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Startup Tips

How to get Halal certification

Getting your product Halal certified will open doors to a large global market.

For entrepreneurs, Halal certification means access to the $150-billion global Halal market. For the consumers--be they Muslims or not--a Halal mark inscribed in the labeling of a product means it passed international standards from preparation to packaging and handling.This "win-win" situation for ...

by Entrepreneur Staff  | April 10, 2013 10:00:00

The franchising option

Membership in the Philippine Franchise Association is a seal of good housekeeping in the franchise community

The Philippine Franchise Association was formed in February 1995 to organize the growing number of homegrown and foreign franchisers here. Indeed, this pioneering group has spurred the growth of franchising in the Philippines, bringing the total to over 800 concepts today from ...

by Robert Trota  | March 12, 2013 02:00:00
Business Ideas

An OFW finds business in sardines

Leaving a good job in Brunei, Mike Cases bottled sardines in his hometown and let Filipinos--even those abroad--enjoy quality comfort food

In 1994 Mike Cases brought his wife to Brunei, where the Sultan paid him US$3,000 a month to preside over the construction of Jerudong Theme Park, the sultanate’s version of Disneyland. Unlike most contract workers abroad, Mike, an engineer, and his wife, ...

by Marjorie Ann Duterte  | August 02, 2012 06:00:00
Business Ideas

Sweet ride on bitter melon

A father and his son hit pay dirt creating food supplements for diabetics.

Daniel Abelarde becomes intense when the subject of the competition crops up. “We’ll continue to be the dominant player,” says the general manager of Herbcare Corp., the first Filipino company to “mainstream” herbal products—loose bits, tea bags, and capsules—under the trade name ...

by Lumen P. Balboa  | August 01, 2012 03:00:00
Business Ideas

Developing direct relationships with your clients

More companies are using direct marketing as an effective tool for establishing and expanding a direct relationship with customers.

Due to the saturation of the market by so many competing products and services, the simple shotgun approach to advertising is no longer as effective as it used to be. There simply is too much “noise” to contend with in both the ...

by Raymond A. Martinez  | May 21, 2012 03:00:00
Startup Tips

Teaching kids the value of entrepreneurship

Batang Business is a socio-civic program that teaches children the basics and values of entrepreneurship.

Once or twice a month for four months, children aged nine to 12 can attend the Batang Business program to learn the basics of starting and managing a business. With P3,000 as maximum starting capital, the kids can put up and run ...

by Marjorie Ann R. Duterte  | March 13, 2012 03:00:00