SGVF and WBCP publish book celebrating Filipino women entrepreneurs

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The SGV Foundation (SGVF) and the Women’s Business Council of the Philippines (WBCP) jointly published a book that celebrates the achievements of our country’s top women entrepreneurs. Aspirations & Inspirations: Filipino Women Entrepreneurs is written by Jessica Zafra and was launched today. The book features the women winners and finalists of the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year Philippines program whose passion, talents and sense of nurturing have helped them build significant enterprises.

The Woman Entrepreneur Of The Year award has been an integral part of the Entrepreneur Of The Year Philippines program since the program was first launched in 2003. To date, the program has recognized 42 outstanding women.

Program Director, Atty. Antonette Tionko believes that women entrepreneurs have a special gift. “Aside from having innate business sense, these women also show the power of compassion,” she says. “They have the ability to understand people and work within the dynamics of family, business and society. The abilities of women entrepreneurs are beyond question; but it may be their capacity for caring that makes them even better at what they do.”

The book launch is one of the activities in celebration of the 10th year anniversary of the Entrepreneur Of The Year Philippines program.

For 2013, the program selected the theme “Breaking Barriers." Atty. Tionko adds, "Entrepreneurs are undaunted by what many might consider barriers -- poverty, lack of technology, geography, gender and many others. On the contrary, they are most likely challenged by these and motivated to rise above them. As true entrepreneurs, they embolden themselves to strengthen their will, generate innovative ideas and gather the resources needed to transform hurdles into opportunities.”

The Entrepreneur Of The Year Philippines program has become one of the most prestigious events for the local business community. The program will run for more than nine months, from the nomination period to selection, judging, and finally the awarding of winners in October. The program’s co-presenters for this year include the Department of Trade and Industry, the Philippine Business for Social Progress, the Philippine Stock Exchange, the Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship, and the University of the Philippines College of Business Administration.

The search is open to all Filipino entrepreneurs. To be eligible, a nominee has to be a Filipino business owner or founder who is primarily responsible for the growth of his or her company. The nominee must still be active in business, which must have been in operation for at least two years. A completed nomination form, audited financial statements and other documents are required for a nomination to be considered for further judging. Nominations will be accepted until May 31, 2013.

There will be four award categories for this year: Master Entrepreneur, Small Business Entrepreneur, Social Entrepreneur, and Woman Entrepreneur. From among these category winners will emerge the Entrepreneur Of The Year Philippines 2013, who will represent the country in the 2014 World Entrepreneur Of The Year awards in Monte Carlo, Monaco in June 2014.