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Go Negosyo honors women entrepreneurs

Monday, March 12th, 2018
President Duterte said, “I thank Go Negosyo for its effort in providing opportunities for the country’s MSMEs, particularly for women entrepreneurship to expand and improve their business.”

President Duterte said, “I thank Go Negosyo for its effort in providing opportunities for the country’s MSMEs, particularly for women entrepreneurship to expand and improve their business.”

President Rodrigo Duterte led the recognition of the latest batch of our Inspiring Filipina Entrepreneurs in our 10 th Filipina Entrepreneurship Summit last March 6, 2018. Together with former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo and Trade Secretary Ramon Lopez, we awarded 20 Filipina entrepreneurs who have greatly contributed and excelled in their respective fields. The awarding ceremony was the last part of the summit which is the biggest women negosyo summit of the year and was attended by more than 15,000 participants composed of entrepreneurs, advocates, and students.

Chal Lontoc and Mike Lobrin were the overall hosts of the summit and interviewed some guests from the red carpet entrance.

Chal Lontoc and Mike Lobrin were the overall hosts of the summit and interviewed some guests from the red carpet entrance.

 

Presidential Adviser for Entrepreneurship Joey Concepcion in his speech said, “Don’t stop dreaming, all you have to do is work hard and continue to be passionate in what you do, and you will succeed. Filipinos were never destined for poverty.”

Presidential Adviser for Entrepreneurship Joey Concepcion in his speech said, “Don’t stop dreaming, all you have to do is work hard and continue to be passionate in what you do, and you will succeed. Filipinos were never destined for poverty.”

 

Sen. Grace Poe graced the 10th Filipina Summit. In her inspirational message, she shared, “Mabuhay ang kababaihang nagpapasigla sa ating ekonomiya sa pamamagitan ng kanilang sariling kabuhayan.”

Sen. Grace Poe graced the 10th Filipina Summit. In her inspirational message, she shared, “Mabuhay ang kababaihang nagpapasigla sa ating ekonomiya sa pamamagitan ng kanilang sariling kabuhayan.”

 

Tessie Sy-Coson, Vice Chair of SM Investments, shared how she is mentored by her father, Mr. Henry Sy. She shared, “The best mentor is pressure. Of course, we learn from everyone in the organization. It’s true you can learn from everyone but the mentor I really look up to is my father.”

Tessie Sy-Coson, Vice Chair of SM Investments, shared how she is mentored by her father, Mr. Henry Sy. She shared, “The best mentor is pressure. Of course, we learn from everyone in the organization. It’s true you can learn from everyone but the mentor I really look up to is my father.”

 

Dr. Vicki Belo, CEO of Belo Medical Group, related her experience in her younger years when she was bullied for her looks which pushed her to pursue her dream in dermatology.

Dr. Vicki Belo, CEO of Belo Medical Group, related her experience in her younger years when she was bullied for her looks which pushed her to pursue her dream in dermatology.

 

 “I think when we talk about scaling up, we need government support and networking. It delivering you product and supporting your product, and allowing the word spread by itself,” Lizzie Eder Zobel, Chairman of Teach for the Philippines

“I think when we talk about scaling up, we need government support and networking. It delivering you product and supporting your product, and allowing the word spread by itself,” Lizzie Eder Zobel, Chairman of Teach for the Philippines.

 

Natividad Cheng, CEO of Uratex, shared that they started their business with a capital of only 4000.

Natividad Cheng, CEO of Uratex, shared that they started their business with a capital of only 4000.

 

Celebrity-entrepreneur Anne Curtis appreciated the value of mentorship as she too is being mentored by her business partner. “It’s very important that you find someone who will discipline you, kailangan merong nagguide sayo, it’s very important you find someone in your company that knows what their doing.” She is the co-founder and creative director of the 5-month old start-up enterprise, BLK Cosmetics.

Celebrity-entrepreneur Anne Curtis appreciated the value of mentorship as she too is being mentored by her business partner. “It’s very important that you find someone who will discipline you, kailangan merong nagguide sayo, it’s very important you find someone in your company that knows what their doing.” She is the co-founder and creative director of the 5-month old start-up enterprise, BLK Cosmetics.

 

“Mentorship makes a big part of the program. I learned that you didn’t need to wait for the end of your career to help the country. We can matter now upfront,” Clarissa Delgado, co-founder and CEO of Teach for the Philippines.

“Mentorship makes a big part of the program. I learned that you didn’t need to wait for the end of your career to help the country. We can matter now upfront,” Clarissa Delgado, co-founder and CEO of Teach for the Philippines.

 

Merle Paete of Merle’s Pili and Native Products started her business with only P2,000 capital. Now, her product is slowly gaining attraction in the country.

Merle Paete of Merle’s Pili and Native Products started her business with only P2,000 capital. Now, her product is slowly gaining attraction in the country.

 

Georgina Wilson was also an awardee of Go Negosyo back in 2016 for their Sunnies Studios. “The fact that we value that open line of communication is what I feel is what keep people connected to the brand.”

Georgina Wilson was also an awardee of Go Negosyo back in 2016 for their Sunnies Studios. “The fact that we value that open line of communication is what I feel is what keep people connected to the brand.”

 

Issa Litton moderated the keynote forum.

Issa Litton moderated the keynote forum.

 

Forum 2 discussed mainstreaming market access and expanding market reach and featured Inanc Balci (Lazada Philippines), Constantin Robertz (Zalora Philippines), Jeannie Javelosa (GREAT WOMEN and ECHOstore), Atty. Paul Santos (Philippine Retailers Association), and Norlela Suhailee (ASEAN Coordinating Committee for MSMEs) and was moderated by Bettina Quimson.

Forum 2 discussed mainstreaming market access and expanding market reach and featured Inanc Balci (Lazada Philippines), Constantin Robertz (Zalora Philippines), Jeannie Javelosa (GREAT WOMEN and ECHOstore), Atty. Paul Santos (Philippine Retailers Association), and Norlela Suhailee (ASEAN Coordinating Committee for MSMEs) and was moderated by Bettina Quimson.

 

Marilyn Magampon-Manila (CARD-MRI), Nicole Paterno (1000 Angels), Gigi Gatti (Grameen Foundation), Joey Concepcion, Marissa Concepcion, Ana Pascual (Mynt), Lito Villanueva (FintQ), Chuchi Fonacier (Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas), and RJ Ledesma.

Marilyn Magampon-Manila (CARD-MRI), Nicole Paterno (1000 Angels), Gigi Gatti (Grameen Foundation), Joey Concepcion, Marissa Concepcion, Ana Pascual (Mynt), Lito Villanueva (FintQ), Chuchi Fonacier (Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas), and RJ Ledesma.

 

RJ Ledesma moderated the discussion on access to money.

RJ Ledesma moderated the discussion on access to money.

 

Forum 4 featured women innovators and disruptors including Carol Orosa (Home Care Assistance), Mah Khine Zaw (Earth Group of Companies), Margarita Fores (Cibo), Neri Miranda, Charisse Tinio (Nice Print Photography), Lenora Cabili (Filip+Inna), Josie Costales (Costales Nature Farms), Rissa Mananquil-Trillo (Happy Skin), Felicia Atienza (Chinese International School Manila) and moderated by Karen Davila. Also in photo are Joey Concepcion and Alice Eduardo.

Forum 4 featured women innovators and disruptors including Carol Orosa (Home Care Assistance), Mah Khine Zaw (Earth Group of Companies), Margarita Fores (Cibo), Neri Miranda, Charisse Tinio (Nice Print Photography), Lenora Cabili (Filip+Inna), Josie Costales (Costales Nature Farms), Rissa Mananquil-Trillo (Happy Skin), Felicia Atienza (Chinese International School Manila) and moderated by Karen Davila. Also in photo are Joey Concepcion and Alice Eduardo.

 

Karen Davila led the discussion of women innovators and disruptors.

Karen Davila led the discussion of women innovators and disruptors.

 

Rissa Mananquil-Trillo, Co-founder and Chief Brandd Officer of Happy Skin

Rissa Mananquil-Trillo, Co-founder and Chief Brandd Officer of Happy Skin

 

Celebrity host Gretchen Ho moderated the panel of young entrepreneurs.

Celebrity host Gretchen Ho moderated the panel of young entrepreneurs.

 

In photo: Joey Concepcion, Angely Dub (Access Travel), Jen Diaz (Snoe Beauty), Aya Fernandez (Project Lily PH), Abbey Sy, Mica Tan (MFT Group), Helen Kaye Layco (Macho Mucho), Cherrie Atilano (AGREA), Krie Lopez (Messy Bessy), Alice Eduardo and Gretchen Ho.

In photo: Joey Concepcion, Angely Dub (Access Travel), Jen Diaz (Snoe Beauty), Aya Fernandez (Project Lily PH), Abbey Sy, Mica Tan (MFT Group), Helen Kaye Layco (Macho Mucho), Cherrie Atilano (AGREA), Krie Lopez (Messy Bessy), Alice Eduardo and Gretchen Ho.

President Rodrigo Duterte and Presidential Adviser for Entrepreneurship Joey Concepcion

President Rodrigo Duterte and Presidential Adviser for Entrepreneurship Joey Concepcion

 

President Duterte said, “I thank Go Negosyo for its effort in providing opportunities for the country’s MSMEs, particularly for women entrepreneurship to expand and improve their business.”

President Duterte said, “I thank Go Negosyo for its effort in providing opportunities for the country’s MSMEs, particularly for women entrepreneurship to expand and improve their business.”

 

Former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo also graced the awarding ceremony.

Former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo also graced the awarding ceremony.

 

Trade Secretary Ramon Lopez, a partner in the advocacy of empowering Filipinos through entrepreneurship, is also one of the special guests.

Trade Secretary Ramon Lopez, a partner in the advocacy of empowering Filipinos through entrepreneurship, is also one of the special guests.

 

Julieane "Aya" Fernandez, Project Lily PH - For resolutely pursuing the vision of ecological sustainability through Project Lily PH which manufactures eco-friendly charcoals and provided sustainable livelihood to several differently-abled individuals.

Julieane “Aya” Fernandez, Project Lily PH – For resolutely pursuing the vision of ecological sustainability through Project Lily PH which manufactures eco-friendly charcoals and provided sustainable livelihood to several differently-abled individuals.

 

Kathleen Yu, Rumarocket - For pioneering an innovative way of people management by combining human wisdom with the accuracy of artificial intelligence through the technology of Rumarocket.

Kathleen Yu, Rumarocket – For pioneering an innovative way of people management by combining human wisdom with the accuracy of artificial intelligence through the technology of Rumarocket.

 

Jeannie Javelosa, Great Women Global Platform - For her firm advocacy for culture and women empowerment, she co-founded GREAT Women and ECHOStore which supported market access for micro and small entrepreneurs and their artisan products.

Jeannie Javelosa, Great Women Global Platform – For her firm advocacy for culture and women empowerment, she co-founded GREAT Women and ECHOStore which supported market access for micro and small entrepreneurs and their artisan products.

 

Maria Francesca Tan, MFT Group of Companies was recognized for her high-spirited drive which led to the development of MFT Group of Companies, a pioneer in providing capital funds to start-ups and helped expand more than 100 business from a range of industries across the globe.

Maria Francesca Tan, MFT Group of Companies was recognized for her high-spirited drive which led to the development of MFT Group of Companies, a pioneer in providing capital funds to start-ups and helped expand more than 100 business from a range of industries across the globe.

 

Abdulia Austria, Kadz General Merchandise, UNODUS Tourist Inn was recognized for her admirable community leadership and innovative ideas through her various business ventures such as Kadz General Merchandise and UNODUS Tourist Inn while promoting the tourism of Palawan.

Abdulia Austria, Kadz General Merchandise, UNODUS Tourist Inn was recognized for her admirable community leadership and innovative ideas through her various business ventures such as Kadz General Merchandise and UNODUS Tourist Inn while promoting the tourism of Palawan.

 

Calungcaguin, Make Peace Bakery, Bakers of Change was recognized for rising to the challenge and becoming the Founder and CEO of the Make Peace Bakery, Bakers of Change, which empowers the Filipino out-of-school youth from depressed communities through the art of baking.

Calungcaguin, Make Peace Bakery, Bakers of Change was recognized for rising to the challenge and becoming the Founder and CEO of the Make Peace Bakery, Bakers of Change, which empowers the Filipino out-of-school youth from depressed communities through the art of baking.

 

Lydia Codiñera, Samahang Tubig Maynilad Inc. was awarded for answering the calls of service and founded The Samahang Tubig Maynilad Inc., which now serves the entire community with clean and potable water.

Lydia Codiñera, Samahang Tubig Maynilad Inc. was awarded for answering the calls of service and founded The Samahang Tubig Maynilad Inc., which now serves the entire community with clean and potable water.

 

Edilee Omoyon, Milea Bee Farm was awarded for her valuable efforts in fostering sustainable agritourism and organic farming through Milea Bee Farm.

Edilee Omoyon, Milea Bee Farm was awarded for her valuable efforts in fostering sustainable agritourism and organic farming through Milea Bee Farm.

 

Merle Paete, Merle’s Pili and Native Products was recognized for her optimism and perseverance to transform local agricultural material into world class products through Merle’s Pili and Native Products.

Merle Paete, Merle’s Pili and Native Products was recognized for her optimism and perseverance to transform local agricultural material into world class products through Merle’s Pili and Native Products.

 

Mary Grace Arboleda-Young, Cordillera Coffee was honored for her genuine compassion for the farmer communities brought about their own appreciation for their own crops which led to the flourishing of the Cordillera Coffee.

Mary Grace Arboleda-Young, Cordillera Coffee was honored for her genuine compassion for the farmer communities brought about their own appreciation for their own crops which led to the flourishing of the Cordillera Coffee.

 

Amanda Battad, Amanda’s Marine Products was honored for her unrelenting perseverance and admirable efforts in founding Amanda’s Marine Products with the help of the government which has led it to become an established brand and supplier to well-known restaurants.

Amanda Battad, Amanda’s Marine Products was honored for her unrelenting perseverance and admirable efforts in founding Amanda’s Marine Products with the help of the government which has led it to become an established brand and supplier to well-known restaurants.

 

Zarah Juan, Green Life Eco Bags Inc. was awarded for endeavoring environmental conservation and protection through her fashionable eco-friendly bags and creating an avenue to help the Marikina shoemakers and preserve the dying culture of the T’bolis through Green Life Eco Bags.

Zarah Juan, Green Life Eco Bags Inc. was awarded for endeavoring environmental conservation and protection through her fashionable eco-friendly bags and creating an avenue to help the Marikina shoemakers and preserve the dying culture of the T’bolis through Green Life Eco Bags.

 

Rissa Mananquil-Trillo, Happy Skin was recognized for pioneering a homegrown brand of makeup that caters and cares for the Filipina through Happy Skin which has helped enhanced the beauty and allure of many Filipinas.

Rissa Mananquil-Trillo, Happy Skin was recognized for pioneering a homegrown brand of makeup that caters and cares for the Filipina through Happy Skin which has helped enhanced the beauty and allure of many Filipinas.

 

Bettina Quimson led the discussion on market access and digital platforms.

Bettina Quimson led the discussion on market access and digital platforms.

 

Warblitz Martinez, Aqua Peace Farm was recognized for showing her passion with her Aqua Peace farm, she has fulfilled the requirement of their local market with various sea foods such as milkfish and shrimps.

Warblitz Martinez, Aqua Peace Farm was recognized for showing her passion with her Aqua Peace farm, she has fulfilled the requirement of their local market with various sea foods such as milkfish and shrimps.

 

Olivia Puentespina, Malagos Farmhouse was honored for being a conscientious foodie and entrepreneur, she has founded the Malagos Food Inc., the pioneer in the dairy industry in the country.

Olivia Puentespina, Malagos Farmhouse was honored for being a conscientious foodie and entrepreneur, she has founded the Malagos Food Inc., the pioneer in the dairy industry in the country.

 

Felicia Atienza, Alice Eduardo and Karen Davila.

Felicia Atienza, Alice Eduardo and Karen Davila.

 

Edelyn Canero, Edelyn’s Homemade Nuts was honored for her tenacity to complete the transition from being a retailer of peanut to manufacturer through the establishment of Edelyn’s Homemade Nuts.

Edelyn Canero, Edelyn’s Homemade Nuts was honored for her tenacity to complete the transition from being a retailer of peanut to manufacturer through the establishment of Edelyn’s Homemade Nuts.

 

One of the intrapreneur awardees is Marcelina Ace T. Itchon, Aspen Philippines Inc. who is recognized for her keen determination and single-minded focus which led her to rise through the ranks in the pharmaceutical industry. Through her, Aspen Philippines has become a stalwart in the pharmaceutical industry today.

One of the intrapreneur awardees is Marcelina Ace T. Itchon, Aspen Philippines Inc. who is recognized for her keen determination and single-minded focus which led her to rise through the ranks in the pharmaceutical industry. Through her, Aspen Philippines has become a stalwart in the pharmaceutical industry today.

 

Another intrapreneur awardee is Florencia G. Tarriela, Philippine National Bank who is honored for her tireless dedication and service to the banking and finance industry for more than 40 years, whilst actively advocating environmental protection. She is the devoted chairperson of the Philippine National Bank, and an active mentor promoting sustainable agriculture.

Another intrapreneur awardee is Florencia G. Tarriela, Philippine National Bank who is honored for her tireless dedication and service to the banking and finance industry for more than 40 years, whilst actively advocating environmental protection. She is the devoted chairperson of the Philippine National Bank, and an active mentor promoting sustainable agriculture.

 

One of the legacy winners is Helen Yuchengco Dee who is the chair of Rizal Commercial Banking Corp. She is honored for her strong sense of leadership; she has steered the success of the Rizal Commercial Banking Corp for more than a decade. Bent on enhancing her father’s legacy, she is known for her unmatched expertise in banking, finance, and management.

One of the legacy winners is Helen Yuchengco Dee who is the chair of Rizal Commercial Banking Corp. She is honored for her strong sense of leadership; she has steered the success of the Rizal Commercial Banking Corp for more than a decade. Bent on enhancing her father’s legacy, she is known for her unmatched expertise in banking, finance, and management.

 

To complete the list of awardees, Lourdes Montinola, the chairman emeritus of Far Eastern University is recognized for being a well-published and multi-awarded author and educator of generations. At 90, the current Chair Emeritus of Far Eastern University, she, has remained an inspiring accomplished woman worthy of emulation.

To complete the list of awardees, Lourdes Montinola, the chairman emeritus of Far Eastern University is recognized for being a well-published and multi-awarded author and educator of generations. At 90, the current Chair Emeritus of Far Eastern University, she, has remained an inspiring accomplished woman worthy of emulation.

 

THE 2018 GO NEGOSYO INSPIRING FILIPINA AWARDEES. The latest batch of inspiring Filipina entrepreneurs were recognized by President Rodrigo Duterte and Go Negosyo. In photo [First Row] DTI Sec. Ramon Lopez, Former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, Dr. Lourdes Montinola, President Rodrigo Duterte, Helen Yuchengo-Dee, PA Joey Concepcion, Alice Eduardo, Aya Fernandez; [Second Row] Lydia Codinera, Abdulia Austria, Angelene Calungcaguin, Merle Paete, Mica Tan, Armanda Battad, Florencia Tarriela, Jeannie Javelosa, Edilee Omoyon, Edelyn Canero, Kathleen Yu; [Last Row] Zarah Juan, Warblitz Martinez, Mary Grace Arboleda-Young, Olivia Puentespina, Rissa Mananquil-Trillo, and Marcelina Itchon.

THE 2018 GO NEGOSYO INSPIRING FILIPINA AWARDEES. The latest batch of inspiring Filipina entrepreneurs were recognized by President Rodrigo Duterte and Go Negosyo. In photo [First Row] DTI Sec. Ramon Lopez, Former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, Dr. Lourdes Montinola, President Rodrigo Duterte, Helen Yuchengo-Dee, PA Joey Concepcion, Alice Eduardo, Aya Fernandez; [Second Row] Lydia Codinera, Abdulia Austria, Angelene Calungcaguin, Merle Paete, Mica Tan, Armanda Battad, Florencia Tarriela, Jeannie Javelosa, Edilee Omoyon, Edelyn Canero, Kathleen Yu; [Last Row] Zarah Juan, Warblitz Martinez, Mary Grace Arboleda-Young, Olivia Puentespina, Rissa Mananquil-Trillo, and Marcelina Itchon.

Go Negosyo partners and supporters had a chance to have a photo with President Duterte. In photo are Rosalind Wee, Vivian Azcona and Steve Azcona, Angeline Tan, Josephine Gotianun-Yap, Kristine Balmes, Henry Lim Bon Liong, Myrna Yao, Feliciano Torres, Natividad Cheng, Felix Ang, Corazon Ong, Alice Eduardo, Nanette Po, and Bernie Liu.

Go Negosyo partners and supporters had a chance to have a photo with President Duterte. In photo are Rosalind Wee, Vivian Azcona and Steve Azcona, Angeline Tan, Josephine Gotianun-Yap, Kristine Balmes, Henry Lim Bon Liong, Myrna Yao, Feliciano Torres, Natividad Cheng, Felix Ang, Corazon Ong, Alice Eduardo, Nanette Po, and Bernie Liu.

 

103 Student representatives from all schools who attended had a chance to have a photo with President Duterte as well.

103 Student representatives from all schools who attended had a chance to have a photo with President Duterte as well.

 

Dr. William Dar and Sec. Ramon Lopez

Dr. William Dar and Sec. Ramon Lopez

 

Rosalind Wee, Amb. Kok Li Peng of Singapore and Tan Sri Dr. Mohd Munir

Rosalind Wee, Amb. Kok Li Peng of Singapore and Tan Sri Dr. Mohd Munir

 

Myanmar Amb. Win Naing with US Amb. Sung Kim.

Myanmar Amb. Win Naing with US Amb. Sung Kim.

 

Terry Chen, Marissa Concepcion, Angeline Tan, Myrna Yao, and Amb. Sung Kim.

Terry Chen, Marissa Concepcion, Angeline Tan, Myrna Yao, and Amb. Sung Kim.

 

Marissa Concepcion, Myrna Yao, Sen. Bam Aquino, Bing Carrion, and Rowena Matti.

Marissa Concepcion, Myrna Yao, Sen. Bam Aquino, Bing Carrion, and Rowena Matti.

 

Marissa Concepcion and former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo.

Marissa Concepcion and former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo.

 

Amb. Win Naing, Sen. Grace Poe, and Sen. Bam Aquino.

Amb. Win Naing, Sen. Grace Poe, and Sen. Bam Aquino.

 

Australian Amb. Amanda Gorely.

Australian Amb. Amanda Gorely.

 

Johnlu Koa and Yati Abdullah

Johnlu Koa and Yati Abdullah

 

Former President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo and Alice Eduardo.

Former President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo and Alice Eduardo.

 

Go Negosyo also had the largest one-on-one mentoring session with around 200 mentors who volunteered to give business tips to the participants who lined up on different areas of entrepreneurship.

Go Negosyo also had the largest one-on-one mentoring session with around 200 mentors who volunteered to give business tips to the participants who lined up on different areas of entrepreneurship.

 

Presidential Adviser for Entrepreneurship Joey Concepcion and Sec. Ramon Lopez welcomed the President Duterte to the 10th Filipina Entrepreneurship Summit.

Presidential Adviser for Entrepreneurship Joey Concepcion and Sec. Ramon Lopez welcomed the President Duterte to the 10th Filipina Entrepreneurship Summit.

 

Hayden Kho, Alice Eduardo, Joey Concepcion, and Russian Amb. Igor Khovaev.

Hayden Kho, Alice Eduardo, Joey Concepcion, and Russian Amb. Igor Khovaev.

 

The summit was ended on a high note with the performance of 4th Impact of X Factor UK.

The summit was ended on a high note with the performance of 4th Impact of X Factor UK.

Go Negosyo Celebrates Women Entrepreneurship with 10th Filipina Entrepreneurship Summit

Wednesday, March 7th, 2018

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We are a day away from the anticipated and biggest women negosyo summit in the Philippines, the Go Negosyo’s 10th Filipina Entrepreneurship Summit. For the past 10 years, it has continuously empowered and inspired many Filipino women to venture into entrepreneurship and pursue their passion and goals. This year’s summit features many business models and inspiring entrepreneurial stories of Filipina entrepreneurs and women advocates. We will also have the largest one-on- one mentoring session with more than 150 mentors.

We have prepared an insightful program for all attendees featuring successful women entrepreneurs, thought leaders, and women advocates.

We hope that you are all registered to attend the 10 th Filipina Entrepreneurship Summit on March 6, 2018!

More than just a series of talks, this year’s Filipina Entrepreneurship Summit takes on bolder steps in resonating the importance of mentorship to women entrepreneurs. We believe that women participation in the local and international economy is fundamental to sustain economic growth.  Our keynote forum will discuss WOMENtorship: Sharing of insights and advices from champion women entrepreneurs. We will have Tessie Sy-Coson, Vice Chair of SM Investments Corporation, Dr. Vicki Belo, Dermatologist and CEO of Belo Medical Group, Lizzie Eder Zobel, Chairman and Co-Founder of Teach for the Philippines, Natividad Cheng, CEO of Uratex, Anne Curtis Smith-Heussaff, Co-founder and Creative Director of BLK Cosmetics, Clarissa Delgado, Co-founder and CEO of Teach for the Philippines, Merle Arnaldo-Paete, 15th Citi Microentrepreneur of the Year, Owner of Pili nuts and pili oil production and Georgina Wilson-Burnand, Co-founder and Marketing Director of Sunnies Studios.

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In addition to this, second forum which will focus on Mainstreaming Market and Expanding Market Reach. The forum will feature panelists that will discuss innovative platforms and opportunities in increasing MSMEs access not only to domestic but global markets. It will also highlight e-commerce as a powerful tool to take advantage of when they want to grow their market faster. Market access will be discussed by Inanc Balci of Lazada Philippines, Agatha Soh of Shopee, Constantin Robertz of Zalora Philippines, Jeannie Javelosa of GREAT Women in ASEAN Initiative, and Atty. Paul Santos of Philippine Retailers Association.

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Furthermore, forum three entitled Access to Right and Inclusive Money will include panelists that will discuss how the financial landscape in the country will further enable MSMEs and how integrating financial technology will further promote financial inclusivity in the country helping MSMEs participate in wider economic activities. It will feature Chuchi Fonacier, Deputy Governor of Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas, Lito Villanueva, Managing Director of FintQ, Maria Ana Pascual, Head of Online Merchant Solutions of Mynt, Gigi Gatti, Regional Director for Philippines of Grameen Foundation, and Nicole Paterno, Founder of 1000 Angels.

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To celebrate the women who have introduced innovation and disruption in their businesses and in the Philippine economy, forum four entitled, Changing the Game: Successful Women Innovators and Disruptors will highlight the stories of Norlela Suhailee, Chair of ASEAN Coordinating Committee for MSMES, Mah Khine Zaw, CEO of Earth Group of Companies, Felicia Atienza, President and CEO of Chinese International School Manila, Gaita Fores, President of Cibo, Inc., Josephine Costales, Chairperson for Costales Nature Farms, Rissa Mananquil-Trillo, Co-Founder and Chief Brand Officer of Happy Skin, Neri Miranda, Celebrity Entrepreneur, Lenora Cabili, Founder and Creative Designer of Filip + Inna and Charisse Tinio, Owner of Nice Print Photography.

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Lastly, forum five entitled: Doing Business the Millennial Way will provide insights from young entrepreneurs from different industries who are pushing the boundaries of innovation, disrupting their industries and empowering their respective communities. It features young entrepreneurs like Krie Lopez of Messy Bessy Cleaners, Cherrie Atilano of AGREA, Helen Kaye Layco of Macho Mucho, Maria Francesca Tan of MFT Group of Companies, creative entrepreneur Abbey Sy, Aya Fernandez of Project Lily, Jen Gerodias-Diaz of Snoe Beauty, and Angely Dub of Access Travel.

Go Negosyo Synergy

Thursday, August 18th, 2016

Last Monday, together with other 41 newly appointed officials, I took an oath in Malacañang signifying my commitment to do the best that I can to fulfil my responsibility as a pro-bono Presidential Consultant for Entrepreneurship. Whether I was appointed or not, I would have continued what Go Negosyo has been doing for the past 11 years.

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President Rodrigo Duterte and Presidential Consultant for Entrepreneurship Joey Concepcion. ​

After hearing the 10-point economic agenda of the Duterte Administration, with one of the agenda focusing on micro and small entrepreneurs’ development, we know that there will be a boost in the entrepreneurship community since the President himself commits to focus on this area.

With this new task that I am given, I will synergize entrepreneurship efforts and programs being done by the different departments and agencies in the country most especially with Sec. Mon Lopez’s Department of Trade and Industry. Also, together with Sen. Miguel Zubiri’s Committee on Trade, Commerce and Entrepreneurship, we will work closely with the Senate in developing bills that will support the needs of all entrepreneurs.

But the real focus of Go Negosyo is MSME Development.

The partnership with DTI is, I can say, a tremendous force in helping micro and small receive their needed assistance. This is a chance for private companies to extend their hand to the smaller entrepreneurs.

Before Mon joined the government, we were already forming the program, Kapatid. Kapatid is focused on three areas: mentoring, shared service facilities, and inclusive business.

We all know that many entrepreneurs have been successful because they are mentored well by their parents, schools, or their fellow entrepreneurs. I, myself have been mentored by my parents. But some of our micro entrepreneurs did not receive proper mentorship. Most of them are hindered by their families to continue their business, or they came from schools that did not enhance their skills, or they were not exposed to inspirations and innovations. They are lucky if they are part of a strong micro-finance institution which can give basic business advices. That is why I think mentorship is important.

We rolled out our mentorship program in Negosyo Centers, in partnership with the office of Sen. Bam Aquino who is now the Chairman of Committee on Education.

After our Kapatid Workshop with DTI regional directors and provincial directors last Monday and Tuesday, we have identified the role of 17 Big Mentors, one per region. They will be mentoring the region assigned to them and look into the business models available in their region and check the shared service facilities that can be used. Under Kapatid is the Adopt-an-SSF program which aims to develop DTI’s Shared Service Facilities in the country. SSF was launched 2 years ago with 2,015 beneficiaries. Although it was done very quickly, and that the success rate is not very high, it shows great potential. This program will enhance the productivity of cooperatives. The structural way of helping farmers, fishermen, and other micro entrepreneurs, is through cooperatives.

Lastly, Inclusive Business. This is by linking micro and small to medium and large corporations and making them part of the value chain. It is important for them to be sustainable. It is not about creating more micro and small entrepreneurs. It is more on making them earn more. And if we are to follow the President’s wish, this is the way forward.

I asked our company to look for micro entrepreneurs who can be one of our raw materials supplier. We understand that buying from micro entrepreneurs can be a hassle sometimes, but I think we can search for potential cooperatives who can supply the demand of many corporations. I believe everyone wants to buy local products and help farmers, and this is one way of helping them.

I have been talking to big corporations and asking them of their inclusive business models. We can get 100 Kapatid models out there which will then inspire more businesses to have their own Kapatid models. This is an inspiration campaign.

We call out to more corporations to adopt this Kapatid, Angat Lahat program. With your support, we can help micro and small entrepreneurs level up!

 

Angat Lahat

Thursday, August 11th, 2016
DTI Secretary Ramon Lopez and Go Negosyo Founder Joey Concepcion.

DTI Secretary Ramon Lopez and Go Negosyo Founder Joey Concepcion.

After the launch of the Kapatid, Angat Lahat last week, I am glad to share with you, fellow Go Negosyantes, that this partnership of Go Negosyo and Department of Trade and Industry has received overwhelming support. We get a heartwarming feeling knowing that we now have the support of both private and public sectors.

Just last Tuesday, Senator Miguel Zubiri who leads the Committee on Trade, Commerce, and Entrepreneurship, invited me to be part of the senate meeting discussing what can and must be done to help the micro, small, and medium entrepreneurs (MSMEs) in the country. Together with Committee co-chair Senator Win Gatchalian, Secretary Ramon Lopez of DTI, other DTI officials, and other private sector organizations related to trade and entrepreneurship shared their thoughts and opinions on how we can all contribute to the goal of the Duterte administration in eradicating poverty.

Senator Bam Aquino, who formerly leads this committee in the past Congress session, was also present. I believe that he is still going to be part of the working group of this committee as he has a lot of laws and inputs for entrepreneurship. He has supported not just Go Negosyo through his Go Negosyo Law but the whole business community with his Philippine Competition Act and the Foreign Ships Co-Loading Act which helps in the logistics of companies. All these are impressive improvements in the economy and with Bam as a young senator who only wants change and developments, we can expect more from him. He serves as an inspiration to Go Negosyo.

On a side note, despite being busy in his role as a legislator, Senator Bam always attends our events, inspires young and aspiring entrepreneurs, and now he is co-anchoring our radio show, Go Negosyo sa Radyo in DZRH together with Cheska San Diego.

Going back, it was a great session to have as we see the active efforts of the members of the Senate to support the Kapatid, Angat Lahat! Even Sen. Win Gatchalian, who belongs to a family of businessmen in Valenzuela, also have inputs on how we can all help micro and small entrepreneurs level up in the business.

Sen. Win Gatchalian, Sen. Miguel Zubiri, and Sen. Bam Aquino.

Sen. Win Gatchalian, Sen. Miguel Zubiri, and Sen. Bam Aquino.

DTI led by Mon Lopez presented their plans of action for the coming years which are focused on the following areas: (1) MSME Development; (2) Ease the doing business; (3) Industry Development; (4) Promote Investment and Trade; and (5) Consumer Protection.

As I said in my speech, the focus today is on the micro and small entrepreneurs. The large and extra large can always take care of themselves. We are opportunity seekers. Whatever the problems are, entrepreneurs will find solutions. We learned that entrepreneurs are not just problem solvers but also problem seekers. For medium and large corporations, they can hire people to solve problems that come, but for the micro and small, they will have to face the problems and at the same time, manage the business. Just imagine the frustrations they are experiencing. That is why we need to help them be sustainable entrepreneurs and not surviving entrepreneurs.

Kapatid, Angat Lahat! was launched to support the goal of MSME Development. In partnership with DTI, Go Negosyo and other partner institutions will help micro and small entrepreneurs grow in the business through mentoring, training, access to credit and market linkages. We are developing the program of Kapatid which now involves Mentor Me, weekly coaching of business owners and practitioners on different functional areas of entrepreneurship; Adopt-an-SSF, which aims to improve the productivity and competitiveness of micro entrepreneurs by providing them a Shared Service Facility in their community through their project partners; and lastly Inclusive Business, which encourages medium and large corporations to adopt an IB model and link micro and small entrepreneurs in their value chain.

These are just simple ways of how we can help the micro and small enterprises be part of the growing economy. As I said last Tuesday, many of entrepreneurs have not benefitted in the investments that came in our country in the previous years. Only the big corporations benefit from the growth. That is why the question “How much are we committed in helping them scale up?” is important.

For Go Negosyo, we are more than willing to partner with private organizations and government sectors to provide the needed assistance for the “small brothers” in the industry. The assistance must not be a dole out, but instead it must be sustainable.

We are calling out for more mentors on the following areas of expertise: Entrepreneurial Mind-setting/Business Sense;Product Development, Marketing, and Cashflow Management! If you are interested to be part of the mission in helping micro and small entrepreneurs, you may email us at mentorme.gonegosyo@gmail.com or call us at 6379347 or 6379229.

Angat Lahat

Thursday, August 4th, 2016
More than 600 members of the entrepreneurship community, legislators, government representatives, and partner organizations expressed their support to the mission of Kapatid.

More than 600 members of the entrepreneurship community, legislators, government representatives, and partner organizations expressed their support to the mission of Kapatid.

In unity, there is prosperity.

This has been the outcome of our recent launch of the Kapatid, a Go Negosyo initiative in partnership with the Department of Trade and Industry to strengthen the mentorship program for micro and small entrepreneurs and link them to the value chain of medium and large corporations through inclusive business models.

Last Monday, with the company of the entire Go Negosyo community, we presented “Kapatid”. As mentioned in my previous column, we used the term “Kapatid” which is the Tagalog term for siblings to show the distinctive trait of Filipinos to help their families. We also know how our beloved Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) have sacrificed just to support the younger members of the family.

More than 600 people joined us as we celebrate the partnership of Go Negosyo and the Department of Trade and Industry for this project. Members of the entrepreneur community, legislators, government representatives, and partner organizations expressed their support for the mission.

In my speech, I recognized people who have believed in the advocacy and share in the mission of Go Negosyo.

First, MVP Group Chairman Manny V. Pangilinan who believed from the very first day that entrepreneurship is really the solution to poverty in this country. He’s been a great supporter in helping and promoting entrepreneurship using his companies and projecting entrepreneurs as the new heroes of the Philippines.

Go Negosyo trustees - Justin Uy, William Belo, Alice Eduardo, Rosalind Wee, Myla Villanueva, Corazon Dayro-Ong,Carla Limcaoco, and Go Negosyo founder Joey Concepcion awarded Ramon Lopez for having served as the Executive Director of Go Negosyo for 11 years.

Go Negosyo trustees – Justin Uy, William Belo, Alice Eduardo, Rosalind Wee, Myla Villanueva, Corazon Dayro-Ong,Carla Limcaoco, and Go Negosyo founder Joey Concepcion awarded Ramon Lopez for having served as the Executive Director of Go Negosyo for 11 years.

Of course, I have to recognize the Former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo who can be considered instrumental to the birth of Go Negosyo when she appointed me as the Presidential Consultant for Entrepreneurship.

I also recognized the senators present most especially Sen. Bam Aquino who really inspired us and supported us by creating his first bill, the Go Negosyo Law which created the Negosyo Centers. I felt like giving up but when I saw the bill, I realized that this will help pursue the mission. Senator Grace Poe, Senator Cynthia Villar, Sen. Sonny Angara, and Vice President Leni Robredo are also a source of encouragement for Go Negosyo.

Gawad Kalinga’s Tony Meloto was also there. Aside from my dad, he is one of the people I look up to.

The good progress achieved by Go Negosyo is also shared to our partners, who were always there to support the advocacy. We cannot succeed without their help.

We were also joined by the young, micro and small entrepreneurs from our Youth Entrepreneurship Development Workshop (YEDW) Program; Mentor Me mentees from Negosyo Centers in Mandaluyong and Calamba; and our selected micro entrepreneurs from Cavite and Batangas who needed the support to level up their businesses.

Aling Yoly is one of the micro entrepreneurs we interviewed for Kapatid. She is a vendor and cultivator of oysters and mussels for 33 years which has helped their family in their everyday needs. With a starting capital of 10,000 pesos, she started the business even with limited knowledge and training for it. If we can connect Aling Yoly to a food manufacturer who needs oysters, even with 1% contribution to the supply, she can have a more sustainable income.

Freddie of Batangas who is a farmer can be enrolled in a mentoring session for farmers with other farmers in their region. With the support of agri-entrepreneurs such as Henry Lim Bon Liong (SL Agritech) or Joseph Calata (Calata Corporation) who can give mentoring and capacity building trainings, then they can be equipped with knowledge on how they can multiply their productivity, innovate farming system, and develop farming techniques.

Macario Macaraig, a wooden handicrafts manufacturer, can be linked to souvenir shops. He can also be enrolled in a mentoring session for creativity and innovation.

These are just simple ways on how we can achieve inclusive growth. But there will be more programs that can be developed under this partnership.

Sen. Bam Aquino, Sen. Miguel Zubiri, Sen. Sonny Angara, Sen. Grace Poe, and Sen. Win Gatchalian answered questions on inclusive growth during the forum. The forum was moderated by Atty. Mike Toledo and Shawn Yao.

Sen. Bam Aquino, Sen. Miguel Zubiri, Sen. Sonny Angara, Sen. Grace Poe, and Sen. Win Gatchalian answered questions on inclusive growth during the forum. The forum was moderated by Atty. Mike Toledo and Shawn Yao.

Together with the Go Negosyo trustees – Felix Ang, Justin Uy, William Belo, Alice Eduardo, Rosalind Wee, Myla Villanueva, Corazon Dayro-Ong, and Carla Limcaoco, we recognized Mon Lopez who has been the Executive Director of Go Negosyo since the beginning. He has passionately pushed for the advocacy since 2005.

The highlight of the event was the forum on inclusive growth which featured legislators – Sen. Bam Aquino, Sen. Miguel Zubiri, Sen. Sonny Angara, Sen. Grace Poe, and Sen. Win Gatchalian. Sen. Cynthia Villar was also present in the Kapatid launch.

In totality, the launch is a success after receiving outpouring support for Kapatid. All were eager and ready to help micro and small entrepreneurs. I am so glad that all our entrepreneurs are ready to answer to the call of action.

With the support of DTI, and other partner organizations and hopefully, more government departments, we can all achieve the goal of inclusive growth!

KAPATID

Thursday, July 28th, 2016

Last Monday, President Duterte delivered the State of the Nation Address in a different way. The simplicity of the affair was evident. He even folded up his barong sleeves. When we fold our sleeves, for me it means that we are getting ready to work. Definitely, it was a sign of being a hands-on president. I guess he wanted to make it clear to the audience that it’s the work that matters and not any other flair. His speech was easily understood by many simple folks, even our house helpers were glued to the television and understood the entire message he delivered. Pausing several time to add adlibs and extemporaneous speech, he made sure the speech was relatable. He also joked around which made the SONA more interesting to listen to.

The Duterte presidency was never expected and in fact even in his speech he said that he never wanted to be where he is today and that he would just sit out in the audience. If we believe in destiny, this surely is one and I am sure for the better of many Filipinos. I can relate to how destiny works, as I have mentioned in my previous column entitled “3 Wishes”, I made a wish in a church which we have visited for the first time. In my wish, I prayed that Go Negosyo will be instrumental to this administration in helping scale up more micro and small entrepreneurs. This wish came true when I was offered a position and I gave it a lot of thought but in the end I felt that Ramon Lopez is the best person for the position of trade secretary. He has been with me in the advocacy for the past 11 years and him being the secretary, I believe that this will give the micro and small entrepreneurs a better chance to move up in life.

One of the 10-point economic agenda of the Duterte administration is devoted to the development of the micro and small entrepreneurs. This is also the mission of Go Negosyo for many years. With the right mentorship, market linkage, and financial support, many micro entrepreneurs will have ways to improve and develop their enterprises. And Go Negosyo provides the mentorship through the various programs that we are conducting.

As an entrepreneur, I know the value of having mentors. For the start-up entrepreneurs taking their first steps in their entrepreneurial journey, it is an advantage to have someone who will support and guide them throughout the process. An adviser who will teach you how to make the next big step.

For micro and small entrepreneurs, it is also a plus to have big corporations lending a hand to their enterprises. But not just through corporate social responsibility programs but also by linking them in their value chains.

PNIOT-kapatid

To commit to the Duterte administration in helping entrepreneurs, Go Negosyo is partnering with the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI). This will be the first partnership among other related government agencies. We are launching the KAPATID, an initiative that aims to encourage medium and large corporations to help micro and small enterprises through the use of Inclusive Business (IB) models. We are considering the medium and large corporations as Big Brothers and the micro and small enterprises as Small Brothers, thus the term Kapatid.

I have coined the term Kapatid which is the Tagalog term for siblings because it is innate for Filipinos to help their brothers not just in the family but also in the industry.

In the process of Kapatid project roll-out, MSEs will be partnered with medium and large enterprises to develop industries as part of their value chain.  To enable the MSEs to supply goods and services that meet the required standards of the medium and large enterprises and to eventually sustain their enterprise on their own, adequate capacity building will have to be provided.

And this is where the MENTOR ME Program of Go Negosyo comes in. Mentor Me which have been executed in some Negosyo Centers like Mandaluyong and Calamba provides the necessary capabilitiy and linkages to financing and marketing through a series of sessions with entrepreneurs and business mentors. This is Go Negosyo’s way of reaching out to more micro entrepreneurs and helping them develop the needed skills and mindset to reach success. This Mentor Me is the first program under the Kapatid Project which will soon be rolled out in all Negosyo Centers nationwide.

In the end, MSEs will then be efficiently producing goods and services that have waiting markets and will then be empowered to engage in more value-adding activities thereby generating increased income for them.  These interlinked enterprises making up industry clusters under the Kapatid will concretely contribute to industry sustainability, inclusive growth, poverty reduction and employment generation.

I have envisioned this Kapatid as a way for the micro and small enterprises to level-up and be sustainable. Despite having 99.6% of MSMEs in the country, only a small percentage of them aspires to grow and develop. This is why aside from inspiring Filipinos to venture into entrepreneurship, Go Negosyo’s role is to also provide the needed support for micro and small entrepreneurs and encourage them to strive to make their enterprises more sustainable and innovative.

We call out to the medium and large corporations to integrate inclusive business models in their value chain. Through the Kapatid with DTI, we hope that we can address poverty, encourage entrepreneurship, and generate employment. Other government agencies like Department of Agriculture, Department of Science and Technology, Department of Tourism, Technical Education and Skill Development Authority and many more.

With the Kapatid, we are now building a network of different players in the value chain. With the different partners around, Go Negosyo, now acts as an accelerator which will encourage innovation, communication and collaboration among government agencies and private institutions that will direct efforts towards MSME development. Together, we can all create an enabling environment that create a stronger entrepreneurship culture.

Mentor Me: Innovation Forum

Thursday, July 21st, 2016

Last week, we conducted the Mentor Me Innovation Forum at the University of San Carlos. This is part of the Youth Entrepreneurship Development Workshop (YEDW), which we launched last year together with the U. S. Embassy Manila.

It was another insightful event filled with inspiring stories and practical pieces of advice from our invited guests who willingly shared their time to help mentor more than 1000 young and aspiring micro and small entrepreneurs. Some of the YEDW fellows who flew from different provinces of Visayas and Mindanao also attended.

I am sure that every entrepreneur knows the value of innovating. As I have mentioned last week, if one does not innovate, he cannot expect his enterprise to level-up and be sustainable. It will soon be conquered by those who take risks and innovate.

We are honored to have Sen. Bam Aquino, who is considered as the entrepreneurship champion in the Senate. Bam, who has been supportive since the beginning and even hosted our television show, shared three Ms which are important for entrepreneurs for them to level up. These 3Ms are: Money, Market and Mentorship. I agree that these three are what most micro and small entrepreneurs lack. Go Negosyo addresses the need for mentorship through the programs we organize for them, most especially the Mentor Me program launched in the established Negosyo Centers all over the country.

As Bam mentioned in his message, he said that there is space for all entrepreneurs to work together. Together, we can develop and earn.

“We do our best to create a nationwide framework where entrepreneurs can get what they need. With support from institutions like Go Negosyo, we can create the environment of success”, Bam said.

More than 1000 participants attended the Mentor Me: Innovation Forum held in University of San Carlos in Cebu.

More than 1000 participants attended the Mentor Me: Innovation Forum held in University of San Carlos in Cebu.

Former Go Negosyo Executive Director and now the head of the Department of Trade and Industry Ramon Lopez also attended the forum. Being with Go Negosyo for 11 years, Mon has known many great examples of innovation ‘with a heart’. He cited Cropital led by Rachel De Villa, one of the YEDW fellows, as an example. Cropital provides funding and support to farmers and through the monetary support, this also helps them improve their productivity. Another YEDW product is the Agriblocks of Mariel Obregon which identified the increasing need for hollow blocks in Tacloban and developed environment friendly hollow blocks which are made from rice hulls. He also mentioned Anna and Dylan Wilk of Human Nature which manufactures environment friendly products which are made from raw materials grown locally. Even the venue partner, University of San Carlos, has produced products from mango waste through biotechnology. These are just some of the notable innovations in the community which we can expect to flourish in the coming years.

From these examples, we can say that in the heart of every enterprise is the idea of innovation to solve community problems.

Paul Rivera founded a technology start-up company in the Philippines called Kalibrr. He innovated the job-seeking system and has helped more than 500,000 jobseekers find opportunities in more than 10,000 best companies in the Philippines. Apart from sharing his inspiring story of success, he advised the participants to “go where you’re not supposed to be” in order to find innovative ideas. He cited several companies which have made disruptions in the industries. One of which is Uber, the mobile application that helps transport people by linking consumers to the riders.

Paul said, “Innovation and disruption can come from anywhere. Anything can be disrupted or innovated.” From the traditional models come the innovative models which are not just creative but also sustainable.

Lastly, he said, “If you’re looking for ideas, shift the mindset. Check the problems in your community and think of ways on how you can make businesses out of it.”

If we are talking about creativity and innovation, one of the top entrepreneurs that comes to mind is one of Cebu’s pride – Kenneth Cobonpue. Kenneth is a multi-awarded and world-renowned furniture designer and manufacturer.

Because of his ingenuity in design, he was tasked to be the creative director for the APEC Economic Leaders’ Welcome Dinner. He highlighted the Filipino culture through the designs and even the chairs he produced for the special venue. He also made the limited-edition souvenirs for the event.

Kenneth shared that his inspirations came from the things around. Kenneth said, “You do not need to look far for inspiration.” He encouraged the audience to use creativity and innovation not only in their businesses but also in their everyday tasks to show the world that this country is capable of.

One of Go Negosyo trustees and President and CEO of Islands Group Jay Aldeguer attended the Innovators Forum together with Wilson Ng of Ng Khai Development Corporation, Jefferson Tan of Wellmade Motors and Development Corporation, Julita Urbina of Laguna Garden Café, and Peter Delantar of Nature’s Legacy Eximport.

Jay who has been with Go Negosyo since 2005, is a great example of innovative entrepreneur. Through Islands Groups, he has creatively improved the tourism industry by developing products and services that showcased the beauty of each province. He shared that with innovation and the right market, one can become successful.

Jocot de Dios, CEO of GE Philippines also joined us in the Innovation Forum and talked about the culture of innovation in their company. He shared, “In GE, our greatest asset is our people.”

Aside from them, we were also joined by several innovation enablers from different institutions and young innovators who shared how innovation helped their start-up companies go big in their respective industries.

These stories presented have imparted the value of innovation to our audience. We saw their tweets and feedback about the program and it revealed that this has helped them nurture creativity and develop better business models. We will soon share this program to other provinces and hopefully, they too will develop an enterprising and innovative mindset!

 

Go Innovate!

Thursday, July 14th, 2016

Go Negosyo and US Embassy’s successful partnership has resulted to several wonderful projects such as last year’s Youth Entrepreneurship and Development Workshop (YEDW) wherein we discovered and honed the potential of young entrepreneurs.

This year, the embassy continues to support our advocacy by sponsoring Go Negosyo’s Mentor Me: Innovation Forum and bringing it to Cebu. This forum is tied-in with the YEDW program. It is a gathering of innovators and enablers whose expertise cover major topics such as innovative products or services development, operation processes, and innovative business models. YEDW-MMIF aims to gather participants from the youth sector, micro and small and medium entrepreneurs (MSMEs), aspiring young entrepreneurs, and academe to enhance their innovation models as a way to take the business to a higher growth plane.

We are expecting around 2,000 people to attend this forum.

As an entrepreneur, I know how important it is to consistently innovate. Over the years, I have seen brands perish, businessmen fail, and companies close because of their failure to innovate. If the world of business has a golden rule, it would be ‘innovate or die.’

The whole notion of innovation reminds me of the Nokia story. When Nokia was acquired by Microsoft, its CEO Stephen Elop ended his speech in tears saying, “We didn’t do anything wrong, but somehow, we lost.” In my opinion, they did do something wrong: they did not innovate. While Apple and Samsung were at each other’s throat all the time, competing to pioneer new features in the mobile and computer industry, Nokia kept it safe. It did not take risks. It did not try to compete with the best and that resulted to their downfall. This event made the world realize that even a company as big as Nokia can go down if they fail to innovate.

In the photo:  DTI Secretary Ramon Lopez, Sen. Bam Aquino, Kenneth Cobonpue, Kalibrr's Paul Rivera, Jocot de Dios of GE Philippines and Mobkard's Carlo Calimon,

In the photo: DTI Secretary Ramon Lopez, Sen. Bam Aquino, Kenneth Cobonpue, Kalibrr’s Paul Rivera, Jocot de Dios of GE Philippines and Mobkard’s Carlo Calimon,

Some of our Go Negosyo entrepreneurs take on the challenge of innovation. There is Joseph Calata of Calata Corporation who first introduced a computerized system in their agribusiness in Bulacan. Through this innovative system, he was able to monitor sales, inventory, and expenses. Another innovative entrepreneur is Sherill Quintana who used rice bran in her Oryspa beauty products. Jasmine Basuil (Bake & Churn), on the other hand, developed ice cream cakes to cater to the Filipino sweet cravings. Destileria Limtuaco led by Olivia Limpe-Aw also innovated their alcohol products by incorporating fruits such as dragon fruits, kalamansi, dalandan, and mangoes.

Even at Go Negosyo, we strive to innovate to be able to meet the current needs of our followers. In fact, we are currently developing an online bookstore that will sell digital books to our readers. This is to make sure that we are also tapping the demands of the ‘digital citizens.’

Aside from businesses, we also see innovation in other areas such as entertainment, social media, transportation and even public governance. The K-12 educational system is a proof of this. We needed to change the system to keep up with the international standards.

I hope that we exceed the expected number of participants in the MMIF today. We have a great roster of speakers and panelists like Paul Rivera of Kalibrr. Paul is a Filipino-American who came back to the Philippines to found Kalibrr, a technology startup that’s been transforming how people find jobs. A year after its launch, Kalibrr now helps 500,000 jobseekers find opportunities in 10,000 of the best companies in the Philippines.

Another speaker is the world-renowned and multi-awarded furniture designer, Kenneth Cobonpue.  Kenneth is the designer and CEO of Interior Crafts Of The Islands Inc., a furniture design and manufacturing company founded by his mother in 1972. Known for his pieces of functional art and innovative handmade products, he has earned recognitions both here and abroad. Under his own brand, he has made exceptional pieces for Hollywood celebrities and royalties.

Jocot De Dios is also in the speakers’ line-up. He is the CEO of GE Philippines since 2012, and has deep business expertise and experience in the energy sector. JV has successfully served in various leadership roles including that of managing director of Nido Petroleum Ltd. in Australia, chairman of the Philippine National Oil Company Exploration Corp. and Undersecretary of the department of energy in the Philippines.

Lastly, one of Go Negosyo’s Angelpreneurs will speak: Carlo Calimon. He is the CEO of the tech company Mobkard and has been a mentor to many aspiring entrepreneur and MSMEs through Go Negosyo.

And more importantly, we will also be joined by Senator Bam Aquino and DTI Secretary Ramon Lopez.

Aside from these men, we will also be joined by other innovators such as Manny Osmena, Jay Aldeguer, Wilson Ng, Jefferson Tan, Julita Urbina, and Pete Delantar. Innovation enablers from different organizations will also join us such as Tina Amper (TechTalks.ph), Nonoy Espeleta (FAMCOR Franchise Management and Development Corporation), Joselito Limjap ( PLDT Innolab), Jeffrey Montecillos (CebuinIT), Miriam Bacalso (DTI GIZ-ProGED), Nelia Navarro (DTI), and JP Deloso (A Space Philippines).

Young innovators like Albert Padin (Sym.ph), Anya Lim (Anthill), Jojo Tiongko (San Jose Bakeshop), Slater Young (Litecrete Corporation), Wesley Chiongbian (Mynimo.com), Gabino Abejo Jr. (Abejo Waters Corporation), and Vikki and Paulo Rodriguez (Detalia Aurora and Co-creative Studios) will also join the discussion!

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Go Negosyo supports Philippine Franchise Association’s Franchise Asia Philippines 2016. With a theme “Building Inclusive Growth in a Hypercompetitive World”, the biggest franchise event hopes to reinforce the role of franchising in economic development and nation-building. We encourage you, Go Negosyantes, to visit this three-day expo of successful business models and franchise concepts.

Collaborative Leadership

Thursday, July 7th, 2016
Photo from Vice President Leni Robredo's official Facebook Page.

Photo from Vice President Leni Robredo’s official Facebook Page.

Last week, I was informed by my friend that in a dinner in Tondo, President Duterte mentioned Go Negosyo as one of organizations that can help bring employment and develop enterprises. Along with SME loans provided by financial institutions, Go Negosyo can provide mentorship and guidance for aspiring entrepreneurs.

This is the beginning of the change.

“But the change, if it is to be permanent and significant, must start with us and in us.”

This is a direct quotation from President Rodrigo Duterte during his inauguration speech last week. Though I was abroad, I am tuned in on the reports and updates on the inauguration. I was even able to catch his speech after taking his oath.

His inaugural address was clear and straight to the point. Unlike his usual speeches during the campaign season filled with unnecessary side comments and foul words, his inaugural speech was meaningful and insightful. He focused on the important matters such as those issues he wishes to resolve and the changes he will implement.

First, he acknowledged the Filipino people who have given him their full trust and faith to lead the country. He said, “No leader, however strong, can succeed at anything of national importance or significance unless he has the support and cooperation of the people he is tasked to lead and sworn to serve.” As we all know, more than 16 million voters voted for Duterte, a large percentage of which came from the youth sector and the OFWs working abroad.

Then, he identified the ‘problems that bedevil our country today’, such as corruption in the government, criminality, illegal drugs, and the breakdown of law and order. All these have been the focus of his campaign since day one and we know that these are rampant in the society today. He plans to remove these social diseases that bring the country in its lowest ebb.

With corruption cases filed against many government officials, people have lost their trust to the government thus resulting to loss of confidence in the system. I cannot blame the Filipino people. How can they trust the people in the government when these people whom they have voted for are stealing their money or doing illegal acts?

But as President Duterte said, “Indeed ours is a problem that dampens the human spirit. But all is not lost.” We still have hope.

He assured the public that he will adhere to due process and the rule of law. “As a lawyer and a former prosecutor, I know the limits of power and authority of the president.” There have been doubts on how he will implement his plans but rest assured that as a President; he will not bend laws to favor him.

“Malasakit, tunay na pag-babago”, these are the slogans that were used during his campaign and will now be the main focus of his government: to deliver ‘real change’. We have been wanting, craving, for change but no one can deliver. This time, we can all hope that President Duterte will. But as I have said in my column last week, the change must also start with us. As members of the community, we should also try to change ourselves.

His last statement revealed his urgency to serve the country. “I am here because I love my country and I love the people of the Philippines. I am here, why? Because I am ready to start my work for the nation.”

Somehow, we are assured of his plans. We can trust the government again to push for change. To bring real change will take time but with the kind of leadership President Duterte promises to carry out, we can hope that after six years, we are a better Philippines.

On the same day but in a different time and venue, Leni Robredo also swore her oath as Vice President of the Philippines. Both of them have the same vision for the country, to bring inclusive growth to the country. I believe President Duterte and Vice President Robredo can collaborate to give hope to the underprivileged members of the community. Leni has always vowed to serve those who are in the fringes of the society.

She plans to resolve hunger and poverty, provide healthcare and education, and inspire people empowerment. She also called for those who want to help and contribute to her plans to meet her in her office and together, they will work for a better life for our fellowmen.

Despite having no position in the Duterte cabinet yet, Leni has promised to work and continue what she has started.

I believe that despite coming from different political parties and heated elections, both Duterte and Robredo can lead the country with their efforts to address the concerns of the Filipino people. With our cooperation, we can achieve the progress we long craved for. Let’s rally behind them and support collaborative leadership.

As what Jesse Robredo said, which Leni also mentioned in her speech, “What brings us together as a nation is far more powerful than what pulls us apart.”

Be Part of the Change

Thursday, June 30th, 2016

Today, we officially welcome the new administration of President Rodrigo Duterte. After the taxing months of campaign and elections, the Filipino people have officially chosen the next leader of this country.

But before we usher in the next administration, let’s recognize first the outgoing Aquino administration who started the aggressive fight against corruption which then led to the boost in the economy. We are now considered to be one of the best performing economies in Asia and we continue to grow and develop. It had its fair share of successes and failures. But it has also left programs and developments that can be continued by the next government.

As President Duterte takes his oath as President today, we can say that there is a high expectation. As they say, “change is coming” under his leadership. More than 16 million voters from different sectors believed in his promise to change the country. Yes, we all desire change but as I have said in my previous columns, the change must come within us as well. We must change for the better like entrepreneurs who develop their products and improves their services. And this next president is sure to implement change.

President Duterte is known for his take on federalism. This will be a radical shift in the system but is said to be the solution for poverty and development of the regions.

My grandfather, Salvador Araneta, once wrote an article on federalism entitled “For a Federal Republic of the Philippines.” In this article, he discussed how federalism will work for the Philippines. He said that the Philippines has the geographical area and population to justify the establishment of Federal Republic of the Philippines. One of the key features of this type of government is the division of power. As this will divide the country into smaller states, there will also be a division of power: (1) constitutional powers, (2) active operating powers, and (3) moderating powers. It will be a collective leadership and a balance of powers between the Federal government and the state governments. His idea on collective leadership is that “it may be a very controversial provision, for by it, the leadership in the federal government and in the states shall not be vested in one person.”

Lastly, my grandfather added, “The best guarantee to prevent the death of democracy in any country is a federal system of government with a well-balanced collective leadership.”

Yes, federalism can be explored by the next administration. It might seem to be a new concept for majority of Filipinos, but once discussed and well-planned out, this can be an answer to the development of the poor regions with fair distribution of funds. Also, this will empower smaller communities to contribute and be part of the government. The government will be divided into state governments which will focus on the needs of their regions.

Aside from Duterte’s promise of Federalism, we can also expect him to fulfill his commitment of reducing crime and drugs within three to six months. While others may have raised their eyebrows on how he will implement this within a short span of time, I can see that it is doable. He has not taken his seat of power but we have seen reports of drug users and drug pushers who have surrendered themselves to the police, successful drug raids, and more. Let’s wait for his other plans on how he can further reduce criminality in this country.

But more than anything else, I and the whole entrepreneurship community look forward to his plans for economic development. His economic team, together with Ramon Lopez as his incoming DTI secretary, has created a 10-point socioeconomic agenda that will further boost the economy and address poverty in the country. One of the points raised is to ‘increase competitiveness and the ease of doing business’. This will greatly help the micro, small and medium entrepreneurs who comprise 99.6% of the economy. With the Go Negosyo Law and the Negosyo Centers in different provinces, there will be a stronger support from the government to guide and empower MSMEs. And with Mon Lopez at the helm of DTI, we can expect real change for MSMEs.

Yes, not all will become entrepreneurs, some may lead companies, or promote advocacies, but in whatever paths we take, we must have the drive to take new challenges. We must also develop our enterprising attitude that will lead us to greener pastures.

It is a big challenge for the next administration to stir the country to greater heights but we must all remember to contribute and be part of the development. As I always say, “Success is for those who want it the most”, so let us all strive to reach our own success!

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(In Photo) L-R: Go Negosyo Adviser for MSME Development Merly Cruz, Calata Corporation President and CEO Joseph Calata, and Go Negosyo Outgoing Executive Director and Incoming DTI Secretary Ramon Lopez.

(In Photo) L-R: Go Negosyo Adviser for MSME Development Merly Cruz, Calata Corporation President and CEO Joseph Calata, and Go Negosyo Outgoing Executive Director and Incoming DTI Secretary Ramon Lopez.

Calata Corporation led by its President and CEO Joseph Calata renews partnership with Go Negosyo and promises to continue supporting MSME development.

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Go Negosyo in partnership with the US Embassy led by Ambassador Philip Goldberg is bringing the Mentor Me Innovation Forum to Cebu on July 14, 2016 at the Cultural Center of University of San Carlos. This forum is a gathering of innovators and enablers whose expertise will cover major topics such as innovative products or services development, operation processes, and innovative business models. We invite aspiring, young, and micro, small and medium entrepreneurs to take this chance to be inspired to innovate their business ideas to a higher level. For more information, please visit www.gonegosyo.net or call 637-9229 or 6379347.