Go Negosyo Empowers MSMEs with Mentoring Event

TOP MENTORS Go Negosyo founder Joey Concepcion joins Quezon City Mayor Joy Belmonte and some of the country’s most successful entrepreneurs and businessmen at the 3M on Wheels free entrepreneurship mentoring event held at the TriNoma Mall in Quezon City on Saturday, Jan. 20, 2024. The event marks the first salvo of entrepreneurship events for 2024 to be organized by the non-profit in its advocacy to promote entrepreneurship among Filipinos.
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Some of the country’s top business executives and founders recently gathered at the TriNoma Mall for 3M on Wheels, Go Negosyo’s flagship event for micro, small, and medium enterprises (MSMEs). This event, led by Go Negosyo founder Jose Maria “Joey” Concepcion 3rd, aimed to provide free entrepreneurship mentoring to MSMEs and equip them with the necessary tools for success.

The event featured a diverse group of mentors, including George Barcelon of the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PCCI), Bernie Liu of Penshoppe, Tess Ngan Tian of Lots’a Pizza, Ricky Dee, Ana de Ocampo of Wildflour, Lotis Ramin of AstraZeneca, Richie Cuna of Fiorgelato, Blanca Mercado of The Manila Times, Renen and Cel de Guia of Ovation Productions, Eric Teng of Resto.ph, Myrna Yao of RichPrime Global, Richard Sanz of Bibingkinitan, Chris Lim of the Philippine Franchise Association, Rhoda Caliwara of Palscon, and Marife Zamora of Filipina CEO Circle.

This gathering was more than just a mentoring session; it was an opportunity for MSMEs to connect with industry leaders and gain valuable insights into the world of entrepreneurship. The success of this event has motivated Go Negosyo to intensify its efforts in reaching more MSMEs nationwide, especially given the bright prospects for the country’s economy.

Quezon City Mayor Josefina “Joy” Belmonte, who attended the event, emphasized the importance of building businesses in the city’s agenda. The local government recognizes the vital role that MSMEs play in driving economic growth and creating job opportunities.

During the mentoring sessions, Concepcion personally guided several MSMEs, including Magdalena Ramos, a single mother who runs a distributorship business of Kettle Korn; Denise Caranto, the founder of the snacks business Konu; and Marjorie Barcelona, who successfully expanded her lemonade business through franchising. Their stories exemplify the resilience and determination of Filipino entrepreneurs in overcoming challenges and achieving success.

In addition to the mentoring sessions, the event featured a special talk by entrepreneur and content creator Isabel Magalona Go. She shared her experience of starting her business, But First Coffee, during the pandemic. Magalona Go emphasized the importance of leveraging social media tools to promote and market products and services effectively. She revealed how she managed to grow her business with just P6,000 in seed capital, highlighting the power of creativity and resourcefulness in entrepreneurship.

3M on Wheels is a program organized by the Philippine Center for Entrepreneurship (Go Negosyo). This initiative goes beyond mentoring; it also provides financing and market solutions to active and aspiring entrepreneurs. By offering one-on-one coaching and access to resources, Go Negosyo is empowering MSMEs to thrive in a competitive business landscape.

The event not only provided valuable insights and guidance to MSMEs but also fostered a sense of community among entrepreneurs. The networking opportunities and connections made during the event can lead to collaborations and partnerships that will further contribute to the growth of the MSME sector.

Go Negosyo’s 3M on Wheels event serves as a testament to the commitment of industry leaders and mentors in supporting the growth and development of MSMEs. By sharing their expertise and experiences, they inspire and empower aspiring entrepreneurs to pursue their dreams and make a positive impact on the economy.

As the country continues to navigate the challenges brought about by the pandemic, events like 3M on Wheels play a crucial role in revitalizing the MSME sector. Through mentorship, access to resources, and a supportive community, MSMEs can overcome obstacles and thrive in a dynamic business environment.

In conclusion, Go Negosyo’s 3M on Wheels event provided a platform for MSMEs to learn from industry leaders, gain valuable insights, and connect with like-minded entrepreneurs. By empowering MSMEs, Go Negosyo is contributing to the growth and resilience of the Philippine economy.

Source: The Manila Times

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