If you’ve been dreaming of putting up your own business but don’t know where to start, going to a business expo or exhibit is a great step to learn about various business opportunities.
The 15th Franchise and Business Expo was held last October 14 to 16, 2016 at the World Trade Center In Pasay City. The event was presented by The Association of Filipino Franchisers Inc. (AFFI), co-presented by BPI Family Ka Negosyo and PLDT SME Nation, in partnership with Go Negosyo and the Department of Trade and Industry.
There were than 300 exhibitors from different industries showcasing a wide range of franchising and business opportunities.
The expo offered many ideas and solutions, including the latest business tools and services, for business-oriented individuals through a series of seminars and mentoring sessions plus various activities organised by partner organizations and businesses, as well as government agencies.
Even on the first day, there were already a lot of people visiting the expo. Proof that many Filipinos are open to explore business opportunities through franchising.
I caught the short talk of Mr. Armando Bartolome of GMB Franchise Developers (below photo). He narrated the inspiring story of how Injap Sia grew Mang Inasal into a phenomenal success that made its competitors take notice.
Next came a presentation by BPI Family Bank of its business loan product. The bank reminded the audience that we need to have the right mindset about money in business.
I then went around to take a look at the various franchise booths and other business opportunities at the Franchise and Business expo. There were plenty of business opportunities there, both food and non-food, from big and small companies alike.
Food carts were popular as these are seen as a relatively affordable business option.
A few pharmacy franchises like Farmacia ni Dok were on exhibit.
Distributorships are another business option, like Binondo Beauty Supply.
There were also seminars ongoing for expo visitors to learn more about business and entrepreneurship.
Through the years, franchising has proven to be a viable business option for entrepreneurs. Many homegrown brands like Jollibee owe its continued growth to franchising. Starting a business is not easy, but following the footsteps of established companies makes the journey easier.
With its mission of “Empowering Entrepreneurs,” the Association of Filipino Franchisers Inc., through the 15th Franchise and Business Expo, encouraged would be entrepreneurs to take action in realising their dream of running their own business.
Going to these events, one just needs to take the next step. Talk to representatives of your desired franchise or business entity and know what you have to do to open a franchise business.
For more information about AFFI and its member businesses, visit their website at http://affi.com.ph.