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Run & Grow

Messy Bessy: Making social entrepreneurship cool, keeping hearts full

And it all started with a cup of Starbucks coffee

Imagine Metro Manila without Seattle’s famous coffee chain. Messy Bessy founder and CEO Kristina “Krie” Lopez-Reyes remembers it vividly. In fact, she was part of the team that brought the international chain in Philippine waters.“I was the financial analyst. For years under ...

by Elyssa Christine Lopez  | September 10, 2016 01:00:00
Startup Tips

Even social entrepreneurs need profit to meet their goals

It’s not as easy as you think.

It is very fashionable these days to declare yourself a social entrepreneur, working for the good of society, the environment and a better life. Most social entrepreneurs do not like to talk about making money, but often they still ask for help finding ...

by Martin Zwilling  | June 07, 2016 03:00:00
Run & Grow

How entrepreneur Marc Ching rescues dogs from torture in Asia

He pretends to be an American dog meat entrepreneur and brings the rescued dogs to the US.

The annual Yulin Festival in China's southern Guangxi province is about to get underway this June. During Yulin, locals celebrate the summer solstice and hot months to come.They do this by eating meat from an animal whose widespread slaughter by the thousands makes ...

by Joan Oleck  | May 28, 2016 05:00:00
Startup Tips

5 things entrepreneurs can learn from fishermen

Fishermen have extreme dedication to consistency, even though they had no idea what the day would bring.

Somewhere between sweating profusely under the blazing sun and riding full speed in a fishing boat off the Northern Coast of Colombia a few months ago, I was reminded as to why I am so utterly enamored with entrepreneurs: They have an insatiable appetite ...

by Rebekah Iliff  | February 11, 2016 06:00:00
Run & Grow

Habi Footwear weaves for a brighter future

This local footwear brand is a good example of a social enterprise you might want to consider for inspiration when starting up a business.

As consumers grow more conscious of how enterprises do business, socially responsible practices are becoming a requirement when making purchases. Habi Footwear is tapping into that trend by turning garment scraps into comfortable and stylish footwear and with its pro-poor business model. ...

by MJ Dinglasan , Cathie Carpio , Cathie Carpio and MJ Dinglasan  | March 31, 2015 05:00:00
Business Ideas

The power of three makes ECHO Store a standout, model retailer

Bright minds (and passion) of these three women converged to create a unique retail business that aims not just to distribute organic products but also to help provide sustainable livelihood to local producers.

Who would've thought a typical catching up over dinner would turn out to be a prolific business where passion and advocacy meet halfway? On that fateful get-together, long-time friends Chit Juan, Reena Francisco, and Jeannie Javelosa came up with a business idea ...

by MJ Dinglasan  | March 25, 2015 03:00:00