Photograph by Zig Mirasol

This year marks the Ka-EntreP registration and 119 members inducted at the 2nd micro entrepreneurs trade fair dubbed as “Negosyong Pinoy 2007” on November 30 to December 2 at the Megatrade Hall 1, SM Megamall, Mandaluyong City.

The event is organized by the Center for Small Entrepreneurs (cse) whose main thrust is to assist and equip the micro and small entrepreneurs through a transformation of becoming a well established and socially responsible business owners with a better chance to succeed and grow.

The center believes in the potential of the micro and small entrepreneurs to develop them if given the opportunity and resources and become active in the nation building.

Negosyong Pinoy 2007 brings together over a hundred business opportunities and ideas composing of the trained members of the cse (the Ka-entrePs) and the more established companies offering business opportunities or supplies and services for business operation. Other highlights of the event are: launching of Ka-entrePs Micro and Small Enterprises Organization of the Philippines with the participation of its partner, UNIZO, a Belgian entrepreneurs organization; financial assistance from banks and financial institutions; assistance from different business related institutions like, DTI, PCE, IPO, DoST, TESDA, TRC and many others. The event is full-packed with talks and discussions on entrepreneurship and enterprise development.

“Ka-entreP” is the brain child of CSE which advocates “entrepreneurship for others.” It was November 30, 2004 when Ka-entreP was initiated and its registration this year. It is a three-month character transformation program comprises of seven seminars. There were 200 qualified Ka-entrePs from the 400 who came in. These Ka-entrePs grow their enterprise/s not just because of profit but for them to grow it with others. CSE assists in the organizational development of Ka-entreP.

“Good business is an ethical business…When there is meaning in life – you will be happy!” advises Dr. Mina Ramirez during an interview who is also the President of Asian Social Institute (ASI) and the one who spearheaded the establishment of CSE. “With CSE and Ka-entreP, we are giving more choices and hope to people,” she continues. Dr. Ramirez also teaches Applied Cosmic Anthropology at ASI.

According to Rhodora Hizon, the Executive Director of CSE, “one of the objectives of CSE is to increase the number of middle class by training more entrepreneurs and harnessing their gifts and creativity.”

The Belgian entrepreneurs helped Pinoy microentrepreneurs by sharing their experiences in terms of technology.

The event is sponsored by Kabuhayang Swak na Swak, Hyundai, Globe Business, M-Vision Business Solutions, Media G8way Corp., Inquirer Libre, The Manila Times, Business Mirror, Philippine Graphics, Smart Bro, Businessworld, Kettle Korn, American Technologies, Inc., DZMM Radyo Patrol, 101.9 for Life, DZMM Teleradyo, NU107, CISS Manila.com, Luxureville, Amara Food and Catering Services.

Image Plus Business Solutions, Inc. is the event manager of this affair.

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