Creativity Brings Sweet Success

From a simple hobby of baking, Marilyn turned her inclination  into a home business. With creativity and perseverance, her baked goodies especially her braso de mercedes turned out to be a profitable home business.
Her friends and family pushed her to sell her baked treats in the nearby schools. She then accommodated orders for custom-made cakes for special occasions like baptisms, weddings, birthday celebrations and even corporate events.

Marilyn Peñaflor was then encouraged to join Go Negosyo and Department of Trade and Industry’s Kapatid Mentor ME Program (KMME) in 2017. According to her, the KMME program was indeed a blessing for her because she learned a lot from the program. It was very useful for someone like her who did not really plan to start her baking business.

She also takes pride in teaching bread and pastry class to PWDs with the help of Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA). She is now applying everything she learned in the program. Now, her advocacy is to help aspiring MSMEs to be equipped with their business and help them to scale up.

Making her business inclusive, she employs a number of deaf people. BakedwithLove by Len Cakes continues to strive to uplift the lives of the deaf community through successful and sustainable social enterprises and quality products for everyone.

For Marilyn, baking is something profitable that can be started at home and allows the owner to grow the business gradually as your capital, interest and knowledge of the business increases. Now, BakedwithLove by Len Cakes continues its sweet success through its loyal clients who orders for several occasions.

BakedwithLove by Len Cakes has received awards such as Best Homebaked Handcrafted Specialty Cakes and Desserts (2016) by National Product Quality Excellence Awards and Most Outstanding Innovative Specialty Cakes and Desserts Online Shop (2017) by Philippine Social Media Awards.

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The Kapatid Mentor ME (KMME) is a joint program of the Philippine Center for Entrepreneurship – Go Negosyo and Department of Trade and Industry which aims to help Micro, Small and Medium Entrepreneurs scale up their business through weekly coaching and mentoring by business owners and practitioners on different functional areas of entrepreneurship to be held in Negosyo Centers nationwide. New batches of KMME will roll out nationwide this 2019! #DTIGoNegosyoMentorME

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Harvesting Fruits of Success

Dauphine Navarro Alviar is a graduate of Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering and worked immediately after graduation as a civil engineer in various construction firms for 8 years. In 2002, she decided to resign from her post because it keeps her away from her children. Later on, she found another fulfillment and enjoyment as she supervises their rice land and dragon fruit farm.

With only Php 150.00, Alviar founded the Abulug Dragonfruit Producers Association in 2014. The association now manufactures and retails dragon fruit shake, jams and marmalades, ice cream, ice candy, cake, and other products.

Aside from the products mentioned, the association takes pride in using farm products that come from accredited agri-tourism farm sites that produce 100% all natural and organic farm produce. Aside from products mentioned, the association also produces various fruit wines and vinegar which have different flavors such as cucumber, cashew, coconut, among others. The company practices good manufacturing by promoting health and wellness through the inherent medicinal attributes of fruits and vegetables.

In 2017, she enrolled as one of the mentees of the Go Negosyo and Department of Trade and Industry’s program, Kapatid Mentor ME (KMME). At first, Alviar was hesitant to join the KMME program because it will take too much of her time but then she realized that it will greatly benefit her business.

According to her,  Art Tabu, Cesar Crisostomo and Willy Arcilla are some of the mentors that she will not forget because of their great advice that enlightened her business mindset.

After the KMME Program, Alviar applied all her acquired skills and knowledge in marketing, networking, linking to the markets and most especially the product innovation. Currently, their products reach some parts of Luzon because of its uniqueness.

The association is pioneering a social enterprise that benefits women and their families. They are uplifting the living conditions of these stakeholders through training, seminars and also outreach activities. The association, through its women empowerment activities, stresses that women are not just farm workers but also catalyst of change and development that will lead to a more progressive economy.

Abulug Dragonfruit Producers Association has been recognized by various groups including one of the Top 40 Social Enterprises of the BPI Sinag 2018 and has been featured in the compendium of the ASEAN SME Academy entitled “Lessons from the ASEAN SME Academy” that was published in 2018. They have also been accredited as an agri-farm site by the Department of Tourism and included in fourth edition of the “2018 Directory of Farms, Tourist Farms and Learning Sites in the Philippines,” a project of the Villar SIPAG Foundation.

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The Kapatid Mentor ME (KMME) is a joint program of the Philippine Center for Entrepreneurship – Go Negosyo and Department of Trade and Industry which aims to help Micro, Small and Medium Entrepreneurs scale up their business through weekly coaching and mentoring by business owners and practitioners on different functional areas of entrepreneurship to be held in Negosyo Centers nationwide. New batches of KMME will roll out nationwide this 2019! #DTIGoNegosyoMentorME

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DTI & GO NEGOSYO PIONEER 1ST KMME SUMMIT 2018

Last November 20, the Department of Trade and Industry in partnership with the Philippine Center for Entrepreneurship – Go Negosyo gathered the mentee graduates, certified mentors and enablers in the 2018 Kapatid Mentor ME Summit held at the Waterfront Cebu City Hotel.

KMME Summit was launched with the aim to delve into the inspiring entrepreneurial journey of top business experts, build network and strengthen the relationship amongst the mentees, mentors, and enablers, provide a B2B avenue to the participants through showcasing the products of mentee-graduates and to continue capacitate development opportunities for both the mentors and mentees.

Usec. Zenaida C. Maglaya was present during the summit and shared the KMME accomplishments from the past two years and how it greatly helped the mentee-graduates.

KMME Summit provided two sessions focusing gender sensitivity and building MSME resilience to disasters which were facilitated by Carmen Lopez, Supervising Project Officer of Great Women Project 2 and Rene S. Meily, President of Philippine Disaster Resilience Foundation (PDRF).

One of the highlights of the summit was the Pitch to Reach: The KMME Challenge, an activity that was crafted to be a platform for KMME mentee-graduates to learn and understand how to pitch and see this as a practice session. Eight mentees presented their respective business plans to a panel for pitching.

Accordingly, the top eight finalists were lucky to be coached by Carlo Calimon, the Director of StartUp Village. On the list of the panelists for the Pitching Activity were Steve Benitez of Bo’s Coffee, Dr. Cecilio Pedro of Lamoiyan Corporation, Josephine Romero of Magpie, Prof. Willy Arcilla of Arcilla Marketing and Leadership Consultancy and Clarke Nebrao of Terravida Natural Ventures.

Highlighting the importance of integrity on being a successful entrepreneur, forum one entitled Business Leaders: The Untold Stories of Success was presented during the summit. The panelists were Justin Uy, Profood International Corporation; Dr. Cecilio Pedro, Lamoiyan Corporation; Jay Aldeguer, The Island Group; Steve Benitez, Bo’s Coffee and Bunny Pages, Pages Holding Inc. The forum was moderated by Virgilio “Nonoy” Espeleta, PCE Visayas Coordinator.

Additionally, the last forum entitled Tales of the Field: Inspiring Stories of KMME Mentors and Mentees featured both mentors and mentees as panelists namely Clarke S. Nebrao, Terravida Natural Ventures; Rey Calooy, RNC Marketing; Victor Madlangbayan, Hill Stop Hack; Brienda Gup-ad, Shaquil Food Products (CAR Mentee) and Marvin Viagedor, Silly Boy Hot Sauce (Region 7 mentee). The forum tackled business ideas and setting the right entrepreneurial mindset. The forum was moderated by DTI KMIS Dir. Patricia May M. Abejo.

Forum 1 panelists Justin Uy, Dr. Cecilio Pedro, Jay Aldeguer, Steve Benitez and Bunny Pages. It was moderated by Virgilio “Nonoy” Espeleta.

 

Forum 2 panelists Clarke S. Nebrao, Rey Calooy, Vix Madlangbayan, Bruenda Gup-Ad and Kristine Flores.

 

Top 8 finalists of KMME Summit 2018.

The top 8 finalists were also lucky to be coached by Mr. Carlo Calimon, the Director of StartUp Village.

From left to right: Steve Benitez, Dr. Cecilio Pedro, Josephine Romero, Prof. Willy Arcila and Clark Nebrao.

 

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Weaving Heirlooms of Success

Patrick Uyguangco has been in public service even before he graduated from Xavier University with a degree in Sociology and a Master’s degree in Government Management at the Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila. Today, he is now pursuing is passion for the arts as the creative director of Tinabuan Arts and Crafts, a small enterprise that was founded by his mother, social and cultural entrepreneur Esmera Uyguangco Gabutina.

Tinabuan Arts and Crafts started because of the mission to provide employment opportunities to the community of Lagonglong, Misamis Oriental. Through this business, the abaca industry was revived where farmers and rebel returnees in the mountains of Lagonglong plant and harvest these abaca fibers. Women in the community then weave these into sinamay and hinabul.

As its creative director, Patrick is faced with many challenges including how can they further harness the potentials of the workers, materials and environment that would then produce products that can compete in the global market. He is also challenged in finding a niche for the company’s offerings in the already saturated market for abaca products.

Then came the Kapatid Mentor ME program, he enrolled and benefited a lot from Modules 1 to 3 which tackled entrepreneurial mind-setting and values formation, product development and proper marketing.

Now, Tinabuan Arts & Crafts produces a wide variety of products, from bags, table runners and placemats, home décors, corporate giveaways, floral arrangements, and even local Christmas trees with creative twists and treats using abaca cloth, dried wild flowers and grass, dried fruits and vegetables, cotton, paper and aluminium wire. Through all these efforts, the company has survived the challenges they faced.

For Patrick, KMME is like a big brother – somebody who is always there. He believes that the program will help a large number of entrepreneurs and will lead them all to prosperity.

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The Kapatid Mentor ME (KMME) is a joint program of the Philippine Center for Entrepreneurship – Go Negosyo and Department of Trade and Industry which aims to help Micro, Small and Medium Entrepreneurs scale up their business through weekly coaching and mentoring by business owners and practitioners on different functional areas of entrepreneurship to be held in Negosyo Centers nationwide. New batches of KMME will roll out nationwide this 2018! #DTIGoNegosyoMentorME

 

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Continuing the Legacy of Padlas

Padla’s Homemade Products, a manufacturer of De Oro’s Best Pork and Beef Jerky was a lightbulb idea of Gil and Lucrecia Padla in 1990. One of the many reasons why they put up the business was to help improve their family income and at the same time be able to share its specialty to Kagay-anons.

Their son, Craig was then given the responsibility to continue their family business legacy. Even with limited knowledge on how to run a business, he accepted the challenge. As a new proprietor, he was bombarded with problems along the way.

Over the past 26 years, Padla’s Homemade Products was able to penetrate the Cagayan De Oro supermarkets and then for about 10 years now, the company was able to expand the production of their business to Luzon and Visayas.

Knowing that he needed more knowledge and technical skills in business, he decided to join the Kapatid Mentor Me Program (KMME).

Before joining the KMME, he went to the Department of Trade and Industry office and registered their company name. He also participated in some of the trade fairs and seminars that the DTI sponsored. Their company is also a member of the Food Processors of Northern Mindanao (FOPANORMIN).

Now, he has contributed a lot to the company most especially in making the production process more efficient by reducing the production time from four days down to two, depending on the quantity of products to be produced. He also initiated new systems that can speed up the overall business process.

“One thing I like about the Mentor ME Program is the fact that the government and Go Negosyo are really serious in helping the micro, small and medium enterprises to improve our respective businesses. With this given privilege and attention, time will come, many will choose to do business and this will surely help the Philippine economy. New businesses means new job opportunities for our people,” Padla expressing his gratitude over the program.

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The Kapatid Mentor ME (KMME) is a joint program of the Philippine Center for Entrepreneurship – Go Negosyo and Department of Trade and Industry which aims to help Micro, Small and Medium Entrepreneurs scale up their business through weekly coaching and mentoring by business owners and practitioners on different functional areas of entrepreneurship to be held in Negosyo Centers nationwide. New batches of KMME will roll out nationwide this 2018! #DTIGoNegosyoMentorME

 

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Driving Force to Success

“KMME is a program that equips startup and existing entrepreneurs for present and future endeavors. It also prepares not only the business but also the minds behind it. KMME is truly a motivational drive to success.”

Due to a a global reduction of workforce on a multinational company in the year 2014, Nixon Q. de la Torre, prepared himself and informed his family regarding his employment status. From then, he and his wife had already planned to do business and with his experience as a salesman they formulated their own product which is now known as Sucre House of Concoctions which produces unique quality products including ice cream sandwich, all natural juices and desserts that are also available for delivery.

Moreover, his exposure to Department of Science and Technology (DOST) assistance project and Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) seminars and workshops conditioned him to expand his business. He was also encouraged to attend a joint project seminar in Cagayan de Oro.

He then enrolled as one of the mentees of the Go Negosyo and DTI’s program Kapatid Mentor Me. From this mentorship, Nixon applied all his acquired skills and knowledge in accounting most specially on product costing. Also, he accumulated technical skills on proper labelling.

To date, Sucre House of Concoctions is now producing high quality products at a low price base and is always open for costumer’s demand and suggestions. They also have linkage with DTI and other government agencies that will further help their product get exposed in wider markets.

For Nixon, KMME is a program that equips startup and existing entrepreneurs for present and future endeavors. It also prepares not only the business but also the minds behind it. KMME is truly a motivational drive to success.

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The Kapatid Mentor ME (KMME) is a joint program of the Philippine Center for Entrepreneurship – Go Negosyo and Department of Trade and Industry which aims to help Micro, Small and Medium Entrepreneurs scale up their business through weekly coaching and mentoring by business owners and practitioners on different functional areas of entrepreneurship to be held in Negosyo Centers nationwide. New batches of KMME will roll out nationwide this 2018! #DTIGoNegosyoMentorME

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