Go Negosyo’s 1 on 1 mentorship

Last May 11, 2018 I attended a one on one mentorship program at Mall of Asia organized by Go Negosyo (headed by Mr. Joey Concepcion). Just to share with you a story, Ever since college, Mr. Joey has created a big impact in my Entrepreneurial journey. I remember reading the books that he wrote and the inspiring stories in it.

(Grabbed from DTI’s Facebook Page)

 

When President Duterte assumed office in 2016, my biggest worry was that He is not a businessman and he might tech business reforms lightly. Fortunately, President Duterte chose a very able man to become the Presidential advisor for Entrepreneurship. No other than Mr. Joey Concepcion himself.

In the mentorship program, I’m particularly amazed on how the mentors gave time for it. All of them are known already in their own fields. I even saw Mr. Will Qa at the venue as one of the mentors. Indeed they gave time to give back to the community.

 

 

I was able to interview the Program Development Officer of GoNegosyo, Mr. Miguel Lopez, He told me that this is the first time that a one on one mentorship has happened in Go Negosyo and that they usually have seminars. We were even given the chance to be mentored in two topics: Entrepreneurial Mindset and Marketing.

 

 

3 Takeaways

I had the privilege to be mentored by Mr. Willy Arcilla, Go Negosyo’s Brand Healer. 

  • Former regional marketing consultant at Universal Robina Corp.
  • Former CSD Group Marketing Director at Coca Cola Company
  • Former Marketing Manager at SC Johnson
  • Former Brand manager at Procter & Gamble

 

At first, He had a hard time discerning my concern. I myself honestly don’t know what would I ask. But I focused on asking question about my brand, Emgo PH. He asked me a lot of things until at the very last minute we ended up with a light bulb idea.

Just to give you a background, Emgo PH is made to create products for security. Almost 90% of our clients buy our “Kangaroo Bags”

 

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(1) Make a Product that would make Philippines known worldwide

When Mr. Willy said this to me, I know I can never forget our meeting. I already set my mind into something beyond I can do – To make a Filipino brand known worldwide. He eventually suggested a very good brand name.

 

Kanga – Keep it Safe.

Ever heard of a bullet-proof backpack? Kanga would make it happen.

 

(2) Set your prices higher

For the longest time, I follow the law of supply and demand. That if I sell my products at a low price, people would start to buy it. But It has an adverse affect to the brand. It makes it cheaper. Rebranding Emgo was a very welcome move and I couldn’t wait to look for investors to launch the soon to be known worldwide – Kanga.

 

(3) Give back to the community

I was so inspired to see successful entrepreneurs gather in an amazing event mentoring the next generation of entrepreneurs. Someday, I would inspire people to do what I was able to accomplish.

 


 

You can buy Go Negosyo books at your favorite bookstores, Nationwide.

 

 

3 valuable lessons I learned from the CEO of Willy & Sons Corporation

Last April 25, 2018, I went to Bicol to deliver the string bags order of Willy & Son’s Corporation. I’m very fortunate to interview the CEO of the appliance business for 24 years now,  Mr. Will Qa.

He is a millennial CEO of the corporation and I’m very blessed to hear great lessons from him. For a young entrepreneur like me, hearing it straight from the CEO doesn’t happen everyday. In fact, it is the very reason why I established this channel, to learn and hear it straight from the owners of the company.

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Willy & Sons Calbayog branch

Allow me to share to you three valuable lessons I learned from Mr. Qa.

  1. Business isn’t all about the capital

Capital is not the prime answer to the problem of every business, it is only a tool of how can we expand it. The real thing is the efforts of individuals believing in your business – Mr. Will Qa

Having studied accounting for 5 years, I thought business is all about capital and money. That business will thrive if they have lots of it. However, I agree with what Mr. Will has shared, business is about the efforts of those people who believe in its vision.

Just like the story of Samsung, the Vice president of the company shared in public recently that Samsung Galaxy 7 hit their company big time. In fact, he did not receive his salary for 4 months and yet, the VP continued to serve the organization.

Capital is not everything. It’s a tool but it’s not the main part of the business.

2. Involve your Employees

When asked about his management secret, Mr. Qa shared this wonderful insight to me.

It is more of the involvement of the efforts of the employees in the business. The purpose of the business here is based on our collective efforts – Mr. Will Qa

The reason that I asked this question is because I am so amazed at how his employees work. They are so passionate and knows the direction of their company. They are the kind of employees who would want to serve the company for the rest of their lives and one of that is Mr. Chris Chan.

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(Photo taken at sir Wil Qa’s Facebook Account)

Meeting sir Chris was full of learning to me. He shared to me what’s the vision of their company and that he is so blessed to have a leader like Mr. Will. I can see in his eyes how happy he is working for the company and as if he is not working at all.

3. Be Humble

Although he didn’t say it to me directly, I learned this through observing Mr. Will in my interview with Him. I would like to quote him in this:

It’s not about me as a CEO but it’s about our story. It’s not the I, but the We. – Mr. Will Qa

For a millennial CEO like him, I’m amazed on how his feet remains to be grounded. He graduated economics from Bicol University and would supposedly study abroad but chose to focus on the business instead. He has heart for their employees and definitely for the next generation.

Your humility would take you to places.

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