila Walks) Agriculture: Toto Barcelona (Harbest), Brian Belen (Ato Belen Farm), Reden Costales (Costales Nature Farms) and Desiree Duran (Duran Farms) Fashion: Zarah Juan (Green Leaf Eco Bags) and Brian Tenorio (Tenorio) Service: Tess Dimaculangan (Go Negosyo Angelpreneur/ Dimaculangan, Dimaculangan and Co. CPAs), Jerry Ilao (Ink-all-You-Can) and Amor Maclang (GeiserMaclang) Education: Joy Abaquin (Go Negosyo Angelpreneur/ Multiple Intelligence International School).

To end the day’s program, a forum about funding composed of panel members Patch Dulay of The Spark Project, Benel Lagua of Development Bank of the Philippines, Joe Maristela of Katalyst.ph and Navin Uttamchandani of Esquire Financing enlightened the fellows on funding opportunities that they can tap.

The second day started with Engineer Aisa Mijeno, the brain behind SALt (Sustainable Alternative Lighting) as featured in the recently concluded APEC Summit. The floor was opened for questions after Ms. Mijeno’s talk about her SALt lamps.

The fire pitches of the non-winners judged by Vix Madlangbayan, Jorge Wieneke and Willy Arcilla was followed by another mentoring sessions on the different aspects of business. The following served as mentors: Vix Madlangbayan, Butz Bartolome, Mylene Abiva, Willy Arcilla, Paulo Tibig, Jorge Wieneke, Mon Abrea, Armand Bengco, Danella Yaptinchay and Atty. Aileen Almora and Emelita M. Barbosa, CEBS.

The last day was filled with excitement as the winners of each leg and wildcard rounds presented their final business pitch.

At the end, Rachel De Villa of Cropital from the Manila leg and Helen Kaye Layco of Macho Mucho from the Mindanao leg each won P100,000 cash prize to help expand their business and idea.

YEDW 2015 Fellows.

YEDW 2015 Fellows.

Joey Concepcion and US Ambassador Philip S. Goldberg.

Joey Concepcion and US Ambassador Philip S. Goldberg.

The first plenary talk was with Dr. Ed Canela—consultant for Small Enterprises Research and Development Foundation (SERDEF). Dr. Canela discussed the Philippine entrepreneurship ecosystem.

The first plenary talk was with Dr. Ed Canela—consultant for Small Enterprises Research and Development Foundation (SERDEF). Dr. Canela discussed the Philippine entrepreneurship ecosystem.

After the networking lunch, program director of Launchgarage Jay Fajardo talked about innovation and creativity in entrepreneurship.

After the networking lunch, program director of Launchgarage Jay Fajardo talked about innovation and creativity in entrepreneurship.

(L-R: Standing: Willy Arcilla, Tess Dimaculangan, GJ Jimenez, Juliet Herrera, Sherill Quintana, Anna Meloto-Wilk, Desiree Duran, Mary Joy Abaquin and Zarah Juan) (L-R: Sitting: Brian Belen, Ivan Man-Dy, Reden Costales, Chal Lontoc, Amor Maclang, Brian Tenorio and Jerry Ilao)

(L-R: Standing: Willy Arcilla, Tess Dimaculangan, GJ Jimenez, Juliet Herrera, Sherill Quintana, Anna Meloto-Wilk, Desiree Duran, Mary Joy Abaquin and Zarah Juan)
(L-R: Sitting: Brian Belen, Ivan Man-Dy, Reden Costales, Chal Lontoc, Amor Maclang, Brian Tenorio and Jerry Ilao)

 L-R: Patch Dulay, Benel Lagua, Joe Maristela, Navin Uttamchandani and Lara Mendoza of Go Negosyo.

L-R: Patch Dulay, Benel Lagua, Joe Maristela, Navin Uttamchandani and Lara Mendoza of Go Negosyo.

Ms. Aisa Mijeno

Ms. Aisa Mijeno

L-R: Paulo Tibig, Jorge Wieneke, Mon Abrea, Ramon Lopez, Emelita Barbosa, CEBS, Atty. Aileen Almora, Danella Yaptinchay, Mylene Abiva, Butz Bartolome, Armand Bengco and Vix Madlangbayan

L-R: Paulo Tibig, Jorge Wieneke, Mon Abrea, Ramon Lopez, Emelita Barbosa, CEBS, Atty. Aileen Almora, Danella Yaptinchay, Mylene Abiva, Butz Bartolome, Armand Bengco and Vix Madlangbayan

YEDW 2015 Top 12 Finalists: (L-R) Flora Mae Sañosa, Erica Midori Acuña, Pamela Nicole Mejia, Mariel May Obregon, Rachel De Villa, Helen Kaye Layco, Michael Earl Castroverde, Cezar Chan, Gideon Pahagas, Robert Basco, Jesus Dane Lavarias and Raphaelo Perez.

YEDW 2015 Top 12 Finalists: (L-R) Flora Mae Sañosa, Erica Midori Acuña, Pamela Nicole Mejia, Mariel May Obregon, Rachel De Villa, Helen Kaye Layco, Michael Earl Castroverde, Cezar Chan, Gideon Pahagas, Robert Basco, Jesus Dane Lavarias and Raphaelo Perez.

 (L-R) Ma. Isabel Gutierrez (US Embassy), Carlo Calimon (MobKard), Jorge Wieneke (Tokyo Tempura), Pete Davis (US Embassy), Elizabeth Lu (US Embassy) Kaye Layco (Macho Mucho), Rachel De Villa (Cropital), Ramon Lopez (Go Negosyo), Dianne Eustaquio (Ideaspace), Tess Dimaculangan (Dimaculangan and Dimaculangan CPAs) Willy Arcilla (Independent Marketing Consultant).

(L-R) Ma. Isabel Gutierrez (US Embassy), Carlo Calimon (MobKard), Jorge Wieneke (Tokyo Tempura), Pete Davis (US Embassy), Elizabeth Lu (US Embassy) Kaye Layco (Macho Mucho), Rachel De Villa (Cropital), Ramon Lopez (Go Negosyo), Dianne Eustaquio (Ideaspace), Tess Dimaculangan (Dimaculangan and Dimaculangan CPAs) Willy Arcilla (Independent Marketing Consultant).

Meet the Presidentiables Forum with Sen. Grace Poe

Monday, December 14th, 2015

Last December 2, Go Negosyo  in partnership with PLDT SME Nation, Smart Communications, Sta. Elena Construction and Development Corporation and RFM Corporation organized the third installment of “Meet the Presidentiables Series” featuring presidential candidate Senator Grace Poe.

Attended by more than 500 entrepreneurs, advocacy partners, and youth delegates, the series aimed to give the Go Negosyo entrepreneur community and key enablers a chance to meet the presidential candidate who will share their vision and platform for the country, particularly on economic and entrepreneurship development and other relevant topics such as agriculture, transportation, politics, poverty, etc.
In her opening speech, she shared stories of her father who is also an entrepreneur himself. She also spoke on the importance of entrepreneurship for the country as a solution to the number one problem in the country – poverty. She also commended Sen. Bam Aquino for the Go Negosyo Act which has established more than one hundred Negosyo Centers all over the country.

During the forum, a panel composed of Patty Chilip (Standard Insurance), Rosalind Wee (W Group), Atty. Mike Toledo, Ramon Lopez (RFM Corporation and Go Negosyo), Babe Romualdez, and Myrna Yao (Richprime Global) got to question Poe about her platforms and takes on certain national issues.

Sen. Grace Poe answered questions on agriculture development, lowering taxes, programs she wishes to continue, traffic issues and plans for public transport system, and also the disqualification cases filed against her.

Panelists Mon Lopez of Go Negosyo and Babe Romualdez.

Panelists Mon Lopez of Go Negosyo and Babe Romualdez.

Sta. Elena Corporation's Alice Eduardo greets Sen. Grace Poe.

Sta. Elena Corporation’s Alice Eduardo greets Sen. Grace Poe.

Sen. Grace Poe with the panelists: Patty Chilip, Rosalind Wee, Atty. Mike Toledo, Ramon Lopez, Babe Romualdez, Myrna Yao, and host Luchi Cruz-Valdes and Joey Concepcion.

Sen. Grace Poe with the panelists: Patty Chilip, Rosalind Wee, Atty. Mike Toledo, Ramon Lopez, Babe Romualdez, Myrna Yao, and host Luchi Cruz-Valdes and Joey Concepcion.

Johnlu Koa of French Baker.

Johnlu Koa of French Baker.

The forum was moderated by TV5's Head of News and Information Luchi Cruz-Valdes.

The forum was moderated by TV5′s Head of News and Information Luchi Cruz-Valdes.

 Sen. Grace Poe gamely answers questions from the panelists and from the audience.

Sen. Grace Poe gamely answers questions from the panelists and from the audience.

Samie Lim and Roilo Golez

Samie Lim and Roilo Golez

Patty Chilip of Standard Insurance.

Patty Chilip of Standard Insurance.

osalind Wee, one of Go Negosyo's trustees and chairman of W Group.

osalind Wee, one of Go Negosyo’s trustees and chairman of W Group.

Myrna Yao of Richprime Global Inc.

Myrna Yao of Richprime Global Inc.

On her opening speech, Senator Poe revealed that aside from being an actor, her father was also an entrepreneur.

On her opening speech, Senator Poe revealed that aside from being an actor, her father was also an entrepreneur.

Partners and Entrepreneurship advocates joins the forum last December 2. In photo: Gabby Cui (PLDT SME Nation), Malou Talosig (PLDT SME Nation), Rosalind Wee  (W Group), Alice Eduardo (Sta. Elena Corporation), Ramon Lopez (Go Negosyo), Noel Altamirano (BPI Family), and Corinne Zablan (SMART) .

Partners and Entrepreneurship advocates joins the forum last December 2. In photo: Gabby Cui (PLDT SME Nation), Malou Talosig (PLDT SME Nation), Rosalind Wee (W Group), Alice Eduardo (Sta. Elena Corporation), Ramon Lopez (Go Negosyo), Noel Altamirano (BPI Family), and Corinne Zablan (SMART) .

Sen. Grace Poe greets the audience and poses for photos.

Sen. Grace Poe greets the audience and poses for photos.

Mikey Cojuangco, Felix Ang, Joey Concepcion, Rikki Dee, Marissa Concepcion, and Beng Dee.

Mikey Cojuangco, Felix Ang, Joey Concepcion, Rikki Dee, Marissa Concepcion, and Beng Dee.

Doris Magsaysay-Ho, chair of APEC Business Advisory Council, Joey Concepcion, and Sen. Grace Poe.

Doris Magsaysay-Ho, chair of APEC Business Advisory Council, Joey Concepcion, and Sen. Grace Poe.

Atty. Mike Toledo of Philippine Bar Association, and host Luchi Cruz-Valdes

Atty. Mike Toledo of Philippine Bar Association, and host Luchi Cruz-Valdes

Cong. Roman Romulo, Manny Osmena, and Felix Ang.

Cong. Roman Romulo, Manny Osmena, and Felix Ang.

Go Negosyo Empowers SMEs Through APEC SME Summit

Sunday, November 29th, 2015

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The APEC week has been truly successful!

Go Negosyo was privileged to partner with APEC Business Advisory Council (ABAC) and Asia Society, both headed by industry icon Doris Magsaysay-Ho, in mounting the APEC SME Summit, held in GreenSun, Makati last November 17. President Aquino and some of his Cabinet Secretaries, together with our entrepreneurship co-advocate in the Senate, Sen. Bam Aquino, likewise joined the Summit to give importance the sector and how we can all rally the support it needs to elevate the competitiveness and innovativeness of the SMEs to push them to grow and expand.  As SME’s account for 99.6% of the number of enterprises, they play a major role in having a kind of growth that is more inclusive and beneficial to a wider base of the population.

Sen. Bam Aquino, an advocate of entrepreneurship with Myrna Yao of Richprime Global.

Sen. Bam Aquino, an advocate of entrepreneurship with Myrna Yao of Richprime Global.

The SME Summit was jampacked with SRO crowd of over 2000 micro, small and medium entrepreneurs, business leaders, and young and aspiring entrepreneurs.

President Aquino keynoted the Summit where he encourage SMEs to inject innovation and greater competitive value-adding to be able to grow.  He cited a number of SME programs like the Shared Service Facilities, and the setting-up of Go Negosyo Centers under the Go Negosyo Act that are being built around the country to assist Micro SMEs.

President Benigno Aquino III focused on the empowerment of SMEs for the country's inclusive growth during his keynote speech.

President Benigno Aquino III focused on the empowerment of SMEs for the country’s inclusive growth during his keynote speech.

Doris Magsaysay-Ho, APEC Business Advisory Council 2015 Chair.

Doris Magsaysay-Ho, APEC Business Advisory Council 2015 Chair.

The Summit featured leading innovative entrepreneurs and thought leaders in the world such as the passionate founder of AirAsia Tony Fernandes, Uber’s Chief Adviser David Plouffe, Barbara Navarro of Google, Josette Sheeran of Asia Society, Scott Anthony of Innosight, Wendy Kopp of Teach-for-All, Nix Nolledo of Xurpas,  Fil-Ams Shiela Marcelo of Care.com,  Dado Banatao of Tallwood Capital Ventures, Maria Ressa of Rappler, Dexter Ligot Gordon of Kalibrr and Angelo Umali of Simple Wearables, just to name a few.

The Summit was definitely a unique advanced experience for all those who attended.  They heard innovative ways to grow, out-of-the-box ideas, newfound inspiration and encouragement, importance of disruptive innovations, need for value creation, growth strategies, need for competency-building, humility to accept mistakes and correct them at once, and the essence of customer satisfaction.

Enhancing SME growth potential through innovation, moreso thru disruptive innovation, and the use of technology can surely lead to a more robust SME sector, which will lead to a more inclusive economy, to make sure that nobody is left behind.

Josette Sheeran of Asia Society shared that Manila is one of the next megacities in the world.

Josette Sheeran of Asia Society shared that Manila is one of the next megacities in the world.

David Plouffe discussed the sharing economy and how this has helped Uber scale up from a small company in San Francisco to a global brand servicing in more than 300 cities in the world.

David Plouffe discussed the sharing economy and how this has helped Uber scale up from a small company in San Francisco to a global brand servicing in more than 300 cities in the world.

Tony Fernandes shared the value of branding and investment in his people and how he has turned his dream into a reality.

Tony Fernandes shared the value of branding and investment in his people and how he has turned his dream into a reality.

Maria Ressa of Rappler.com and Nix Nolledo of Xurpas Inc. shared how they started their companies and maximized the use of technology products such as mobile phones and internet during their forum moderated by Karen Davila.

Maria Ressa of Rappler.com and Nix Nolledo of Xurpas Inc. shared how they started their companies and maximized the use of technology products such as mobile phones and internet during their forum moderated by Karen Davila.

Another forum session featured Dexter Ligot-Gordon of Kalibrr Inc., and Angelo Umali of Simple Wearables.

Another forum session featured Dexter Ligot-Gordon of Kalibrr Inc., and Angelo Umali of Simple Wearables.

“Innovation is changing everything”, said Scott Antony of Innosight.

“Innovation is changing everything”, said Scott Antony of Innosight.

Alok Shetty, another young and inspiring speaker, wowed the audience with his innovative architectural works. Shetty is the Principal of Bhumiputra Architecture, the firm behind several outstanding but convenient designs of houses that help shelter people in need of a home.

Alok Shetty, another young and inspiring speaker, wowed the audience with his innovative architectural works. Shetty is the Principal of Bhumiputra Architecture, the firm behind several outstanding but convenient designs of houses that help shelter people in need of a home.

Nix Nolledo of Xurpas is considered as a pioneer in the Philippine IT industry which specializes in creating digital mobile products.

Nix Nolledo of Xurpas is considered as a pioneer in the Philippine IT industry which specializes in creating digital mobile products.

Wendy Kopp shared the mission of Teach For All which is a social enterprise which aides in changing low-income communities through education.

Wendy Kopp shared the mission of Teach For All which is a social enterprise which aides in changing low-income communities through education.

Sheila Marcelo shared the story of Care.com, which connects families and caregivers in 16 countries. Sheila said how important it is to value the people, in and out of the organization. She mentioned, “Building companies is about building people."

Sheila Marcelo shared the story of Care.com, which connects families and caregivers in 16 countries. Sheila said how important it is to value the people, in and out of the organization. She mentioned, “Building companies is about building people.”

Another global Filipino entrepreneur who shared his inspiring story was technopreneur Dado Banatao. Dado discussed how SMEs can grow with innovation. He mentioned the need to include the poor and underprivileged sector in the economic growth and empower them with education to compete in a global world.

Another global Filipino entrepreneur who shared his inspiring story was technopreneur Dado Banatao. Dado discussed how SMEs can grow with innovation. He mentioned the need to include the poor and underprivileged sector in the economic growth and empower them with education to compete in a global world.

Bunker Roy discussed the importance of education in uplifting people’s lives. He founded Barefoot College, a school that teaches engineering to elderly women who could not afford to send themselves to school.

Bunker Roy discussed the importance of education in uplifting people’s lives. He founded Barefoot College, a school that teaches engineering to elderly women who could not afford to send themselves to school.

Jonathan Swanson is the co-founder of Thumbtack. Thumbtack is a remote-staffing company that provides services for various corporations by getting talented and qualified people from all over the world. He shared the story of a young Filipina who uplifted herself from poverty by working hard and realizing her talents. She is now fulfilling her dreams of studying for her MBA in France.

Jonathan Swanson is the co-founder of Thumbtack. Thumbtack is a remote-staffing company that provides services for various corporations by getting talented and qualified people from all over the world. He shared the story of a young Filipina who uplifted herself from poverty by working hard and realizing her talents. She is now fulfilling her dreams of studying for her MBA in France.

 Karen Reddington of FedEx Asia Pacific shared how it is important for small businesses to go global. “Small businesses will double its growth once brought global”, she said. She also advised SMEs that it is a must to have mobile technology in order to reach global market as this provides platform for e-commerce.

Karen Reddington of FedEx Asia Pacific shared how it is important for small businesses to go global. “Small businesses will double its growth once brought global”, she said. She also advised SMEs that it is a must to have mobile technology in order to reach global market as this provides platform for e-commerce.

Go Negosyo partners also attended the event. (In photo) Orlando Vea of PLDT, William Belo of Wilcon Depot, and Gabby Cui of PLDT-SME Nation.

Go Negosyo partners also attended the event. (In photo) Orlando Vea of PLDT, William Belo of Wilcon Depot, and Gabby Cui of PLDT-SME Nation.

Go Negosyo Executive Director with French Baker's Johnlu Koa and Mercato Centrale's RJ Ledesma.

Go Negosyo Executive Director with French Baker’s Johnlu Koa and Mercato Centrale’s RJ Ledesma.

Arthur Tugade of Perry's Group, Ramon Lopez, and Jun Manas of Hen Lin.

Arthur Tugade of Perry’s Group, Ramon Lopez, and Jun Manas of Hen Lin.

Phil. Marketing Association's Henry Tenedero, SMART's Corinne Zablan, and VCargo's Paulo Tibig.

Phil. Marketing Association’s Henry Tenedero, SMART’s Corinne Zablan, and VCargo’s Paulo Tibig.

Ramon Lopez, Tommanny Tan of Fern-C, Jun Manas, and Angelpreneurs Tess Dimaculangan and Vix Madlangbayan.

Ramon Lopez, Tommanny Tan of Fern-C, Jun Manas, and Angelpreneurs Tess Dimaculangan and Vix Madlangbayan.

ABAC 2015 Chair Doris Magsaysay-Ho and Go Negosyo Executive Director Ramon Lopez

ABAC 2015 Chair Doris Magsaysay-Ho and Go Negosyo Executive Director Ramon Lopez

Rosalind Wee of Marine Resources Corporation, FVP and Head of PLDT SME Nation Kat Luna-Abelarde and Myrna Yao of Richwell Trading Corporation.

Rosalind Wee of Marine Resources Corporation, FVP and Head of PLDT SME Nation Kat Luna-Abelarde and Myrna Yao of Richprime Global.

DHL's Yati Abdullah and Jojo Habana.

DHL’s Yati Abdullah and Jojo Habana.

Yna Maclang and Atty. Mike Toledo.

Yna Maclang and Atty. Mike Toledo.

Manny Osmena and Carissa Villacorta.

Manny Osmena and Carissa Villacorta.

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Vix Madlangbayan, Carlo Calimon, Paulo Tibig, Jaime Augusto Zobel de Ayala, Jorge Wieneke, and Dr. Jaime Alip.

AFFI members and Go Negosyo Angelpreneurs with Jaime Augusto Zobel de Ayala.

AFFI members and Go Negosyo Angelpreneurs with Jaime Augusto Zobel de Ayala.

Maria Ressa shared how Rappler  challenged the traditional broadcast journalism by incorporating it in social media.​​​​​​​​​

Maria Ressa shared how Rappler challenged the traditional broadcast journalism by incorporating it in social media.​​​​​​​​​

 

Meet the Presidentiable : Mar Roxas

Sunday, November 22nd, 2015

After the success of the Negosyo Talks: Meet the Presidentiables with Vice President Jejomar Binay last October, we had the second part of this series with former DILG Secretary and Liberal Party representative Mar Roxas.

We had a good number of audience with more than 600 entrepreneurs and guests from different organizations who want to hear Mar’s policy directions and plan of action as well as answer the pending issues that need to be addressed.

He opened the program with a good talk discussing how the Philippines has transformed from being the “Sick Man of Asia”, as Lee Kuan Yew labeled us, into “Asia’s Bright Spot”. Mar, who has spoken from the heart, said that we have come a long way. From the fight for democracy in 1986, (where he acknowledged my father Joecon’s role in NAMFREL and as one of the few who stood up against the dictator), to the continuous growth and progress of the country today, Mar commended everyone for participating in the transformation of the Philippines. He also recognized that the last five years had the most improvements when the current administration installed a new kind of management, and not afraid to put people in jail.

He also shared substantial progress we have made over the last five years including the provision of classrooms, chairs and tables, and teachers for the next generation and the growth in GDP. He also mentioned the programs of the government which he will continue under his administration if he wins.

The forum was moderated by TV5’s Luchi Cruz-Valdes and the panelists include Mike Toledo, Babe Romualdez, Olivia Limpe-Aw, Vicki Belo, Tina Papillon and Mon Lopez.

As the discussion with the panelists started, Mar was asked with questions on programs for foreign investments, constitutional change and inconsistency in policies, tax reform, traffic decongestion, and internet issues to which he answered straightforwardly and with full conviction.

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Watch out for the next part of the series with Sen. Grace Poe on December 2, 2015 which will also be aired by TV5.

Mar Roxas with Mon Lopez and Babe Romualdez after the forum.

Mar Roxas with Mon Lopez and Babe Romualdez after the forum.

Johnlu Koa, Luchi Cruz-Valdes, Joey Concepcion, Mike Toledo, Mar Roxas, Mon Lopez, and Babe Romualdez

Johnlu Koa, Luchi Cruz-Valdes, Joey Concepcion, Mike Toledo, Mar Roxas, Mon Lopez, and Babe Romualdez.

 Cecilio Pedro of Lamoiyan Corporation greets Liberal Party representative Mar Roxas.

Cecilio Pedro of Lamoiyan Corporation greets Liberal Party representative Mar Roxas.

Alice Eduardo and Lance Gokongwei.

Alice Eduardo and Lance Gokongwei.

Joey Concepcion, Mar Roxas, and Eric Alberto.

Joey Concepcion, Mar Roxas, and Eric Alberto.

Eric Alberto, Alice Eduardo, and Lance Gokongwei

Eric Alberto, Alice Eduardo, and Lance Gokongwei

en. Bam Aquino and Sec. Greg Domingo

Sen. Bam Aquino and Sec. Greg Domingo

Joey Concepcion delivered the welcome remarks

Joey Concepcion delivered the welcome remarks

Mar Roxas during his opening speech

Mar Roxas during his opening speech

Atty. Mike Toledo joined the panelists in the discussion

Atty. Mike Toledo joined the panelists in the discussion

Mar Roxas answered the question of Mon Lopez on foreign ownership restrictions.

Mar Roxas answered the question of Mon Lopez on foreign ownership restrictions.

Olivia Limpe-Aw asked Mar Roxas on how he can further help in the ease of doing business for entrepreneurs.

Olivia Limpe-Aw asked Mar Roxas on how he can further help in the ease of doing business for entrepreneurs.

Dra. Vicki Belo asked if the "Vote for Mar" is also a "Vote for Kim Henares.

Dra. Vicki Belo asked if the “Vote for Mar” is also a “Vote for Kim Henares.

Tina Papillon asked Mar Roxas about his take on the slow internet of the country.

Tina Papillon asked Mar Roxas about his take on the slow internet of the country.

Henry Lim Bon Liong asked Mar about his programs for the agricultural sector. Mar answered that agriculture will be one of the sector that will experience a boom under his administration.

Henry Lim Bon Liong asked Mar about his programs for the agricultural sector. Mar answered that agriculture will be one of the sector that will experience a boom under his administration.

Meet the Presidentiables Forum with Mar Roxas

Meet the Presidentiables Forum with Mar Roxas

tudents who were also present had a photo opportunity with presidential candidate Mar Roxas

tudents who were also present had a photo opportunity with presidential candidate Mar Roxas

Innovation and Big Ideas in the APEC SME Summit 2015

Monday, November 9th, 2015

APEC Speakers Faces

This year, we’ve partnered with the APEC Business Advisory Council (ABAC) and Asia Society Philippines led by Doris Magsaysay-Ho in hosting the 2015 APEC SME Summit on November 17.

The SME Conference will feature speakers whose big ideas and innovative solutions have inspired positive changes in their industries and the world. The Summit aims to challenge the traditional SME framework and mindset in order to motivate APEC entrepreneurs to re-think and re-create the way they do business, as well as to look at their products, services and business operations through the lens of innovation to successfully meet the demands of the 21st century global market.

With the theme: “Innovation and Big Ideas: Pushing Boundaries,” the APEC SME Summit 2015 will bring together the region’s micro, small and medium-sized business entrepreneurs to share success stories of SME innovation and internationalization, as well as to highlight institutional support mechanisms proven to drive innovation-based SME growth.

We have a good line-up of speakers from different countries who are founders and leaders in innovation. They will share how they utilized creativity and innovation to make transformative and changes in addressing old and emerging market needs.

We invite all interested entrepreneurs to visit the official website: www.apecsmesummit2015.com and register. You may also call the APEC Secretariat at 6315024/6332838/6345604.

Here are some of the confirmed speakers:

APEC SME Speakers Primer_Batch 1

 Juraj Vaculik – In 2010, Juraj co-founded AeroMobil and manages the company as its CEO. He also acts as an Angel investor with investments into successful start-up projects in the media content, IT and alternative transport sectors throughout Europe and the US. Aeromobil is a Slovak company that is developing prototype roadable aircraft, a vehicle that can be converted from an automobile to an aircraft.

Scott Anthony – He is the Managing Partner of Innosight, a consulting and investment company that focus on strategic transformation, disruptive change, and business model innovation. Based in Innosight’s Singapore office since 2010, he also leads its Asian consulting operations and its venture-capital investment activities.

Karen Reddington – She is President of Asia Pacific Division of FedEx Express, the world’s largest express transportation company. She heads up Asia Pacific from its headquarters in Hong Kong. Dr. Reddington is responsible for leading the FedEx business across the region, including overall planning and implementation of corporate strategies and operations across 30 countries and territories.

Jonathan Swanson - He is the Co-Founder of Thumbtack, Inc. and serves as its President. Mr. Swanson served as Director of Operations at Thumbtack, Inc. Jonathan built and manages Thumbtack’s global team of 500+ based in San Francisco, Salt Lake City, and the Philippines. Thumbtack is an online marketplace for local services. It matches service providers and consumers through an online directory.

Diosdado Banatao – She is the managing partner of Tallwood Venture Capital. With this past experiences as an entrepreneur, Dado provides Tallwood with a unique perspective in technology investments. Tallwood invests in unique and hard-to-do semiconductor technology solutions for computing, communication, and consumer platforms. He is credited with developing several key semiconductor technologies and is regarded as a Silicon Valley visionary.

APEC SME Speakers Primer_Batch 2

Wendy Kopp – She is CEO and Co-founder of Teach For All, a global network of independent organizations that are cultivating their nations’ promising future leaders to ensure their most marginalized children have the chance to fulfil their true potential. Wendy founded Teach For America in 1989 to marshal the energy of her generation against educational inequity in the United States.

Shiela Marcelo – Inspired by challenges finding care for her children and ailing parents, Sheila founded Care.com in 2006. Today, the public company is the world’s largest online care destination with 15.2 million members in 16 countries.

Angelo Umali – He is a technical and business strategist with a decade of broad international experience in marketing, business development and product management for both hardware and software products. He founded Simple Wearables, a healthcare tech startup based in Hong Kong focusing on wearable technology that provides peace of mind.

Dexter Ligot-Gordon – He is the Co-founder and Chief Operating Officer of Kalibrr. Working together with another co-founder, Paul Rivera, he helped grow Kalibrr to have more than 30 people handling front- and back-end, content, sales, and marketing. Kalibrr is the Philippines’ hottest tech startup, which delivers a faster, smarter, and more sophisticated way of job matching.

Melissa Guzy - She is the founder and the Managing Partner of Arbor Ventures, has more than 25 years of experience as an entrepreneur and as a venture investor. Arbor Ventures is focused on investing in FinTech, Big Data and Digital Commerce. Arbor invests in companies that have a regional or global reach.

APEC SME Speakers Primer_Batch 3B

Alok Shetty – Alok Shetty is Principal of Bhumiputra Architecture, an internationally acclaimed architecture and design firm based in Bangalore City. Operating across many scales, Shetty’s firm consistently works towards new built environments that improve the quality of life in emerging economies.

Josette Sheeran - Josette has been President and CEO of the Asia Society since May 2013. Previously Sheeran was Vice Chairman of the World Economic Forum. Sheeran believes that hunger and poverty must and can be solved through both immediate actions and long-term policies.

David Plouffe  – He is an American political strategist best known as the campaign manager for Barack Obama’s 2008 presidential campaign. In September 2014, he became the Senior Vice President of Policy and Strategy for transportation network company startup Uber. In May 2015, he left that role to become a full-time strategic adviser for the company.

Nix Nolledo – He is the President and Chairman of the Board of Xurpas, a technology company that creates digital products for the Mobile Consumer. He is also the Chairman of Fluxion, a subsidiary of Xurpas. Considered as a pioneer in the Philippine Information and Communications Technology (ICT) industry, Nolledo first started in the consumer technology sector.