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Do you have what it takes?

Entrepreneur Magazine launches the search for the country\\\'s best and most promising entrepreneurs for 2009
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Photo of 2008 Entrepreneur 10 winners: (L-R) First row: Marielle Valdez-Fong, Florante Cruz; Second row: Robbie Goco, Teodoro Ferrer, Rina Avecilla Third row: Mercedes Mejia, Rolando Liwanag, Rolito Villo; Fourth row: Mary Grace Arboleda-Young, Richard Sanz

Are you one of the country's top entrepreneurs?

ENTREPRENEUR Philippines Magazine, the indispensable guide for aspiring and growing Filipino entrepreneurs, is now accepting nominations for its annual ENTREPRENEUR 10 Awards, which recognizes the country’s ten outstanding entrepreneurs for 2009.

Now on its 7th year, the ENTREPRENEUR 10 Awards started in 2003 and honors the achievements of ten small- and medium-scale entrepreneurs who have blazed trails in local and international business.

The winners and their stories will be published in the December 2009 issue of ENTREPRENEUR. The magazine itself is reaching a milestone as it enters its 10th year in the Philippines under Summit Media, which also publishes FHM, Cosmopolitan, Yes! Magazine and more than 20 other titles.

Notable past winners of the ENTREPRENEUR 10 awards include renowned furniture designer Kenneth Cobonpue, Les Reyes of Reyes Haircutters, Chit Juan of Figaro Coffee, Filemon Barbasa of Filbar’s, Rommel Juan of Binalot, Ardy Roberto of Salt & Light Ventures and Richard Sanz of Bibingkinitan.

“Small and medium enterprises (SMEs) are the backbone of the Philippine economy, as they provide employment to millions of Filipinos. This is one way for us to recognize the entrepreneurial achievements of SME owners who have shaped the local economy,” says Lisa Gokongwei-Cheng, president and group general manager of Summit Media.

To qualify for the ENTREPRENEUR 10 awards, a nominee must have the following:

• Must be a Filipino citizen of good moral standing;

• Must be the founder, owner or co-owner of his or her present business;

• The business must have been in operation for at least five years;

• The business must have assets ranging from P3 million to P100 million;

• The nominee must be able to provide a copy of his or her company’s audited financial statements for the past three years (2006, 2007 and 2008), the company’s employee handbook, and its business licenses and permits.

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Do you have the chops to be an Entrepreneur 10? Download the personal nomination form here.

Know someone who fits the Entrepreneur 10 bill? Download the third-party nomination form here .

Nomination forms, including the list of requirements for the nominees, are also available at the Summit Media offices located at the 7th floor of Robinsons Cybergate Tower 3 along Pioneer Street in Mandaluyong City. Please look for Ms. Leah B. del Castillo or Mr. Jimbo Owen Gulle.

Deadline for submission of nominations is on August 12, 2009.
For more details, call ENTREPRENEUR Philippines at (02) 451-8888 local 1041 or log on to www.entrepreneur.com.ph.

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