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   |    Friday, 08 August 2014 05:40    |   
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Go Negosyo publishes articles at the Philippine Star every Mondays (TAGUMPAY) and Thursdays (PILIPINAS NOW IS OUR TIME.) To read the current and previous articles, SUBSCRIBE for FREE to gain access to all the inspiring stories, development of a positive change in mindset as well as relevant entrepreneurship tools and concepts as the key to success.


 
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Empowering SMEs for 2015

| Thursday, 18 December 2014 10:00 AM |

A week ago, I was told by Doris Magasaysay Ho, who heads the Asia Society Philippines and APEC Business Advisory Council that they would like to make Go Negosyo as their institutional partner in the forthcoming APEC Summit on SME Development.  Doris is part of the group who is leading the preparations for next year’s big APEC Summit in November.  Doris and I share in the vision of empowering the MSMEs to take their business to the next level.

Doris hosted a dinner in her residence to welcome and allow her good friend in ABAC, Diane Wang, to share her views on the e-commerce boom in China. READ MORE.

 
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4th OFW & Family Summit & 12th Citi Microentrepreneurship Awards

|    Monday, 15 December 2014 10:25 AM |

 

Every year, I am a part of two important gatherings dedicated for aspiring and start-up entrepreneurs: the OFW and Family Summit and the Citi Microentrepreneurship Awards.

 

Villar Sipag Foundation headed by Sen. Cynthia Villar, former Senate President Manny Villar and Cong. Mark Villar in partnership with Go Negosyo opened the 4th OFW & Family Summit. It was another successful OFW Summit as we were jam-packed with more than 5000 OFWs and their families. This summit highlighted the opportunities on direct selling, franchising and agri-business which are available in our country and can be the new career path for our OFWs. READ MORE.

 
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From Employee to Employer

| Thursday, 11 December 2014 04:00 AM |

 

I must have shared this in the past but let me mention once again the importance of developing micro/ small enterprises if we are to have an inclusive growth in our country. Helping them flourish is like giving a big break to the bottom of the pyramid to fight poverty. They become at least self-employed and a productive member of our society. Enhancing their businesses leads also to further job creation as they employ more people. MSME sector accounts for over 90% of the number of enterprises and absorbs around 70% of employment. This is the reason why Go Negosyo and other organizations are focusing efforts to level-them up.

 

Last week, I attended the 12th Citi Microentrepreneurship Awards (CMA). For the past years, I have been part of the national selection committee and it is a privilege to be a part of this effort. This awards program is organized by Citi Foundation in partnership with the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) and Microfinance Council of the Philippines (MCPI) to recognize outstanding microentrepreneurs who used micro finance in funding their enterprises, which improved their lives and of their communities.  This is led by Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas Governor Amando Tetangco and Citi Philippines CEO Batara Sianturi. READ MORE.

 
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Go Negosyo and Peace & Equity Foundation Hold Acceleration Bootcamp for Southeast Asia Mobile App Challenge PH

| Wednesday, 10 December 2014 12:40 PM |

The 1st Southeast Asia Mobile Application Challenge Acceleration Bootcamp in the Philippines was held last November 29, 2014 at the Commission on Higher Education Auditorium in Diliman, Quezon City.

The Acceleration Bootcamp is the second phase of SEAMAC Philippines as aspiring mobile app developers gathered to learn from mobile app, technology and business experts. The bootcamp gathered 61 teams from all over the Philippines including teams from Pangasinan, Batangas, Nueva Ecija, Rizal, Laguna, Cebu, Bacolod, Iligan, Cagayan de Oro and Davao. READ MORE.

 
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MVP Bossings 2015

| Monday, 08 December 2014 01:45 AM |

PLDT SME Nation in partnership with Go Negosyo named the latest roster of MVP Bossings! In our continuous efforts to recognize and honor leading entrepreneurs in the country, we have carefully selected the 9 Bossings this year. They have been an inspiration and driving force to young and aspiring entrepreneurs.


The 2015 MVP Bossings are Johnny Chan of Bellevue Hotels and Resorts, Ricky Reyes of Gandang Ricky Reyes, Julie Gandionco of Julie's Bakeshop, Arthur Tugade of Perry's Group, Ferdinand Marañon of Sagrex Corporation, Alice Eduardo of Sta. Elena Construction and Development Corporation, Laura Verallo de Bertotto of VMV Hypoallergenics and Esther & Gaspar Vibal of Vibal Publishing House. The Grand Bossing is Carlos Chan of Liwayway Marketing Corporation. READ MORE.

 
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Game Changers

Thursday, 04 December 2014 02:12 AM |

Last week, PLDT SME Nation in partnership with Go Negosyo named the latest roster of MVP Bossings! In our continuous efforts to recognize and honor leading entrepreneurs in the country, we have carefully selected the 9 Bossings this year. They have been an inspiration and driving force to young and aspiring entrepreneurs.


This year’s MVP Bossings are Johnny Chan of Bellevue Hotels and Resorts, Ricky Reyes of Gandang Ricky Reyes, Julie Gandionco of Julie's Bakeshop, Arthur Tugade of Perry's Group, Ferdinand Marañon of Sagrex Corporation, Alice Eduardo of Sta. Elena Construction and Development Corporation, Laura Verallo de Bertotto of VMV Hypoallergenics and Esther & Gaspar Vibal of Vibal Publishing House. The Grand Bossing is Carlos Chan of Liwayway Marketing Corporation.

 

As Manny V. Pangilinan, PLDT Chairman, has said, “The Bossings are living proof that good intentions together with unwavering perseverance can lead to success. Trials may come their way but the triumphs they can achieve will certainly outweigh them.” READ MORE.

 
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12th Citi Microentrepreneurship Awards

| Wednesday, 03 December 2014 03:14 |

BSP, Citi and MCPI honor 7 micro business owners from Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao

Manila – After a six month nationwide search, Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP), the Microfinance Council of the Philippines, Inc. (MCPI) and Citi Philippines today announced the winners of the 2014 Citi Microentrepreneurship Awards (CMA).

The national honors went to Teresita Valdez, manufacturer of sautéed shrimp paste and anchovy sauces based in Malolos, Bulacan. Joining Valdez in the prominent roster are regional awardees Ernani Llema (Luzon), Teresita Nicanor (Visayas), and Edamil Patta (Mindanao). Llema is a seafoods buyer and dealer, while Nicanor won acclaim for her squid rings. Patta operates a coffee shop in Bongao, Tawi-Tawi. READ MORE.

 
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Go Negosyo Celebrates GEW; With the Launch of BEST Program and Passion Book

Monday, 1 December 2014 9:45 AM |

After months of preparation, we have officially launched our latest program last Monday, the Go Negosyo Building Enterprising Students for Tomorrow (Go Negosyo BEST) program. British Ambassador Asif Ahmad and I opened the Global Entrepreneurship Week 2014. It was attended by more than 500 top students who are eager to learn and get inspired by our power speakers including Aurelio Montinola, Sandy Prieto-Romualdez, Johnlu Koa, Kenneth Cobonpue, Jonathan Yabut, Joseph Calata, Joy Abaquin, Clang Garcia, Luis Gabriel Moreno, Rj David, Ronald Pineda and Mikhail Red. With the help of our partners, British Embassy; The Master’s Lighthouse; and TOSP Alumni Community, we were able to mount this successful program for a one-year mentorship for students.

Towards the evening, we also unveiled our 9th Go Negosyo book entitled Go Negosyo 50 Entrepreneurs of Passion. More than 400 entrepreneurs and advocacy partners celebrated with us that night. READ MORE.

 
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Success is for the Passionate

| Thursday, 27 November 2014 10:15 AM |

Not all great stories of success started with grand beginnings. Most of them started with challenges, problems and dilemmas, and had to go through a long and continuous process of searching for solutions and answers.

 

Just like the Jonathan Yabut, who I met last week in the Go Negosyo BEST Program. He was proud to share that he came from humble beginnings. He had a desire to have a better life, to prove to others what he can do and to show the potentials of Filipinos in business. This man is a walking passion and grit. Like what he had shared, he knew how to play smart and strategize. He also knew that preparation is the key to success. He wanted it so bad, and now he got it, first by winning the first The Apprentice Asia, followed by other achievements including a published book. READ MORE.