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Oro Chamber to cite 12 most inspiring Normin entrepreneurs

by Babes J. Rebultan

Cagayan de Oro City (4 October) -- THE Cagayan de Oro Chamber of Commerce and Industry Foundation Inc. (Oro Chamber) is set to recognize 12 of Northern Mindanao's most inspiring entrepreneurs during the launching of the "Go Negosyo Caravan Sa Cagayan de Oro" on October 19.

Engr. Elpidio Paras, Oro Chamber president, said the top 12 will be chosen from among 30 nominees who have good stories to tell about their successes in their business ventures.

What is important, he said, is that people will be recognized for their efforts and sacrifices so that the youth will see the value of going into business here and not aspire to work abroad.

Paras said the "Go Negosyo Carvan" is an advocacy of very successful entrepreneurs towards developing enterprises as a vocation for those who eventually graduated from school and looking for work.

He said "Go Negosyo" would preach the idea of entrepreneurship as a lifestyle and a vocation, adding that this has been going around the country in a caravan of sorts and is part of a continuing series of well-received provincial events of the Philippine Center for Entrepreneurship (PCE).

Ruben Vegafria, chairman of the "Go Negosyo" search said nominees are required to submit a two-page essay that would portray their experiences and good achievements in the business they are in.

He said Oro Chamber will submit the essays to the PCE in Manila to evaluate and decide as to the winning inspiring entrepreneurs.

One basic criterion is for the nominee to have a very humble beginning and a very inspiring story worth emulating by others, he added.

Vegafria said it will be a good incentive for the winners because they will be part of the inspiring business entrepreneurs in Mindanao and this is a first in the island.

In a related development, Oro Chamber event chair Jeff T. Ang said they will spearhead the conduct of the "Oro Best Expo 2007" on October 17-19, at the Atrium, Limketkai Center in Cagayan de Oro City.

According to President Paras the "Oro Best Expo" will be a Mindanao-wide event and first of its kind to be promoted by Oro Chamber into a homegrown and branded exposition.

The event, he said, should be able to promote the small and medium scale businesses, not only in Cagayan de Oro and in the region, but also in Mindanao.

He said the Oro Chamber envisions not only the selling of products, but also showcasing what Northern Mindanao can offer.

It will also showcase services, bringing in foreign business chambers from the United States, Paras added.

This is the first in Mindanao where Oro Chamber will host the US commercial service that is expected to put up their pavilion/exhibits, he said, adding that at least 16 US companies committed to participate in the expo.

The US commercial service is a division or part of the commercial and trade attaché section of the US embassy and is really out to promote US products in the country, Paras explained.

He said there are also other activities lined up during the expo such as the recruitment fair set on October 17-18, 10:00AM-6:00PM, still at the Limket Kai Atrium, where new graduates and jobless are invited to personally visit their recruitment booth.

Another activity is a business clinic which is free to members and small businesses for start-up and existing businesses, Vice President Ralph Paguio of the membership committee announced.

The business clinic will be tutoring on how to come up with simple accounting, how to come up and set up a business, techniques on how to effectively run a business enterprise, and impart better business information, among others, Paguio also said. (PIA-MisOrOccCam) [top]

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