SME Go! feat. Duran Farm

Desiree Duran of Duran Farm - an Agri-Business Center. The farm services include farm-tourism, selling of seedlings and organic vegetables and providing trainings and workshops for future farmers.

Desiree Duran of Duran Farm – an Agri-Business Center. The farm services include farm-tourism, selling of seedlings and organic vegetables and providing trainings and workshops for future farmers. Photo from Duran Farm website

Success in entrepreneurship is not only about financial breakthroughs. It is also gauged by the positive impact your business brings to the community at large. Dapat “negosyong may puso”!

Kilalanin natin ang tao sa likod ng successful na Duran Farm na si Desiree Duran at ang kwento sa kanyang matagumpay na negosyo—Ang Duran Farm and Agribusiness Center kinikilala bilang isa sa mga paboritong destinasyon ng mga agri-negosyante at ng mga gustong matuto tungkol sa pagtatanim ng gulay.

Sinong mag-aakala na ang nagmamay-ari nito ay dating small-time fishball vendor at umangat sa buhay bilang isang negosyante. Astig di’ba?

“It is not true that it is impossible to find a god job or source of income. You just have to see the potential of what’s already around you and start to make things happen for yourself.” says Desiree Duran.

Watch the full story of Duran Farm dito lang sa SME Go! Powered by Go Negosyo ngayong Sabado (November 14), 5:30 AM sa PTV 4. For updates. LIKE’ Go Negosyo on Facebook and follow @letsgonegosyo on Twitter.

SME Go! feat. Lay Bare Waxing Philippines, Inc.


laybareOne of the most effective resources of good business ideas is identifying an extreme irritant and providing a solution to it. Sa madaling sabi: irita mo, negosyo ko. Ito ang naging maganda business opportunity kay Ms. Monique Hilario ang COO ng sikat na sikat  na waxing salon na Lay Bare Waxing Philippines Incorporated.

“Try and try until you succeed. Hindi na ako mahihiyang sabihin na madadapa ka sa una pero hindi lahat dun nagtatapos. Try and try until you find the right path…” says Monique.

Her discomfort and irritating moments at the waxing salon led her to the ideal business, at ngayon, kilalang kilala na bilang prime mover at top of mind sa ganitong serbisyo. Kilalanin natin siya at ang kwento sa likod ng matagumpay niyang negosyo.

Watch the full story of Ms. Monique Hilario dito lang sa SME Go! Powered by Go Negosyo ngayong Sabado  (November 7), 5:30 AM sa PTV 4. For updates. ‘LIKE’ Go Negosyo on Facebook and follow @letsgonegosyo on Twitter.

 

 

SME Go! feat. Uratex

Ang frugality o pagiging matipid ay isang katangiang makakatulong sa matagumpay na pagnenegosyo. It will not only create wealth by saving, it can also unleash our creative potentials as we strive to innovate without spending a large amount. This week on our SME Go! Episode, we bring you the story on how commitment to quality gave rise to our country’s foam giant.

Uratex CEO Natividad Yap-Cheng.

Uratex CEO Natividad Yap-Cheng.

In the Philippines, Uratex has become virtually synonymous with foam because of its utter dominance of the market that services not just the furniture sector but also the packaging, footwear and automotive industries.

Its success, however, did not happen overnight.

Uratex CEO Natividad Yap-Cheng shares that the first major challenge that she and her late husband faced was to source enough capital. They did not have access to large funds, as they did not come from moneyed families. She clearly recalls those early days when she and her husband lived in a studio apartment in Bambang, Sta. Cruz and slept on the floor.

“Technology changes, character remains. Buildings can burn down, money can be stolen; but your character will help you rebuild and regenerate” says Cheng.

Watch the full story of Ms. Natividad Cheng of Uratex on our SME Go! Powered by Go Negosyo this Saturday (October 31, 2015), 5:30 AM AM on PTV 4. For updates, ‘LIKE’ Go Negosyo on Facebook and follow @letsgonegosyo on Twitter.

SME Go! feat. Universal Harvester, Inc.

This week, Go Negosyo features the story on how a fertilizer manufacturer finds mission in life among farmers.

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“Set a goal and be persistent to succeed. Keep on trying, trying and trying and you will succeed.” says Dr. Milagros Ong-How, Founder of Universal Harvester, Inc.

The fertilizer sector drew her attention because she believed that there would always be demand for fertilizers considering that the Philippine economy still largely depends on agriculture. Dr. Milagros Ong-How and her husband put up Universal Harvester Inc. in 2003 and as she knew more about the business, she realized that helping the farmers was her mission in life.

Being the only woman in her field did not faze her, saying that the business did not really discriminate between men and women. What was important was for entrepreneurs—whether male or female—to spot opportunities and grab them. Now, Dr. How’s flagship firm, Universal Harvester Inc. got over its early jitters and is considered as one of the leading names in fertilizer manufacturing and distribution.

“There is nothing instant when it comes to business. You have to make it grow and the road can be difficult. I guess I was just very daring. I relied a lot on my gut feel,” said Dr. How, admitting that running a business also means summoning the courage to get back up again when the business hits a rough patch.

Watch the full story of Dr. Milagros Ong-How on our SME Go! Powered by Go Negosyo this Sunday (October 18, 2015), 4:00 PM sa PTV 4. For updates, ‘LIKE’ Go Negosyo on Facebook and follow @letsgonegosyo on Twitter.

SME Go! feat. Go Negosyo 10th Year Anniversary Celebration

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(UPDATED) The Philippine Center for Entrepreneurship or Go Negosyo celebrated its 10th anniversary with a dinner program for its community of entrepreneurs, advocates and partners last July 28, 2015 in The Eye, Green Sun Makati.

In a short program, Go Negosyo recognized its trustees, partners, fellow advocates, and icon entrepreneurs such as Henry Sy, John Gokongwei Jr., Lucio Tan, Andrew Tan, Manny Pangilinan, Carlos Chan, Ricardo Po, Felipe Gozon, Socorro Ramos, and Manny Villar who are all inspirations to many aspiring Filipino entrepreneurs.

Go Negosyo also recognized dynamic legislative leaders like Sen. Bam Aquino, Sen. Sonny Angara, Sen. Grace Poe, and Sen. Cynthia Villar for their respective efforts in empowering Filipino entrepreneurs.

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Apart from the recognitions, Go Negosyo launched its 10th book entitled: Go Negosyo: Joey Concepcion’s 50 Inspiring Entrepreneurial Stories (Special 10th Year Anniversary Edition). It is a reinvention of Go Negosyo’s first book but was given a modern look. Go Negosyo also added a number of new champion entrepreneurs who have been making waves in the business industry in the past decade. The foreword was written by entrepreneur icon John Gokongwei Jr., and entrepreneurial lessons from the “Entrep Guru” and angelpreneur Andy Ferreria.

Mr. Joey Concepcion and Go Negosyo promise that it will continue with its mission to help move this country forward in becoming an entrepreneurial nation!

Watch the full story of Go Negosyo’s 10th year anniversary only here at  SME Go! Powered by Go Negosyo this Sunday (September 13, 2015), 4:00 PM at PTV 4. For updates. ‘LIKE’ Go Negosyo on Facebook and follow @letsgonegosyo on Twitter.

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SME Go! feat. ‘Money Matters’ (BEST Program Session 3A)

In the photo (L-R): Dean Pax Lapid, Mr. Edward Lee, Mr. Mon Abrea and Mr. Ramon Lopez (Go Negosyo Executive Director).

In the photo (L-R): Dean Pax Lapid, Mr. Edward Lee, Mr. Mon Abrea and Mr. Ramon Lopez (Go Negosyo Executive Director).

The third session(3A) Building Enterprising Students for Tomorrow (BEST) Program was held at the San Beda College last May 19, 2015. This has been a year-long mentoring that aims to serve as an avenue for academically outstanding college junior and senior students (who may not be business majors or business-inclined) to expose them and connect them to connect the high-performing students to a very good pool of Filipino entrepreneurs and industry leaders and practitioners, and inspire and teach them to be enterprising and entrepreneurial.

Go Negosyo angelpreneur, Mr. Armand Bengco talks about personal finance during the BEST Program Session 3A.

Go Negosyo angelpreneur, Mr. Armand Bengco talks about personal finance during the BEST Program Session 3A.

We were fortunate to combine related topics on finance and entrepreneurship as we had a lively session on “Money Matters” with our Angelpreneurs Mon Abrea talk about understanding your Taxes. Armand Bengco, on your Personal Finance and Dean Pax Lapid, discussed Entrepreneurship 101. We were also blessed to have no other than the Chairman and Founder of COL Financial Group, Mr. Edward Lee who shared his wisdom on how one can build wealth, especially thru the power of investing as he talk about Investment Option.

Watch the full story of ‘Money Matters’, BEST Program Session 3A only here at  SME Go! Powered by Go Negosyo this Sunday (August 16), 4:00 PM at PTV 4. For updates, ‘LIKE’ Go Negosyo on Facebook and follow @letsgonegosyo on Twitter.