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Sim City: From DLSU Instructor to Full-Time Lego Builder

How Luarni Sim combines business and pleasure into a lucrative enterprise

Luarni Sim tinkering with his Legos in his workshopWhen kids share what they want be when they grow up, the responses can range from admirable to outrageous. Some may want to become doctors, others may wish to become a superhero one day, ...

by Elyssa Christine Lopez  | November 15, 2018 09:00:00
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Planning to Sell in Manila's Christmas Bazaars? Here's How the Rental Fees Compare

Costs rise the closer it gets to Christmas day and the nearer the venues are to major shopping malls

E-commerce may be the easiest way to set up shop today but many entrepreneurs still prefer selling in physical stores, if only because of the instant feedback one gets from customers and shoppers.And the onset of the long Christmas season in the ...

by Elyssa Christine Lopez  | November 05, 2018 09:00:00
Business Ideas

This Freelance Video Producer Doubled His Client Base Thanks to a YouTube Channel

Filmmaker Blake Sarion discovers the commercial benefits of the video-sharing site

Blake Sarion is a filmmaker who is now also a YouTube content creatorFor years, filmmaker Blake Sarion was satisfied being the man behind the lens. He sets up the lights, directs the subjects and then takes the money shots. His production outfit, ...

by Elyssa Christine Lopez  | October 30, 2018 09:00:00
Business Ideas

Amid Rising Interest Rates, PH Fintech Startup Cuts Lending Costs to Small Businesses

Thanks to smarter credit scoring, First Circle can offer more competitive rates for small businesses

Established in 2016, First Circle aims to make the lending process easier and more convenient for SMEs. From left: Brian McKiernan, vice president for product management; Patrick Lynch, CEO; Tony Ennis, chief technology officer; Axel Regnström, chief commercial officerLast September 28, the ...

by Lorenzo Kyle Subido  | October 17, 2018 09:00:00
Startup Tips

This Laundry Business Cut Electricity Costs By Up to Php8K A Month By Choosing the Right Category

Is your growing business still paying power bills as a home user?

Quickclean founder Rocky Hernandez says he saved on electricity costs through contract right-sizing, or figuring out what contract would be appropriate for every customerAs one of the first self-service laundry shops in the country, Quicklean founder Rocky Hernandez had to learn the ...

by Elyssa Christine Lopez  | October 04, 2018 10:00:00
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Meet 10 Startups Seeking Partnerships with the BPO Industry

Business process outsourcing doesn't just create jobs but also opens doors for innovative entrepreneurs

Officials from the the Information Technology and Business Processing Association of the Philippines and the Department of Information and Communications Technology pose with representatives of the startups that made it to the Takeoff pitching event Takeoff, a startup pitching event held by the Information Technology ...

by Lorenzo Kyle Subido  | September 05, 2018 09:00:00
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Sili Ice Cream: Bicol Restaurateur Turns Cold Treat into Hot Dessert

The unique treat accounts for 20 to 30 percent of First Colonial restaurants' sales

First Colonial's bestselling item is its sili ice creamMost tourists flock to the Bicol region to see the majestic Mt. Mayon and eat the spicy local dishes. After all, the region is famous for its food infused with siling labuyo (small chili ...

by Cherrie Regalado  | August 22, 2018 09:00:00
Business Ideas

Palawan's Haim Chicken Restaurant: From BBQ Stall to a 1,200-sqm Iconic Dining Destination

When it began in 1999, the food stand was selling only 10-20 sticks of chicken inato a day

Haim Chicken Restaurant is best known for their version of classic inato or grilled chicken A trip to Puerto Princesa, the capital of Palawan province, would be incomplete without a visit to the city’s iconic Haim Chicken Restaurant.More than a dining destination, the ...

by Elyssa Christine Lopez  | August 20, 2018 09:00:00
Business Ideas

After 14 Business Failures, Ex-OFW Now Makes Millions of Pesos by Reinventing the Simple Leche Flan

Princess San Diego developed as many as eight flavors of the popular Filipino dessert

Princess San Diego started 14 other businesses before finally hitting it big with her flavored leche flan concept What's Your Flan?In her best-selling book titled Grit, scientist Angela Buckworth argued that the main driver of success is not entirely someone’s talent or ...

by Elyssa Christine Lopez  | August 13, 2018 03:00:00
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Starting With Only Php100K, College Couple Grows Farron Café to 235 Kiosks Nationwide

Farwa and Ronnel Hombre found a niche serving delicious but affordable coffee to students

Married couple Farwa and Ronnel Hombre were still dating in college when they started the business in the University Belt area in ManilaWith their busy schedules and late-night activities, academic or otherwise, college students have become a big market for different kinds ...

by Elyssa Christine Lopez  | July 26, 2018 11:00:00
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From Bazaars to Food Parks to Shopping Malls: How The Good Tapa is Moving With the Times

The all-day Filipino breakfast concept closes two branches in a food park but opens shop in a mall

Fatima Ventura and Geremy Kho founded The Good Tapa in a bazaar in March 2016. Today, it is operating as a food hall stall in Evia Lifestyle Mall in Las Piñas City  When the founders of The Good Tapa—a food concept that revolves ...

by Elyssa Christine Lopez  | July 24, 2018 08:00:00
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The Lost Bread Wins Next Gen Franchise Pitching Contest with its Instagram-Famous Desserts

Company's co-founder will compete at an international franchising competition in 2019

The Lost Bread co-founder Emil Ongchuan with Philippine Franchise Asia's board members (from left) Joseph Tanbuntiong, Chris Lim, Bing Sibal-Limjoco and Sherill Quintana Specialty dessert concept The Lost Bread emerged as the Next Gen in Franchising winner at the Franchise Asia Conference 2018 on ...

by Elyssa Christine Lopez  | July 20, 2018 09:00:00
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From Php500 to Php10,000: Batangas Carinderia Owner Multiplies Daily Income by Bottling Local Dish

How a cook found a profitable way to can sinaing sa tulingan while preserving its original flavor

Nestor Velasquez started his own canning business using a recipe for sinaing na tulingan or braised mackerel tunaNestor Velasquez had a stable job in Iloilo, working for a shipping company as an officer-in-charge of day-to-day operations. Despite being with his employer for ...

by Cherrie Regalado  | July 14, 2018 10:00:00
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