Last updated June 15th 2012
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SME Toolkit Philippines|
A project of the International Finance Corporation, a member of the World Bank Group, the SME Toolkit Philippines offers free business management information and training for small businesses / small and medium enterprises (SMEs) on accounting and finance, business planning, human resources (HR), marketing and sales, operations, and information technology (IT). Excellent site. Do not miss the large collection of How To articles on topics like Financial Accounting, Marketing, Technology, International Business.
Institute for Small Scale Industries
The Institute for Small-Scale Industries at the University of the Philippines was established to assist and promote the development and growth of the small scale industrial sector in the Philippines. Originally set up as the training institute for the Philippine small industries, it gradually built up its capabilities and expanded its activities to include research, extension, and information programs. Its focus is not only on small scale industries but now includes the full range of micro,small and medium enterprises (MSMEs). Excellent and very rich site which takes full advantage of e-documents. Do not miss the Magna Carta for MSMEs, the LEAP 2012 conference proceedings and the e-book store at very reasonable prices.
Department of Trade and Industry - Philippines
The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) is the primary government agency with the dual mission of facilitating the creation of a business environment wherein participants could compete, flourish, and succeed and, at the same time, ensuring consumer welfare. Their mandate calls for the expansion of Philippine exports, increase in investments, and the development and promotion of the country's micro, small, and medium enterprises (MSMEs). Very good site which provides access to differentiated information for new business owner, exporter, investor or consumer. Do not miss the publications in the small business section.
SME.com.ph is operated by SME Solutions, Inc., a joint venture of the International Finance Corporation IFC) and Planters Development Bank, the country's largest private development bank . SME Solutions, Inc. exists to help Filipino SMEs use Information and Communications Technology as a tool to enrich the way they do business. Very good site. The most useful part of the site is the SME Ressource and Tools section where you can find access to downlable forms from government agencies, government laws, business e-books,etc.
Go Negosyo is the advocacy arm of the Philippine Center for Entrepreneurship (PCE), a non-stock, non-profit organization that advocates for a change in mindset and attitude. Through their actions Go Negosyo hopes to demystify entrepreneurial success and popularize entrepreneurship as an alternative to unemployment. Very good and useful site particularly the section «Learn» and the section «Watch» with interesting videos (in a mix of Tagalog and English). Do not miss the «Do you want to go into business» handbook.
BusinessWorld Online - Philippines
Very good site. Do not miss the sections on economy and finance.
Philippines Chamber of Commerce and Industry
The Philippines Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PCCI) is the voice of Philippine business recognized by government and international institutions. Its main responsibility is to provide focused advocacy for business growth and sustainable development by providing business services for the advancement of grassroots entrepreneurships, chamber development, international trade relations, business innovation and excellence, and operating efficiency. Very good site which provides regular Business and Economic news. Do not miss the Magna Carta for MSMES which is the national policy for micro, small and medium enterprises.
Invest in the Philippines
Invest in the Philippines has been published by the Commission on Filipinos Overseas in order to put together information to help assess prospects for investing and doing business, particularly in small to medium scale enterprises. The compendium is meant to serve as a source of general information in knowing where investment and business potentials exist, leaving the prospective investors to further examine prospects, before deciding where their capital should go into. Most of the information is provided as pdf documents. Interesting and useful.
Small Enterprises Research and Development Foundation
The Small Enterprises Research and Development Foundation (SERDEF) was founded to assist in the promotion and development of entrepreneurship and small and medium enterprises in the country, and complement what its partner the UP Institute for Small Scale Industries, is doing for the small business community. Although it describes itself as a «resource hub for mSMEs» this is a rather limited site in terms of content with the exception of a number of interesting articles.
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