After being appointed in 2005 by President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo as the Presidential Consultant for Entrepreneurship, Joey Concepcion envisioned a movement that would advocate for a positive and enterprising attitude among Filipinos -- a mindset that would help them move up in life. With the help of like-minded trustees, Go Negosyo was born.
Since its conception, Go Negosyo went on to forge partnerships not only with business corporations and entrepreneurs but also with academic institutions, non-government organizations (including business chambers and professional organizations), microfinance institutions, government agencies, and local government units. Creating linkages with members of both private and public sectors allowed us to increase Filipinos' access to a negosyo support system, and facilitate a nationwide movement.
It was the formation of partnerships that allowed Go Negosyo to embark on a full-blown advocacy that has reached out to hundreds of thousands of Filipinos. What started as an idea quickly snowballed into a massive movement. Within four years, Go Negosyo was able to embark on over 30 full-blown Caravans all over the country, produce a TV show, create a website portal for entrepreneurs, and launch bestselling books (three volumes of inspirational stories of entrepreneurs and a how-to-start-a-business book). We gained widespread presence in the print media through Mr. Concepcion's weekly column AskGoNegosyo in Philippine Star and through the publication of entrepreneurs' stories in the front page. Every month, we're invited to conduct talks on starting a business, and we're often featured in TV and radio shows. We even have a global audience as our TV show is aired in GMA's international channels.