Expo to focus on franchising trends, concepts

Posted at 10/26/2011 5:00 PM | Updated as of 10/26/2011 7:14 PM

MANILA, Philippines - Emerging franchise concepts and business trends suitable for aspiring entrepreneurs with minimal capital resources are the focus of this year's Philippine SME and Franchise Expo (Philsme & Franchise Expo 2011).

The expo will feature free seminars on entrepreneurship, from starting a business to branding and marketing. Visitors will also learn from the business concepts offered by 120 exhibitors.

"Our goal is to ensure that visitors will have the necessary knowledge and inspiration to start or grown their own business," said Philippine franchising guru Armando "Butz" Bartolome, founder of GMB Franchise Developers Inc.

Bartolome said the expo has generated interest even from the academe, with the student council of the Philippine Women's University-Calamba sending 500 entrepreneurship students on Oct. 27.

Among the emerging business concepts that will be on display at the event are the Chicken Deli from Bacolod, and BC NET which is offering a VOIP (voice-over intgernet protocol) business with very minimal start-up capital requirement.

Bartolome said Sun Cellular Business Solutions will also launch a business package for SMEs at the event.

Meanwhile, voice over talent and social entrepreneur Pocholo Gonzales will talk about branding for SMEs and how they can make use of websites and social networks like Facebook to grow their business.

The expo will be held on Oct. 27 to 29 at the Philippine International Convention Center in Pasay City.