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PhilSME Business Conference/Expo 2014

I went to the PhilSME Business Expo at the SMX Convention Center in Pasay City on November 21, 2014. This is a 3-day event but I was only able to go there on the first day which was on Friday because I had other commitments on the weekend.

The Philippine Small and Medium Enterprise Expo 2014, now on its 2nd year, is dedicated to “Boost Your Business” and to serve as a gateway for the ASEAN small and medium enterprises to build new relationships, network and do business amongst SMEs and its supporters. With over 200 exhibiting companies from 18 business sectors, and 20,000 expected visitors, PhilSME 2014 is the largest gathering of small and medium-sized businesses in the Philippines. (Source)

I was very interested to attend the Business Conference that’s why I made sure that I was available especially on the first day of this event and thankfully I was.

I went there with my mom for the afternoon talks that was supposed to start at 1:00PM but it was delayed for almost an hour and thus the program was also finished late at around 8PM. I regret though that I missed the talk of the keynote speaker, Senator Loren Legarda, which happened in the morning. 

Here are the speakers with their topics and some of the things I learned from their talks…

ASEAN Integration: ARE YOU READY?
Learn what every entrepreneur should know in the upcoming economic integration and discover various strategies on how to be an entrepreneur champion. 

Speaker: Paulo Tibig, Motivational Speaker, Best-Selling Author, President and CEO of VCargo Worldwide

Paulo Tibig, Motivational Speaker, Best-Selling Author, President and CEO of VCargo Worldwide
Paulo Tibig, Motivational Speaker, Best-Selling Author, President and CEO of VCargo Worldwide

THE POWER OF ONLINE RETAILING: HOW TO TURN CLICKS INTO CUSTOMERS?
Explore The benefits of online retailing, uncovering methods to deliver seamless shopping experience to your customers. 

Speaker: Arianne Kader, Marketplace Director of Zalora Philippines 

Arianne Kader: THE POWER OF ONLINE RETAILING: HOW TO TURN CLICKS INTO CUSTOMERS?
Arianne Kader, Marketplace Director of Zalora Philippines

DOING BUSINESS WITH A BIG HEART: HOW TO BUILD A SOCIAL ENTERPRISE?  
Learn inspiring stories of people who made it big while having a heart for the community. 
Speakers: Brian Tenorio, Founder of KKK Coffe 
                Terri Jayme-Mora, Country Manager of Ashoka Philippines

Brian Tenorio: DOING BUSINESS WITH A BIG HEART: HOW TO BUILD A SOCIAL ENTERPRISE
Brian Tenorio, Founder of KKK Coffee
Terri Jayme-Mora: DOING BUSINESS WITH A BIG HEART: HOW TO BUILD A SOCIAL ENTERPRISE?
Terri Jayme-Mora, Country Manager of Ashoka Philippines

START-UP TALK: TURNING IDEAS INTO A MULTI-MILLION BUSINESS
Learn the latest in innovation and technology that will definitely transform what’s inside your mind into a venture worth millions. 
Speakers: Shawn Sy, from SEO Hacker

    Christian Besler, VP and Head of Community Engagement Kickstart Ventures 
    Earl Valencia, Founder of IdeaSpace Foundation 
    Ria Lu, President/CEO of Komikasi Games and Entertainment 

Shawn Sy: START-UP TALK: TURNING IDEAS INTO A MULTI-MILLION BUSINESS
Shawn Sy, from SEO Hacker
Christian Besler: START-UP TALK: TURNING IDEAS INTO A MULTI-MILLION BUSINESS
Christian Besler, VP and Head of Community Engagement Kickstart Ventures
Earl Valencia, Founder of IdeaSpace Foundation
Earl Valencia, Founder of IdeaSpace Foundation
Ria Lu, President/CEO of Komikasi Games and Entertainment
Ria Lu, President/CEO of Komikasi Games and Entertainment

HOW TO MARKET YOUR SMALL BUSINESS TO A GLOBAL AUDIENCE? 
Discover the hottest and effective marketing and sales methods that will make your business go global. 
Speakers: Yayu Javier President and COO of Avanza Inc. 
    Arlene Padua, CPM President and Managing Director of Post 10 Worldwide Firm 
    Justin Gatmaitan, Blue Diamond Executive of NUSkin Philippines 

    Robert Tan, PTV Channel (the only channel run by the government)

    Lars Wittig, Regus Philippines

Yayu Javier, President and COO of Avanza Inc.
Yayu Javier, President and COO of Avanza Inc.
Arlene Padua, CPM President and Managing Director of Post 10 Worldwide Firm
Arlene Padua, CPM President and Managing Director of Post 10 Worldwide Firm
Justin Gatmaitan, Blue Diamond Executive of NUSkin Philippines
Justin Gatmaitan, Blue Diamond Executive of NUSkin Philippines
Robert Tan, from PTV Channel (the only channel run by the government)
Robert Tan, from PTV Channel (the only channel run by the government)
Lars Wittig, Regus Philippines
Lars Wittig, Regus Philippines

TASTE OF SUCCESS: HOW TO BUILD AND RUN A FOOD BUSINESS? 
Discover success stories of food enthusiasts, sharing their gastronomical experiences and tips on how to run your own food business. 
Speakers: Rudolf Kotik, CEO and Founder of RK Franchise Consultancy 
               Kian Kazemi, Restaurant Owner of Persia Grille 

Rudolf Kotik, CEO and Founder of RK Franchise Consultancy
Rudolf Kotik, CEO and Founder of RK Franchise Consultancy
Kian Kazemi, Restaurant Owner of Persia Grille
Kian Kazemi, Restaurant Owner of Persia Grille

FINANCIAL PLANNING FOR START-UP BUSINESSES 
Learn the financial do’s and don’ts when starting your own business.  
Speaker: Navin Uttamchandani, Chief Operating Officer of Esquire Financing Inc. 

Navin Uttamchandani, Chief Operating Officer of Esquire Financing Inc.
Navin Uttamchandani, Chief Operating Officer of Esquire Financing Inc.

ADDITIONAL TALKS:

Quality Matters: Enhancing Philippine SMEs Competitiveness in the Global Arena
Speaker: Edgardo S. Juan, President of PhilMSTQ Inc. 

Edgardo S. Juan, President of PhilMSTQ Inc.
Edgardo S. Juan, President of PhilMSTQ Inc.

Solutions to go Global
Speaker: from FedEx

He's from FedEx (sorry, i didn't get his name)
He’s from FedEx (sorry, i didn’t get his name)

 

The Master of Ceremonies/Host was the journalist/reporter, Ms. Michelle Orosa-Ople.

My KEY TAKEAWAYS from this conference:

  1. Innovate and not Evaporate (Paulo Tibig)
  • Because competitions innovate, you must innovate!
  • Market Research
  • New technologies in production
  1. Co-lab, Co-op not compete (Paulo Tibig)
  • Collaborate
  • Cooperate
  • Not compete
  1. Change your mindset (TAKOT) (Paulo Tibig)
  • Explore, Grown, & Get BIG
  • Status Quo – Change
  • Think Small – to BIG
  1. Business entrepreneurs solve business problems. Social entrepreneurs solve social problems. (Terri Jayme-Mora)
  2. Business is all about “branding the experience”. (Brian Tenorio)
  3. Even the greatest fool can make money, but only the smarter ones can make it more. (Navin Uttamchandani)

The speakers of this conference were really well-prepared and they certainly know what they’re talking about. All of them shared their topics based on their experiences, their failures and successes in their businesses, and how they’re going to make it big or even bigger in their respective sectors. But one thing is common, they all have the passion to what they’re doing and they have that willingness to inspire others to do better and attain success on whatever venture/endeavor they may take.

The 2nd and 3rd day of the PhilSME Business Expo also had a great set of speakers and panelists. One of them was Ms. Ginger Palma-Arboleda of Manila Workshops, who talked about “Start-Up Tips and Tricks for Young Entrepreneurs.” I personally met her in some of the events that I’ve attended before and I could say that her business ideas are really inspiring and I really admire her wit and humility.

I hadn’t much time to go over the exhibitors during the event because I was more interested with the conference talks but I was able to check some of them. Most of them were offering Franchise businesses. I also want to have my own business and that’s one of the reasons why I attended the event, but my focus right now is to come up with a good business idea and make it a reality eventually.

Thank you PhilSME for another great learning experience!

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Random Updates

October Updates and My Search for Additional Source of “Active Income”

October has been a busy month for me. My daughter celebrated her 1st birthday last Saturday, October 18th and I spent most of my time preparing and DIY’ing (customizing) everything from the invitations to the decorations, loot bags, and all other stuff. Though I spent quite an amount for that, I could say that our expenses were much lower compared to if we had it done at a fast food restaurant or at an events place but without sacrificing the food and the quality of the stuff I made. It was tiring but it’s all worth it.

I temporarily took a vacation from my investments. I’ve been really busy with other priorities and I knew I won’t be able to focus if I did it all at the same time.

My portfolio in the stock market is still showing negative and I urgently need to take a closer look at each stock. I need to do a comprehensive research and decide on which stock to retain and which ones to let go.

In forex on the other hand, I have been trading using my demo account. I earn, I lose, and I earn again but I’m not yet confident to trade using my live account with my prize fund. I need to study more.

My savings and emergency fund turned negative after all the expenses incurred lately. Thanks to my mutual fund which came to the rescue after reaching the maturity period of my 5-year contract. It wasn’t much but not only had it saved us from getting into debt, but it also helped us in starting over after all our recent expenses.

I got my husband, myself, and some family members insurance policies from Philamlife, which I got at a much lower price because I acted as the “middleman” or the agent. That was really the original plan – to be a licensed financial advisor or insurance agent so that I could avail of my own policy at a discounted price through my commission. But because I believe in the benefits of having insurance, I made it a part-time job in order to serve others who are also interested.

Aside from these, I’m also thinking about putting up my own business. On what type of business and how to do it is something that still remains to be a big question for me.  Thanks to the seminars and mastermind sessions that I’ve attended because somehow I learned about business plans and ideas. I still have so much to learn but I’m taking one step at a time. And hopefully I’ll be off to a good start pretty soon…

For the meantime, I need to find ways to earn additional “active” income. I have a small investment in the stock market but I consider it as a passive income for our long term goals. My husband is the sole provider for the family right now and we make both ends meet by “living within our means.”

I budget his income as effectively as I can and I think I’m doing a good job because we’re able to manage our expenses. With his income alone, we’re able to pay for our necessities, utility bills, baby’s needs and we still get to dine out or have our family date at least twice a month. He doesn’t earn that much but we’re happy because we don’t have debts. However, we usually have very little or even nothing left for our savings and investments. And that’s the very reason why I’m currently looking for opportunities to have an additional source of active income.

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Happy 1st Monthsary, Pinay Investor!

It’s been a month since I developed and published this website and I’m very happy with how it looks now. Imagine, a stay-at-home-mom, who knows nothing about web development, managed to create a website like this. Never in my entire life did I imagine that I will be a self-taught web developer. And with all the nose-bleeding moments that I went through while learning CSS, HTML, and a little bit of PHP, in fairness to me, I survived and made this dream blog live. 🙂

The contents may not be perfectly written because I’m not really a writer. I’m just aspiring to be one. But that did not stop me from sharing my ideas… Because I believe, that my ideas are worth sharing… And I’m continuously learning and improving…

I’m deeply honored and humbled by the support of my followers and readers. There’s not a lot of them but enough to keep me inspired and motivated to continue my advocacy of spreading financial literacy.

In terms of statistics, www.pinayinvestor.com already had 1,451 unique visitors with a daily average of 80 visits, and a total of 187,426 hits. It’s not much compared to other blogs but getting these numbers in only a month’s time is just overwhelming.

And to all of you who have already liked Pinay Investor’s facebook page, thank you so much for your support. You all made it possible for Pinay Investor to reach 180 likes as of this writing. I truly appreciate it and I’m hoping to gain more likes and followers as we go along…

In return, I will publish more and more interesting posts that will surely be beneficial to all of us as we journey towards financial independence…

Again, thank you and let’s all greet Pinay Investor a happy, happy 1st monthsary!

More months, more posts, more likes, more followers, and more blessings to come! 🙂

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Investment Stock Market

My Portfolio AFTER my 2-week Vacation

5/30/14

After enjoying the heat of summer in Samar and Leyte, I’m officially back home in Manila. Yes, back to reality…

I was very excited and positive! The very first thing I did when I got home was check my portfolio. And guess what???

It broke my heart to see that most of my stocks were in red and my total account equity value was 15% down!

Imagine how you’d feel to see that your portfolio lost quite much. Oh well yes, it’s only paper loss, but it’s the same feeling.

Is this what they call the “roller coaster emotion” in the stock market? Now I understand how it feels when the stock market is not at your side.

It’s sad and frustrating but I was aware that even before I started on this venture, circumstances like this happen in the stock market. And that’s the reason why a lot of people prefer to just put their money in the bank because it’s safer and it’s liquid. Investing in the stock market is indeed risky.

And for a poor newbie like me, there’s nothing much I can do for now. But I definitely need to do something about it.

I spent the entire week reviewing my stocks, researching, and thinking about what I need to do to recover from my paper losses. Inasmuch as I wanted to recover the soonest, I did nothing on my portfolio. The constant movement of the stock values goes up and down much like the roller coaster emotions in me. And that kept my fingers away from the trading buttons on the platform of my online broker.

I didn’t want to touch any of my stocks until my emotions get back to normal. That’s one thing I learned in the seminars that I’ve attended. Never let your emotion dictate you when making decisions in the stock market. More so, don’t invest in the stock market if you still feel bad about your losses (if you had any). Stock market is not the right place to take revenge. 🙂

Instead, learn from your mistakes and continue learning by attending seminars and expos. You can also watch stock market-related tv programs like ANC On The Money and Bloomberg. Or if you prefer reading, you can read newspapers, books or even blogs that are related to investing.

Click this link to read My Portfolio BEFORE my 2-week Vacation