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“Zamboanga Business Leaders take a LEAP into Business Version 2.0"

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Business Version 2.0 is among the important topics discussed during the recently concluded business seminar entitled “How to Adapt to Global Business Trends and Build Strategies for Innovative Trade: An Inclusive Business Approach using ICT and Partnership” last May 3-5, 2012 at the Badjao 3, Garden Orchid Hotel here in Zamboanga City.

This seminar was made possible through the collaborative efforts of Zamboanga City Chamber of Commerce and Industry Foundation, Inc, the Industrial Group of Zamboanga, Inc. and E-Designs and Solutions, Inc. The event was also co-sponsored by the Department of Trade and Industry Region 9, the Philippine Long Distance Telephone Company and Smart Telecommunications. Special thanks to Ms. Tessie Sebastian of PNB and Councilor VP Elago for the assistance extended. Such a contemporary seminar was attended by no less than a chosen breed of business owners and stakeholders who were eager to learn the different techniques and approaches of modern businesses.

Canadian national Mr. Nicholas Luff arrived in Zamboanga on April 30, staying for an eight-day tour which included the aforementioned three-day seminar. In addition, Mr. Luff met with the prominent business owners during arranged welcome dinners and meet-up, including the mayor and key representatives of the Chamber. Discussions were mostly centered on assessing key issues for development in the city, and how sustainability and long-term goals can be achieved through local stakeholders.

The first day of the seminar was critical as participants learnt the concepts of Inclusive Business and ‘Business version 2.0’. Participants had to go back to the basics of identifying core business strengths, analyze future strategies and map to business values / opportunities in today’s global economy.
With practical examples and business case studies, our speaker illustrated potentials of the local business sector to go global, while utilizing current ICT resources in existing or new business ideas.  The group, however, identified challenges in infrastructure development and human resources that needs to be addressed by local stakeholders.

Moving on the 2nd day, armed with new ideas to engage, participants learned that “Going global is no longer a choice”. Speaker stressed the importance of strategic planning and gave a crash course on project management and its role in business growth. Organized in groups, participants immersed themselves to the game exercise called “The Big Challenge” and delivered strong pitches of new business ideas to “angel investors”.

As more participants realized their business strengths and potentials, the speaker brought them to the 3rd day of exploring via the concept of partnerships and collaboration. Examples looked at various types of business-influenced relationships, and how to deepen understanding amongst different sectors of society.

The seminar culminated with the awarding of certificates and exchange of contact information using Linkedin as both speaker and participants committed to the promotion of new learning and next steps for Zamboanga business sector.

Businesses in Zamboanga are still accustomed to a very traditional form of business approach, based on the rich experiences of creating opportunity based on local needs. However, this traditional approach of doing business is facing significant pressure to transform into a new style, complimenting the best practices of the past which addressing the competitive nature of the global generation in the 21st century. In the 3-day seminar, we learned that the advent of technology need not be a reality to be feared but to be fully embraced as more and more businesses in other cities / countries have demonstrated an ability to move forward.

Our competent speaker and consultant Nicholas Luff is an accomplished sustainable development and social performance specialist with over 15 years experience in the corporate, non-profit and public sectors. He supports organizations in advancing their social, environmental and economic performance through strategic planning, change management, stakeholder engagement and strategic alliance/partnership brokering.

This event is among the series of business workshops slated for this year by E-Designs and Solutions, Inc., working together in partnership with stakeholders to promote the development of ICT and new business opportunities in the city.  Further workshops are being considered in the fall of 2012.









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