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MSMEs Take Center Stage in APEC Agenda

Saturday, November 14th, 2015
IN THE PHOTO (L-R): Go Negosyo Founding Trustee, Joey Concepcion, ABAC 2015 Chairman, Doris Magsaysay-Ho and Sen. Bam Aquino during the APEC SME Summit 2015 press conference.

IN THE PHOTO (L-R): Go Negosyo Founding Trustee, Joey Concepcion, ABAC 2015 Chairman, Doris Magsaysay-Ho and Sen. Bam Aquino during the APEC SME Summit 2015 press conference.

Manila, 12 November 2015 – The APEC Business Advisory Council (ABAC) will highlight the critical role of innovation in enabling micro-, small-, and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs) to rethink the way they do businesses and become creators of ideas and solutions. Enterprises are considered the backbone of economies in the Asia-Pacific region.

ABAC, in partnership with Asia Society Philippines and the Philippine Center for the Entrepreneurship, will present the APEC SME Summit 2015, which is anchored on the theme of “Innovation and Big Ideas: Pushing Boundaries.” The event will be held on 17 November 2015 at the Green Sun in Makati City as part of the week-long APEC events.

“Entrepreneurs have become the dynamic drivers of innovation and job creation. With MSMEs accounting for 97% of enterprises and up to 90% of employment in APEC economies, ABAC urges Asia-Pacific economic leaders to address barriers inhibiting the participation of MSMEs in cross-border trade,” said Doris Ho, ABAC 2015 Chair.

Ho added that Asia-Pacific economies must promote inclusive business models to enable more MSMEs enter into long-term, value-driven partnerships in global value chains.

President Benigno Aquino III will deliver the Keynote Address to discuss the inextricable link between innovation and inclusive economies. “Unlocking the remarkable potential of entrepreneurs needs robust innovation ecosystems. SMEs are oftentimes better poised to understand new customer expectations and create transformational business models through innovation,” said Ho.

The Summit’s Conference will feature speakers whose big ideas and innovative solutions have inspired positive changes in their industries and in communities. These include Asia Society President Josette Sheeran; UBER Technologies, Inc. Senior Advisor David Plouffe; Care.com Founder and CEO Sheila Marcelo; Tallwood Venture Capital Managing Director Diosdado Banatao; Barefoot College Founder Bunker Roy, and Thumbtack Co-founder and President Jonathan Swanson.

Discussing innovation insights and experiences are Rappler CEO and Executive Editor Maria Ressa, Xurpas, Inc. President and CEO Nix Nolledo, Kalibrr, Inc. Co-founder and COO Dexter Ligot-Gordon; and Simple Wearables Co-founder and COO Angelo Umali.

The Conference’s afternoon session will talk about innovation and the future. Speakers include Innosight Managing Partner Scott Anthony; Aeromobil Co-founder and CEO Juraj Vaculik; Bhumiputra Architecture Principal Alok Shetty; ABRA Founder and CEO Bill Barhydt; Teach for All Co-founder and CEO Wendy Kopp; and FedEx Asia Pacific President and CEO Karen Reddington.

Also happening alongside the APEC SME Summit is a trade exhibit of innovative and game-changing products and services. Around 30 world-class, cutting-edge business solutions and other groundbreaking technological advances from across the APEC region will be showcased. This covers all fields and sectors from agriculture, creatives, manufacturing, services, finance, science & technology, gaming, and others. One such exhibitor is Harish and Johnsen, the business solutions specialist firm run by two women under the age of 40 offering a creative, multiplatform approach tailor-made for each client’s needs.  Harish and Johnsen, in fact, created the event app that will debut during the Summit, enabling users to enjoy a more interactive experience.

Ho also underscored ABAC’s commitment to create an environment for MSMEs to internationalize through e-commerce. A joint study by ABAC and the USC Marshall School of Business found that MSMEs face complex customs requirements, high compliance costs, high logistics costs, lack of e-commerce infrastructure and e-payment facilities.

“We need APEC-wide e-Commerce policy frameworks and e-Commerce trade facilitation provisions in Regional Trade Agreements, as well as the APEC-wide promotion of the Cross Border E-Commerce Training Program for MSMEs,” said Ho.

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ABAC was created by APEC Leaders in 1995 to be the primary voice of business in APEC. Each economy has three members who are appointed by their respective Leaders. They meet four times a year in preparation for the presentation of their recommendations to the Leaders in a dialogue that is a key event in the annual Leaders Meeting.

ABAC is comprised of the Asia-Pacific region’s top business leaders tasked to provide inputs to APEC. It serves as the official business sector voice in APEC by presenting recommendations that promote the advancement of inclusive growth in the Asia-Pacific region, and ensure greater prosperity and a better quality of life.

This 2015, ABAC focused on four key priorities: Advancing the regional integration and services agenda; strengthening and facilitating micro-, small-, and medium-sized enterprises’ (MSME) entry into global markets; maximizing innovation and human capital potential; and promoting livable, sustainable cities and resilient communities.

 

Go Negosyo Wins Agora Award for Outstanding Achievement in Advocacy Marketing

Friday, November 13th, 2015
Go Negosyo Founding Trustee Joey Concepcion receives the Agora Award for Outstanding Achievement in Advocacy Marketing during the 36th Agora Awards.

Go Negosyo Founding Trustee Joey Concepcion receives the Agora Award for Outstanding Achievement in Advocacy Marketing during the 36th Agora Awards.

Marriot Grand Ballroom—The Philippine Center for Entrepreneurship Foundation Inc., Go Negosyo won the prestigious award for Outstanding Achievement in Advocacy Marketing at the 36th Agora Awards last November 11.

Go Negosyo founder Joey Concepcion accepted the award and thanked Agora for recognizing the efforts of Go Negosyo in alleviating poverty through entrepreneurship.

Winners of the 36th Agora Awards with Department of Tourism Secretary Mon Jimenez.

Winners of the 36th Agora Awards with Department of Tourism Secretary Mon Jimenez.

Among the other winners of the annual event are: Arthur Tan of Integrated Microelectronics Inc. (Outstanding Achievement in Export Marketing), Raul Falcon, country manager of Procter and Gamble Manufacturing (Outstanding Achievement in Overseas Marketing), Dr. Maynoll Montalbo of Mont Albo Wellness Corp. (Outstanding Achievement in Entrepreneurship-small scale), Catherine Salimbangon of Organique Inc. (Outstanding Achievement in Entrepreneurship-medium scale), William Tiu-Lim of Mega Global Corp. (Outstanding Achievement in Entrepreneurship-large scale), Carl Mark Miniano, Ph.D, Dean of Adamson University’s College of Business Administration (Outstanding Achievement in Marketing Education), David Guerrero of BBDO Guerrero Inc. (Outstanding Achievement in Marketing Communications), Benjie Yap of Unilever Philippines (Outstanding Achievement in Marketing Management) and ABS-CBN corporation which was represented by Carlo Katigbak (Marketing Company of the Year).

The Agora Awards is regarded as the standard-bearer for marketing excellence in the Philippines.

 

 

Go Negosyo Hosts 2nd Installment of “Meet the Presidentiables Series”

Tuesday, November 10th, 2015
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Liberal Party standard bearer, former DILG Sec. Mar Roxas delivers his speech in front of more than 500 guests during last night’s Negosyo Talks: Meet the Presidentiables Series.

November 9, 2015 —The Philippine Center for Entrepreneurship – Go Negosyo in partnership with PLDT-SMART SME Nation, TV 5, Sta. Elena Construction & Development Corporation and RFM Corporation organized the 2nd Installment of “Meet the Presidentiables Series” featuring presidential candidate Mar Roxas at the Manila Polo Club.

The series aims to give the entrepreneur community and key enablers a chance to meet the presidentiables who will share their vision and platform for the country, particularly on economic and entrepreneurship development.

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Panelists with presidential candidate, Mar Roxas.

During the forum, a panel composed of different entrepreneurs got to ask questions to Roxas about his platforms and takes on certain national issues such as the Mamasapano incident, Yolanda, slow internet connection in the country, agriculture and issues on governance. The panel was composed of Atty. Mike Toledo of Philippine Bar Association, columnist and President of Manila Overseas Press Club (MOPC) Mr. Babe Romualdez, Dra Limpe-Aw, CEOa. Vicki Belo of Belo Medical Group, Ms. Olivia Limpe-Aw, President & CEO of Distileria Limtuaco & Co., Ms. Tina Papillon of Pamora Farms, Inc. and Go Negosyo Executive Director, Mr. Ramon Lopez with TV5′s Head of News and Information, Ms. Luchi Cruz-Valdes as the moderator.

The third installment of the series will feature presidential candidate Grace Poe and will be held at the Solaire Resort and Casino on December 2, 2015

Go Negosyo Holds Mobile Challenge Asia Pacific (MCAP) Philippines 2015

Tuesday, October 27th, 2015

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(UPDATED) October 24, 2015 – Go Negosyo and Peace and Equity Foundation teamed up to launch the Mobile Application Challenge for the Philippine run of the Mobile Challenge Asia Pacific (MCAP) in partnership with Applied Innovation Institute, IE Business School and JSeed Ventures in conjunction with GSMA at the Impact Hub Manila, Green Sun Hotel Makati.

The bootcamp was opened to all types of mobile solutions developers, ranging from but not limited to education, SME solutions, entertainment, communication etc.

The first plenary talk was about What Makes A Good Tech Start-up Idea from an Investor’s Point of View with Joe Maristela of katalyst.ph as speaker. Artie Lopez from BrainSpark Philippines spoke next, giving the participants some tips on the How’s of Pitching.

The participants were able to ask questions in the forum with tech industry experts such as: Ragde Falcis, (Gorated Innovations Lab) Alvin Tan (Siglo and 2014 Philippine representative to SEAMAC PH) and Calen Legaspi (Orange & Bronze.)

After the forum, the acceleration program proper transpired. About 10 teams of participants were divided for a session with the following mentors: Renan Mara of 8 MaraLabs, Calen Legaspi of Orange and Bronze, Allan Mangune of Taughtworks, Inc. and Kenneth Swedlund, start-up and app industry expert.

The final pitch submissions for the participants is on November 9 and the semi finals (Philippine finals) is on December 5. The top two teams will receive one ticket each to Hawaii, USA to represent the Philippines for the Regional finals to be held in Hawaii, USA.

For more information about the Mobile Challenge Asia Pacific (MCAP) Philippines, visit www.gonegosyo.net/mobilechallenge.

Go Negosyo is Gawad Parangal’s Most Outstanding Institution of 2015

Tuesday, October 20th, 2015
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Go Negosyo Executive Director Ramon Lopez together with Angelpreneurs Paulo Tibig, Vix Madlangbayan, Jorge Wieneke, Carlo Calimon and Butz Bartolome, received the award on behalf of its founder Joey Concepcion.

On October 19, The Philippine Center for Entrepreneurship Foundation Inc.—Go Negosyo received the prestigious Manuel L. Quezon Gawad Parangal Award for being the Most Outstanding Institution of 2015 at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.

The award was given to recognize Go Negosyo’s advocacy for entrepreneurship: addressing poverty by transforming Filipinos into entrepreneurs.

Go Negosyo Executive Director Ramon Lopez, together with Angelpreneurs Paulo Tibig, Vix Madlangbayan, Jorge Wieneke,  Carlo Calimon and Butz Bartolome, received the award on behalf of its founder Joey Concepcion.

The Gawad Parangal is an annual event geared toward recognizing outstanding individuals and institutions that have contributed to not only Quezon City’s development but inspired the nation as well.

Go Negosyo and US Embassy Empower Young Entrepreneurs in Luzon

Tuesday, October 13th, 2015
YEDW Luzon fellows with mentors, Jorge Wieneke, Paulo Tibig and Mylene Abiva.

YEDW Luzon fellows with mentors, Jorge Wieneke, Paulo Tibig and Mylene Abiva.

The Philippine Center for Entrepreneurship—Go Negosyo and US Embassy in Manila held the Luzon Leg of the Youth Entrepreneurship Development Workshop (YEDW) in Batangas last October 7, 8 and 9, 2015.

48 participants from all over Luzon went to the Pontefino Hotel in Batangas City to join the three-day workshop. Several entrepreneurs and guests were invited to speak and inspire the young entrepreneurs with their entrepreneurial journey.

The first day speakers were all Go Negosyo Angelpreneurs: Jorge Wieneke, (co-founder, Potato Corner and President of Tokyo Tempura) talked about re-discovering the entrepreneurial mindset and the secrets of spotting business opportunities; Mylene Abiva, (CEO of FELTA Multimedia) engaged the audience with her presentation on business model development; and Mon Abrea (CSO of Abrea Consulting Group) enlightened the fellows with his expertise on business finance. The latter part of the program was spent on group mentoring sessions. The first day ended with the Fellowship Night where the fellows were able to have fun and get to know each other better.

On the second day, the fellows learned the commerce and culture of the book business through none other than Karina Bolasco, AGM and Publishing Manager of Anvil Publishing, Inc. She was followed by another Go Negosyo Angelpreneur, Vix Madlangbayan, (Manok Mabuhay Inc.) who talked about Business Planning. Jaime Garchitorena (President and CEO of Credit Information Corporation) and Dr. Mario Lamberte (Team Leader for Access to Credit, USAID COMPETE Project) educated the participants with the much-needed information on improving credit availability through credit information and enhancing access to credit and business development services respectively. Jay De Quiros (Project Management Specialist of USAID) discussed the USAID initiatives on improving the investment climate in Philippine cities.

Joel Yala (ChocoVron) and Brian Belen (Ato Belen Farm) during the forum moderated by Go Negosyo's Publication Officer, Lara Mendoza.

Joel Yala (ChocoVron) and Brian Belen (Ato Belen Farm) during the forum moderated by Go Negosyo’s Publication Officer, Lara Mendoza.

After lunch, two promising entrepreneurs Joel Yala (ChocoVron) and Brian Belen (Ato Belen Farm) shared their entrepreneurial stories in the entrep sharing panel wherein the fellows got to ask questions and seek for pieces of advice. After this, the entrep champ Paulo Tibig (President of VCargo worldwide) shared the strategies of a champion entrepreneur. The day ended with another group mentoring session.

YEDW Luzon leg winners Jesus Dane Lavarias (Kaboom Wings and Burgers) and Raphaelo Perez (OVERHEAT Burgers).

YEDW Luzon leg winners Jesus Dane Lavarias (Kaboom Wings and Burgers) and Raphaelo Perez (OVERHEAT Burgers).

The last day was spent on business pitches. The top 10 from the business idea and existing business category presented their business and plans to the panel of judges Vix Madlangbayan, Glenn Baticados, (Director, Center for Technology Transfer and Entrepreneurship, UPLB) and Marcelina Alcantara (DTI Assistant Regional Director, Region IV-A.) The participants also enjoyed hearing the story of Carmen’s Best Ice Cream straight from the man behind the brand, Paco Magsaysay. At the end, the following made the top 5:  BUSINESS IDEAS CATEGORY: Joanna Marie Aquino (Sano Food Inc.), Hosfelito Fines (Fino d’ Fine Perfume), Raphaelo Perez (OVERHEAT Burgers), Randy Reyes, Jr. (Freeze Dried Fruits) and Rose Jaminilio (Golden Goat Farm); EXISTING BUSINESS CATEGORY: Erica Midori Acuna (Ako’y Magsasakang Organiko (AMO)), John Paul Vincent (Dotimas Documentaries), Jesus Dane Lavarias (Kaboom Wings and Burgers), Sedfrey Lacsamana (Real Estate Service CPD Seminars) and Diana Prado (Proudly Tarlac Made Inc. (Visit Tarlac)).

Raphaelo Perez won the P10,000 cash grant for the business idea category and Jesus Dane Lavaras won the P30,000 cash grant for existing business category.

Go Negosyo and US Embassy go to Luzon for YEDW

Friday, October 2nd, 2015


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The Philippine Center for Entrepreneurship – Go Negosyo and the US Embassy will have the Luzon leg of the Youth Entrepreneurship Development Workshop (YEDW) happening this coming October 7-9, 2015 in the province of Batangas to empower existing Filipino young entrepreneurs and young aspiring entrepreneurs in the area. This YEDW program will provide training, mentorship and networking opportunities for the participants.

Applicants must meet the following requirements:  (1) Must be a Filipino citizen, (2) Should either be a young entrepreneur with existing enterprises, or young person with profound interest with starting his/her own business (has a well thought-out idea that he/she is committed to pursuing or growing into a venture,) (3) Should be below 35 years old at the time of the deadline of application and (4) Requirements: business pitch (existing business and business idea.)

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CONGRATULATIONS! Below are the names of the 46 young entrepreneurs and young people with business idea who have been selected to be the official fellows for the Youth Entrepreneurship Development Workshop Luzon.

Acuna, Erica Midori
Alcoba, Andrew
Alcordo, Carmela Denise
Aquino, Joanna Marie
Arciaga, Jeremiah Oliver
Arellano, Sherwin Anthony
Belen, Cheryl
Beringuela, Joey
Bienvenido, Jazaika Marie
Bonita, Venelyn
Boquiron, Aileen
Brazil, Michelle
Cabe, Frederick Simeon Jr
Cano, Jim Leandro
Casimero, Vincent Brian
Catibog, Rebecca
Cornista, Exyz
Dedase, Marry Ann
Delgado, Precious
Dimaculangan, Clarissa
Dotimas, John Paul Vincent
Fines, Hosfelito
Foliente, Joville Andrea
Fortuno,Paullete
Guinhawa, Angelo Kit
Interno, Justin Paolo
Jaminillo, Rose
Javier, Ena Jane
Labang, Julia Alessandra
Lacsamana, Sedfrey
Lavarias, Jesus Dane
Mazon, Bernardino
Norio, Nimrod Aubrey
Perez, Raphaelo
Prado, Diana
Que, Mark Steven
Racuya, Jean Edward Felip
Reataza, Joven
Reyes, Randy Jr
Sagun, Devin Carl
Santos, Mary Grace
Sibayan, Arcel
Subia, Eric
Tan, Karla Marijoy
Venegias, Arvay Reynald
Vicente, Janine Micah

 

AFFI’s Franchise & Business Expo to Inspire New Breed of Entrepreneurs

Friday, September 18th, 2015

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The Association of Filipino Franchisers Inc. (AFFI) has announced the much-awaited staging of the 14th Franchise and Business Expo: Empowering Entrepreneurs on October 2-4, 2015 at the World Trade Center Metro Manila.

Touted as the biggest and longest-running Business Expo in the Philippines, the expo aims to help potential entrepreneurs start up their dream business, and enable existing ones to reach their full potential thru a variety of informative seminars and activities, and a whole range of opportunities provided by partner organizations, government agencies, and fellow entrepreneurs.

Taking center stage will be more than 300 exhibitors from the Philippines and ASEAN region showcasing a wide range of franchising and business opportunities, as well as the latest business tools and services available to both up-and-coming and established entrepreneurs. Spread over 5,000 square meters of exhibition space, the Expo also offers seminars on the latest business trends and even a special zone for Overseas Foreign Workers searching for the perfect venture in which to invest and grow their hard-earned money. With its ever-growing popularity, this year’s Expo expects to surpass the 20,000 visitor mark.

In line with their belief that entrepreneurs are the foundation of the country’s economic growth, AFFI has stepped up its efforts to entice and inspire a new breed of Filipino entrepreneur through the expo’s comprehensive Business Journey series. More than just basic information on how to set up a business, the Business Journey will guide attendees through the process of becoming an entrepreneur, including creating the proper mindset, understanding the various government services, utilizing available investment tools and technology, finding the right business and much more.

From L-R: John Chung, President of Acquasuisse; Paul S. Tan, AFFI Director for Education, VP for Operations Aquabest; Armando O. Bartolome, AFFI Chairman of the Board, President of GMB Franchise Developers; Ricardo Z. Cuna, Chairman of 14th Franchise and Business Expo, President of Fiorgelato; Jean Uvero, AFFI Member and Fellowship Director, Owner of Nail It!; Jelyn Chung, AFFI Director for PR and Marketing, Owner of Acquasuisse; Josie See, AFFI Director for Membership and President of Peanut World; Anne Francisco, Owner of Ferinos Bibingka and AFFI Adviser; Mr Sonny V. Francisco, Director for Partnerships, Franchiser of Ferinos Bibingka; Jerry Neil C. Ilao, President and CEO of AFFI, President of Ink All You Can.

From L-R: John Chung, President of Acquasuisse; Paul S. Tan, AFFI Director for Education, VP for Operations Aquabest; Armando O. Bartolome, AFFI Chairman of the Board, President of GMB Franchise Developers; Ricardo Z. Cuna, Chairman of 14th Franchise and Business Expo, President of Fiorgelato; Jean Uvero, AFFI Member and Fellowship Director, Owner of Nail It!; Jelyn Chung, AFFI Director for PR and Marketing, Owner of Acquasuisse; Josie See, AFFI Director for Membership and President of Peanut World; Anne Francisco, Owner of Ferinos Bibingka and AFFI Adviser; Mr Sonny V. Francisco, Director for Partnerships, Franchiser of Ferinos Bibingka; Jerry Neil C. Ilao, President and CEO of AFFI, President of Ink All You Can.

“Now more than ever, it’s important for us to create and nurture the Filipino entrepreneur. Education plus opportunities equals empowerment, is the equation that is at the center of Expo.” says Ricardo Cuna owner of the Fiorgelato ice cream franchise and Chairman of the 14th Franchise and Business Expo organizing committee.

“AFFI is composed of some of the best and brightest minds in Philippine business. Through the Business Journey, we will share our expertise as well as the many valuable lessons we have gained along the path to success. Starting and growing a business may not be easy, but it certainly helps to have guidance from experts.” added Cuna.

With its stellar line-up of resource speakers, exhibitors and seminars, the 14th Franchise and Business Expo guarantees a power-packed 3 days of exposure, enrichment, engagement and empowerment.

Register now and discover a whole new world of opportunities. For more information on the Expo, visit www.affi.com.ph or contact (02) 515-9846, (02) 334-3073 or Telefax No. (02) 501-5449 or email them at expo@affi.com.ph.

Go Negosyo and US Embassy Empower Young Entrepreneurs in Mindanao

Friday, September 18th, 2015

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The Philippine Center for Entrepreneurship—Go Negosyo and US Embassy in Manila hosted the Mindanao leg of the Youth Entrepreneurship Development Workshop in Zamboanga City last September 9-11. The three-day workshop was held in the Garden Orchid Hotel. Youth participants came from as far as Sulu, General Santos, Tawi-Tawi, Cagayan de Oro and other parts of Mindanao.

Go Negosyo Angelpreneurs graced the workshop’s Day 1 with their fruitful presentations. The first speaker is Mr. Armando “Butz” Bartolome, president of GMB Franchise Developers Inc. Sir Butz talked about how one can re-discover the entrepreneurial mindset and the secrets of spotting business opportunities. Mr. Victor “Vix” Madlangbayan of Manok Mabuhay zeroed in on business model development and Ms. Tess Dimaculangan, Managing Partner of Dimaculangan and Co. CPAs enlightened the YEDW fellows with the much needed business finance knowledge. Finally, Mr. Willy “The Brand Healer” Arcilla mentored everyone on the basics of marketing.

YEDW Mindanao leg speakers with Go Negosyo Executive Director, Mr. Ramon Lopez.

YEDW Mindanao leg speakers with Go Negosyo Executive Director, Mr. Ramon Lopez.

Day 2 kicked off with a talk entitled “That thing called Ideaction: Leaping from idea to proof of concept” from a Young South East Asian Leaders Initiative or YSEALI alumnus, Mr. Ryan Louie Madrid, followed by another topic presentations from franchising guru Mr. Butz Bartolome (Franchising as a Tool for Business Expansion) and Mr. Vix Madlangbayan (Product Development and Marketing.)

One of the highlights of the workshop is the experience sharing of home-grown Mindanaoan entrepreneurs through a panel discussion. The Fellows got to ask relevant questions to the panel composed of Mr. Edwin To of Price Wise Marketing Corporation, Imelda Dagus of Dennis Coffee Garden and Ivy Simbajon of Myrna’s Bakehouse.

Guests from the USAID Gerardo Porta (Senior Democracy and Governance Specialist) and Jay De Quiros (Economic Growth Specialist) also discussed the USAID Philippine-American Fund and USAID initiatives on improving the investment climate in cities respectively.

At the end of the day, Mr. Ramon Lopez, Go Negosyo Executive Director, shared his expertise on different entrepreneurial topics such as marketing, branding and tips in managing a business enterprise.

Mr. Ramon Lopez, Go Negosyo Executive Director.

Mr. Ramon Lopez, Go Negosyo Executive Director.

After the dinner, the participants and organizers enjoyed the fellowship night where they got to know each other more and play some games.

It’s all business on day 3. The top 10 from the business idea and existing business categories were chosen and each of them presented in front of the panel of judges composed of Mr. Edwin To, Mr. Willy Arcilla an Engineer Rolando G. Acuna of CESO V (Provincial Director of DTI Region 9.) Each fellow from the top 10 were given 5 minutes to present their business or idea and another 5 minutes to answer the questions from the judges.

After the deliberation, the top 5 and eventual cash prize winners were announced as follows:

Business Idea Category:
Fiel Melan Bulaong
Richard Celeste
Shayryl Mae Ramos
Nelben Raymunda
Business Idea category Winner of P10,000: Robert Basco

Existing Business Category:
Andrew Ryan Cabillas
Kaye Layco
Arnold Sotto
Hazel Yap
Existing Business Category Winner of P30,000: Gideon Rey Pahagas

VIEW PHOTOS HERE: YEDW Mindanao Day 1 | YEDW Mindanao Day 2 | YEDW Mindanao Day 3

Dreaming Big, Starting Small: How Great Women Achieve Success

Wednesday, September 16th, 2015


Multi-awarded Filipina entrepreneur launches new book to empower other women entrepreneurs

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Richprime Global Inc. CEO and one of Go Negosyo’s staunch supporters and advocates, Ms. Myrna Yao with Go Negosyo Executive Director, Mr. Ramon Lopez.

MANILA, Philippines (September 15, 2015) Myrna Tang Yao, the savvy tycoon who made Barbie™ famous in the Philippines, shares her passion and  journey from being a micro entrepreneur to CEO of several companies in her new book, “The Gift of a Dream: The GREAT Women Project,” launching last Tuesday, September 15, 2015 6:00 PM at the Sofitel Philippine Plaza Manila.

In her book, Yao also details how as a young woman, she dreamt of one day succeeding in business so she could help underprivileged women break free from helplessness due to poverty. Her dream soon became a reality when she was appointed Chair of the Philippine Commission on Women. She was tasked to spearhead the nationwide Gender-Responsive Economic Actions for the Transformation of Women (GREAT Women) Project, “a governance and capacity development project that aims to promote and support a gender-responsive enabling environment for women’s economic empowerment, particularly those in microenterprises.” The project continues to succeed, thanks to Yao’s framework based on her invaluable business insights.

Joey Concepcion of RFM Corporation and Go Negosyo says of her book, “This book shall serve as an inspiration to women most especially to women entrepreneurs who are in their journey of reaching success. Myrna Yao’s passion is evident in all her works from her humble beginnings up until today.”

Bo Sanchez, bestselling author, also praises Yao’s latest achievement: “From page one, you’ll see Myrna’s fearless passion. But more than that, you’ll be deeply touched by her great love for disenfranchised women. These suffering women are the reason why she wakes up in the morning. Thank you Myrna for inspiring all of us and teaching us how to live.”

Indeed, the best validations come from those who benefitted from the GREAT Women Project themselves. Erlin Sullano, 35 years old, hails from Bacolod City, and has this to say about Myrna Yao’s brainchild project: “My husband was jobless a month before I delivered my fourth child. I had no experience in peddling, but I needed to earn for the baby’s delivery so I peddled food items. A lot of good-hearted people would give me money and not take my goods out of pity. A few weeks after giving birth, when our meager resources were all spent, I had no choice but to look for work. I became a manicurist.

“After 2 years, my clientele grew and then came The GREAT Women Project where I learned more and was given better tools for my trade and got a Certificate of Completion. I am very thankful for the training and certification through the project, as it has given me a better life. I have become a popular manicurist in my barangay and I am now able to save money. I was able to get our house fixed, buy appliances and, feed and clothe my children. As a woman, I now feel that I have the power to make my life and my family’s life change for the better.”

It seems the seed of Myrna Yao’s dream to empower a woman through entrepreneurship, can transform not just one woman’s life, but that of her family, and community, too.

“The Gift of a Dream: The GREAT Women Project” is published in partnership with the Vibal Publishing House, Inc., and is also available in digital format through their website, www.vibalpublishing.com.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR: MYRNA TANG-YAO

A multi-awarded entrepreneur and champion of women’s rights and empowerment, MYRNA YAO is CEO of five companies including RichPrime Global, Inc., and Richwell Trading Corporation, founder and chairperson of The Philippine Federation of Local Council of Women, The Federation of the Filipino Chinese Business and Professional Women of the Philippines, the Pearl S. Buck Philippines and also served as the Chairperson of the Philippine Commission on Women (PCW) for six years. (PCW is the policy making body of the government in implementing laws on women and gender empowerment). Some of the numerous awards she has received include the International Entrepreneur Award by the Global Summit of Women in 2006, the Gold Prize Award for Women’s World Excellence Award in Beijing, and the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award in 2003. She was also granted the 2006 Presidential Merit Award by the President of the Republic of the Philippines for her success in the field of entrepreneurship in both local and international levels.

From its humble beginnings, her business has grown to include the marketing and distribution of children’s products from toys to fashion and shoes under the brands of Barbie, Hotwheels, Mattel toys and games, Fisher Price, Megablocks, Disney, Ninja Turtles, V-Tech, Ollie and more. She is very passionate in serving women and children, who inspire her to continue developing products which cater to kids’ needs. Starting with only 10 employees, her company now hires and provides livelihood to 1,400 employees.

To help underprivileged women in the Philippines, Myrna was instrumental in pushing for the enactment of Magna Carta of Women to law. The MCW is a comprehensive women’s human rights law that seeks to eliminate violence against women, and ensure equal earning opportunity, among others. She spearheaded the GREAT Women Project, which helps alleviate poverty by engaging and mentoring women into becoming micro entrepreneurs, and connecting them with different Government Agencies and business networks.