To be young and in business

youthent adrian Ifore Yu by Myrna Rodriguez Co (first published in the Philippine Daily Inquirer, Business Friday section, December 5, 2014) Youth unemployment is at a crisis stage. According to the International Labor Organization, 73 million youth worldwide—about 13 percent of the total youth population—are looking for work. Locally, the situation is more worrisome. Unemployed young people [...] Continue reading →

Suggested Reads for SMEs: Windows to Entrepreneurship & other SERDEF-ISSI books

windows to entrep   Windows to Entrepreneurship: A Teacher’s Guide, 2013   The first of its kind in the Philippines, the book aims to enhance the proficiency of teachers handing Entrepreneurship subjects at the college level so that entrepreneurship education may become a more effective catalyst to new enterprise creation. The premise of the book is that entrepreneurship [...] Continue reading →

Know your small biz law: The Tripartism Act

tripartism Republic Act No. 10395, or “An Act Strengthening Tripartism” was signed into law by President Benigno Aquino, Jr. in July 2012. It declared tripartism in labor relations as a state policy, allowing employers and workers to become part of policy-making bodies of the government. Tripartism, in Philippine labor laws, refers to the representation of workers [...] Continue reading →

Beginner's Kit

Guidelines for bazaar newbies

ChristmasBazaar Now that you have studied the pros and cons of selling in bazaars, you may have decided to try the “bazaar model” for your business (See previous article on joining a bazaar)). Here are basic guidelines for joining bazaars designed for newbies like you. Preparatory work Be informed of bazaar schedules well in advance.  Look [...] Continue reading →

This holiday season, consider selling in bazaars

christmas-presents Do you have products to sell but have no store and no market exposure? Consider selling at bazaars. Seasonal bazaars are organized during the shopping months of November and December as well as during other special-themed months like February (Valentine’s) or May (fiesta time). Various industry events, on the other hand, feature travel expos, bridal [...] Continue reading →