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Dragonpay: How an Early Fintech Startup Introduced Digital Payments in a Country Fond of Cash

The founder of one of PH's earliest financial startups shares his thoughts on where the industry is heading

If you’ve recently applied for a clearance from the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) online, there’s a big chance your payment for the transaction went through Dragonpay’s platform without your knowing it.Dragonpay doesn’t appear among the payment options, which include only banks ...

by Lorenzo Kyle Subido  | February 20, 2018 02:00:00
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National Bookstore: An accidental brand

Get to know National Bookstore's interesting and inspiring story.

How National Book Store (NBS) evolved as a brand and corporate name is an interesting case of non-marketing. Many marketing experts would not consider it a purposive branding effort. Some might even dismiss it as simply a branding anomaly that worked. That ...

by Mary Anne M. Velas  | June 01, 2015 05:00:00

The Binalot story: From 'guerrilla operation' to a growing Pinoy fast food network

This company has come a long way from running a 'guerrilla operation' to becoming one of top food shops in the country today.

Rommel Juan, a lover of good food who comes from an entrepreneurial family, started small and simple in the food business in 1996.“The economy was good then and I had the extra time, so I looked for something to invest in,” he ...

by Entrepreneur Staff  | April 28, 2015 10:00:00

Ystilo Salon: Innovative services for the middle class

This salon stands out from the pack through technical expertise, unique marketing campaigns and quality service.

There are salons practically in every corner of the Metro offering inexpensive services. However, if you have a fear of untrained staff wreaking havoc on your tresses, better spend on a salon of repute.Ystilo Salon, which has Sharon Magdayao, a.k.a. showbiz personality ...

by Karmina De Ungria  | January 02, 2013 05:00:00
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By popular demand

This native delicacy shop has established itself as a dominant buko pie maker.

It definitely pays to be the first in the business, but having a good product is not enough. You also need a unique brand name for that product to give it a distinct identity as well as to protect it from copycats.This, ...

by Joel D. Adriano  | November 12, 2012 10:00:00
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A sud story

Jose Bayotas Jr. would not have been successful making and selling carrot soaps if he allowed his failure with laundry soaps to get him down.

Metro Manila dermatologists swear by the efficacy of the carrot soap Jose Bayotas Jr. makes from Butuan City. His soaps are not available in supermarkets and drugstores, but indirect endorsements from skin experts and some enterprising viajeras were driving the soap’s retail ...

September 14, 2012 01:00:00
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Feeding her dreams

Micro-finance loans have helped Zenaida Gutierrez make her feeds store a more viable business.

Zenaida Gutierrez shifted to selling feeds from raising hogs for four years when her family moved to a subdivision. For a while she was taking care of the piggery, the feeds store, and her three children until she had to drop the ...

August 13, 2012 10:00:00
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The comforts of home

For these two entrepreneurs, setting up home-based furniture businesses has proved to be an astute move as they now relish their gains

Before joining his father’s business selling Philippine-made furniture in Chicago, Jof Babaran, an industrial engineer, worked with one of the biggest companies in the United States. In 1990 he gave up his career as an industrial engineer and worked for six years ...

August 07, 2012 11:00:00
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Perfect fit

Teaching their children to love and be involved in shoemaking and retailing has enabled Juan and Erlinda Janeo to grow Janylin Shoes into one of the bestselling shoe brands in the country today.

More than forty five years after they started their home-based shoemaking business in Pasig, couple Juan and Erlinda Janeo, now in their 70s, are still busy overseeing the creation of their new shoe collection, which will be showcased in their highly successful ...

August 07, 2012 10:00:00
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Riding on a passion

Her passion led to a business

Josie Go put up her first store without coming up with a business plan or even a marketing study. She merely followed the suggestion of her mother, who said she might as well make something useful out of her passion for clothes ...

July 31, 2012 06:00:00

Tin Hao Dimsum: Ready for franchising

A business partnership gone sour paved the way for this company to create its own brand name, and reap the rewards of hard work and persistence.

After 14 years of developing its products and brand, Tin Hao Dimsum is finally ready to open its doors to franchisees. Though there are already many stories about accidental entrepreneurs each with a unique combo of sometimes amusing, often amazing, details, and ...

by Max De Leon  | March 02, 2012 07:00:00
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Edgy baby apparel is a hit with parents

Quirky couple initially designed clothes for their children, but edgy designs proved a hit with other parents.

Edgy, vintage, and quirky, are three words people don’t usually associate with baby apparel. But AJ and Audrey Dimarucot’s baby clothing line, googoo&gaga, carries infant garb with the most unexpected designs such as electric guitars, winged skeletons, and electro shades. [related|post]What is ...

by Karmina De Ungria  | February 27, 2012 07:00:00
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When fitness goes corporate

With a fitness wave sweeping the country, a group of sporting enthusiasts have parlayed their skills into a profitable venture.

As the worldwide economy falters and household budgets shrink, there is now an increased focus on maintaining good health and overall wellness among consumers. The nagging reality is: hospital bills are expensive, and the maxim \\\'an ounce of prevention is better than ...

February 04, 2012 09:00:00