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BEHIND THE WORDS: Four Key Insights from Jack Ma on the Digital Economy

Saturday, October 28th, 2017
Presidential Adviser for Entrepreneurship Joey Concepcion moderated a forum with Dr. Jack Ma which kicked off with Concepcion asking Ma for his advice from many traditional businessmen in the audience. Concepcion followed up with a question asking Ma on his perspective on creating more access for small entrepreneurs to money, markets and mentorship.

Presidential Adviser for Entrepreneurship Joey Concepcion moderated a forum with Dr. Jack Ma which kicked off with Concepcion asking Ma for his advice from many traditional businessmen in the audience. Concepcion followed up with a question asking Ma on his perspective on creating more access for small entrepreneurs to money, markets and mentorship.

Dr. Jack Ma’s a-little-more-than-24-hours visit has still left a lingering impact on the FIlipino community. Just hours after his appearance in De La Salle University, telcos and the governement have already announced their commitment to improve the speed of the Philippines’ internet, and various fintech solutions have been launched with influential local businesses. Reeling from quite a momentous event, we’ve compiled a list of four moments during Ma’s visit wherein he gave valuable insights on the most pertinent issues in a growingly digital and globalized world.

Robbie Antonio (CEO of Revolution Precrafted) questioned Jack Ma on his perspective on blockchain technology (bitcons) and cryptocurrency). In his reply, Ma shares that he’s a believer of the tech and asks what measures can be done to ensure the safest and most efficient way of doing transactions.

Nix Toledo (CEO of Xurpas) asked Jack Ma how traditional businesses should view the East World Trade Platform of China. Ma answers by saying that the EWTP will greatly favor small businesses versus the WTO which largely favored large businesses.

Leandro Leviste (Founder of Solar Philippines) asked Jack Ma regarding his ideas addressing developing world problems in energy, infrastructure and agricuture for poverty alleviation. Ma’s answer gave a comprehensive answer which drew from his experiece as the head of Alibaba.

Myla Villanueva (Managing Director, Novarre Technologies) asked Jack Ma regarding his take on artificial intelligence and the future. Ma posits that AI is the wrong term and it should be called machine intelligence.

What Jack Ma taught Filipinos about Dreams, Success and the Internet

Thursday, October 26th, 2017
Alibaba Group Founder & Executive Chairman Jack Ma.

Alibaba Group Founder & Executive Chairman Jack Ma.

No entrepreneur from this side of the globe has had as much of an influence in the minds and hearts of the world as Alibaba founder and global business icon, Jack Ma.

After an awarding ceremony by the De La Salle University, wherein Ma received an honorary Doctor of Science degree on Technopreneurship, Ma immediately engaged in a moderated forum with a room full of students and select entrepreneurs from the country.

Charismatic as always, Jack Ma didn’t hold back on imparting sage advice and insights that left many who witnessed the event either live or online, inspired. Ma’s storied journey of fighting tooth and nail for his dream and becoming one of the richest and most influential in the world today is one that every Filipino looks up to.

Growing up in China, Ma shared to the students that, many times in his life, he failed at what he wanted. He failed many times in school, and failed to get into the universities he targeted (he applied and got rejected from Harvard 10 times!), and even got rejected when he applied to work in KFC. He also didn’t know what he wanted to do after college—something a lot of students could resonate with. But Ma deeply encouraged the students to go for their dreams.

Jack Ma shared his insights on Money, Market, and Mentorship during the segment moderated by PA Joey Concepcion.

Jack Ma shared his insights on Money, Market, and Mentorship during the segment moderated by PA Joey Concepcion.

“Be simple. Stay foolish with your dreams, and no matter what, keep running,” Ma said. Many Filipinos today feel as though the dreams they want to achieve are too unrealistic or impossible in the current climate of our society. However, Ma teaches Filipinos that dreams are meant to be shared, not be selfishly pursued—contrary to the Filipino ‘crab mentality.’

“If it is your dream, you can never go that far. But if it’s a group’s dream, you can go much further.”

However, beyond dreaming, Jack Ma insists that one must be willing to put in the work, sacrifice and patience.

“When you have a dream, you have to think of the bad side of the dream very clearly. Think of what you will give up,” Ma said. He added “if you think it’s about three years you need to be successful, prepare for about 10 years. If you think you have about five years to succeed, prepare for 15 years. And if you think you need 10 years, you might succeed in eight years. You should have a long preparation, determination.”

In a world of instant-everything, there is truly one thing people shouldn’t take shortcuts with—working towards their goals. Ma posited that there are truly many different reasons why people succeed, but people fail for many of the same reasons. So, we Filipinos must always becomes students of life. “The priority whether you want to study or work is the same: learning,” Ma said, “A lot of people leave school then go do business. They say Bill Gates succeeded. There is only one Bill Gates. Don’t do that.”

So, what how do we succeed?

Ma believe that it takes a great combination of three quotients— EQ (emotional), IQ (intelligence) and LQ (love). “If you want to be successful, you have to have great EQ. No matter how smart you are, if you never know how to with people you will never succeed.”

However, beyond mere personal matters, Ma also exposed a lot of our societal woes. Ma said that the Philippines’ internet is “no good” and called on both the public and private sector to change this. He insists on this as he sees the internet as the gateway to solving important problems when it comes to access to money in the country—an integral part of poverty alleviation. “Philippines has the opportunity to make the world’s best fintech in the world, because you have so many mobile phones, more than 7,000 islands. We should make Philippines a cashless society. When you have a cashless society, there is no corruption. Life is easier.”

Lastly, Ma wants those who are afraid of technology and the changes it brings, specifically to traditional business owners, to adapt and change. Technology aims to make everything more accessible to everyone, and if traditional business owners don’t keep up, they will risk being left behind. And to those who are already investing in technology, don’t just go into it because it seems important, have a reason behind it. After all, in the words of Ma, “Its not the technology that changes the world, its the dream behind technology that does”

Jack Ma and Joey Concepcion One-on-One in DLSU Event!

Tuesday, October 24th, 2017

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On October 25, 2017, Alibaba Group Founder/Executive Chairman and global business icon Jack Ma will sit down with Presidential Adviser for Entrepreneurship and ASEAN Business Advisory Council Chair Joey Concepcion during a momentous event organized by the De La Salle University (DLSU) called Jack Ma: Conversation with Students. Concepcion will have a one-on-one session with Ma on technopreneurship and the digital economy. Ma will be giving a once-in-a-lifetime lecture to the exclusive audience of students, entrepreneurs, media, and professionals. Alibaba was founded in 1999 and is currently the world’s largest and most valuable retailer. A former English teacher, Ma today was amongst Fortune’s “World’s 50 Greatest Leaders” and has diversified his ventures into entertainment and publishing.

Catch the LIVESTREAM at the following social media accounts:
Go Negosyo: fb.com/GoNegosyoOfficial
DLSU: live.dlsu.edu.ph
Rappler: www.rappler.com

Former Factory-Worker Turned Billionaire Named Entrepreneur of the Year

Saturday, October 21st, 2017

Natividad Cheng, the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Uratex, was named the Entrepreneur of the Year Philippines 2017 by the SGV Foundation, Inc. and will go on to represent the country in the World Entrepreneur of the Year awards in Monte Carlo, Monaco next year.

Ms. Cheng’s journey to becoming the prolific provider of quality yet affordable foam mattresses in the country spans five decades of determination and avid dedication to improvement. Considered today to be the most dominant in their market, Ms. Cheng started out as a hardworking factory worker who, along with her husband, shared the dream of rising out of poverty.

In photo (L-R): Cesar Emilio Virata, Natividad Cheng, Presidential Adviser for Entrepreneurship & Go Negosyo Founder Joey Concepcion and Carlitos Cruz.

In photo (L-R): Cesar Emilio Virata, Natividad Cheng, Presidential Adviser for Entrepreneurship & Go Negosyo Founder Joey Concepcion and Carlitos Cruz.

In the Go Negosyo 50 Entrepreneur’s of Passion, Ms. Cheng shared that in the early days, her and her husband had to sleep on the floor of their studio apartment. “We had to borrow money several times. I pawned jewelry given to me as wedding gifts to generate working capital. We could not borrow because we did not have any assets we can put up as collateral,” Cheng said.

Despite difficulties, the Chengs were able to turn their early business into a profitable one by practicing frugality. However, tragedy struck when a fire completely ravished their factory and supplies. The Chengs were able to bounce back from this mishap. They introduced a new type of foam with better quality in terms of comfort and durability.

The Chengs continued to improve on their products and systems by applying the best and newest techniques in production and constantly knowing the pulse of the market. This tradition of excellence has propelled Uratex to becoming a leading supplier worldwide of industrial foam, mattresses, food containers, textiles, monoblock furniture and automotive original equipment parts. They currently export to countries like Guam, Australia and Asia.

The key to staying on top of the game for Uratex is combining innovation with excellence. The company invests a lot on research and development and acquire the latest machineries in order to continue to produce the best quality products. The company also works on achieving the best certification for their products in order to get them to a bigger market. As of writing, Uratex is officially endorsed by the Philippine Orthopedic Association, certified by Cert-PUR, and owns the only complete certified foam testing lab in the Philippines.

Natividad “Naty” Cheng wishes to impart to other entrepreneurs, especially the young ones, to exercise the old time value of patience. In a world where everything is instant or automated, Naty wisely imparted that “technology changes, character remains. Buildings can burn down, money can be stolen; but character will help you rebuild and regenerate.”

Go Negosyo Turns Over Financial Aid for Kin of Marawi Heroes

Thursday, August 3rd, 2017
Manny Pangilinan, Josephine Gotianun-Yap, Tessie Sy-Coson, PNP General Ronald Dela Rosa, Former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, President Rodrigo Duterte, PA Joey Concepcion, ES Salvador Medialdea, AFP General Eduardo Año, and Dr. Domingo Yap with (2nd Row L-R) Nilda Santos (wife of the late Tsg Jessie Santos), Mercenita Savellano (mother of the late 1LT John Frederick Savellano), Lolita Selda (mother of the late Cpl Dennis Selda), Ligaya Serrano (wife of the late Cpl Benito Serrano), Karin Sisiban (wife of the late Pfc Kevin Sisiban), Manilyn Solar (wife of the late PS1 Freddie Solar), Evelyn Sumagpang (mother of the late Cpl Rolan Sumagpang), Ronald Supnad (father of the late Cpl Ronald Supnad Jr), May Chinaline Tamboon (wife of the late Sgt Brian Tamboon), Marcia Tinangag (mother of the late Pfc Gener Tinangag), Pamela Tolorio (sister of the late Pvt Joshua Tolorio), Diana Triston (wife of the late SSg Joven Triston), William Sr. Tuanda (father of the late Pfc William Tuanda Jr), Suela Villanueva (mother of the late SSg Joseph Villanueva), Ellen Mae Aquino (liason officer of the late Cpl Harney Jay Villaruel), Marites Vista (mother of the late Pfc Johnro Vista).

Manny Pangilinan, Josephine Gotianun-Yap, Tessie Sy-Coson, PNP General Ronald Dela Rosa, Former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, President Rodrigo Duterte, PA Joey Concepcion, ES Salvador Medialdea, AFP General Eduardo Año, and Dr. Domingo Yap with (2nd Row L-R) Nilda Santos (wife of the late Tsg Jessie Santos), Mercenita Savellano (mother of the late 1LT John Frederick Savellano), Lolita Selda (mother of the late Cpl Dennis Selda), Ligaya Serrano (wife of the late Cpl Benito Serrano), Karin Sisiban (wife of the late Pfc Kevin Sisiban), Manilyn Solar (wife of the late PS1 Freddie Solar), Evelyn Sumagpang (mother of the late Cpl Rolan Sumagpang), Ronald Supnad (father of the late Cpl Ronald Supnad Jr), May Chinaline Tamboon (wife of the late Sgt Brian Tamboon), Marcia Tinangag (mother of the late Pfc Gener Tinangag), Pamela Tolorio (sister of the late Pvt Joshua Tolorio), Diana Triston (wife of the late SSg Joven Triston), William Sr. Tuanda (father of the late Pfc William Tuanda Jr), Suela Villanueva (mother of the late SSg Joseph Villanueva), Ellen Mae Aquino (liason officer of the late Cpl Harney Jay Villaruel), Marites Vista (mother of the late Pfc Johnro Vista).

MALACAÑAN: July 25, 2017—Go Negosyo hosted the Salamat Magigiting na Mandirigma where financial assistance was turned over to the families of the 101 soldiers and policemen who have laid down their lives in service of our country.

Government officials attending the event held at the Heroes Hall of Malacañan Palace include President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, Former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, Executive Secretary Bingbong Medialdea, Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana, AFP General Eduardo Año, PNP General Ronald Dela Rosa and other cabinet members and military officers.

President Duterte empathized with the families in the message he delivered stating that it pains him that these soldiers had to die for peace in Marawi upon his orders. The president then announced that he will assure that their soldiers will receive better funding and that their families, especially the children are also taken care of. According to the president, a donor who wishes to remain anonymous intends to give 1 million pesos to the bereaved families. He also shared that he already raised 20 billion pesos and hopes to raise 30 more in order to fund the education of the soldier’s children. “I would like to extend my sincerest condolences to the families of our troops who perished fighting for the liberation of Marawi. I know that no amount could equal the precious lives of your loved ones.”

Go Negosyo Founder and Presidential Adviser for Entrepreneurship Mr. Joey Concepcion in his opening message shared that the intent of the event is to show the unwavering commitment of the private sector to inclusivity and peace and its genuine gratitude to the heroes through helping their families get through these tragic times. “What your sons have done for this country is truly admirable. They are heroes of this country, and all those grieving here truly understand how much this pains you. Today, we celebrate the heroic deeds they have done for this country.”

Ms. Ginggay Hontiveros-Malvar, Go Negosyo’s Program Head for Sulu and Marawi efforts, regularly coordinates the assistance and aid given by Kapatids to support the soldiers in Marawi. Over the past weeks, care packages that include basic necessities and letters of encouragement have reached the men and women who are bravely fighting for peace to be established in Marawi.

“Despite extremely dangerous and adverse conditions, our troops forge on in this battle to preserve the fabric of peace that is essential to all of us. This united humanitarian effort by Kapatids to support our brave troops is a manifestation of our solidarity for the men and women who lay down their lives for for our country. We will continue these efforts for them and for their families,” Hontiveros-Malvar shared.

Go Negosyo Kapatids such as the Federation of Filipino-Chinese Chambers of Commerce and Industry, Tessie Sy-Coson (BDO, SM Group), Josephine Gotianun Yap (Filinvest),  Jaime Zobel de Ayala (Ayala Corporation), Manny Pangilinan (PLDT SMART Foundation), DU30 Cabinet Spouses Association, Alfred Ty (Metrobank Foundation), Jean Henri Lhuillier (Cebuana Lhuillier),  Mildred Vitangcol (St. Peter’s Chapel), Alice Eduardo (Sta. Elena Corporation), Federico Lopez (First Philippine Holdings), Michael Tan (Asia Brewery & Philippine Airlines), Tony Tan Caktiong (Jollibee Foods Corporation), Injap Sia (Double Dragon Properties), Joey Concepcion (RFM Corporation), Jojo Concepcion (Concepcion Industries), William Belo (Wilcon Depot), Dennis Uy (Chelsea Logistics), Santi Araneta (LBC), and Sabin Aboitiz (Aboitiz Corporation) and many other Go Negosyo Kapatids attended and showed their genuine concern and support through their generous donations to the Marawi fund for grieving military families.

Grieving families

Leah Dinglasan, wife of TSg Aldrin Dinglasan, recounts the day she found out her husband would not be returning from Marawi anymore. She shares that her husband initially only had to accompany his students who were snipers to Marawi. However, he eventually insisted that he couldn’t just leave his students and would have to stay in Marawi.

Leah Dinglasan, wife of TSg Aldrin Dinglasan

Leah Dinglasan, wife of TSg Aldrin Dinglasan

Leah shares that she didn’t want her husband to go. But upon his insistence she relented. “Sabi niya kung siya po ay hindi naman sasama at pababayaan niya yung mga estudyante niya hindi naman po siya magiging okay dun. (He said if he doesn’t go and leaves behind his students, he wouldn’t be okay with that.)

Leah is distraught upon learning that her husband has passed away. She shares that she is lost and doesn’t know how to move forward with her life and her children’s. “Hindi ko po kayang ako lang mag-isang magtataguyod sa mga anak ko. Ngayon wala na siya, wala na kaming masasandalan kasi dependent kami sa kanya sa lahat ng bagay. (I can’t raise my children on my own. Now that [my husband] is gone, we don’t have anyone to rely on because we were dependent on him for everything.)”

Despite the tragic loss her family has to deal with, Leah is grateful for her husband’s unending love and support. “Salamat sa lahat ng pagmamahal na binigay mo sa amin kahit lagi kang malayo sa amin. Kahit wala ka na hindi mo pa din kami pinabayaan sa lahat ng bagay. Sana gabayan mo pa din kami kahit wala ka na dito sa amin. Pipilitin kong maging matatag para sayo at para sa mga bata. (Thank you for all the love that you’ve given us, even if you’re far away. Even if you’re not physically here with us, you haven’t abandoned us. I hope that you continue to guide us and I will do my best to stay strong for you and our kids.)

Nenita Ramos also languishes at the fact the she has lost her son, Pfc Mark Anthony Ramos, to the war. “Sobra pong sakit! Hindi ko po alam noon kung ano ang gagawin ko. Hindi ko po matanggap na siya ay mawawala. (It was unbearably painful! I didn’t know what to do. I can’t accept that he will be gone.)

Despite the pain of losing her son, Nenita and her husband are proud of their son. “Nagpapasalamt kami sa kanya kasi siya’y naging mabait na anak. Tapos ibinuwis niya ang kanyang buhay sa ganung sitwasyon para sa bansa natin. Masakit man po, natutuwa kami kasi binigyan niya kami ng karangalan. Taas ang noo namin dahil pinagmamalaki namin siya dahil isa siyang bayani. (We are thankful because he was a good son. He sacrificed his life for our country. Even if it hurts, we are grateful that he has given us honor. Our heads are held high because we are proud of the hero he is.)”

Kapatid for Marawi

Since the onset of the Marawi conflict, the Go Negosyo Kapatid network has pooled together its resources and efforts in order to bring support and relief to the soldiers in Marawi. The community has been able to send out more than 5000 care packages which included food, water and personal care items to the displaced Maranaos and to the troops on the ground. This was done in collaboration with Kapatids such as Santi Araneta (LBC) and Dodong Sebendal (Pilmico Iligan) who volunteered their warehouses as centers for packaging and delivery purposes.

The Kapatids have also gone the extra mile by providing travel and accommodations to the families who will be traveling to Manila for the Event. The Tan family (Philippine Airlines) has given free airfare to fly in all the families whilst Injap Sia (Double Dragon Properties) and Tony Tan-Caktiong (Jolibee Food Corp. & Double Dragon Properties), are giving the families free accommodations at Hotel 101 and free meals through Mang Inasal and Jollibee.

Beyond this event, the Kapatid community has promised ongoing assistance for the soldiers and their families. The Department of Trade & Industry and The Department of Agriculture have both expressed their intention of assisting the families through providing mentorship programs which will help the families maximize and properly utilize their funds.

Businesses Reality TV Show ‘The Final Pitch’ Premieres July 29 on History

Saturday, July 29th, 2017
John Aguilar, Joseph Calata, Mica F. Tan, Henry Lim Bon Liong, Joe Magsaysay.

John Aguilar, Joseph Calata, Mica F. Tan, Henry Lim Bon Liong, Joe Magsaysay.

The long wait is over. For the first time on Philippine TV, viewers will see the coming together of the best and brightest entrepreneurs on a reality TV show that will link them to multi-millionaire and billionaire investors who are searching to own a piece of the next big business idea. All of them will go through a business boot camp and series of challenges for their chance to make the pitch of their lives in a once-in-a-lifetime funding round.

Entitled ‘The Final Pitch’, the reality TV show is loosely inspired by the Emmy Award-winning shows ‘Shark Tank’ and ‘The Apprentice,’ and will challenge entrepreneur contestants in the realities of scaling their existing businesses. The show is set to premiere on History Channel this July 29, 2017 at 8:30 pm.

“The Final Pitch is a result of my personal mission as well as a collective advocacy of a lot of business owners who would like to see SME entrepreneurs grow and succeed,” shares the creator and host of The Final Pitch, entrepreneur TV producer John Aguilar.

Aguilar has assembled a formidable lineup of investors that include the multi-awarded Chairman and CEO of the Sterling Group of Companies, Dr. Henry Lim Bon Liong; self-made billionaire and the youngest chairman of a publicly-listed company in the PSE, Joseph Calata; Co-founder of Potato Corner and now Venture Capitalist Jose “Jomag” Magsaysay; and lastly, 25-year old millennial CEO of the MFT Group of Companies, Mica Tan.

In addition to the potential funding from the investors, contestants will receive business coaching and networking opportunities from an esteemed lineup of mentors, who are composed of well-known business experts and inclusive business champions, namely Presidential Consultant for Entrepreneurship Joey Concepcion; former President of MicroVentures, Inc., Senator Bam Aquino; internationally renowned industrial designer Kenneth Cobonpue and; the gurus of the Masters in Entrepreneurship program of the ACE Center for Entrepreneurship and Management Education, among others.

The Final Pitch contestants Khit Flores, Eunice Guerrero, Mitch Chilson, Jethro Cabanban, Bryan Reyes, Pat Zulueta, Joshua Aragon, Paul dela Fuente, PA Joey Concepcion, The Final Pitch co-executive producer Monica Aguilar, and The Final Pitch creator and host John Aguilar at the Prosperity for All Summit 2017.

The Final Pitch contestants Khit Flores, Eunice Guerrero, Mitch Chilson, Jethro Cabanban, Bryan Reyes, Pat Zulueta, Joshua Aragon, Paul dela Fuente, PA Joey Concepcion, The Final Pitch co-executive producer Monica Aguilar, and The Final Pitch creator and host John Aguilar at the Prosperity for All Summit 2017.

“We are excited to introduce our exciting lineup of entrepreneurs and businesses that have made it to the show.” shares Aguilar. Being an international search, the show has attracted contestants from around the globe, with entrepreneurs flying in from Silicon Valley and the United Arab Emirates, and from across the country with hopefuls representing the Visayas and Mindanao. Various industries were also represented, from fintech companies to food, services, and unique inventions.

Callout for Season 2

The show is already accepting applications for the show’s second season. To join The Final Pitch Season 2, applicants will be required to fill up and submit an online entry form to The Final Pitch via its official website TheFinalPitch.ph. Investors interested in becoming a part of the show or investing in the entrepreneurs behind the scenes may also get in touch with The Final Pitch through its website.

The Final Pitch premieres every Saturday at 7:10 pm with replays every Sunday at 8:30 am and Mondays 7:35 pm on History Channel. The show is supported by Canon, Toyota, GoNegosyo, StartUp Village, ACE Center for Entrepreneurship and Management Education, Alphaland City Club, Atelier A, Akira Alphaland Makati Place, and Burst.

‘The Final Pitch’ is produced by Streetpark Productions Inc., the company behind the longest-running real estate and construction TV show Philippine Realty TV. For more info and for partnership inquiries, visit TheFinalPitch.ph or call 0917-8136674.

ASEAN BAC Chairman Concepcion Establishes an Alliance Towards Prosperity

Saturday, May 13th, 2017
Presidential Adviser for Entrepreneurship Joey Concepcion established the Alliance Towards Prosperity For All with various business chambers in the country.

Presidential Adviser for Entrepreneurship Joey Concepcion established the Alliance Towards Prosperity For All with various business chambers in the country.

After the successful Prosperity for All Summit, ASEAN Business Advisory Council Chairman and Presidential Adviser for Entrepreneurship Joey Concepcion started an alliance with the country’s business chambers to create programs in creating prosperity for the micro and small entrepreneurs.

The Alliance Towards Prosperity For All is a long-term private sector-led campaign at the national level to build a multi-sectoral, multi-disciplinary alliance of organizations and individuals to pursue prosperity for all among ASEAN nations.

Members of this alliance are expected to participate in all upcoming ASEAN activities and help in the continuous campaign for infrastructure. They will also be part of the technical working committee which will develop a national platform for MSME development.

Go Negosyo, founded by Concepcion, will be the leading organization for this alliance in the Philippines. Go Negosyo has been in the forefront of entrepreneurship development since 2005. For the past 12 years, Go Negosyo has created a strong network of entrepreneurs and organizations from all industries helping micro and small entrepreneurs level up.

Aside from Go Negosyo, the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry, Federation of Filipino-Chinese Chambers of Commerce and Industry, Management Association of the Philippines, Makati Business Club, Financial Executives of the Philippines, European Chamber of Commerce of the Philippines, American Chamber of Commerce of the Philippines, Association of Filipino Franchisers Inc., Philippine Franchising Association, Chamber of Mines of the Philippines, Semiconductor and Electronics Industries in the Philippines, Bankers Association of the Philippines, and many more will join the alliance. 22 business chamber heads attended the initial meeting of the alliance and many pledged their support to this initiative.

Chairman Concepcion said, “Through this initiative, we are creating a sustained alliance to fight off poverty through empowering micro and small entrepreneurs.”

In addition, in order to create prosperity for all, the alliance aims to strengthen the 3Ms for micro and small entrepreneurs. 3Ms include Money, Market and Mentorship. Access to finance is one of the biggest problems of MSMEs. In order to sustain their businesses, microfinance institutions, grants and loans, and other government interventions must be accessible to them.

To help MSMEs scale up, they also need market linkages. Go Negosyo and several organizations promote inclusive business where large companies include micro and small entrepreneurs in their value chains. By linking MSMEs to corporations, they are given wider market access and a sustainable income.

Mentorship is widely implemented by Go Negosyo in partnership with Department of Trade and Industry through the nationwide-implemented Kapatid Mentor Me Program which is a weekly coaching and mentoring program for micro and small entrepreneurs.

ASEAN Business Advisory Council under the Philippines chairmanship also established the ASEAN Mentorship for Entrepreneurs Network (AMEN) which will be a pool of entrepreneurs, mentors, and experts who will share their knowledge to micro entrepreneurs across the region. Members of the alliance will also be part of the AMEN program.

ASEAN BAC Chair Calls for ASEAN Brotherhood to Achieve Prosperity in the Region

Friday, May 5th, 2017
ASEAN BAC Chair Joey Concepcion

ASEAN BAC Chair Joey Concepcion

Presidential Adviser for Entrepreneurship and current ASEAN Business Advisory Council Chairman Joey Concepcion led the hosting of the first Prosperity for All Summit. In his opening speech, Concepcion focused on relaying the essence and importance of creating prosperity for all.

After acknowledging the special attendees of the night such as Former President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, Senators Miguel Zubiri and Bam Aquino, DTI Sec. Ramon Lopez amongst many others, Concepcion gave special recognition to his father Jose Concepcion Jr. as his personal mentor and inspiration.

Thus, setting the tone for the event, the speech of Concepcion had the core message of mentorship and its role as a key driver for inclusive growth. In a room full of the country’s, and even the region’s, most powerful businessmen and organizations, Concepcion heeded the group to action. He said that it was about time they consciously balance their needs with the needs of the micro, small, and medium enterprises.

The greatest form of mentorship is when big businesses begin to adopt inclusive business model. in a sense, they are mentoring small businesses by incorporating them into their value chains and helping them scale. Concepcion cited the examples of SM, Rustan’s and Robinsons as supermarkets who have been directly sourcing goods from farmers.

Lastly, Concepcion presented the ASEAN-BAC’s adoption of mentorship as its main deliverable of the year. They will launch the ASEAN Mentorship for Entrepreneurs Network this year, and this will hopefully be the start of an ASEAN-wide network of skills and knowledge sharing.

Be a partner for change and become a mentor for entrepreneurship in ASEAN! Visit www.aseanmentors.org and fill out the application form online.

Go Negosyo and Department of Agriculture Form the Kapatid Agri Mentor Me Program

Tuesday, April 4th, 2017
Go Negosyo and Department of Agriculture sealed their partnership for the Kapatid Agri Mentor Me Program (KAMMP). In photo (L-R): Ginggay Hontiveros, Go Negosyo Adviser on Agripreneurship, Dr. William Dar, Go Negosyo Adviser, Presidential Adviser for Entrepreneurship and Go Negosyo Founder Joey Concepcion, Department of Agriculture Secretary Manny Piñol, Bernadette Romulo-Puyat, DA Undersecretary for Marketing, and Luz Tapusok, Director of Agricultural Training Institute.

Go Negosyo and Department of Agriculture sealed their partnership for the Kapatid Agri Mentor Me Program (KAMMP). In photo (L-R): Ginggay Hontiveros, Go Negosyo Adviser on Agripreneurship, Dr. William Dar, Go Negosyo Adviser, Presidential Adviser for Entrepreneurship and Go Negosyo Founder Joey Concepcion, Department of Agriculture Secretary Manny Piñol, Bernadette Romulo-Puyat, DA Undersecretary for Marketing, and Luz Tapusok, Director of Agricultural Training Institute.

April 3, 2017–The Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) Signing between the Department of Agriculture (DA) and Go Negosyo at the Casa Roces, Malacañan, Manila City officiates the partnership between the two institutions in launching the Kapatid Agri Mentor Me Program (KAMMP).

Last 2016, Go Negosyo in partnership with the Department of Trade and Industry, rolled-out the Kapatid Mentor ME Program (KMME) which helps micro and small business scale up thru weekly coaching sessions done by their mentors. Mentors are business owners or practitioners across different functional areas of entrepreneurship. The sessions are held in DTI’s Negosyo Centers across the country and are stretched over the course of 12 weeks.

KAMMP in this regard, wishes to take the same proven and enabling formula as the KMME and apply it to the context of Agripreneurs. The DA is mandated to promote agricultural development by providing the policy framework, public investments, and support services needed for domestic and export-oriented business enterprises. Thus, KAMMP was developed with Go Negosyo as a coaching program for Agriculture as a complement to the DA’s initiatives to help sustain and scale up Agri-business in the country.

The program’s modules will be taught by Agri-business Industry practitioners with an extensive knowledge in their field. The objectives of the program are to equip Agri-preneurs with the proper production techniques, mindset and values, practical knowledge and strategies, and consultation services to foster successful and sustainable agri-enterprises. Mentees for the program will be selected from farmers groups by the respective Regional Directors of the DA.

Go Negosyo is represented by its Founder, Presidential Adviser for Entrepreneurship Joey Concepcion, together with Merly Cruz, Adviser for MSME Development, and Ginggay Hontiveros, Adviser for Agripreneurship. Also present were Go Negosyo Agri Mentors led by Dr. William Dar, Henry Lim Bon Liong, Toto Barcelona, Pamela Chan, Flor Tarriela, Mike Caballes, Cherrie Atilano, Vix Madlangbayan, Sandy Montano, Babie Atanacio, Mat Maderazo and Bobby Amores.  The Department of Agriculture is represented by Secretary Manny Pinol, together with Undersecretary Ariel Cayanan of Operations and Undersecretary Berna Romulo Puyat of Marketing. Also present to witness the signing is the Director for ATI Ms. Luz Tapusok and members of the ATI,

AFID and AMAS teams. ATI is integral to the implementation of the KAMMP program in all regions of the country.

The MOU Singning was followed with a discussion by the two parties for several initiatives of agri development in the countryside, as well as the proposed ASEAN Agri Summit slated for October 2017.

DTI Pushes for Inclusive, Innovation-led Growth in ASEAN

Sunday, March 26th, 2017

by Secretary Ramon Lopez

The Philippines, as one of the founding members of ASEAN, takes pride in hosting this year’s regional meet, which has the theme “Partnering for Change, Engaging the World.” Given that the organization is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, we are also fortunate that we’ve been provided with an opportunity to strategically champion our advocacies within the region.

On top of our agenda is steering the ASEAN to full economic integration through greater trade and investment among our fellow ASEAN Member States.

Despite concerns that our country would lose in terms of trade or employment opportunities because of the ASEAN integration, the Philippines is actually well positioned to take advantage of it. Among our country’s many strengths, we have our robust economic performance, improving competitiveness, and a huge supply of English-speaking workforce.

The integration will likewise provide an opportunity for Philippine industries and services to become a major player in the ASEAN region, even as it offers a bigger market for Philippine businesses.

Through our chairship, we also wish to reach the conclusion for the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) that will link the ASEAN–an economic powerhouse with a market of 600 million people–to its six Dialogue Partners. This would create an even bigger market of 3.5 billion people.

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte officially opens the ASEAN 2017 Business and Investment Program.

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte officially opens the ASEAN 2017 Business and Investment Program.

What does this all mean for the average Filipino? For consumers, this means more variety of goods and services at cheaper prices. For producers, this means cheaper prices of imports–which translates to more competitive prices for their products. For investors, this means having a single production base, even with the ASEAN’s diversity with regard to capital, expertise, labor, and resources.

Of course, we cannot forget our micro, small, and medium entrepreneurs (MSMEs), who are at the front and center of our current trade agenda. For them, integration means Philippine products and services having easier access to the larger markets of the ASEAN and RCEP, while also heightening their competitiveness.

Yours truly will serve as the chair of the ASEAN Economic Ministers Meeting even as the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) chairs the ASEAN Committee on Business and Investment Promotion (CBIP). The latter committee will engage the international business community, the government, and other parties, as well as organize business and investment-related activities.

Last January 24, DTI officially unveiled business programs and events that will complement the Philippines’ priorities under the AEC pillar. These are regulatory coherence; micro, small, and medium enterprises (MSMEs); innovation; and women and youth.

Among the thematic priorities developed by the Philippines for its ASEAN 2017 hosting, DTI’s priority agenda of “inclusive, innovation-led growth” is poised to champion the MSME mandate in the ASEAN through the following strategic measures: (1) increasing trade and investment; (2) integrating MSMEs in the digital economy; and (3) developing an innovation-driven economy.

In these endeavors, all of you, our partners, can help the government promote the Philippine hosting of ASEAN, as well as the ASEAN identity, to the greater number of Filipinos.