AS part of its 20th anniversary celebration, the Association of Filipino Franchisers Inc. (AFFI) Empowering Entrepreneurs launched its monthly SME discussion via its pilot Pandesal Forum at the Kamuning Bakery Cafe last June 13, 2017.
AFFI is the Philippines’ prime trade organization committed to promoting responsible micro small medium enterprise businesses through franchising.
Panelists during the forum entitled “AFFI: State & Prospects for Philippine Economy” included the country’s most successful entrepreneurs namely AFFI Vice President Josephine Co See, AFFI’s board of adviser Teresita “Tess” Lardizabal Ngan Tian, AFFI’s founding member Ricardo Cuna and AFFI president John Chung.
AFFI milestone event’s moderator and host was Wilson Lee Flores. Tackled were how entrepreneurs can help those who want to start a business and agencies that can help, guide and mentor budding traders.
Co said the business community and the public could expect AFFI to be more vocal this year. “There are lots of tools na maaaring maitulong sa mga entrepreneurs. We expect more SME’s na lumabas,” she added.
Chung expressed optimism that AFFI will serve as the voice of SMEs in airing their woes and grievances to the proper agencies. “Kami ang magiging boses ng SMEs para maparating ng small business ang mga hinaing nila,” he said.
On a lighter note, Cuna said “Dapat maging venue ‘to (Kamuning Bakery) ng tsismisan ng negosyo.”
Ngan Tian stressed that AFFI advocates everyone to be a good citizen by paying taxes correctly. “By doing so, we curb corruption. Taxpayers should help the government collect taxes correctly,” she added. She bared that AFFI will launch another program called AFFI Cafe, wherein they will have chances to explain their business models to everyone.
“The more business, the more employment we can produce,” enthused Ngan Tian.
The panelists also bared their success formula.
Ngan Tian stressed that success “starts from the individual.”
“Unang-una, important ang quest mo for learning and knowledge. You have to learn and know as much as you can. If you don’t know your business by heart, magkakaproblema ka. I’m not an academic graduate in the food industry but I learned it myself because I wanted to go into business. Hindi ako tumitigil internally to develop my products but I still keep watch on my competitiors. I always see if I’m at in the industry. You have to be competitive always. Business slows down if you don’t. It reaches its peak when you are competitive and you continuously become agreesive. Isa pang importante sa akin is keeping your reputation and integrity,” shared Ngan Tian.
Ngan Tian also cited the importance of the government’s technical vocational education training program for youths who can’t afford education.
“A nice feature is the dual training program whereby companies can absorb some of the students and train them in the companies. They can absorb the students after the training or they can be employed somewhere else. Nag-uumpisa agad ang employment. Ang ganda ng program na ito because you are helping students who can’t go into academics,” she added.
AFFI Empowering Entrepreneurs, SME Forum will tackle different topics and issues which will help SMEs with their business. It will be held every 2nd Tuesday of the month.