SME Go! feat. 2015 BPI Family Ka-Negosyo Best List Congress

(UPDATED) Last April 24, 2015 BPI Ka-Negosyo inducted new brands to its Ka-Negosyo Best list held in Mindanao Ballroom, Sofitel Philippine Plaza in Pasay. Among the newly inducted brands were: EC Gas, HBC, Kambal Pandesal, Lots’a Pizza, Mrs. Fields, PTT, Subway, Unioil, 7-Eleven, Goldilocks and Max’s Group.

Mr. Barbie Atienza (Resource-Motivational Speaker/ Trainor/ Facilitator for various organizations) and Ms. Merlee Jayme  (Chairman and Chief Creative Officer of DM9 Jayme Syfu).

Mr. Barbie Atienza (Resource-Motivational Speaker/ Trainor/ Facilitator for various organizations) and Ms. Merlee Jayme (Chairman and Chief Creative Officer of DM9 Jayme Syfu).

Aside from the induction of new brands to BPI Ka-Negosyo’s Best List, the event also featured industry talks from Mr. Barbie Atienza (Resource-Motivational Speaker/ Trainor/ Facilitator for various organizations). The topics that he touches were HR & Career Management, Training and Development, Public Relations, Work attitude and values et al. Ms. Merlee Jayme (Chairman and Chief Creative Officer of DM9 Jayme Syfu) talks about how digital marketing works nowadays and its edge to other marketing strategy in the industry.

The BPI Ka-Negosyo Best list is a shortlist of accredited brands of BPI Family Savings Bank who have good financial standing and provide significant marketing support for their franchisees.

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We Were Overwhelmed

More than 750 entrepreneurs, advocates, and partners joined us in a jam-packed venue as we celebrate Go Negosyo's 10th anniversary!

More than 750 entrepreneurs, advocates, and partners joined us in a jam-packed venue as we celebrate Go Negosyo’s 10th anniversary!

Go Negosyo held its 10th Anniversary Celebration the other day at the Green Sun Hotel in Makati City.  We have been blessed with 10 years of being able to reach out to many Filipinos around the country and share how we can all have the chance to move up in life.  To us, this has been the running battlecry since 10 years ago, to have a Go Negosyo mindset and knowhow to be successful in life.  We need to dream, believe and achieve. There are many inspiring stories of victories in life, and it didn’t matter whether the person started with something or even with nothing.  It is how we make the most out of what we have and what we can learn, what we are passionate about and what are the opportunities in the market.  

We were happy to see everyone in the Go Negosyo community gathered again in one place, exchanging views, ideas, or simply sharing stories to one another, all with the common underlying agenda on how each one can do his or her share in uplifting the lives of other Filipinos.  Either spreading their stories to inspire, or revealing their winning strategies on how they were able to take their business model to the next level.  It is always a positive feel having these gatherings among positive-mindset and progressive entrepreneurs.  

We were overwhelmed to hear about the good feedback of our guests on our venue. Green Sun Hotel is owned by David Lim and boasts its cinematic projectors which give the whole venue a different feel. Yesterday, we were transported to the middle of a forest. To us, the forest which is basically composed of green environment signifies hope, prosperity and growth which we are experiencing in the entrepreneurship industry.

We had our Go Negosyo Trustees who have been with us in the advocacy from the early years, the corporate and institutional partners who share with us the vision to create an entrepreneurial nation, the  entrepreneurs and angelpreneurs who have been providing the teachings and mentorship, the partners in government like DTI , DOST, TESDA, DA just to name a few, other enabler institutions like Gawad Kalinga with the inspiring Tony Meloto, GKnomics, Center for Future Leadership of Vice Gov. Joey Pelaez, Ideaspace, ENEDA, plus the Senators who have been championing entrepreneurship. Congressman Arthur Yap was also there as he had also been with our advocacy from the start. Dynamic Ambassadors Asif Ahmad of British Embassy; David Strachan of New Zealand Embassy, Mr. Pete Davis from the US Embassy, and representatives from the Australian Embassy also joined us as we have entrep development programs with these groups. Partner schools and universities  like CLSU, UP, Southville were all there.  So great to see the whole entrepreneurship community in one place again.  

The celebration allowed us to also launch our latest book: “Go Negosyo: Joey Concepcion’s 50 Inspiring Entrepreneurial Stories, Special 10th Year Anniversary Edition.” The book is the new edition Go Negosyo’s very first book. New stories of champion entrepreneurs who believe in the power of determination to reach their dreams are added to this special book.  We also had the chance to review the Milestones of Go Negosyo and the journey of all our activities in the past 10 years.

As I gave my message in the middle of the celebration, I took the opportunity to thank the people who played a huge role in our journey in the Philippine Center for Entrepreneurship. I mentioned last week in this column and  at the celebration the other night the influence of GK’s Tony Meloto, and gave credit also to former president Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, who was represented by her daughter Luli Arroyo-Bernas, who appointed me as Presidential Consultant for Entrepreneurship (pro-bono) in 2005.  That led me to institutionalize this advocacy thru a non-government organization that will allow its continuity beyond changes in Presidency. 

We also recognized that night Senator Bam Aquino, who in his first year in the Senate authored the Go Negosyo Act, Senator Cynthia Villar for her efforts in Agri entrepreneurship and Negosyo Summits for OFWs, Sen. Sonny Angara for tax reforms for SMEs and Sen Grace Poe for women entrepreneurship.  Icon entrepreneurs were also recognized for being an inspiration to many and for their various efforts in entrepreneurship development. 

We thank the entire community of Go Negosyo as we commit to further intensify our efforts to bring hope, inspiration, and knowledge to those most in need.  We all look forward to the next ten years of Go Negosyo, relentlessly pushing for the development of a country of enterprising Filipinos!