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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.

 

Young Entrepreneurs Shine in Go Negosyo’s YEDW Program

Monday, October 26th, 2015

Go Negosyo and the US Embassy in Manila teamed up to organize the Youth Entrepreneurship Development Workshop (YEDW) program beginning July until October of 2015. YEDW is a series of developmental three-day workshops for existing Filipino young entrepreneurs and young aspiring entrepreneurs with actual business ideas. It aims to build an entrepreneurial mindset to the Filipino youth and help improve their ideas and concepts through mentorship by field experts and successful entrepreneurs. YEDW had four legs—Manila, Luzon, (held in Batangas) Visayas, (held in Iloilo) and Mindanao (held in Zamboanga).

The workshops include training, networking, mentorship opportunities from the US government exchange program alumni and Go Negosyo angelpreneurs, and a business innovation plan competition.

We have discovered many amazing young, aspiring and practicing entrepreneurs in our YEDW journey all over the Philippines. Here are the winners for each leg:

Rachel De Villa, winner of YEDW Manila leg—business idea category. (L-R: Amiya Sawadjaan of US Embassy, Rachel De Villa and Go Negosyo Executive Director Ramon Lopez) Rachel and her team identified three root causes of the food security problem in the Philippines: funding, farmers and productivity. Her business idea, Cropital, is a social enterprise that aims to connect investors/lenders/donors to local Filipino farmers.

Rachel De Villa, winner of YEDW Manila leg—business idea category.
(L-R: Amiya Sawadjaan of US Embassy, Rachel De Villa and Go Negosyo Executive Director Ramon Lopez)
Rachel and her team identified three root causes of the food security problem in the Philippines: funding, farmers and productivity. Her business idea, Cropital, is a social enterprise that aims to connect investors/lenders/donors to local Filipino farmers.

Flora Señosa winner of the YEDW Manila leg—existing business category. Flora’s business, FDIC broilers, offers affordable and quality poultry products. Initially, her business idea was just part of her school requirement as a management student. She and her groupmates then agreed to pursue a poultry business to build a long-term investment that is also beneficial to the Biliran locals since the province is a great importer of chicken meat.

Flora Señosa winner of the YEDW Manila leg—existing business category.
Flora’s business, FDIC broilers, offers affordable and quality poultry products. Initially, her business idea was just part of her school requirement as a management student. She and her groupmates then agreed to pursue a poultry business to build a long-term investment that is also beneficial to the Biliran locals since the province is a great importer of chicken meat.

Raphaelo Perez is the winner of the YEDW Luzon leg—business idea category. (L-R: Go Negosyo Angelpreneur Vix Madlangbayan, Raphaelo Perez and Glenn Baticados of DTI) Raphaelo’s idea of having a modified Volkswagen Beetle serve fast and fresh off the grill burgers is called Overheat Burgers. He aims for Overheat Burgers to course thru the different areas in Santa Rosa City, Laguna specially in developing places, work hub areas, where people tend to be in most of the time. With Overheat, customers are guaranteed to be served with fresh, quality, affordable, and delicious burgers without having to go far away from their work place and waiting for a very long period of time.

Raphaelo Perez is the winner of the YEDW Luzon leg—business idea category. (L-R: Go Negosyo Angelpreneur Vix Madlangbayan, Raphaelo Perez and Go Negosyo Angelpreneur Glenn Baticados)
Raphaelo’s idea of having a modified Volkswagen Beetle serve fast and fresh off the grill burgers is called Overheat Burgers. He aims for Overheat Burgers to course thru the different areas in Santa Rosa City, Laguna specially in developing places, work hub areas, where people tend to be in most of the time. With Overheat, customers are guaranteed to be served with fresh, quality, affordable, and delicious burgers without having to go far away from their work place and waiting for a very long period of time.

Jesus Dane Lavarias, winner of the YEDW Luzon—existing business category. (L-R: Vix Madlangbayan, Jesus Dane Lavarias, Glenn Baticados and Paul Anthony De Guzman of Go Negosyo) Kabooms Wings and Burgers, a result of a failed business according to Jesus Dane, is now a favourite go-to place at the University belt. It serves glazed fried chicken and burgers and is a good place for students to dine in and spend time with friends while studying.

Jesus Dane Lavarias, winner of the YEDW Luzon—existing business category. (L-R: Vix Madlangbayan, Jesus Dane Lavarias, Glenn Baticados and Paul Anthony De Guzman of Go Negosyo)
Kabooms Wings and Burgers, a result of a failed business according to Jesus Dane, is now a favourite go-to place at the University belt. It serves glazed fried chicken and burgers and is a good place for students to dine in and spend time with friends while studying.

Cezar Chan II, winner of YEDW Visayas leg—existing business category. Cezar’s company is a systems integrator not only for audio and video, but also for IT, Communications, and security systems. It provides a local in-person sales force solely dedicated to the corporate market, carries up-to-date business software, and offers on going technical support to corporate clients at no or minimal cost.

Cezar Chan II, winner of YEDW Visayas leg—existing business category.
Cezar’s company is a systems integrator not only for audio and video, but also for IT, Communications, and security systems. It provides a local in-person sales force solely dedicated to the corporate market, carries up-to-date business software, and offers on going technical support to corporate clients at no or minimal cost.

Maria Mariel May Obrego, winner of the YEDW Visayas leg—business idea category. (L-R: Ramon Lopez, Mutya Euseros of DTI, Maria Mariel Obregon, US Embassy’s Elizabeth Liu and Jorge Wieneke of Tokyo Tempura) Mariel’s business idea, Agri-Block Builders or simply “Agriblocks” aims to address the high demands of hollow blocks and the increasing rate of agricultural waste. Agriblocks integrates the concept of “green construction” where Rice Hull Ash will be used as a raw material in the production of Hollow Blocks. According to Mariel, unlike the traditional hollow blocks which are commercially sold in the market, agriblocks, as per study, is proven to be stronger and lighter.

Maria Mariel May Obrego, winner of the YEDW Visayas leg—business idea category. (L-R: Ramon Lopez, Mutya Euseros of DTI, Maria Mariel Obregon, US Embassy’s Elizabeth Liu and Jorge Wieneke of Tokyo Tempura)
Mariel’s business idea, Agri-Block Builders or simply “Agriblocks” aims to address the high demands of hollow blocks and the increasing rate of agricultural waste. Agriblocks integrates the concept of “green construction” where Rice Hull Ash will be used as a raw material in the production of Hollow Blocks. According to Mariel, unlike the traditional hollow blocks which are commercially sold in the market, agriblocks, as per study, is proven to be stronger and lighter.

Robert Basco, winner of YEDW Mindanao leg—business idea category. (L-R: Edwin To of Budgetwise, Robert Basco, Marketing Guru Willy Arcilla and John Paul Uminga of Go Negosyo) Robert wishes to promote their local product—the Yakan cloth. His business idea, Dream Weavers: Pangarap sin Ka dendehan, is geared toward the preservation of the living tradition of the Yakan and employment of the local weavers, thus reducing the poverty rate in the community. His plan is to sell the weaved Yakan cloths to different institutions to be given to tourists as gifts or souvenirs.

Robert Basco, winner of YEDW Mindanao leg—business idea category. (L-R: Edwin To of Budgetwise, Robert Basco, Marketing Guru Willy Arcilla and John Paul Uminga of Go Negosyo)
Robert wishes to promote their local product—the Yakan cloth. His business idea, Dream Weavers: Pangarap sin Ka dendehan, is geared toward the preservation of the living tradition of the Yakan and employment of the local weavers, thus reducing the poverty rate in the community. His plan is to sell the weaved Yakan cloths to different institutions to be given to tourists as gifts or souvenirs.

Gideon Pahagas, the winner of YEDW Mindanao leg—existing business category. (L-R: Edwin To, Gideon Pahagas and Willy Arcilla) Gideon won P30,000 cash to support his business, Gideon's Alpha Betta. Gideon is a champion fighting fish breeder and animal care advocate. What started as just a hobby became a business when he saw how fish breeding can help the out-of school-youth in his community shift from being addicted to their vices to being fish breeders themselves.

Gideon Pahagas, the winner of YEDW Mindanao leg—existing business category. (L-R: Edwin To, Gideon Pahagas and Willy Arcilla)
Gideon won P30,000 cash to support his business, Gideon’s Alpha Betta. Gideon is a champion fighting fish breeder and animal care advocate. What started as just a hobby became a business when he saw how fish breeding can help the out-of school-youth in his community shift from being addicted to their vices to being fish breeders themselves.

 

 

 

Negosyo Talks: Meet the Presidentiables Series with Vice President Binay

Monday, October 12th, 2015

Go Negosyo had its first of the three part Negosyo Talks: Meet the Presidentiables Series last Thursday with Vice President Jejomar Binay. The Vice President presented his platform and major policies and programs specifically those that pertain to entrepreneurship development, economy, tax reforms, agriculture, and infrastructure development. He also gamely answered questions on traffic and transportation, dealing with corruption allegations and business confidence, core values and profiles of his possible cabinet members.

The forum was aired in TV5 and moderated by TV5’s Luchi Cruz Valdes. Other panelists who joined in the discussion were Dra. Vicki Belo, Atty. Mike Toledo, Go Negosyo’s Ramon Lopez, columnist Babe Romualdez, entrepreneurs Henry Lim Bon Liong and Haresh Hiranand.

This Negosyo Talks: Meet the Presidentiables Series is a special dialogue with each of the presidential candidates and the network of Go Negosyo entrepreneurs to further tackle each presidentiables’ platform and plan of action and answer current issues. We are finalizing the schedule of the next candidates Senator Grace Poe and former Secretary Mar Roxas.

Go Negosyo’s Executive Director Ramon Lopez with DHL’s Country Manager Yati Abdullah and Marketing and Corporate Communications Manager Hope Atienza.

Go Negosyo’s Executive Director Ramon Lopez with DHL’s Country Manager Yati Abdullah and Marketing and Corporate Communications Manager Hope Atienza.

TV5’s Luchi Cruz-Valdes with PLDT SME Nation’s Kat Luna-Abelarde, Gabby Cui and PLDT-SMART Foundation’s Esther Santos.

TV5’s Luchi Cruz-Valdes with PLDT SME Nation’s Kat Luna-Abelarde, Gabby Cui and PLDT-SMART Foundation’s Esther Santos.

Vice President Jejomar Binay exchanges pleasantries with Go Negosyo’s Joey Concepcion.

Vice President Jejomar Binay exchanges pleasantries with Go Negosyo’s Joey Concepcion.

Vice President Jejomar Binay with Joey Concepcion, Marissa Concepcion and daughter, Isabella Concepcion.

Vice President Jejomar Binay with Joey Concepcion, Marissa Concepcion and daughter, Isabella Concepcion.

Alice Eduardo of Sta. Elena Construction and Development Corporation and Grace Glory Go of Philippine Star.

Alice Eduardo of Sta. Elena Construction and Development Corporation and Grace Glory Go of Philippine Star.

Vice President Binay briefly discussed his platform, programs and major policies directed for entrepreneurship and other areas of concern.

Vice President Binay briefly discussed his platform, programs and major policies directed for entrepreneurship and other areas of concern.

Entrepreneur Haresh Hiranand is one of the panelists in the Presidentiables Series with VP Binay.

Entrepreneur Haresh Hiranand is one of the panelists in the Presidentiables Series with VP Binay.

Atty. Mike Toledo of MVP Media Group Bureau joins Luchi Cruz-Valdes in the discussion.

Atty. Mike Toledo of MVP Media Group Bureau joins Luchi Cruz-Valdes in the discussion.

Dra. Vicki Belo of Belo Medical Group asks VP Binay of his actions on the current traffic situation in the metro.

Dra. Vicki Belo of Belo Medical Group asks VP Binay of his actions on the current traffic situation in the metro.

Other panelists Ramon Lopez, Babe Romualdez and Henry Lim Bon Liong listen as VP Binay answers the question on economy.

Other panelists Ramon Lopez, Babe Romualdez and Henry Lim Bon Liong listen as VP Binay answers the question on economy.

The Annual Bossing Banquet

Monday, September 21st, 2015

Last September 12, PLDT SME Nation hosted the annual MVP Bossing Banquet in the famous Japanese restaurant, Nobu Restaurant located in City of Dreams.

It was a great day to celebrate the achievements and milestones of every Bossing and recognize their contributions in the development of the society. From the first batch which I was a part of, to the recent batch named last year, headed by Grand Bossing Carlos Chan of Liwayway Marketing Corporation, together we have supported a number of corporate social causes. Last year, together with Henry Lim Bon Liong, we supported the rice bucket challenge which donated kilos of rice to different communities.

For this year, in partnership with Ideaspace, a start-up incubator, the Bossings listened as four start-ups presented their businesses. The four start-ups who presented are MobKard, SALt, Wattsmart and Heat Stress Analyzer. We, Bossings, expressed our support for them.

Lastly, my wife Marissa gave the closing remarks.

Cesar Enriquez (PLDT) , Jecyn Chua-Teng (PLDT) , Bossing Mariano 'Jun' Manas, and his wife, Araceli. (Hen Lin).

Cesar Enriquez (PLDT) , Jecyn Chua-Teng (PLDT) , Bossing Mariano ‘Jun’ Manas, and his wife, Araceli. (Hen Lin).

Bossing Jose Magsaysay Jr. (Cinco Corporation), Eric Alberto (PLDT), Bossing Atty. Arthur Tugade (Perry's Group), Araceli and Jun Manas (Hen Lin), and Cesar Enriquez (PLDT).

Bossing Jose Magsaysay Jr. (Cinco Corporation), Eric Alberto (PLDT), Bossing Atty. Arthur Tugade (Perry’s Group), Araceli and Jun Manas (Hen Lin), and Cesar Enriquez (PLDT).

(L) Bossing Ferdinand Maranon (Sagrex Corporation); (R) Go Negosyo's Executive Director Ramon Lopez with Bossing Tommany Tan (FERN-C), Bossing and Go Negosyo's Founding Trustee Joey Concepcion, Bossing Samie Lim (Blim's Furniture), and Marissa Concepcion.

(L) Bossing Ferdinand Maranon (Sagrex Corporation); (R) Go Negosyo’s Executive Director Ramon Lopez with Bossing Tommany Tan (FERN-C), Bossing and Go Negosyo’s Founding Trustee Joey Concepcion, Bossing Samie Lim (Blim’s Furniture), and Marissa Concepcion.

Bossing Bernie Liu (Golden ABC) and wife Alice, with Bossing Franklin Go (Goldilocks).

Bossing Bernie Liu (Golden ABC) and wife Alice, with Bossing Franklin Go (Goldilocks).

Bossing Cecilio Pedro (Lamoiyan Corporation), Atty. Mike Toledo, Manny V. Pangilinan, and Bossing Bernie Liu.

Bossing Cecilio Pedro (Lamoiyan Corporation), Atty. Mike Toledo, Manny V. Pangilinan, and Bossing Bernie Liu.

PLDT executives, Amil Azurin, Tony Radovan, Bossing Jose Magsaysay Jr., Luigi Lopa, and Christian Lim.

PLDT executives, Amil Azurin, Tony Radovan, Bossing Jose Magsaysay Jr., Luigi Lopa, and Christian Lim.

Judy Liuson, Bossing Benjamin Liuson (The Generics Pharmacy) and Bossing Manny V. Pangilinan (PLDT).

Judy Liuson, Bossing Benjamin Liuson (The Generics Pharmacy) and Bossing Manny V. Pangilinan (PLDT).

Bossing Bobby Claudio (Toby's Sports), Bossing Carlos Chan (Liwayway Marketing Corporation), Bossing Cecilio Pedro (Lamoiyan Corporation), and Toby Claudio (Toby's Sports).

Bossing Bobby Claudio (Toby’s Sports), Bossing Carlos Chan (Liwayway Marketing Corporation), Bossing Cecilio Pedro (Lamoiyan Corporation), and Toby Claudio (Toby’s Sports).

Pablo Bertotto, Franklin Go, Bossing Annabella Wisniewski (Raintree Group), Jecyn Chua-Teng, and Bossing Laura Bertotto (VMV Hypoallergenics).

Pablo Bertotto, Franklin Go, Bossing Annabella Wisniewski (Raintree Group), Jecyn Chua-Teng, and Bossing Laura Bertotto (VMV Hypoallergenics).

Bossings from 2010 up to 2015 gather at the Bossing Banquet last Saturday, September 12, 2015.

Bossings from 2010 up to 2015 gather at the Bossing Banquet last Saturday, September 12, 2015.

(L) PLDT SME Nation First Vice President and Head Kat Luna-Abelarde presented 2015 Grand Bossing award with the photo recognition; (R) PLDT Executive Vice President and Head of Enterprise, International and Carrier Business Eric Alberto welcomes all Bossings to this year's Bossing Banquet.

(L) PLDT SME Nation First Vice President and Head Kat Luna-Abelarde presented 2015 Grand Bossing award with the photo recognition; (R) PLDT Executive Vice President and Head of Enterprise, International and Carrier Business Eric Alberto welcomes all Bossings to this year’s Bossing Banquet.

Kat Luna-Abelarde, Marissa Concepcion, Joey Concepcion, Ramon Lopez, and Gabby Cui.

Kat Luna-Abelarde, Marissa Concepcion, Joey Concepcion, Ramon Lopez, and Gabby Cui.

(L) Corrine Zunk-Zablan, head of Smart Community Engagement Services with Bossing Genevieve Ledesma-Tan of Southville International School and Colleges; (R) Baliwag Lechon's Bossing Sarabeth Salcedo-Soriano.

(L) Corrine Zunk-Zablan, head of Smart Community Engagement Services with Bossing Genevieve Ledesma-Tan of Southville International School and Colleges; (R) Baliwag Lechon’s Bossing Sarabeth Salcedo-Soriano.

Bossing Cecilio Pedro, Bossing Manny Pangilinan, Bossing Joey Concepcion, and Bossing Alice Eduardo (Sta. Elena Corporation).

Bossing Cecilio Pedro, Bossing Manny Pangilinan, Bossing Joey Concepcion, and Bossing Alice Eduardo (Sta. Elena Corporation).

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PLDT Chairman Manny V. Pangilinan.

(L-R): Bossing Rey Lapid (R. Lapid's Chicharon and Barbeque), SL Agritech's Bossing Henry Lim Bon Liong, Bossing Dra. Vicki Belo (Belo Medical Group), Marissa Concepcion gave the closing remarks.

(L-R): Bossing Rey Lapid (R. Lapid’s Chicharon and Barbeque), SL Agritech’s Bossing Henry Lim Bon Liong, Bossing Dra. Vicki Belo (Belo Medical Group), Marissa Concepcion gave the closing remarks.

Dra. Vermen Verallo Rowell with Bossing Myrna Yao (RichPrime Global), Bossing Genevieve Ledesma-Tan, Marissa Concepcion, and Bossing Laura Bertotto.

Dra. Vermen Verallo Rowell with Bossing Myrna Yao (RichPrime Global), Bossing Genevieve Ledesma-Tan, Marissa Concepcion, and Bossing Laura Bertotto.

(L) Social Entrepreneurs Mark Ruiz (Hapinoy) and Reese Fernandez-Ruiz (Rags2Riches); (R) Bossing Siu Ping Par and Nelson Par (PR Gaz) with Jecyn Chua-Teng of PLDT SME Nation.

(L) Social Entrepreneurs Mark Ruiz (Hapinoy) and Reese Fernandez-Ruiz (Rags2Riches); (R) Bossing Siu Ping Par and Nelson Par (PR Gaz) with Jecyn Chua-Teng of PLDT SME Nation.

US Embassy and Go Negosyo Partner to Empower Young Entrepreneurs

Monday, September 7th, 2015
Cezar Chan and Mariel Obregon are presented with their prizes during the YEDW Iloilo.

Cezar Chan and Mariel Obregon are presented with their prizes during the YEDW Iloilo.

Go Negosyo in partnership with United States Embassy launched the Youth Entrepreneurship Development Workshop recently to extensively empower young entrepreneurs. We are fortunate to have a partner who shares the same vision and willingness to help innovative young entrepreneurs in the Philippines.

YEDW is a developmental three-day workshop for existing Filipino young entrepreneurs and young aspiring entrepreneurs (with actual business ideas).  We held the first leg in Makati, followed by Iloilo and soon in Zamboanga City and Batangas City.

The four initial workshops will include training, networking, and mentorship opportunities, with Go Negosyo angelpreneurs, as well as U.S. exchange program alumni.  At the conclusion of each workshop, a panel of judges from the American and Filipino business communities will vote on the best plans to innovate and expand their businesses.  One finalist from each city will receive a P30,000 grant with the exception of the grand prize winner, who will receive P100,000.

Finally, the top ten participants from each workshop will be invited to Manila to participate in a final workshop that will coincide with the 2015 APEC Ministerial meetings in November 2015.

In our Manila run, we had different innovative ideas on agriculture, technology and more.  Our winner from the existing entrepreneurs is Flora Sanosa who hails from Leyte and is managing FDIC Broilers which distributes broiler chickens to their community. She joined the workshop to learn more about marketing and finance since the business is just 9 months old. Rachel Devilla, an aspiring entrepreneur from Quezon City, wants to integrate technology and agriculture through her website Cropital. Her concept links the farmers to the consumers via internet.

Recently we launched the YEDW program in Iloilo. Cezar Chan III who won in the young entrepreneur category has his passion and interest in music that is why he pursued having a business related to it. He is the general manager of Alto Audio Design Center which offers world-class audio service to its clients.

Mariel Obregon, the Iloilo winner in the business idea category, is from Samar. Her business idea transforms an agricultural waste into a construction material. Her idea amazed many of the judges and encouraged to start her idea as soon as possible.

This is what we aim in this program: to flesh out creative ideas from aspiring entrepreneurs and empower them to start their own businesses. As for the existing entrepreneurs, this workshop guided them on how to sustain their enterprise as they continue to move forward.

For more information on YEDW, visit www.gonegosyo.net/YEDW

 

Mr. Ramon Lopez, Executive Director of Go Negosyo.

Mr. Ramon Lopez, Executive Director of Go Negosyo.

​Michael Berrera, Consular Officer, US Embassy Manila, Tess Dimaculangan, Ramon Lopez, Pete Davis, Economic Officer, US Embassy Manila, and Elizabeth Liu, Asst. Cultural Affairs Officer, US Embassy Manila. ​

​Michael Berrera, Consular Officer, US Embassy Manila, Tess Dimaculangan, Ramon Lopez, Pete Davis, Economic Officer, US Embassy Manila, and Elizabeth Liu, Asst. Cultural Affairs Officer, US Embassy Manila. ​

Stella Sy of Mint, Go Negosyo Inspiring Filipna Awardee 2015.

Stella Sy of Mint, Go Negosyo Inspiring Filipna Awardee 2015.

Marc Reyes, a young entrepreneur from Pasig City, joined in the YEDW Manila run to enhance his entrepreneurial skills. His passion is in fashion that is why he wanted to establish a company that will specialize in bowties and neckties.

Marc Reyes, a young entrepreneur from Pasig City, joined in the YEDW Manila run to enhance his entrepreneurial skills. His passion is in fashion that is why he wanted to establish a company that will specialize in bowties and neckties.

 

Flora Sanosa and Rachel Devilla won 30,000 and 10,000 respectively for their business concepts and ideas presented in the YEDW Manila run.

Flora Sanosa and Rachel Devilla won 30,000 and 10,000 respectively for their business concepts and ideas presented in the YEDW Manila run.

The delegates during the Iloilo leg of YEDW.

The delegates during the Iloilo leg of YEDW.

 Elizabet Liu, Asst. Cultural Affairs Officer, US Embassy Manila, took part of the judging of the business ideas.

Elizabet Liu, Asst. Cultural Affairs Officer, US Embassy Manila, took part of the judging of the business ideas.

Jaime Garchitorena, President and CEO of Credit and Information Corporation discussed the Special Topic: Improving Credit Availability through Credit Information.

Jaime Garchitorena, President and CEO of Credit and Information Corporation discussed the Special Topic: Improving Credit Availability through Credit Information.

Dr. Mario Lamberte, Team Leader to Access to Credit, USAID COMPETE Project.

Dr. Mario Lamberte, Team Leader to Access to Credit, USAID COMPETE Project.