On August 10, 2017, over 100 micro, small and medium entrepreneurs (MSME’s) attended the free Negosyo Seminar under the Mentor Me Program, a joint project of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) and Philippine Center for Entrepreneurship, more popularly known as Go Negosyo. The seminar was held at the Marinduque State College in Boac, Marinduque, and was part of the first phase of the program, which focused on developing good business sense among MSME’s. Filipino motivational speaker Pocholo “The VoiceMaster” Gonzales was invited as a resource speaker on Entrepreneurial Mindset and Values Formation.
After the introduction and welcome remarks, Pocholo came onstage and energized the crowd. He shared his own entrepreneurial journey on how he built his voiceover studio and voice acting school, armed with nothing but a 10,000-peso capital and his passion for his craft. He also shared his vision of making the Philippines the center of voiceover excellence in Asia, and how he is gradually making that vision a reality by establishing a school to produce quality and passionate voice artists. Pocholo’s story was also backed by his talent, as he amazed the audience with his repertoire of character voices.
His story as an entrepreneur was a great transition to the topic about entrepreneurial mindset. Pocholo started on this topic by redefining what it means to be a successful entrepreneur. He challenged the idea that building a business is all about making profit, and encouraged the participants to build their business with passion and purpose. He also touched on the crucial values of an entrepreneur – setting goals and plans, creating success habits, and developing an eye for opportunity.
In line with having the right mindset for getting into business, Pocholo also talked about the three-pronged approach to deciding on a business. According to him, an entrepreneur should build a business that 1) he is passionate about, 2) solves a problem, and 3) live longer than you (the value of legacy).
Pocholo’s talk was followed by a training on Marketing, by fellow Go Negosyo Angelpreneur and motivational speaker Henry Tenedero. Go Negosyo was also represented by Senior Programs Development Officer Jeah La Guardia.
Mentor Me Program is an initiative under DTI and Go Negosyo’s Kapatid, Angat Lahat program that aims to help MSME’s scale up their business through weekly coaching and mentoring on the different functional areas of entrepreneurship.