Jessie Munio: Leap of Faith Leads to Growth Fulfillment

JNPM Design & Printing Owner  Jessie MunioEstablishing the JNPM Designs and Printing in the year 2000 was a leap of Faith for Jessie Noel P. Munio and his wife Joy. Putting-up a sole fledgling enterprise is a Herculean task as big as the printing industry. JNPM Design & Printing is a single proprietor business entity that primarily engaged in creative design, printing and publishing.

JNPM Design & Printing was established in April 2000 in response to the growing needs of creative design services. Its clients have a high demand for printing or into the printing business but don’t have their own creative design department.

To expand the client base, Jessie sought new strategies. He partnered with a printing press company as exclusive subcontractor for his projects. Later, he accommodated freelance sales agents for marketing support. Meeting up quality products and delivery deadlines built up his company prestige to suppliers and extended advantageous credit lines.

It was in the year 2002 that Jessie envisioned a better and complete line of services for JNPM Design and Printing. Thus, it added printing services in order to ensure better quality products, efficient and faster deliveries. At first, he acquired a mini-offset printing machine that made him survived for 6 years. He did operate his business slowly but surely.

In 2008, Jessie reached his enterprise’s full capacity and faced a great challenge to meet increasing clients’ demands. After deep soul searching, he then prayed to God for wisdom. With his strong grip to faith, he reluctantly decided to swap his first owned car to a pre-owned printing machine to beef-up his printing capacity. Then he sold their jewelries and other valuables and borrowed PhP 150,000 from relatives. “Todo na ‘to”, as they say, hoping to speed up progress in establishing the printing business.

In 2009, everything turned up “unfortunate”. JNPM Design and Printing incurred financial losses due to technical problems. Added to that, the resignation of some key personnel, unsatisfied clients, unpaid bills and accumulated bad debts. Insurmountable problems! Then he said “this is it” he must admit he couldn’t do it alone to survive. He once again prayed to God for a solution to his predicament. He waited for a year for an answer.

In 2010, a new chapter in Jessie’s life journey finally unfolded. He found a new business space to start all over again. It’s a former motor shop area spacious enough for a printing press. At the start, he already knew the hand of God is lifting up his business. Client after client are coming to his shop every day. A more competent and loyal employees joined him, resulting better products and services being served.

In six months, he acquired additional printing machine and settled some unpaid loans. Truly, God is so caring of him.  Jessie’s strong grip to Christian faith gave him hope and courage to continue his business and survived the onslaught of every challenge. He believed that “if God is for us, who can be against us”. Despite all the odds and harsh experiences, he came up as a better man and firm believer of Christ.

Jessie’s one-year old membership with the Ka-Entrep Micro and Small Entrepreneurs Organization of the Philippines (KA-ENTREP) paved the way for an opportunity to be part of the 30-day Business Planning sessions with fellow entrepreneurs. Applying it to his business enterprise, the Business Planning sessions gave him the idea to reorganize his enterprise’s business operations—accounting, management, production, and salary scale.

Putting up a system provided him the hope to have more time with Ka-Entrep activities. The business planning sessions further concretized Jessie’s vision for the enterprise to have its own two-floor 500 square meters building for production and operations. He believes his vision is absolutely attainable. He strongly suggests institutionalizing the Business Planning for Micro-entrepreneurs Program (BPMP) as a full-fledged training academy for aspiring micro and small entrepreneurs.

Jessie foresees that in 5 to 10 years, there will be lesser demand in printing for publishing and marketing purposes due to the continuing rise of internet usage among Filipinos. But for packaging and labelling, it remains essential. #

Contact:
Jessie P. Munio, General Manager, JNPM Design and Printing, 106 P. Cruz Street, Mandaluyong City, Philippines; telephone numbers: 6559736, 4976338; Mobile 0917-5175055, Email: jnpmdesign@yahoo.com, jnpmdesign@gmail.com 

Super Tuyo – Super Indeed!

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Ka-Entrep Makati member GBert Tongo, Super Tuyo proprietor, attended Ka-Entrep business planning seminars charting new directions for his micro-enterprise.

As a kid, Gilberto “GBert” Tongo Jr, 24 years old of Pasay City, always  savored a favorite family recipe being cooked by his parents in their flourishing catering business. As a regular side-dish in their family meals, what’s being deboned and flaked caught GBert’s prying eyes not knowing it will become part of his own entrepreneurial journey.

Immersed in their catering business, his Father would sometimes ship tuyo (dried fish) as a padala  gift package to overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) relatives based in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. The shipped tuyo is flavored and dipped in canola oil packed in microwavable plastic packs. His father Gilberto Sr. is from Catanduanes while mother Milagros, who’s a direct hand in the catering business, is from Southern Leyte.

Prior to taking part in their family-owned catering business, GBert clinched a contract for a Star Cinema project, working as a Production Assistant in the year 2010.  His family’s own version of the commoner’s  tuyo in plastic packs made it to Star Cinema project’s catering menu and was found delectable. Later, he received orders at 10-15 packs, swelling during the Christmas season as gifts and corporate giveaways.

Happy with Super

With an entrepreneurial mindset, the Communication Arts graduate of Colegio De San Juan De Letran put up Super Tuyo as the brand name for his products with loyal customers’ positive feedback in mind in the year 2010. It was his chef Father who suggested the name Super Tuyo to attract all ages.  It was also the same year when he resigned as Production Assistant and became a freelance Script Continuity Supervisor, with most of his projects still with Star Cinema. Initial customers are mostly ABS-CBN employees.

The next year was the most prosperous for Super Tuyo. It’s also the same year packaging moved to bottles from the microwavable plastic packs. No less than celebrities like Angel Locsin and Director Olivia Lamasan  are delighted with its distinct taste ordering 400 bottles and 600 bottles, respectively. Those who experienced the taste of the product referred it to other celebrities like Vice Ganda, Kris Aquino, Angelica Panganiban, Shaina Magdayao, among others.

With family welfare in his mind, GBert borrowed from his father and decided to formalize his enterprise with a starting capital of P20,000 in September 2012. This is also the beginning of the tiresome months of GBert’s enterprise.

As a game-changing  wannabe entrepreneur, GBert joined September bazaars in Ayala, Antipolo City, Rockwell, BF Homes, to build brand awareness and product recall for his enterprise.

Starting Viral through Local

His bazaar participation was also an inexpensive and unsolicited source for feedbacks for his products from fellow bazaaristas. It was on March 2013 that GBert decided to change and improve the product packaging based on the inputs provided from these feedbacks.

New packaging designs saw their maiden promotions and marketing via trade fair participation at the Summer Heat Wave Bazaar at the World Trade Center, and at the Grand Celebrity Bazaar at SM Megamall’s Megatrade Hall.

With the latest bazaar exposures for his products, GBert saw the need to be extra assertive  in his marketing. He consigned his products to some select restaurants and neighborhood convenience stores in Tandang Sora-Congressional Avenue, Betty Go-Belmonte-Cubao, both in Quezon City; Sumulong Highway-Masinag in Antipolo City, Monumento-Caloocan City, Libertad-Mandaluyong City, Gil Puyat-Pasay City, and Parañaque City.

From Word-of-Mouth to Social

With ample exposure alongside products of celebrities cum entrepreneurs, customers from their ranks brought their heartwarming reactions and comments to the social media about the delectable Super Tuyo products. They  attached pictures of Super Tuyo products, including pastas laced with Super Tuyo special sauces. GBert reblogged and retweeted all the social media comments and made it as product testimonies for his trusted high-quality products.

He made his presence felt in Facebook last September 2012. Later, he built his enterprise website on March 2013 and posted in www.supertuyo.ph all the flattering remarks about his distinct and appetizing products. He extended his online presence on Instagram in February 2013, and Twitter in June 2013. Ninety percent (90%) of the promotions are done via the social media and website. By posting his contact details online, it generated 70% orders receiving thru texts or mobile calls, the rest (20%) are online orders.

GBert writes his own press releases and posts it to his enterprise website. He also promotes his products to bloggers and invites them to sample his palatable produce.

 Visioning and Good Practices

With his success in online marketing, GBert is launching a new product line on July 7, 2013 and target moms and kids as customers. Super Friends of Super Tuyo are super pusit (squid), super labahita (surgeonfish), super dilis (anchovies), and super danggit (rabbitfish). Out in the market are SuperTuyo in flakes as part of the recipe for pastas and pizza toppings. Earlier, the Secret Sauces  are made known especially as pasta toppings. To be launched this September 2013 is the gourmet version of Super Tuyo.

New products Super Friends launched last July 7, 2013

New products Super Friends launched last July 7

Though still in its infancy stage, GBert can self-assuredly say he can face distribution demands and bulk orders for Cavite and Dubai and bring quality Filipino foods that are always missed by kababayans (Filipino compatriots) abroad. He wanted his enterprise to become an all-Filipino company producing quality fish products in sauce for Filipinos abroad.

With his recent affiliation with the Ka-Entrep Micro and Small Entrepreneurs Organization of the Philippines (Ka-Entrep), and his attendance to the business planning seminars of Ka-Entrep, he is able to formulate and conceive new directions for his micro-enterprise.

As a budding entrepreneur, GBert is committed to be courteous, honest in all business dealings and remains to be above-board in all transactions. As part of a growing enterprise, he also believed that the individual well-being of the enterprise’s personnel must also be enriched and developed. GBert is also faithful to the values of buying Philippine-made products that will result to developing Philippine industries, creating more jobs and helping the nation. #

Contact: Super Tuyo, Proprietor Gilberto “GBert” Tongo Jr, cell phone # 094-2828-TUYO(8896), Telephone # 793-0915, Email: info@supertuyo.ph, Website: www.supertuyo.ph , Facebook fan page: https://www.facebook.com/SuperTuyo?fref=ts, Twitter: @SuperTuyoPH, Instagram: @supertuyo

Vik Delos Santos: Creativity and Zeal, We Have It!

Ka-Entrep Board Trustee & Education Committee Head Vik Delos Santos

Party and events entrepreneur Vik Delos Santos has gone a long way and continues to provide events services with diversity and innovation.

His family business—JOE’S PARTY SHOP was a handed-down business from the father- the late Jose Manapat de los Santos who retired as a worker in 1984.  He established Joe’s Balloons, derived from his name, right under his residence in Santa Mesa, Manila renting tables and rattan chairs and selling balloons. At 73 years of old age, Jose could no longer run his business.  So in 1989, he handed down the management of the business to his youngest son Vik, being newly-married to Elizabeth Rolda.

Fresher approach

Youngest son Vik, at the helm, introduced more items for birthday parties such as clowns, piñata, balloon decors. He likewise geared the enterprise targeting expansion and growth. After one year, he opened the first branch in busy Legarda Street in Sampaloc, within the commercial part of the University Belt in Manila.

The first branch’s location was perfect being near the market, schools, and churches. Vik de los Santos believed that the newer branch will place Joe’s Balloons at the cutting edge, since the original one is 2 kilometers away and located in a residential area. In the mid 90’s, Vik opened another branch in E. Rodriguez Sr. Boulevard in Cubao, Quezon City, near a church, school, and other business establishments.

The new expansive strategy meant spreading out  services too. With the help of wife Elizabeth, they added clowns, mascots, magicians, jugglers, decorative balloons, and video and photo coverages as products and services of the aspiring Joe’s Balloons.

All that mattered with Vik was to keep the services improving and bringing joy and new surprises to kids’ birthday parties. At childhood, Vik, with his brothers and cousins, engaged in business selling rice cakes in their neighborhood at the early age of nine (9), and assisting in shoeshine jobs in downtown Manila. In the year 2004,  Vik finished a degree in Entrepreneurial Management at the Polytechnic University of the Philippines (PUP) Open University.

Vik and Elizabeth strongly believed that experience is the best teacher for kids to become entrepreneurs. Their three boys are all involved in running their party events business and the routine of production including deliveries, cake decorating, receptions, inflating balloons, answering calls and manning the party shop office.

From balloon maker to one-stop party shop

The 1990’s made Vik visualize Joe’s Balloons into a one-stop party shop and events provider and instituted aggressive promotions of its services and novel products. He placed promotional ads at the Neighborhood Directory in 1991 and later, to PLDT Yellow Pages. Since then, Joe’s Balloons became known in the 4th District of Manila as a major all-in party event shop. The husband and wife tandem continued to improve and expand the services of Joe’s Balloons, now known as Joe’s Party Shop and Events.

Impediments

The older Delos Santos thought of managing again and took back the original Santa Mesa shop. The younger Delos Santos complied without resistance and Joe’s Balloons became two separate entities. The older Delos Santos’ move became a drawback to the younger Delos Santos’ vision of creating a family corporation that will include his father. The family’s unity meeting called by Vik failed to convince the older Joe to agree to the new business set-up of putting-up a family corporation.

The two newer shops remained under the management of Vik. Eventually, the Cubao branch had to close down because the building owner sold the edifice. The Cubao branch moved to D. Tuazon Street, a residential area at that time. After one-year of operations, Vik closed shop due to low turnout. The shop could not even cover for its own monthly rental fee of P10, 000.

The Legarda branch, with its new name, Joe’s Party Shop survived in 2006 at break-even performance. Joe’s Party Shop rose to greater heights in services, marketing, promotions and revenues while its mother unit in Santa Mesa, was renamed Alvy’s Balloons.

Joe’s Party Shop: All-in party events provider

Joe’s Party Shop is into retailing and rentals of party and special events items. The main products include balloons, loose or packed together as decorative balloons; toys, party gadgets/materials such as palayok (clay pot with goodies in it), giveaway bags, piñata, animal headgears and rental and customized costumes, face painting, and the pabitin.

Joe’s Party Shop also rents out tables and chairs, sound systems, vehicles for motorcade, tents, parachutes and advertising balloons. It also have sub-contracted talents such as clowns, party hosts, mascots, magicians, jugglers, photo and video coverages, balloon twisting show, etc.

Joe’s Party Shop main market belongs to the C, D and E crowd that abounds around where the shop’s located. From time to time, it serves the high-end belonging to the A and B market.

Joe’s Party Shop envisions expanding to different places within Metro Manila and nearby provinces. It targets as priorities the following: the provinces of Laguna, Cavite, and Rizal, and the cities of Makati, San Juan, Pasay and some parts of Manila proper.

Vanillae Shot Bakeshoppe: An added flavor

To complement Joe’s Party Shop services, the couple established in 2010 the Vanillae Shot Bakeshoppe. Formerly known as “Cakes by Joe’s”, Vanillae Shot produces customized cakes that are affordable and originally crafted. Their second son, Buhay plays a key role n cake decorating with his passion for sculpture, drawing and creative arts. Vanillae Shot also accepts deliveries for  healthful, irresistibly tasty pastries that can be ordered in bulk.

Ka-Entrep molds character and responsibility

Ka-Entrep Manila Local Council Vice-President Beth Rolda-Delos Santos. She is also the Legarda council information center (CIC) Manager

Joe’s Party Shop’s human resource comes from the neighborhood’s out-of-school youth that are jobless for a long time. The couple Vik and Beth are both very active in Ka-Entrep Micro and Small Entrepreneurs Organization of the Philippines (KA-ENTREP). Aside from holding responsible positions, the couple is also active in recruiting new members. They enlisted their much close friends, suppliers, partners, party talents, and neighbors.

Having attended seminars on costing and pricing, basic marketing, promotions and leadership have contributed in developing their entrepreneurial skills and mindset.

As active members, the enterprising couple supports other aspiring co-members by giving them moral support, reminding them of their organizational responsibilities during character formation stage and organizational formation. The couple is committed to build the organization by giving time in planning income-generating projects, and building strong base of mass members in Manila.

Vik and Elizabeth fully acknowledged they benefitted from Ka-Entrep, and developed the sense of responsibility for their enterprise and the community. Their faith for a better future lightened up as their character changed, and values reinforced. Both visualized that Ka-Entrep will become a full-blown nationwide organization with a noble and honorable purpose and that Ka-Entrep shall take its authoritative presence always exposed to tri-media, doing charity work in communities, helping the government in poverty reduction, empowering the entrepreneurs in issue advocacy work and policy reforms. ###

Contact: Joe’s Party Shop, 2439 Legarda St, Sampaloc, Manila, Telephone # 7360808, Cellphone # 09164431405, Email: joespartyshop@gmail.com, vanillaeshotbakeshoppe@yahoo.com. Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/yourjoespartyshop, http://www.facebook.com/vanillaeshotbakeshoppe

Luke Macababbad: Rock-Solid Passion Produces An Unyielding Visionary

Levelling-up from local to global for House of Honey and Honey Wines

Luke Macababbad put up wine making as a hobby and as a drinking spree supply. Thinking that this hobby could possibly become money-making, he then sought assistance from Gerry Geronimo’s Ating Alamin for a seminar on apiculture (honey bees) in an urban-setting. It was in the year 2001 when he set-up an urban farm in Victoria Homes Subdivision in Barangay Tunasan in MunDSCI6088lmtinlupa City.

Satisfying a hobby

What was then a hobby became serving food on the table, with an initial P50,000 capital and 4 honey bee colonies. Starting as a hit-and-missed, Luke’s first products are made as giveaways to neighbors and dear friends. They liked them absolutely.

It was in the year 2006 when Luke perfected wine making with the use of imported wine yeast. Two years later, Luke introduced his products to the market by participating in exhibits at the World Trade Center and SMX Convention Center.

Luke sought assistance and availed of wine processing trainings from the University of the Philippines Los Baños (UPLB) and later, with the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) in 2009. A year later, he saw the great potential of this unique business, opening the doors for newer product lines. Aside from the traditional honey, Luke created wines from mangoes, bignay (currant tree), and duhat (black plum).

Wine making rediscovered

Luke further improved the art of wine making and reinvented it. Before, it would take eight (8) to 1 year to process a wine. Now, Luke can harvest in three (3) months. Thanks to the innovative technology provided by a Filipino-Canadian speeding up wine making production. The improved technology produced clearer higher quality. The new improved technology’s no longer confined to four (4) original variants. It has opened to 14 more variations using exotic fruits.

Stumbling block

Like all starters, Luke faced obstacles for his brilliant and out-of-the-ordinary business. Most Filipinos are not wine drinkers. There are no local supplies and equipments available for his aspiring enterprise. Bottles have to be imported from Taiwan while caps are from the USA. Some materials have to be imported from USA and Canada. Some imported materials are available locally. It was only in 2012 that Luke managed to overcome all these difficulties. Luke devised a unique wine bottle design to distinguish his products from ordinary bottles like that of beers, condiments and other wines.

Luke also realized that an enterprise doesn’t just have to produce an item for consumption but should market the produce very well at lower cost but high quality. Though receiving a lot of inquiries, he has to aggressively market all the wine products. The stall outlet he put up at Festival Supermall in Alabang proved that Luke’s wine products belong to high-end market as its niche.

Unyielding Visionary

Luke continues to being imaginative as he sees there’s no association of wine makers in the Philippines. He seeks for the proliferation of wine makers by training them and eventually bringing them together to form a wine makers’ association helping those who want to put up their own wine making business. Currently, he recruited three (3) more honey wine makers that can produce a combined volume of 10,000 liters. He was hoping, eventually, to complete the manufacturing line of his wine making business.

Luke already have inquiries for franchising as well as distribution queries from Cebu and Davao cities. He had provided wine samples to Etihad Emirates’ airline and other posh hotels in Manila. There are standing orders from the cities of Hongkong and Macau. An invitation from France was extended for his enterprise and explores the French market, where a growing trend is veering away from grape-based to the healthier and novelty honey wines.

Ka-Entrep exposed

Luke’s membership with the Ka-Entrep Micro and Small Entrepreneurs Organization of the Philippines (KA-ENTREP) brought unprecedented product exposure for his enterprise—Dielle’s Apiary and Meadery, which later became the House of Honey and Honey Wines. Through Ka-Entrep, Luke guested in radio programs focused on entrepreneurship. This wide exposure brought him new realms of network and enhanced his customer relations and marketing skills. Ka-Entrep also honed his skills on how to run a business. Ka-Entrep gave the proper guidance to the entrepreneurial path, and the perception of corporate social responsibility. Luke already trained 3 people for wine making and 8 people for apiculture (honey bee culturing). He sees those trained not as competitors but as future partners.

Being in business is not actually new for this UPLB Biology graduate. Though his parents have a medical supplies business, they keep on reminding him to strive harder.  ###

Contact:

House of Honey and Honey Wines, K309 Level 3,  Middle Isle, Festival Super Mall, Alabang, Muntinlupa City,  c/o Luke D. Macababbad, Telephone # 519-9027, cell phone # 0917-8660545, 0922-8602314; Email: diellesmeadery@yahoo.com, Website: www.diellesmeadery.com

Client pampering keeps on with relentless Grace Barrios and La Reine Nail and Dayspa

Mary Grace Barrios started her entrepreneurial hunt via BeauQuest Pharmacy three years ago (2009) with partner Mark Ladera. With a small capitalization of P450, 000, Barrios received an unconvincing amount of P5, 000 monthly salaries which are not even enough to support her family.

Barrios find it not painless being a newbie and starting small in business. It’s a one-man-band for her as a supplier and delivery man at the same time of beauty products in heavy boxes.

“Finding new clients are not easy since I just resigned then as a medical representative of a big company. I worked for them for two years,” shared Grace Barrios.

To gain headway, she sought additional strategy via online selling. She used this new strategy to gain new markets and hunted doctors and other professionals in the medical field. It was on the wholesalers where she gained a foothold for her fledgling business. These big wholesalers saw the potentials of her soap products as effective and yet not so pricey.

“I tapped the untouched. I personally deliver and do the talking myself. I eyeball every prospective client, do the trouble-shooting myself for every woes they face in setting their own enterprise,” Grace Barrios added.

It was on the second year of her business that Grace Barrios expanded to manufacturing her own spa and beauty products that she geared for the larger market and big companies. This propelled BeauQuest Pharmacy to source other raw materials for her products, increased their salaries, and procured a new service vehicle for deliveries. From a skeletal workforce of two (2), it has now 20 employees to date.

La Reine Nail and Dayspa: A No-typical Beauty Parlor

 “I established La Reine Nail and Dayspa as an offshoot of my existing products. It’s an innovation, an add-on to my current spa and beauty products,” disclosed Grace Barrios. From one shop, La Reine Nail and Dayspa expanded to 10 franchisee-branches located at Cubao, Tandang Sora- Quezon City, Calamba City-Laguna, Marikina City, Imus-Cavite, Las Piñas City, Mandaluyong City, Santa Rosa City-Laguna, Concepcion-Tarlac, and Cabuyao-Laguna. The growth, though unexpectedly, is ascribed to BeauQuest’s creativity and diversification to a newer line of business.

Grace Barrios saw the market with affordable products where customers are pampered as monarchs minus the pricey service. “Our La Reine Nail and Dayspa provide good ambiance, better relaxing facilities compared to the typical beauty parlors,” Grace Barrios bragged. An aspiring franchisee would only shell out P250, 000 for an all-in franchise package complete with stocks, staff trainings, accessories, and furnishings.

Like any struggling juvenile business, Grace Barrios faced the problems head-on as she jumpstart her two business entities. “My business’ infantile stage needs a lot of watching over. At first, profit is minimal but I keep on thinking how to improve, innovate further and grow my business. The goals set are my compass,” Grace Barrios revealed. At that time, Grace Barrios relies solely on reading books, and attending business seminars. Grace Barrios loved interacting with like-minded people and network with them.

Ka-Entrep lend a Hand

While reading books a lot and attending business seminars help, Grace Barrios still find these things insufficient in aiding her to the day-to-day business operations.

While networking with new friends may provide new market, interacting with them gives little quality time in coping with business management woes. This is the time that Grace Barrios is longing for a peer group with the same mindset like her where she could seek guidance, business counselling and aid for her business troubles. It was also during this time that she sent a private message to a Ka-Entrep Manila member and asked about the organization. Grace Barrios attended the pre-membership orientation seminar and eventually, Ka-Entrep’s Character Leadership Formation last February 2012.

Grace Barrios credits her membership with the Ka-Entrep East had done a big part in development her as a fledgling entrepreneur. “I was able to give primacy to time management especially in seizing opportunities. Business mentoring and peer counselling among Ka-Entrep members are also helpful to my entrepreneurial development. They helped me in solving my problems in business. I’m happy with Ka-Entrep and being with my fellow entrepreneurs within Ka-Entrep,” added Grace Barrios. Grace Barrios’ network widened and gain her new friends as well.

“Likewise, I take time to respond to others’ needs and aid them where help is due. I was able to devout more time to give livelihood seminars and opportunities to others”, shared Grace Barrios.  Grace Barrios shared livelihood seminars thru phone-patch interviews and guestings at dzXL’s Bisnis Ni Juan, rhTV and facilitating a spa business orientation at the Bureau of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprise Development’s (BSMED-DTI) Briefing Sessions.

Impart, Share, Aid

Grace Barrios is happy to gain virtues of helping others not her own. “It is always on my daily life to pass on my knowledge, share the blessings, and aid in every way I can,” disclosed Grace Barrios. “I attributed these values imparted to us by my parents and the school where I studied,” added Grace Barrios. Grace Barrios finished Hotel and Restaurant Management at Saint Paul University in Quezon City, and currently pursuing a Masters course in Business Administration with the said university. Grace Barrios shared that her family is always been open-minded to new things, and make others as successful as they are.

Looking back, Grace Barrios have her own share of businesses that failed. She put up a laundry business, sold ready-to-wear (RTW) to bazaars, and an internet cafe one after the other. “I’m daring but when I stumble I’m unstoppable, for it’s my goal that keeps me to move,” bragged Grace Barrios. She added “My family believed that the more you give, the more you are blessed. Likewise, I want others to be successful as me.”

“I’m not just a supplier to my franchisees but also like a spiritual adviser telling and guiding them not to give up at the slightest troubles and worries in running their franchises. I keep on reminding them never fail to innovate, to grow by thinking big, to achieve the goals laid down. I set up La Reine Nail and Dayspa primarily as an avenue to share my business learnings to others. I envision my businesses to be famous and be number one in their fields in the entire Philippines, and later, the whole world,” added Grace Barrios.

“I found my niche market on this. I never get tired of knowledge sharing out of this business. It feels good helping other people even though they are not related to you,” Grace Barrios imparted. Currently, Grace Barrios provide livelihood seminars on spa business, reflexology, manicure, and pedicure among others. As her social responsibility, she wanted to assist micro-entrepreneurs that she can get in touch with and inspire them to grow. ###

Contact:

Marry Grace C. Barrios, Sales and Marketing Consultant, BeauQuest Pharmacy; Marketing Consultant, La Reine Nail and Day spa, 17 Annapolis St, E. Rodriguez Sr, Cubao, Quezon City, Telephone 9660086, Mobile 0917-5727530

Wash in the City: Joy Grace Tan’s Answer to Fast-paced Urban Life

For many people, washing clothes is never fun. But Joy Grace Tan sees it differently. For her, it is a viable business waiting to be tapped. With the fast and busy lifestyle of urbanizing Filipino family, laundry and washing services is here to stay.

It was in the year 2003 when Joy Grace decided to marry her long-time boyfriend who, incidentally was, running his own laundry business. Seeing that her husband is no longer interested, she took over the laundry business and knowing its potentials for growth and profitability.

An enterprise aligned with urban life 

“After 6 months of being married, my husband got bored with the business and decided to go back to the corporate world. I was the only one encouraging him to keep going because I saw the potential of the laundry business; it’s a sunrise industry then. Hence, I told myself, keep it on,” Joy Grace commented.

Joy Grace ended up managing the two businesses, the travel agency and the laundry shop which she named “Wash in the City” after the television series popular among housewives. She stayed on and hopeful with only one goal in mind: recover her husband’s losses amounting to     PhP500, 000. With this in mind, she knew there is a need to install a management and operations system first to her business.

“I have to deal with and put a method on how to accept orders, do sorting, and how to avoid mixing clothes and missing items. That’s the usual problem with this business. But in our case, we were able to address those by incorporating an operations system. Orders are in place and covered the inventories, supplies and utilities. These equipped me to know what’s going around even if I’m not physically present at the shop,” Joy Grace revealed.

The franchising leap

Joy Grace knew that she made the very first big step. She thought the idea of franchising would lead to the next big thing. She hunted for the right people and connected with a franchise group that will aid in realizing her goal.

“I sought the assistance of franchise developer Mr. Bert Bartolome, the systems developer at Julie’s Bakeshop. He validated and enhanced the system we introduced. He said we are ripe for franchising and ready in this arena. One after the other, I began to apply the lessons I learned from earlier business failures. Even so, I am always the spirited type compared to my husband. Before I knew it, I was already attending seminars and trainings advancing my knowledge and skills in managing a laundry business,” Joy Grace crowed.

Joy Grace added that she joined trade fairs and exposed her fledgling business to franchise shows. She gets inquiries and letters of intent from prospective franchisees. Inquiring prospects would tell their target location. In turn, Joy Grace would visit and evaluate their intended site if it’s feasible and spacious enough. Space wise, aspiring franchisees would only need a 25 square meter-site as franchise location.

Efforts indeed paid off. From one branch in Makati’s Arnaiz Avenue, Wash in the City laundry shop widened with 10 branches all over Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao. Joy Grace beams with pride that most of her franchisees are based outside Luzon. Wash in the City branches are found in the cities of Zamboanga, Cagayan de Oro, Davao, and Vigan in Ilocos Sur. She’s hoping to put up this year branches in Pangasinan and in Quezon City.

Eventually, Joy Grace recovered their financial losses. “When we recovered the investments, it was like a debt that I have to pay. My husband loss PhP500,000 in the first two years of managing the laundry business. But when I had it franchised with as low as PhP300,000 to PhP350,000 capitalizations, my hubby’s lost became my gain. Even my franchisees recovered their investments in 6 months,” shared Joy Grace.

Big sister to starters

Taking the route of franchising, Joy Grace was grateful she established a working business system being followed by her franchisees. It’s like playing the role of a big sister, doing trouble-shooting and providing advices whenever problem arises.

“They would call and seek answers for their franchising woes. Sometimes, you get drained of their complaints. But passion is in my vein, I find satisfaction in knowledge sharing I got from running the laundry business,” added Joy Grace.

Besides utilizing an effective business system, Joy Grace sees to it that the quality of their work is being followed and the strict adherence to franchising terms and conditions. To her, these are the secrets in staying in this business.

“I always go for quality and always tell my staffs to do the same thing. We have high quality and fragrant detergents. With even just a little amount, washes and cleans better than other cheaper detergents in the market. All our laundry supplies are of better quality. Clothes pressing is also faultless, hence, showing real quality of Wash in the City service,” bragged Joy Grace.

The never-ending learning process

Notwithstanding, Joy Grace was a little regretful of not being to meet earlier the Ka-Entrep Micro and Small Entrepreneurs Organization of the Philippines (Ka-Entrep), especially during the trying times of her earliest venture as a struggling entrepreneur. What Joy Grace liked with Ka-Entrep is its Code of Honor that’s being followed by all members, and their journey mantra to greatness.

“Ka-Entrep has a pool of experts that give business counselling that would guide one’s business and mould your character. With my Ka-Entrep affiliation, I looked back and saw myself having great guts and business passion and yet doesn’t have the skills and academic background then,” recalled Joy Grace.

As local council President of Ka-Entrep Makati before and now, a Ka-Entrep National Board Trustee, Joy Grace Tan advised all budding entrepreneurs of the importance of being associated to an organization like Ka-Entrep that would serve as one’s backbone where one can learn so many things from fellow entrepreneurs.

“They may be bigger than you but consider all the priceless inputs of experiences they can share.  You won’t be sorry of losing hundred-peso monthly dues compared to all the benefits you could get. That’s already a goldmine,” surmised Joy Grace Tan.

Growing the entrepreneurial way

With systems in place, the pain of a fledgling entrepreneur then is slowly fleeting now. From trading of imported ready-to-wear (RTW) clothes, manufacturing corporate uniforms, to running a home-based travel agency, it’s with the laundry business where she found her niche.

The strong passion to recoup her husband’s losses led Joy Grace to a more detailed and hands-on business management resulting efficient operational system including hiring the right personnel, cost-effective marketing, and teaming-up with like-minded franchisees. That strong passion led further to grow her business and gained insights thru experience, and mentoring from fellow    Ka-Entrep members. #

Contact: Wash in the City, 9709-A, Kamagong Street, Makati City, Metro Manila, Telephone 898-0247, Email: joygracetan@yahoo.com

Dennis Daco’s magical fascination led to passion for business

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Dada, Daco’s puppet, is a perennial companion of his  presentations

Unlike a typical kid fantasizing tricks, Dennis Daco never outgrew his fascination for magic. With simple acts and bare hands, Daco would entertain friends and relatives using cut papers pretending he has a power to make things disappear. Still learning the ropes, his slow hands would get caught by his audience’s keenest eyes and catch where the trick is.

Little did he know that this child-like enthrallment would get him to bigger audiences. “I was delighted watching a magician doing his tricks.  I witnessed the comforting reaction shown by the spectators’ happy faces. So when it was my time to learn and present the tricks, I had this one of a kind chance of making other’s happy. The same way when I was still a kid-onlooker watching a magician does his acts,” shared Daco. The distinct pleasurable feeling motivated Daco more to learn magic basics.

He can do magic

Daco moonlights as a fledgling magician gracing office mates’ birthdays while working then as a liaison officer in a Makati City company back in 1998. Realizing that this could be another source of income, Daco frequents the old Quad Mall watching shows, hoping to discover newer techniques. The growing interest found himself going around some novelty shops, familiarizing with all the enchanting stuffs that could spice up his acts. This simple way of learning magic is somewhat regrettable because there was no recognized Filipino school studying the art of  magic.

“Props were hard to find way back then in 1998.  Orders have to be made and import it from other countries. Some malls then would sell it at very costly prices. Before learning newer tricks, one would have to befriend and woo another magician and be shared with novelty tricks,” Daco complained.

Becoming a regular patron of Quad Mall’s novelty fun shops, Daco accidentally bumped into another wannabe magician. The guy introduced him to a certified veteran, who happens to be the President of a magician’s club. This became Daco’s chance to be introduced to other members that became beneficial to a novice like him. Daco widened his exposure to the world of magic.

“I was so excited meeting all those magicians. They asked if I wanted to be a member of their club. I’ve been waiting for this great opportunity, sought support, and attended some of their trainings, until that magic started to be shared and propagated. It’s like real magic,” Daco revealed. By being a new member, Daco learned gradually how magic’s done the rightful way, gaining confidence thru suitable presentations.

Goodbye old, enter new income

Sadly, Daco found himself jobless when his employer-company had to streamline and affected the department where he his connected. After working for seven years, Daco joined the unemployed labor force. Remaining hopeful,  Daco believed that  for every misfortune opens a new window of a big break.

His new-found magic skills paved the way for a unique source of livelihood. Daco used his separation pay wisely and selectively invested to his new source of revenue. He accumulated  the necessary props and costumes befit his new innovative job.

Admittedly, Daco found it difficult at first and experienced the infantile pains in this unfamiliar trade he plunge into. But he has gone with the flow and play around like any other flexible opportunity-seeker. “I started with by being choosy in buying some pricey magic props. Though it is forbidden, I try to imitate some newer tricks and copy pricey props from other magicians. I let my carpenter and dressmaker do the bootlegging and improvement of costly props and attires and make it presentable.  Sometimes, I sell these to recover my investments,” Daco added.

In those fledgling times, Daco’s father would not approve of his new-found profession. He gets berated and his father would label his stuffs as nothing but worthless “garbage”. “Father would confront me, belittle my job, and tell me not to work full-time on magic, and get a real work. I’m hurting inside then but I wanted to prove something great to my scolding father,” Daco imparted. Later, his magic business provided for his father’s medicine, food on the table, and extra money for their daily expenses, his father eventually appreciated his novel path of entrepreneurship.

Thirteen (13) years passed since Daco decided to use of his novelty hobby and make it his full-time job. He can proudly say that out of his earnings, he managed to invest on a newer more decent dwelling place, a three-door apartment leasing property, and commissions from other talents.

Innovating the craft, enter Ka-Entrep

“Continuous rehearsals and trainings for creative new tricks are necessary in this novel kind of business. Clients need to see newer acts but some loyal clients asked for old tricks that amused and became dear to them, and they expected to see once again. Hence,  I would fuse new and old tricks to nurture the loyal clients more. Patience and being innovative are keys to stay long in this business,” according to Daco.

Later, Daco became mindful and see the need to tie up with an organization with the same thinking. The KA-ENTREP Micro and Small Entrepreneurs Organization of the Philippines provided entrepreneurial skills needed to improve his craft and capability in managing his business.

“Ka-Entrep is a big help in networking new contacts. More than that, I learned the importance of character formation, so characters of people are different from one another, and one should learn to how deal with others. Because there are times you could offend or hurt other’s feelings. This is necessary to appreciate diversity,” Daco conveyed.

Commitment to clients and honest dealings are some of Dennis Daco’s guiding principles. These are what he learned from  KA-ENTREP. He attended its formation program in November 2007, became a batch 21 member, and took part in the activities of Ka-Entrep Manila.

“I always find the ways to meet client expectations. I honestly say that I can deliver based on their capacity. I tell them right away what could be given out and what’s not. I also openly say that they should shell out if more tricks are preferred,” Daco disclosed.

Attentiveness to trends and flexibility are the things that Daco would pass on to those who aspire to be in this novel business. Daco divulged that they should be open for fine-tuning in order to stay in this competitive business.

Performing alone may no longer be the call of the day. Daco seek for talent accompaniment like clowns, puppeteers, and character hosts.  He also added newer tricks like balloon twisting, acrobatic balancing acts, mascots, face painting, and bubble shows, etc. “It has come into my mind to form a talent team so that clients won’t have a hard time choosing which packages appease their expectations. I quickly learned the social media and the internet to market and describe packages with corresponding amounts for clients to choose from,” Daco explained.

Systematizing his business, Daco can close a deal of at least six (6) to eight (8) performances in a week. After all, he is after the more frequent shows rather than the scarce but expensive. He stressed that he is also looking after his talents’ interest for more steady shows, and seeing that he could be of aid to others. For him, this is more rewarding and magic-like. “I am happy to help and give jobs to others. I may not earn more commissions, but it’s more than enough because I make other people happy,” Daco furthered.

Magician Daco is very optimistic that magic will continue to be a profitable business for as long as people have the fascination for entertaining wonders.

“For as long as people are enjoying party events, small or big, they will still continue patronizing magicians, including performing talents. Magic as an entertainment, is still extraordinary and therefore in-demand for parties,” Daco crowed.

You may contact Dennis Daco at Dhax Party Shop, 899- I, Cristobal St, Paco, Manila, Telephone number 5629623, mobile number 09166103573, or thru email: dennismhardax@yahoo.com

Motivating fellow entrepreneurial poor: Vivian Alzate fortified business through more skills

Vivian Alzate teaching gift wrapping to onlooking school kids

Not to be outdone, Ka-Entrep North President Vivian Alzate picked up the pieces and rev up her council after a few months of sluggishness. “We went back to our respective businesses, practice the lessons learned from the general assembly, and revived a month before our assigned Council of the month task. To date, the council inducted 19 new members,” said Alzate.

By being present to events and linking with other organized groups like the overseas Filipino workers (OFW’s), Alzate imparts what Ka-Entrep taught her– provide hands-on business skills and entrepreneurial mind-set to relatives of OFW’s, where to put their hard-earned money, and learn how to run a business enterprise.

Lucrative school supplies business

Currently, Alzate sells school supplies to mothers and toys to kids. With her inborn entrepreneurial eye, Alzate used market research knowledge given her home’s proximity to two campuses of the Grace Park Elementary School. Alzate’s store kept her siblings busy and finds it very rewarding.

The practice of good customer relations resulting loyal clients is one of the values Alzate acquired from Ka-Entrep. Five (5) out of eight (8) nearby competitors became friendly customers too when they run out of supplies. Another proof is that customers return too much change when they buy items from her store.

“Part of imparting social entrepreneur mind-set is that one must be an example of a lucrative business,”  braggs Alzate. She shared that it’s high time to bring along OFW relatives to the road of entrepreneurship and spend wisely their OFW’s hard-earn money.

Alzate’s school supplies business started in June 2002 with an initial capitalization of P10,000. To date, she’s formulating a business plan for her school supplies store that includes expanding and putting up a branch inside the Gregoria de Jesus Elementary School.

Where it all started

Alzate’s first business venture is by selling leather shoes in 1991. Alongside, her siblings need to fulfill school projects and singled out cross-stitch could be both satisfying and a good pass time.

The next year, Alzate saw that cross stitch could be a good product if put into artistic frames. As good home ornaments, She got orders as Christmas gifts. Because of designs and quality, she got 20 referrals from the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) and Philippine Long Distance Telephone (PLDT).

The whole Alzate siblings became thoroughly involved in the cross stitch business– including those who are high school students.  Finishing up orders, Six (6) sewers do their jobs even in the wee hours. They discontinued with the cross stitch business when the siblings’ youngest finished studying in the year 2001.

Igniting and effecting what Ka-Entrep coached in

For Vivian Alzate, doing business is not easy but it can be learned. The painstaking process of imparting good values and entrepreneurial skills, gave opportunity for her sisters and brothers too, paving the way for an Alzate family-owned business. The big sister they looked up to is now a huge mentor. Though their parents are separated, tight bonding among siblings mobilized even their spouses to keep the family business rolling. Vices are not widespread and tolerated among siblings, spouses, and even up to their children.

Compared to her siblings’ formal schooling, Alzate embarked to hone her skills and took entrepreneurial and business skills with CSE. She learned about Ka-Entrep through the Center for Small Entrepreneurs (CSE). Looking back, Alzate no longer considers the physically-draining cross stitching as her primary business since there are no more college tuition deadlines to catch up, and no more maturing debts to pay with.

As she imparted to siblings, Alzate extended her entrepreneurial mentoring by organizing the Caloocan chapter of the OFW Family Circle and became its President. Her focused is mainly on families of OFW’s of Japan. She wanted to help these OFW’s but don’t know how. Ka-Entrep provided the how’s. To strengthen the business bond, peer counselling and business mentoring is stronger via the council information centers (CIC) built at Barangays Bagong Silang and Camarin in North Caloocan.

The year 2011 gave Alzate bookkeeping skills she got from Ka-Entrep’s one-on-one counselling series. What used to be a daily and monthly sales and income recording paved the way for a yearly income analysis, calculating her strength and granted income projection.

It is also through counselling where she learned social media and internet literacy and explored how to maximize it for e-commerce. Social networking motivated and gave her opportunity to learn newer business ideas. Online discussions among Ka-Entrep kept her inspired and up-to-date on the current business trends. “It is always been Ka-Entrep giving me the courage and motivation to stay in the business,” Alzate added.

By being a keen learner, Alzate closes her school supplies store and attends to relevant Ka-Entrep business seminar which she will later apply to her business, and share to Ka-Entrep North member-entrepreneurs and entrepreneurial OFW families.

Ka-Entrep provided skills on how to list down supplies and other things necessary to her business. Ka-Entrep gave Alzate accounting proficiency necessary for the systematization of her business. Ka-Entrep never stopped in guiding how to relate to other entrepreneur-members of Ka-Entrep that Alzate meets. “As I learned with Ka-Entrep how to formulate a business plan and calculate income projection, I overcome my fear out of financial incapability, threat of pilferage, and mistrust of other people. All it takes is a full business management system for my small enterprise”.

Contact Vivi Enterprises, 111 Galauran St, 7th Avenue, Caloocan City, telephone: 4426837, mobile: 09202133220, email: alzate.vivian@yahoo.com

Starters Day: Inconveniences Worked out for Aspiring Entrepreneurs

Ka-Entrep, a pro-active and dynamic micro and small entrepreneurs’ organization embodying and espousing responsible entrepreneurship, launched a one-of-a-kind event called Starters Day last November 29, 2011.

The Ka-Entrep Micro and Small Entrepreneurs Organization of the Philippines partnered with SM Cares, the corporate social responsibility arm of SM Supermalls, on the above-mentioned event. We seek to address persistent problems besetting aspiring entrepreneurs in starting their business, where to seek financing, understanding its legal aspect including the Barangay Micro Business Enterprise (BMBE) Law, facing regulating agencies, and product enhancement, said Ka-Entrep Chairman Manny Talastasin.

Ka-Entrep not only provide venue for business matching, open up opportunities, and give a walk to business serendipity, adds Ka-Entrep President Ronaldo Cabaccang. We also offer start-up businesses how to make online presence, do e-marketing, and widens one’s knowledge on e-commerce. An entrepreneur’s personal Facebook account could be boosted for e-marketing like no other, brags Cabaccang. Starters Day cleared the road to worry-free entrepreneurship, adds Ka-Entrep Vice-Chairman Arch. Alfred Carandang.

Starters Day: Would-be entrepreneurs’ one fine day

Ka-Entrep Starters Day benefitted aspiring entrepreneurs and fledgling businesses with (1) a complete yet easy to understand overview of start-up issues, procedures and requirements through featured seminars and briefers; (2) a one-on-one consultations with experts’ giving advice on topics such as writing a business plan, recruiting, raising capital and product branding, (3) and government regulations in formalizing and registering a business. More than 100 walk-in starters benefitted the one-day event, along with more than 500 students entrepreneurial and finance students. Nearly a 100 striving entrepreneurs came in providing support to starters.

One of the highlights of the event was the panel discussion on financing laws and procedures for starting business with speakers coming from microfinance institutions like Tulay Sa Pag-unlad Inc. (TSPI), Seed Finance Corporation, and Negosyong Pinoy Finance Corporation.

Entrepreneurial management students belonging to student enterprises of the Quezon City Polytechnic University (QCPU) involved themselves by listening intently to the lectures. Banking and finance students of the Polytechnic University of the Philippines (PUP) provided the largest mobilization to this one-of-a-kind event. Other students from Letran College, Our Lady of Fatima University (OLFU) and the Las Piñas City’ Holy Rosary Academy also came in full force.

Various government agencies presented government rules and regulations guiding micro-entrepreneurs, including the BMBE law as shared by the Department of Trade & Industry (DTI). While the Department of Science & Technology (DOST) imparted the Small and Medium Enterprise Technology Upgrade Program (STEP-UP) that help provide laboratory testing and analysis to aspiring entrepreneurs for their product development. Any group of entrepreneurs can join its technology business incubator and benefit into a hands-on, in-house guidance resulting fast-tracked production and enhanced quality produce.

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The Intellectual Property Office of the Philippines (IPO Philippines) talked about intellectual property rights by registering and legally protecting trademarks and trade secrets that are part of an entrepreneur’s business assets.

Ka-Entrep believed that enterprise development and the creation of livelihood opportunities can only be achieved through an integrated developmental approach covering the promotion and utilization of resources and technology breakthroughs for the whole micro, small, and medium enterprises (MSME), Ka-Entrep Vice-Chairman Arch Carandang shared.

Ka-Entrep Starters Day also witnessed the launching of the Entrep Planner 2012, the perfect business ally all-year-round. Introducing the Entrep Planner to the receptive audience, Vice-Chairman Arch. Carandang presented the featured successful entrepreneurs among the Entrep Planner pages, namely: National Bookstore’s Socorro Ramos, HBC’s Dra. Rosalinda Ang-Hortaleza, CARD-MRI’s Bam Aquino, and our very own Ka-Entrep members Tet Galang, owner of Holy Rosary Academy of Las Piñas City, chain of resorts owner Lota Pamplona, and Joy Grace Tan’s Wash in the City laundry shop, to name a few.

Rising number of Pinoy entrepreneurs

According to the 2009 statistics of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), there are 780,437 business enterprises operating in the Philippines. Of these, 99.6% are micro, small and medium enterprises (MSME’s) and the remaining 0.4% are large enterprises. Of the total number of MSMEs, 91.4% (710,822) are micro enterprises, 8.2% (63,529) are small enterprises, and 0.4% (3,006) is medium-scale enterprises. Majority of the  MSMEs are in the wholesale and retail trade industries, followed by manufacturing, hotels and restaurants, real estate, renting, and other community, social, and personal services. These industries accounted for about 88.4% of the total number of small and medium enterprises (SME).

Special guest and Keynote speaker Quezon City Vice-Mayor Joy Belmonte cited the growing number of entrepreneurs powering the economic landscape of the country. She alluded likewise to the powerful role they play in strengthening communities where they belong. Quezon City is the largest city in Metropolitan Manila. Likewise, Unizo Westhoek (Chamber of Business in Belgium) Chairman Erwin Van der Kelen congratulated its Philippine partner Ka-Entrep for organizing the Starters Day through a video message prepared purposely for the occasion. Van der Kelen confirmed the strengthening of a partnership among entrepreneurs based on solidarity and mutual respect.

Global News Network’s SME Forum talk show host Boom San Agustin and Philippine Marketing Association (PMA) Board member Yayu Javier also attended and graced the activity. Ms. Javier gave a talk on Marketing plan for a new enterprise. While Senior Tax Manager Garry Pagaspas of the Alas, Oplas and Company of Certified Public Accountants (CPA’s) gave the last talk on Tax management for starters.

Bringing dream ideas into a goldmine

Twenty (20) exhibitors took part, launched and demonstrated new products and services at the Ka-Entrep Starters Day, namely: Center for Small Entrepreneurs (CSE), Global Pinoy Remittances & Services, Famous Fragrance, Created Pinay women’s accessories, Businessworld newspaper, Alas Oplas and Company of CPAs, and government agencies providing services to MSMEs like the Department of Science & Technology (DOST), Technology Resource Center (TRC), Intellectual Property Office (IPO) Philippines, Pag-ibig Home Development Mutual Fund (HMDF), PhilHealth, Social Security System (SSS), and the Sikap Buhay Entrepreneurship & Cooperative Office of the Quezon City local government unit.

Equally, nearly a 100 levelled-up Ka-Entrep member-micro-entrepreneurs, through its local councils (chapters) in Manila, Makati, North, East, and South participated by showcasing their dream business and shared for starters to partake. Local councils’ products and services like consultancy, website development, market research, tarpaulin printing, peanut butter, graphic arts designing, bakeshop, real estate, laundry/dry cleaning, remittances, insurance, pizza, party events & entertainment, among others, were all promoted along with informative events under one roof.

Ka-Entrep members have demonstrated that it’s not how big or small you think your idea is but what you do with it. They have made known how to deal with it as themselves and turning that idea into reality. As what Ka-Entrep President Cabaccang acknowledged in concluding the Starters Day event, A new beginning dawns with starters as they become game-changers and heroes of the nation.   ###

STARTERS’ DAY FOR ENTREPRENEURS

Starters Day

STARTERS’ DAY FOR ENTREPRENEURS

For immediate release

KA-ENTREP Micro and Small Entrepreneurs Organization of the Philippines (KA-ENTREP), in partnership with SM City North Edsa and Media Partner Businessworld,  will host the first “STARTERS DAY” for aspiring and starting entrepreneurs on November 29, 2011, Tuesday, from 10:00am to 7:00pm.  Government agencies including the Department of Trade and Industry, Department of Science and Technology, Intellectual Property Office, Technology Resource Center and other similar organizations providing services to micro enterprises, will exhibit and consult during this whole-day affair, free of charge to all entrepreneur participants.

This STARTERS DAY event is based on the successful Belgian model, being hosted annually in Belgium by UNIZO, the Chamber of Business.  The aim of the event is to reach mainly pre-start up and existing enterprises, by providing information, advice and networking opportunities.  Ka-Entrep being one of the partners of UNIZO here in the Philippines took inspiration from the successful European model and pursued partnerships with local agencies.

As KA-ENTREP’S advocacy of helping fellow entrepreneurs, one of the challenges that they face at the moment is for entrepreneurs, specifically the micros, to have better access on relevant business information and support resources to help them respond and effectively identify the opportunities on hand.  During STARTERS DAY, entrepreneurs and aspiring entrepreneurs from all over the Metro will have access to the best business services all under one roof.  These services range from the practical business registration to detailed advice on creating a business plan, marketing your products, tax laws and management, research and development and many more.

Also in the day’s program is a Network session wherein participants will have a chance to network and share ideas with business experts and fellow entrepreneurs.  Government agencies’ business advisors will also be at the event to provide free one-on-one business advice and consultations to potential and new entrepreneurs.  STARTERS DAY is also a practical venue for exhibitors, associations, cooperatives and other related organizations to showcase their products and services to both visitors and fellow entrepreneurs.

KA-ENTREP’s goal is to further pursue partnerships with more agencies and institutions involved in micro and small enterprise support that would increase the reach and impact of STARTERS DAY for the years to come.  It is also KA-ENTREP’S dream to provide entrepreneurs with a more comprehensive program in the future that will be accessible to even more communities- local, regional and provincial, which will ensure their fledgling businesses to succeed.

For more information, please call KA-ENTREP Office at numbers 496-1349 or 696-7046 or mobile 0917-9339368. Or you may visit our website at www.kaentrep.org or Ka-Entrep’s  facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/pages/Ka-Entrep/114304418609988?sk=info.