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The 7th Philippine SME Business Expo & Conference (PHILSME) opened successfully last October 17-18, 2018 at the SMX Convention Center Manila, Mall of Asia Complex, Pasay City.
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About the Event
PHILSME is the Philippines’ Largest Business-2-Business Expo, Conference, and Networking Event for Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) featuring over 200 business solutions and opportunities, 26 conference talks, with 8,996 visitors in only 2 days, all in one place.
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Opening Ceremony kicked-off the event with (from L-R) Ms. Luisa Saplan, PHILSME Project Head; Mr. Rudolf Kotik, Founder of RK Franchise Consultancy and Filipino International Franchise Association; Ms. Kimberley Lim, Marketing Specialist of FedEx Philippines; Ms. Jean Gagarino, Territory Manager of Subway Philippines; Mr. Daniel Gonzales, the Head of SME Department of the Development Bank of the Philippines; Mr. Joseph Gervacio, the Corporates Support from Epson Philippines; Ms. Ana Joy Rocero, the Area Director of Regus Philippines; Mr. David Abrenilla, the CEO of Mediacom Solutions Inc. and the Founder of the Philippine SME Business Expo & Conference; Ms. Gay Manalang, the Assistant Vice President and Head of Trade and Regional Marketing of Cignal TV; Mr. Christian Lim, Chief Operations Officer of Microsoft Philippines; Ms. Joy Aspacio, Regional Manager of Benchmark Email Philippines; Ms. Kristine Pesquisa, Marketing and Sustainability Officer of Esquire Financing, Inc.; Mr. Jerry T. Clavesillas, Director of the Bureau of Small and Medium Enterprise Development of the Department of Trade and Industry – Philippines; Mr. Jonathan Petalver, the President of the Petalver Management Consultancy Services; and Mr. RJ Ledesma, the Co-Founder of Mercato Centrale and EnterPH.
David Abrenilla, CEO of Mediacom Solutions Inc., & Founder of the Philippine SME Business Expo & Conference, welcomes all VIPs, sponsors, media partners, and visitors.
Director Jerry T. Clavesillas, the Bureau Director of the Department of Trade and Industry – Bureau of Small and Medium Enterprise Development and this year’s keynote speaker, expresses his support to PHILSME as an effective platform to Small and Medium
Christian Lim, Chief Operating Officer of Microsoft Philippines, gives a word about entrepreneurship and how Microsoft supports the SMEs.
Ana Joy Rocero, the Area Director of Regus Philippines / SPACES, shares how Regus became a proactive partner of PHILSME for over 7 editions with the advocacy to boost SMEs through their co-working spaces.
The 7th Philippine SME Business Expo & Conference is sponsored by Microsoft Philippines, Regus Philippines/SPACES, Esquire Financing, Cignal TV, FedEx Express, Epson Philippines, Benchmark, Development Bank of the Philippines, and Subway Philippines.
Microsoft Philippines offers computer
Regus/SPACES offers office spaces, virtual offices, co-working spaces, meeting rooms, and lounges for personal and business use.
Esquire Financing offers fast, hassle-free, non-collateral business loans for SMEs ranging from P100,000 to P10,000,000.
Subway is an American fast food restaurant selling submarine sandwiches and salads with over 45,000 stores in more than 100 countries.
Cignal TV offers SMEs business satellite dealership opportunities.
Epson offers extensive range multifunction printers, data, and home theatre projectors as well as POS printers, and large format printing solutions.
FedEx Express presents reliable express delivery & air services deals to SMEs.
Development Bank of the Philippines offers loan and lending programs assisting various small industries, sectors, and entrepreneurs.
Benchmark Email offers simple yet powerful email engagement tools to SMEs.
The 7th Philippine SME Business Conference featured over 26 talks & company presentations from various top industry speakers. The talks provided the latest tips, trends, and innovations on how to start and grow your own business through sales, marketing, talent acquisition, leadership, digital innovation, business development, management, and many more.
RJ Ledesma, the Co-Founder of Mercato Centrale and EnterPH and the Host of One Show Bright Ideas, discusses “How To Start And Grow Your Own Business?”
Ana Joy Rocero, Area Director of Regus Philippines / SPACES, talks on “How Co-Working Style Of Work Is Effective For Corporations Not Only Millennials And Start Ups?”
Sha Nacino, a Trusted Global Keynote Speaker and a Jack Canfield Certified Trainer, shares her insights in the pursuit of “Mission Happiness In The Workplace”.
Lou Zandrian Lobrin, Esquire Financing’s Marketing & Sustainability Officer shares insights in “Finding The Best Financial Strategy For Your Business”.
Raymond Lim, the CEO and Founder of RBG Philippines, discusses various “Strategies To Improve Your Business Revenue”.
Chadymae Barinan, Microsoft Philippines’ Partner Technology Strategist for Modern Workplace, talks about “Transforming Your Business For The Digita Age: New Tips, Tricks, And Tool Of The Trade.”
Eugene Jose Arboleda, the CEO of Taxumo, shares his “Tax Guide For SMEs”.
Aryan Lee Antony, Cignal TV’s Regional Sales Manager for Luzon, talks about “What To Know About Dealership?”
Leah Elaine Forteza, the Product Manager of Mobilemo, talks “How To Grow Your Business Through Mobile And Cloud Technology?”
Jonathan Petalver, the Sales Champ and the President of the Petalver Management Consultancy Services, discusses his insights on how to boost the “Sales Rhythm: The Science And Art Of Selling More And Winning More”.
Eugene Villareiz, Epson Philippines’ Business Development Specialist, shares the “Label Solutions For SMEs”.
Joy Aspacio, Benchmark Email Philippines’ Regional Manager, discusses “How To Strengthen Customer Relationship Through Email Marketing?”
Darelle Yu Tian, Unit Manager of Sun Life Financial Philippines, shares on “What Entrepreneurs Should Know About Business Insurance?”
Jonathan Petalver, the Sales Champ and President of the Petalver Management Consultancy Services, talks about “Innovative Salespreneurship: Your Secret To Building Customer Loyalty”.
Ana Joy Rocero, Regus Philippines – SPACES’ Area Director, shares on “Why Co-Working Is The Future Work Lifestyle?”
Mark Chito Fajiculay, the Managing Director of Powerhouse Consultants Company, discusses important points in “Understanding Internal Control And Risk Management Protocols For SMEs”.
Dr. Robert Castro, RelianceCare’s Medical Director, shares advice in “Maintaining The Equilibrium: A Yin-Yang In Achieving Work-Life Balance.”
Raymond Lim, RBG Philippines’ CEO & Founder provides insights on “How To Become A Successful Entrepreneur?”
Lorenzo Tanedo, Microsoft Philippines’ Modern Workplace Lead, talks about “Transforming Your Business For The Digital Age: A New Day In The Life”.
Rudolf Kotik, the Founder of RK Franchise Consultancy, talks “All About Franchising”.
Rodante Perdigon, FedEx Express Philippines’ District Sales Manager, shares insights in “Improving Philippine SME Access To Global Markets”.
Rallen Verdadero, the Program Development Head of the Development Bank of the Philippines, gives advice on the “Financing Keys To Boost Your Business”.
Joy Aspacio, Benchmark Email Philippines’ Regional Manager, talks about “How To Create An Effective Email Campaign?”
Yaps Estagle, the Head AI Trainer of Chatbot Philippines, shares “How Chatbot Technologies Can Help You Grow Your Business?”
Ronnel Jovita, Esquire Financing’s Loan Specialist, gives advice on “How To Successfully Manage Cashflows?”
Exhibitor Highlights and Networking
The Philippine SME Business Expo & Conference is the perfect place to network with Small and Medium Enterprise Business Owners and to build new business relationships and partnerships. The expo featured over 100 exhibitors offering 200 business solutions and opportunities.
Transportify offers full service logistics solution for shipments and cargos for SMEs.
Lalamove offers fast and reliable delivery services for both personal and business use.
Fast Logistics provides “end-to-end” logistics services for business shipments and cargos.
SocialFilo offers business consultancy on social and video analytics, engagement strategy, digital process setup, and social media management.
Chatbot Philippines develops bots or artificial intelligence to easily operationalize business transactions and communications.
Acudeen Technologies offers online platform for receivables discounting allowing small businesses to sell their receivables.
Oformo Consult provides business consultancy services especially on matters of human resources, creative services, talent acquisition, finance, marketing and advertising.
Opensource Support PH provides diverse expertise in delivering effective and reasonable cost of business process solutions.
Potato Giant serves the most innovative homemade potato products open for franchising.
Mang Juan Franchising is a business consultancy firm offering franchising consultations and food franchise options to SMEs.
Miguelitos’ International provides business food carts open for franchising.
Imusix Place offers catering and entertainment services for different occasions, functions, and needs.
Beacon Cloth Care offers laundry franchising business for SMEs.
MX3 offers distributorship of their nutritional supplements and products.
Grainsmart offers business opportunities on rice retailing.
Curaprox offers distributorship deals of hygienic oral health care products.
“It is a very helpful event. It’s great for networking as it builds some sort of ecosystem for SMEs to develop. It’s very helpful for both people participating as an exhibitor and for those coming by as patrons to understand and improve their business processes, technologies, and their abilities to do business.”RJ Ledesma
“I was very happy to be invited as one of the speakers. This is a perfect opportunity as we get to mingle with SMEs, with people who are entrepreneurs and aspiring entrepreneurs. Plus, I find the audience at the conference very passionate about what they’re doing that basically what’s important when starting a business.”Sha Nacino
“It is really my honor and pleasure to be one of the top-caliber speakers. The very reason why I’m here is
“My very purpose to be part of the conference is to really help a lot of MSMEs. Just imagine we’re close to a million companies and yet there are some of them who started
“Actually, it’s very interesting. A lot of good points, very insightful. I’ve learned a lot on how to deal with businesses, selling techniques, and technology-based outputs. The most memorable of my learnings here are the “pain points” and “disruptive innovation” in business.”Carlos Caesar Veneracion
“By attending this conference, I had a good grasp on various insights especially about franchising and other types of businesses. I was able to network with other attendees as well. So other than a learning opportunity, this is also a good networking opportunity. In addition, the speakers were all great. I learned how to think big and to get out of my comfort zone to be a good business owner.”Mary Joy Guerrero
“I’m planning to
“We are here to look for some businesses to integrate to. I like this event very much. I see a lot of exhibitors and companies where I can actually partner and help me in my future business.”Charles Rapisura
“I have found of lot of ideas that I can potentially use in the future for my own business. This expo has a very good mix of exhibitors, a variety of options for
“I visited this expo for networking and I find it very informative. This expo extremely helped me to have a wide grasp of information regarding various types of businesses. Other than that, this expo is well- organized, well-attended, and well-recommended to all aspiring entrepreneurs and SME owners.”Dane Duario
“I came here with an open mind. I’m not actually looking for a specific product. But in just a short span of time, I was able to explore few exhibitors in here specializing in payroll solutions and I find them really interesting. Actually, I’m now