Asia SME Summit 2017

Join us Tuesday, April 18 at the Manila Marriott for Asia SME Summit 2017, to learn how to propel your organization to the top.  Whether you work for yourself or someone else, entrepreneurship skills will push your career ahead.

REGISTER at this location:  The price of admission is Php5,000 and includes sumptuous lunch and hors d’oeuvres — Php5,500 if paid at the event.

Learn from and be inspired by the most successful entrepreneurs this country has produced in our generation. They started businesses from scratch that become dominant in their sectors or are leading supporters of entrepreneurship and intrapreneurship.  They are transforming the nation from one dependent on a few dozen large enterprises for growth to one propelled by thousands.    

Asia SME Summit 2017 is presented by PLDT Enterprise, with Elite Sponsorship by JLL, LBC Business Solutions, Meralco Biz Partners, Regus and Sprout Solutions.

Speakers include:

Bert Lina – built one of the nation’s largest logistics conglomerates and become a major force in his sector

Tony Meloto – created the nation’s highest profile and most awarded NGO organization, Gawad Kalinga

Inanc Balci – built the dominant online shopping provider, Lazada, that is now challenging the country’s largest retailers

Renato Sio – started with 3 people and now employs 2,000 at 7 SaniCare factories throughout Philippines

Joey Concepcion – best known for his Go Negosyo advocacy which addresses poverty through entrepreneurship

Senator Bam Aquino – most prominent political champion of improving the lives of Filipinos through entrepreneurship    and many more.


Presenters of Asia SME Summit 2017 include (in approximate order of appearance):


Mitch Locsin Vice President & Head PLDT SME Nation

OPENING: In addition to his current senior role to promote SME organizations and entrepreneurship, Mitch was previously the founding Executive Director of the Business Process Association of the Philippines (BPAP) and was instrumental in making Philippines the world’s premier destination for offshore services.

Bert Lina Chairman Lina Group of Companies

PRESENTER: As 2nd of 12 children, Bert built his business empire from scratch with hard work. He owns at least 19 companies and is considered one of the nation’s most prominent logistics industry leaders. He is also former Commissioner of the Bureau of Customs.

Tony Meloto Founder Gawad Kalinga

PRESENTER: Tony is the founder of Gawad Kalinga, the poverty alleviation and nation-building movement said to be the largest NGO in the nation. Its mission is to end poverty for 5 million families by 2024. Tony was named 2006 “Filipino of the Year” by the Philippine Daily Inquirer.

Inanc Balci Co-Founder & CEO Lazada Philippines

PRESENTER: Inanc built the nation’s largest online shopping presence and now dominates the once crowded market. Still in his late 20’s, Inanc manages a growing employee base approaching 500 people serving customers across the entire nation.

Caloy Hinolan Cheif Executive Officer audioWAV Media

PRESENTER: Caloy grew WAV from scratch to become the dominant content provider using WAV proprietary devices. He is now leading his company’s expansion to China and the rest of the Asia-Pacific Region.

Joey Concepcion CEO and President RFM Corporation

PRESENTER: In addition to running one of the nation’s largest food and beverage organizations, Joey is founder of Go Negosyo NGO, the nation’s most important promoter of entrepreneurship. He is also Presidential Consultant for Entrepreneurship.

Roel Refran Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Philippine Stock Exchange (PSE)

PRESENTER: Roel is a CPA-lawyer with 2 decades of experience in law, finance, and capital market regulation. He is a Professor of Law at Ateneo de Manila University School of Law and Adjunct Professor at University of the Philippines Virata School of Business.

Cecille Domingo Head Meralco Biz Partners

PRESENTER: As head of Meralco BIZ Partners, Cecille’s role is to assist people to start or expand their businesses by helping them plan for their electrical needs and save money.

Renato Sio Chairman Sanitary Care Products Asia (SCPA)

PRESENTER: Renato started his business with 3 people and now employs 2,000 people at 7 plants across the country. His company produces Php2B worth of hygiene products despite competing against tough multinational competitors.

Benigno “Bam” Aquino IV Senator Republic of the Philippines

PRESENTER: The youngest senator of the 16th Congress of the Republic of the Philippines and a world-renowned social entrepreneur, Sen. Bam Aquino has dedicated his career to empowering the youth and the poor, helping Filipinos improve their lives through entrepreneurship and with effective support systems.


Download the EVENT PROGRAM HERE.  


JOIN US on Tuesday, April 18 at the Manila Marriott for Asia SME Summit 2017 presented by PLDT Enterprise , with Elite Sponsorship by JLL, LBC Business Solutions, Meralco Biz Partners,  Regus and Sprout Solutions.

REGISTER at this web location:  The price of admission is Php5,000 and includes elegant lunch and snacks — Php5,500 if paid at the event.   All the best, Richard Mills, Chairman Asia CEO Events



Asia SME Summit 2017

Title Sponsor: PLDT Enterprise

Elite Sponsors: JLL, LBC Business Solutions, Meralco Biz Partners, Regus, Sprout Solutions 




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Mindanao Trade and Investment Summit – 31 March 2017

Mindanao Trade and Investment Summit – 31 March 2017

Interested in doing business in Mindanao? Join the Trade and Investment Summit on 31 March, 9:00am at Marco Polo Hotel, Davao City. Find out the different commercial/ investment opportunities in the region and have a chance to network with the trade delegation, major business players in Mindanao and potential partners from both public and private sectors.

Mindanao summit

Registration Fees:
Members: P2,500 | Non-members: P3,000
(Registration fee includes morning snack, buffet lunch, afternoon snack, and cocktail)

RSVP: or call +63 2 556 5232. Look for Rona/ Clara/ Keila


  • HMA Asif Ahmad, British Ambassador to the Philippines
  • Hon. Karlo Alexei B. Nograles, District Representative, Davao City (invited)
  • George Barcelon, President, Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry
  • Joey Concepcion, CEO, RMF Corporation & Presidential Consultant for Entrepreneurship (invited)
  • Datu HJ Abul Khayr Alonto, Secretary and Chairman, Mindanao Development Authority (invited)
  • Vicente Lao, Chairman, Mindanao Business Council (invited)
  • Antonio “Tonyboy” Floirendo Jr., Chairman, Anflocor (invited)
  • Atty Raymond T. Zorrilla, Vice President for External Affairs, Business Development and Security, Phoenix Petroleum Philippines, Inc. (invited)
  • Sammy Uy, Vice President, Davao Import Distributor Inc. and Davao Farm Corp (invited)
  • Mr. Cielito Habito, Chief of Party, USAID Trade-Related Assistance for Development (TRADe) Project

Running Order:
09:00 – Registration
10:00 – Trade and Investment Summit
15:00 – Business Matching (for Trade Delegates and relevant companies)
16:00 – Networking Cocktail by the Poolside

Note this Mindanao Summit is part of the programme for the Trade and Investment Mission to Davao City 30 – 31 March 2017 organised by the British Chamber of Commerce Philippines



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IFEX Philippines 2017

 IFEX Philippines 2017

19 – 21 May 2017

World Trade Centre, Manila

IFEX Philippines is the country’s biggest international trade fair highlighting Asian ethnic food and ingredients.

It is the only business-to-business and export-oriented food show in the Philippines designed for local and international food companies to meet and transact with the world’s top buyers.

 The International Food Exhibition (IFEX) Philippines is one of the biggest showcases of the Philippines’ and Asia’s ethnic and specialty food, tropical fruits, vegetables, seafood, beverages, bakery and confectionery products, meat and poultry, Halal-certified products, as well as natural, organic, and healthy food products.

IFEX provides the ideal and strategic haven for trade ventures. Host Philippines is just a few hours away from all Southeast Asian capital cities and is acknowledged as one of the fastest growing economies in the region. It boasts of its buoyant food industry driven by a vibrant food manufacturing sector, an aggressively expanding retail chain of supermarkets and hypermarkets, and a robust food service industry.ifex philippines

5 Reasons to visit IFEX


  • ELITE BUYER PROGRAMS ensure that you maximize business opportunities with IFEX Philippines exhibitors while having a delightful time at the trade fair.
  • EFFICIENT BUSINESS MATCHING assists you in selecting the manufacturers and exporters that are most compatible to your business needs.
  • A BIGGER, MORE EXCITING EXHIBITION brings you a diverse and unique showcase of Asia’s ethnic and specialty foods, tropical fruits, vegetables, fresh seafood, natural, organic, and exotic food products.
  • THE INTERNATIONAL HALL offers you the tastes and flavours of Asian countries, and provides the best venue to meet their producers and exporters.
  • TOP-QUALITY FOOD PRODUCTS from the Philippines and the world—all with outstanding taste and quality—await you at IFEX Philippines!

Read this report for Exploring-Opportunities-in-the-Philippine-Food-Market

See all the facts and figures for IFEX 2017 at IFEX_2017_Omnibus

Visit the IFEX Philippines 2017 website





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Trade and Investment Mission to Davao City 30-31 March 2017

We are pleased to publicise an upcoming Trade and Investment Mission to Davao City organised by the British Chamber of Commerce of the Philippines (BCCP).

BCCP logo

Once again, the BCCP would like to invite you and your networks to a Trade and Investment Mission to Davao City on 30/31 March 2017.

Details of the mission can be found on this link:-  Davao City Mission 2017

​To register, please visit the following:

​For ​enquiries, please contact Rona Diaz at BCCP at or call +63 2 556 5232 ext. 301.

For sponsorship opportunities, please contact Keila Esquivel at ​

Best regards,
BCCP – Overseas Business Network


UPDATE: We will accept registrants until 21 March, 2017, 5:00pm PHT.


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