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AIKKA Paints awes car enthusiasts in Heat Wave in Megatrade. Aikka Paints’ special and unique car color blends awed car enthusiasts at the Heat Wave in December ‘07 exhibit, a three-day extravaganza that showcases the latest in customized street machines, muscle cars, stock cars and vintage cars, held at the SM Megatrade Hall in SM Megamall, Mandaluyong City until December 9. In photo are Along Tan, managing director of Red Octagon Malaysia (left), Michael Guzman, managing director of Red Octagon Philippines (center), and Christine Ong, Channel NewsAsia correspondent (right). Also shown in photo is John Tolentino’s 2000 BMW 5 Series, done by LNS Paint & Bodykits, donning the Aikka Black Gold Crystal Effect, which won first place in the Luxury and Ultra Luxury Class Category at the recent Manila Auto Salon held in Mall of Asia. Nine cars are participating in the first ever Best in Aikka Paint competition. For more information on Aikka Paints, visit www.aikka.com or call 700-5700.
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This is how you network June 28, 2007Posted by pinoyentrepreneur in Mind Your Business.
About 100 people exchanged business cards on June 27 as early as 7:00 am. There was only but one purpose—get to know a fellow businessman, find out what they do, discover how to give business to each other, and establish a long-lasting and meaningful business relationship.
Characteristic of a BNI (Business Network Intl) event, the Magellan Room at the 41st floor of Discovery Suites bustled in a buzz of introductions. Hardly understandable but audible enough to create a mass of sound that filled the room with energy, one can hear the hum of talk from afar, such as the elevator area or the lobby. If it’s noisy, it must be a BNI event, whichever country you go.
A 30-minute business card exchange should give you at the most 18 seconds to talk to one person for you to be able to gather the 100 business cards in attendance. If you drag, you are not getting the most of your investment of time and money. The trick is you keep your introduction short and sweet. How? By knowing by heart your business introduction spiel.
If you go to a BNI event without your business cards, it’s as if you didn’t go at all.
Have you ever realized that your business card is as important as the business it advertises?
WriteShop, it is! June 12, 2007Posted by pinoyentrepreneur in Small.
We turned the holiday yesterday into a momentous day for WriteShop.
The incorporators signed the Securities and Exchange Commission application forms. DOME restaurant in Shangrila Mall was witness to the signing, with Caesar’s Salad, Seafood Chowder, Pumpkin Soup, Ham and Cheeze Pizza complementing the happy occasion. Thanks to Yvonne and Mommy Elisa who made it all possible.
So, we move from hereon, to make WriteShop the editorial company that it is detined to be.
Here comes WriteShop Editorial and Publishing Services, Inc.! For more information on its services, click on the WriteShop page on this blog.
There is plenty for everyone! June 8, 2007Posted by pinoyentrepreneur in Mind Your Business.
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Do you believe so?
This is what networkers believe. Networkers are people who meet people on a regular basis. Not occasionally. Not only when they have the opportunity.
And when they meet them, they do not forget about them. They put their calling cards in a card case neatly. They take note of what they do and quickly associate the name and the business. They send an email or an SMS immediately after the acquaintance. And they keep in touch long after the first meeting.
Networkers build relationships–business first, personal second. They are disciplined. They come on time to networking functions. Their attendance is 100%. If there are fees to pay, they pay diligently. They know the value of the money they spend on networking meetings–more business!
A networker goes around exchanging cards with everyone in the room, introduces himself, and his business. He throws a question at a fellow networker to start the conversation. He listens intently to the other talk about his own business. He politely excuses himself to exchange cards with the next person.
And when he is finished meeting everyone in the room, he sits quietly and thinks about how he can help them grow their business. He thinks about referrals that he can give them. He is astonished that there is plenty for everyone. His own contact list running to the hundreds is a vast network of people whom he can refer. When he does this, he knows that what he gives will come back to him a hundredfold.
Imagine when networks are linked with other networks–a web of networks! Business has no where to go but up.
There is a networking event happening on the 27th of June 2007. On a Wednesday, witness the mingling of networkers and networkers-to-be as early as 7:00 am in the Magellan Room of Discovery Suites on ADB Avenue in Ortigas. Discover the secret of networking, word-of-mouth marketing, and referral business.
Give and you shall receive. Fair enough, huh?
If you interested, just comment to this post, or send an SMS to 0917-8523948.
It’s not who you know… May 12, 2007Posted by pinoyentrepreneur in Uncategorized.
Growing your business these days have proved to go against an age-old cliche, that your success depends on who you know. While that one could probably start you up, the rate at which you grow your business afterward in today’s very competitive marketplace depends on who knows you.
And how do you go about making more fellow entrepreneurs know you? Do you leave a positive impression each time you meet a new person? Or, do you constantly leave a negative one? Which one are you?
The wisdom of being known stems from lasting impressions–those that make people remember you. It boils down to six things, according to a networking guru. Allow me to paraphrase her thoughts.
1. Call when you say you will call.
2. Promise good, deliver great.
3. Give referrals regularly.
4. Share information generously.
5. Connect people with people they can do business with.
6. Believe in the networking philosophy that there is plenty for everyone.
It pays to be remembered by the people you meet in events, conventions, trade shows, etc. Give a lasting impression. Perhaps your next big deal will be facilitated by someone you just met in the last event you went to. You will never know.
Do you network? May 4, 2007Posted by pinoyentrepreneur in Mind Your Business.
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For a job seeker, who he knows may be his ticket to landing that dream job. But for an entrepreneur, who knows him might just spell success. Such is the case in a networking environment. As Robyn Henderson, regarded as Australia’s networking specialist, puts it: “In the networking environment, it is not who you know, rather who knows you.”
Networking is one of the quickest ways of growing your business. Networking is basically assisting others to grow theirs, without strings attached. It is based on “giving without hooks,” as Henderson says it is. While most people still have difficulty accepting this concept, others believe it is the way to go in today’s very competitive marketplace. Wouldn’t you want to do business with people you know and trust, or with someone who knows someone they know and trust?
So, if you are ready to grow your business by leaps and bounds, give out those referrals and receive them back a thousandfold!
Here are a few points about networking, according to Henderson.
1. In the networking environment, it is not who you know, but who knows you.
2. The definition of networking is to earn the right to ask a favor. If you never lose a customer, your business will grow steadily based on the volume of referrals you receive from people who have already done business with you.
3. Turn you business cards into business.
4. Always follow up an exchange of business cards promptly.
5. Networking is a number one priority every day if you want your business to grow.
6. Remember your current customers–make some form of contact every 90 days.
7. If you always aim to create a win-win situation with every encounter you have, you will quickly be regarded as a true networker.
8. Go to a networking function at least once a week. Make it easy for people to do business with you. Always follow up with the people you meet.
9. Ask questions and listen to the answers. Maintain eye contact while the person is speaking to you. Limit your own talking.
10. Treat others as you would like to be treated.
In her book How to Master Networking, Henderson writes, “Remember, every best friend was once a perfect stranger.”
Nature entrepreneurs at the Quezon Circle April 30, 2007Posted by pinoyentrepreneur in Medium, Small.
Herbalists, reflexologists, agriculturists, agronomists, aquaculturists–and many more–have gathered to be where the people are. At a portion of the Quezon Memorial Circle in Quezon City, they have set up to display their wares to the regulars of the park, especially those who walk, jog, picnic, or hang out on weekends.
And I call them nature entrepreneurs–they sell only what comes from nature. Herbs, organic fertilizers, organic eggs, health supplements, fertilizers from composts, and many more are on display and for sale. They also give out lectures, seminars, workshops on a variety of topics on agriculture, aquaculture, and many more for the enterprising Filipino
AANI, the consolidator of these nature entrepreneurs, is really doing a great job in bringing products from nature closer to the people. AANI is also the group behind the weekend market in FTI Taguig.
After a morning walk last Sunday here in this park, I had two cups of the mild-tasting Cafe Amadeo and a serving of suman sa lihiya and palitaw. A cup costs only P10.00, palitaw at P5.00 a piece, and a pair of suman at only P15.00. Such an affordable superb energy-filling Filipino breakfast. And I bought lemon grass, kinchay, and pandan, ready for transplanting.
Entrepreneurs in the New Header April 23, 2007Posted by pinoyentrepreneur in Uncategorized.
Pinoy Entrepreneur has a new header, in case you haven’t noticed.
This is one of the few things I like about WordPress—the flexibility to change the header! Thanks to an able 19-year-old architecture major, who does graphic design on the side, and photography, too!
After a morning walk at the Quezon City Memorial Circle last Sunday, we went straight to the marketplace nearest to our home. And as usual, for the long years that we have frequented this wet market, our favorite fruit vendor, meat vendor, and fish vendor were there. We are their suki (regular customer). And so taking photos of them were met with great enthusiasm, posing even.
Our favorite fish vendor, after smiling for the camera with his tanguigue, shared his laments as a micro entrepreneur. He told us they only have one problem–access to capital. They once approached a financial institution here in Manila, but found out that there were too many requirements asked of them. For a small business that only needs at the most P50,000 capital, he said the requirements were too much. They were discouraged. He hopes that there are micro finance institutions that would really help small businesses like theirs.
Taytay sa Kauswagan Inc is one, but it is based in Iloilo. I know there are other NGO-MFIs (non-government micro finance institution) that serve the Luzon area. Do you know of an MFI that serves the micro entrepreneurs of Manila?
Plan, Plan, Plan April 19, 2007Posted by pinoyentrepreneur in Mind Your Business.
A teacher has a lesson plan. An architect, a floor plan. An engineer, a project plan. A pilot, a flight plan. An entrepreneur, a business plan. Even a PR man makes a media plan.
It pays to plan. It is the single most important element in any activity or endeavor, big and small–made prior to all other tasks. As a plan is geared toward achieving a specific goal or outcome, it serves as a a guidepost where you go back from time to time to see whether you are on track or whether you need to make some adjustments.
Oftentimes, it is diffcult to adhere to a plan because as you go along doing the elemental tasks contained therein, realities set in. This is the reason why there should be contingency plans on top of a primary plan. When Plan A is not doable, a Plan B comes to the rescue.
Plans are meant to start with the end in view. The end result should dictate what steps to take to arrive at it. Plans are meant to have elemental tasks in chronological order. Step 1 precludes all other steps in the process.
Plans are meant to be written down. It is difficult enough to do tasks that run to the hundreds; what more if a plan is imagined or somewhere flying about in the air?
Plans are not meant to be rigid. They should be made in such a way that it can cushion any eventuality. Planners should therefore have a certain degree of flexibility for them to be able to adjust accordingly.
Plans are meant to be reviewed even after a project is finished. An after-the-fact evaluation is key to drafting more realistic plans in the future.
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Give credit where credit is due April 15, 2007Posted by pinoyentrepreneur in Mind Your Business.
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This is a sequel to the tips posted here previously. Again, contributed to our digital printing specialist who had a very challenging job to do over the last two weeks. And here are his words:
“Recently, we were awarded a project to produce 2000+ manual for a training seminar and were were given only a week to do it. I was so concerned that I’d have the rebellion in my hands because I was pushing everyone to finish the job. I’d have half of my staff leave at 10:00 pm while the other half would work on a 24-hour shift for 3 days straight. You cannot imagine how suprised I was about what I overheard them talking amongst themselves. They too were worried that we would not meet the deadline and were willing to go another day of work. One thing I noticed–not one complained, not one put a bad face. Come to think of it, they were even goofing around while working.”
Seeing and hearing this from his staff, he said:
“Another important component in running a successful business is treating your staff well. Give credit where credit is due. Reward hardworking people. Build good rapport with your staff and you can be assured of loyal, responsible, concerned people working for you.”
Can’t be truer.