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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[Kapatid Mentor ME Program Mentees’ Stories] Finding Success in Agribusiness

Agriculture has always been in Samuel Potante’s root for years. After quitting as a seaman, he engaged in agribusiness. His hobby of tendering and pasturing cows and carabaos, milk became their main source of income which demands for patience and hardwork.

Luckily, being the chairman of Gen. Trias Dairy Raisers MPC, he was chosen to be a mentee of the Go Negosyo and DTI’s Kapatid Mentor ME Program. From there, he was able to acquire additional knowledge and training on how to run a business and their cooperative.

With the vision to work towards inclusive growth and good opportunities, the Gen. Trias Dairy Raisers Multi-Purpose Cooperative was established in August 2005.

The conceptualization of the cooperative was made possible through the collaboration of the local government of General Trias, Municipal Agriculture Office (MAO) of General Trias, Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA), Philippine Carabao Center (PCC) and 44 farmers with an initial share capital of approximately P15,000.

It is also the first cooperative in the Province of Cavite that was engaged in processing of dairy products from buffalo milk such as fresh milk, flavoured milk, white cheese, pastillas, yoghurt, milk-o-gel, ice candy, ice cream and mozzarella cheese. The business aims is to help farmers increase their income and improve local supply of milk in the City of General Trias and nearby provinces. At present, the cooperative has 255 members and is continually increasing assets of more than 5 million from the year 2006 to 2009.

As of now, Samuel and his team are making an effort to increase their sales and production. Also, they are formulating and developing products through proper labelling, packaging materials, and additional manpower.

For Samuel, KMME serves as an opportunity and a blessing for all aspiring and budding entrepreneurs who aims to be successful in their business ventures.

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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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Baking Sweet Success

Angela Antoinette Amorganda’s love for baking fueled her to establish her own bakeshop. It all started when her friend asked her to buy their baking equipment.  But because of her own dream to become a successful business woman, she pursued and registered her own little bakeshop.

Bread Lover Bakeshop’s best-selling products are buns with different special variation of flavors such as ube, macapuno and many more. Trying to be as enterprising as she can be, Angela applies all knowledge she gained in every seminars she attended.

But as the saying goes, there is no perfect business. Every once in a while, one has to experience downs, but this does not stop Angela. She transformed these failures and used it as a tool for growth.With the help of KMME and DTI, Angela learned how to properly manage her business, have insights on proper labelling, practice effective marketing strategies and develop more innovations for her products.

For Angela, KMME equipped her with know-how in business and helped her developed not just the business but also herself as an entrepreneur.

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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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Transforming failures to success


From shell buttons to native delicacies, Gabriela Jimeno, now runs her own fashion accessories shop — KGD Infinite Fashion.

Jimeno is one of the graduates of the Kapatid Mentor ME (KMME) program. At present time, KGD generated 20 jobs and opened 6 outlets all over the Zamboanga Peninsula and one outlet in Bongao, Tawi-Tawi which she launched last year. KGD Infinite Fashion has an estimated asset of P6 million.

In 1998, Jimeno and her partner ventured into shell buttons. They exported shell buttons and fashion accessories through a friend in United Kingdom. But things did not go as planned and she had to stop producing accessories.

This crisis led Gabriela to look for other ways to earn additional money. She started to sell native delicacies like kakanin and viands in different offices in Zamboanga City. Still, the income was not enough.

The following year, she braved to start making fashion accessories with only a thousand peso on hand. She realized that selling accessories in different offices in the city gave her more profit than what she earned from the previous business. She transformed that initial capital to an estimated asset of 6 million pesos as of this year.

With the intervention of the Department of Trade and Industry’s program in marketing assistance through local trade fair participation in 2002, she was invited to participate in the Mindanao Trade Expo in Davao City. Almost all of her products were sold, earning P38,000 in sales. She upgraded the quality of her raw materials after seeing the potential of the business.

Jimeno shared that she had greatly benefited from the mentoring program. She is hopeful that the lessons she got from KMME will bring her new opportunities to scale up her business.

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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