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Run & Grow

Revisiting the multi-million ice candy business

Check how Rudy and Rosiell de Leon are continuing to grow Bianca’s Ice Candy that was made possible with only P20.

“This all feels like a dream,” Rosiell de Leon said in Filipino, five years since she and her husband, Rudy, set up Bianca’s Ice Candy.Nowadays, the couple is busy talking to clients, handling operations, and overseeing the construction of their new factory ...

by Elyssa Christine Lopez  | July 17, 2016 11:00:00
News and Events

Kick start your day, June 24: Dell exec says PH gov’t needs to boost MSMEs’ growth

And BIR falls short of revenue target for May.

Safety firstBusiness leaders are in a wait and see mode on how the incoming Duterte administration will handle the economy.For a Dell Inc executive, “keeping the country safe” will boost the micro, small, and medium enterprises sector (MSMEs), and propel the economy ...

by Entrepreneur Staff  | June 24, 2016 08:00:00
Startup Tips

Why every small business needs a backup and disaster recovery plan

Because BDR solutions keep businesses safe when trouble strikes.

As a digitally active business in 2016, you cannot afford to lose your data. Whether at the hands of a natural disaster, human error, or cyber attack, data loss is costly and extremely risky. That is why you need a backup and ...

by Larry Alton  | June 04, 2016 09:00:00
Startup Tips

3 ways cloud computing helps MSMEs

Micro, small, and medium enterprises need to adapt to technological innovations to compete in the global market.

  The Philippine economy has seen significant growth over the past few years, and it stands to reason this growth will continue into the next few years.Related: PH exceeds expectations, posts 6.9% GDP growth in Q1One key opportunity lies in the Philippines’ micro, ...

by Shane Owenby  | May 25, 2016 09:00:00
Run & Grow

Boom Cities (Part 3): The speedster, Cagayan de Oro

One of the first provincial cities to have a thriving business community, CDO continues to be a prime model to emulate.

Read parts 1 and 2 of this series.The highly urbanized city in the province of Misamis Oriental has proven fertile ground for both crops and commerce, with a knack for trimming the bureaucratic fat.In 2015, the National Competitiveness Council (NCC) ranked Cagayan ...

by Victoria Vizcarra  | May 15, 2016 07:00:00
Startup Tips

Biggest cloud service in the world now in PH

Amazon Web Services has set up a Manila office to develop more products with local businesses.

By this time, getting your company in the cloud is no longer a trend or a luxury but a necessity.The technology has enabled small businesses across the world to access vast opportunities from tapping international markets to upgrading their systems at par ...

by Elyssa Christine Lopez  | May 06, 2016 05:00:00
Startup Tips

5 features of the new PSBank’s Business Online Buddy

The newest online bank portal aims to look after the needs of business owners.

 In today’s fast-paced and digital world, time is money. You need to act fast to catch up with the latest trends and provide the most efficient service, or risk losing customers. Luckily, industries are adapting and they are even enabling entrepreneurs to ...

by Nicai de Guzman  | May 06, 2016 09:00:00
Startup Tips

4 ways to tap the potentials of mobile marketing

Take advantage of these and see your business reach new heights.

 In January 2016, the number of mobile connections in the Philippines has grown to 119.21 million, and active mobile social users is now at 41 million—a 40% penetration rate.In most parts of the Philippines, if you mention mobile marketing, some may still ...

by Nicai de Guzman  | April 29, 2016 08:00:00
News and Events

Digital transformation starts on top, new study says

If your leader is not open to change, then the business or company’s data strategy will suffer, a Microsoft exec points out.

MANILA, Philippines – It was first seen in big businesses:  TV networks are now streaming their shows online; telecommunications providers are boosting data services for consumers; malls are building e-commerce sites.Yet, in spite of the massive changes the Fourth Industrial Revolution has ...

by Elyssa Christine Lopez  | April 27, 2016 07:00:00
Startup Tips

3 trends impacting small, medium businesses now

Marketing has become an important tool more than ever for MSMEs to innovate customer service.

Since 2014, small and medium-sized business owners have experienced year-on-year improvement of business results, and they are increasingly optimistic about the current economic environment.According to a recent survey, 56% of local business owners plan to increase their marketing budgets in 2016 in the ...

by Allison Checchi  | April 16, 2016 09:00:00
News and Events

PLDT organizes biggest digital conference for MSMEs

TechIsland 3.0 aims to introduce, guide them in finding, taking opportunities in an evolving market.

MANILA, Philippines – PLDT Smart SME Nation, the micro, small, and medium enterprises (MSMEs) business unit of Philippine Long Distance Telephone Company (PLDT) is organizing what it describes as the largest digital conference for micro, small, and medium enterprises (MSMEs) in the ...

by James Humarang  | April 13, 2016 07:00:00
Startup Tips

Should your company have debt?

No matter how much math you do, good judgment is always required in dealing with debts.

People refer to debt as leverage, because at a certain level of earnings, debt will increase the return on equity (ROE). The reason: There are only two ways to capitalize a business, debt and equity.Related: How to make debt work for youLet us say ...

by Doug and Polly White  | March 22, 2016 02:00:00
Startup Tips

6 financial mistakes small businesses make all the time (Infographic)

It's all about the budget when it comes to starting a business.

When it comes to starting a business, it is all about the budget. Maintaining a healthy bottom line is key if you want your fledgling venture to take flight and grow.Too often though, small businesses make a variety of financial mistakes that ...

by Laura Entis  | March 18, 2016 01:00:00