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Ateneo de Davao Launches Aerospace Engineering Program as PH Seeks Satellite Launch Ventures for Mindanao

Island's location near equator touted as a big advantage for launching small satellites

Fr. Daniel J, McNamara, Ph.D. will be one of the instructors of Ateneo de Davao University's Aerospace Engineering program, a first in the country. The Ateneo de Davao University (AdDU) in Davao City is introducing a Bachelor’s Degree in Aerospace Engineering, ahead of Philippine ...

by Chiara U. Mesiona  | October 11, 2018 08:00:00
Business Ideas

Floirendo Scion Spins Head Start into Competitive Edge as Davao Real Estate Heats Up

"We're from here. If anyone wants to stake a claim in this region, it would a group like us," says Cary Lagdameo

Damosa Land, Inc. is owned by the Floirendo family's Anflo Group of Companies, which also includes the banana production and exportation company Tagum Agricultural Development Co. Inc. (Tadeco)Mindanao is slated to be the center of the government’s “Build, Build, Build” program. The ...

by Chiara U. Mesiona  | March 18, 2018 11:00:00

Franchise Talk: You Can Help Rebuild Marawi Through Franchising

Franchise brands are waiving as much as Php700K in franchise fees for Marawi residents

Signing of the memorandum of understanding for Franchise Intervention to Rebuild Marawi (from left to right) Chamber of Commerce and Industry Foundation of Iligan President Reggie Punongbayan, Ms. Katty Gandamra representing Marawi City Mayor Majul Gandamra, PCCI VP for Mindanao Merlou Quisumbing, PFA ...

by Sam Christopher Lim  | March 11, 2018 09:00:00
News and Events

Mindanao Rural Bank Wins Php7.5M ADB Grant to Pilot Cloud-Based Banking in PH

Cantilan Bank in Surigao del Sur aims to process loans in hours instead of days

A family-owned rural bank in the second-class town of Cantilan in Surigao del Sur province in Mindanao will receive $150,000 (Php7.5 million) in grants from the Asian Development Bank (ADB) to pilot cloud-based core banking technology in the Philippines.ADB said Cantilan Bank, ...

by Roel Landingin  | July 26, 2017 06:00:00
News and Events

How Local Businesses are Coping with Martial Law in Mindanao

Business owners in Davao City share strategies to adapt to heightened uncertainty

President Rodrigo Duterte’s declaration of martial law in Mindanao in response to the siege of Marawi City by the Maute rebel group took many people by surprise. In response, the local government of Davao City issued additional guidelines in pursuit of what ...

by Chiara U. Mesiona  | June 03, 2017 10:00:00
Run & Grow

Courting millennials: A national business youth summit by the Aboitiz Group shows us how

No talk of forever at this year’s AFLBS, but responsibility and commitment were fully covered

“We don’t want to make it quick. This is not a one night stand. This is a courtship, for a marriage.”I just had to scribble that as quickly as I could, as soon as I heard, the words spoken by Xavier “Txabi” ...

by Jen Balboa  | December 01, 2016 12:00:00

FranchiseTalk: 5 franchise brands you didn’t know are from Mindanao

All eyes are now on the growth of our southernmost big island

 During President Rodrigo “Rody” Duterte’s state visits to China and Japan, he was able to generate more foreign investments for the Philippines. Most notable among the economic deals clinched during the state visits is the ¥5 billion (Php 2.31 billion) worth of ...

by Sam Christopher Lim  | November 18, 2016 04:00:00
Business Ideas

From GenSan to Manila: How Macho Mucho barber shops are upgrading the guy style

This for-men salon from Mindanao continues its growth with upcoming Metro Manila franchises

It was a typical Sunday afternoon for Ralph Layco in General Santos City, when he found himself lost in his own hometown, searching for the perfect place to get a haircut.“I was really scratching my own itch. In 2012, I was looking ...

by Elyssa Christine Lopez  | October 23, 2016 03:00:00
News and Events

Halal goods to be made in 100-hectare Asian center in Zamboanga City

Mindanao SMEs urged to take advantage of growing global halal market

A 100-hectare center for the production and processing of halal goods in the eastern ASEAN region will soon rise in Zamboanga City, making it a key growth area for entrepreneurs wanting to penetrate the global halal market.Construction of The Asian Halal Center, ...

by Entrepreneur Staff  | October 20, 2016 06:00:00

The AFFI affair: Richie Cuna reveals what makes their franchising expo a yearly hit

The boss behind Fiorgelato co-leads AFFI with 100 percent devotion

It’s strange how twenty years, when it is the age of a person, connotes youth and promise, and of exciting things yet to come. In the case of an organization or an institution, a twenty year existence equals a milestone, a ripeness ...

by Jen Balboa  | October 17, 2016 06:00:00
FirstDibs in Marketing for Entrepreneurs

Doing business in conflict areas

There is no doubt that Mindanao is a promising and ideal venue for investment. While not all of us may agree that Mindanao is a conflict area (in terms of overall security), here are some tips that every entrepreneur should observe when making business plan for any area where there is perceived instability.

Dear Amor, I have recently opened an office in Mindanao for my Manila-based trading business. I’ve already done my market research, but I’m afraid there might be factors I haven’t been able to take into consideration. Do you have any tips to share ...

by Amor Maclang  | March 12, 2014 04:30:00
FirstDibs in Marketing for Entrepreneurs

Ushering in the Mindanao era

It is always a wise decision to put business presence in areas that are not yet exploited by competitors. This applies to Mindanao, which is touted as the next big thing in the local economy. The region is expected to be busier when the ASEAN Integration is implemented in 2015.

Dear Amor, I wish to expand my Manila-based business to other parts of the country, and I’ve been considering areas that are yet to be penetrated by my competitors (for obvious reasons). So far, there are several areas in Mindanao that fit this criterion ...

by Amor Maclang  | March 05, 2014 12:00:00
Startup Tips

How to spot a hit product

Learn how to develop a product that is sure to capture a niche market.

As a frequent traveler all over the country,  Karin Carmona  has always been fond of  searching for interesting products not found in Metro Manila.This habit led her into the business of bringing products from the provinces to the country’s capital. Thus, her ...

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