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Success secrets from Papa John

Meet the entrepreneur behind a billion-dollar business who started out as a dishwasher.

PAPA JOHN. John Schnatter started Papa John’s Pizza in 1984 with only $1,600 worth of used restaurant equipment. Photo courtesy of Papa John's Entrepreneurs make plenty of mistakes, particularly when first starting out. John Schnatter is no exception, although he learned at least one ...

by Catherine Clifford  | March 02, 2016 09:00:00
Startup Tips

Celebrity chef shares the sweet life with fellow 'probinsyanos'

This Oroquieta native is using his fame as a celebrity chef to improve the skills of his town mates.

At 29, Chef Hasset Go knows he has achieved a level of success few at his age have reached. But it all came from scratch.In his hometown of Oroquieta City in Misamis Occidental in northern Mindanao, life was fraught with challenges. His ...

by Lolita Villa and Lolita Villa  | May 12, 2015 12:00:00
Business Ideas

Home-based business idea: How to cook kwek-kwek

One of the most popular types of street food across the country is comprised of quail eggs with unique and tasty coating. If you want to learn how to cook kwek-kwek for the home-based food cart you are planning to put up, here's how.

Kwek-kwek is a favorite Filipino street food snack because it is tasty, affordable and filling. The snack is also a great way to earn extra money since it is easy to make and the ingredients are readily available in local markets. Just ...

by Entrepreneur Staff  | December 04, 2014 01:30:00
Business Ideas

Gone truckin'

Going where your customers are via food trucks requires you to be agile and flexible in your operations.

As overhead costs go, a food business on wheels isn’t likely to break the bank as a brick-and-mortar restaurant could. Which is probably why more entrepreneurs are taking the food-truck concept for a spin these days.Thanks to reality TV shows like Eat ...

by Entrepreneur Staff  | April 30, 2013 04:00:00

Snack attack: Taters

By effectively targeting the movie going public, this food shop has itself become a box office success.

For some people, a trip to the movies isn't complete without a snack and some soda. As a country of avid movie fans, the entertainment business has long enjoyed a profitable place in the Philippines, and many industries have sprouted in support ...

by Karmina De Ungria  | March 21, 2013 02:00:00

Learning from experience: Sweet Corner

By cutting the supply chain, this business is able to pass on its savings to its suppliers.

Cutting out the middleman has always been about getting things cheaper. But this couple shows how cutting out the middleman becomes good for everyone’s business, not just theirs.Voltaire Magpayo, 41, and Cholly Magpayo, 36 own the SWEET CORNer food cart franchise. The ...

January 21, 2013 02:00:00
Business Ideas

The small chef scores big

Italian food is more than pizza and pasta.

There are specific items that immediately come to mind when it comes to international cuisine. For example, when someone says he or she craves Japanese food, we automatically think of sushi, sashimi, ramen, tonkatsu and tempura. The most commonly known Spanish food ...

by KC Calpo  | December 04, 2012 02:00:00
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Taking on the giants

How can small businesses still thrive when the big boys set up shop? One entrepreneur shares how.

Within the past year, SM and Ayala—two of the country’s biggest retail operators and developers—have placed their stakes in Olongapo City and the Subic Bay Freeport Zone in Zambales. A huge number of businesses and big crowds are flocking to SM Olongapo ...

by Alex Grant  | November 26, 2012 01:00:00

Korean Franchise: Sariwon

If you listen to Diana Tan and her younger sister Donna you’d think it wasn’t hard to bring Sariwon, acclaimed as one of South Korea’s best Korean restaurants, to the Philippines via franchising. Of course, the whole process was not easy, but ...

by Jimbo Owen Gulle  | November 23, 2012 01:00:00
Business Ideas

Going Gourmet: Mr. Suahe Gourmet Shrimp

Find out more about Mr. Suahe Gourmet Shrimp, one of the finalists for The Next Big Food Entrepreneur.

Many spend their college years preoccupied with classes, exams, and papers; and spending as much of their free time as possible with friends. Then there are others who have a different mindset: they choose to get a head start and put up ...

by KC Calpo  | November 22, 2012 05:00:00
Business Ideas

Beef up

With a hit recipe and can-do attitude, two fledgling entrepreneurs want to play winner take all.

Everyone has family recipes of dishes that are trotted out on regular gatherings and special occasions. While most people are content to keep their culinary creations within their circle, others see an opportunity to share them with the world--for a profit, of ...

by Eileen Ang  | November 05, 2012 03:00:00
Business Ideas

Coming together at Briggy Hall

Building on the concept of community, Briggy Hall provides home-based food vendors a physical place to do business.

It is no surprise that Ivanna Aguiling would start a business that would benefit not only her pocket, but those of others as well. She is, after all, an instructor and program manager at the University of Asia and the Pacific–Center for ...

by Lalah Varias  | September 26, 2012 01:00:00
Business Ideas

Standing out from the crowd

Healthy fare and quality service differentiate this American resto chain offering Chinese food.

Competition among restaurants offering Chinese cuisine is so tight in this country, what with longtime establishments and popular startups. Archie Rodriguez, CEO of Global Restaurant Concepts Inc. (GRCI), is unfazed, viewing it as a welcome challenge. In fact, his company just brought ...

by Karmina De Ungria  | September 25, 2012 01:00:00