FASTER ECONOMIC GROWTH THRU SME-FRIENDLY CONNECTIVITY : AN AFFI APPEAL TO TELCOS

It has been said that the way for the Philippines to leap-frog to an inclusive level of economic growth is to fuel the homegrown SMEs (small and medium enterprises) with the tools and opportunities to grow their businesses.   Statistics from the Philippine Department of Trade and Industry indicate that in 2012, while large enterprises […]

A CALL FOR SME-FRIENDLY BUSINESS LOAN RATES

Today’s biggest buzzword in the business community is the 2015 ASEAN integration. Whether we like it or not, whether our country and our business community are ready or not, the ASEAN integration will come upon us, and it is likely to hit us hard.   Already, numerous ASEAN and Asian embassies are stepping up their […]

STRATEGIES FOR SMEs DURING FLOODS and OTHER DISASTERS

An average of 20 typhoons visit the Philippines annually. Unfortunately, even today the country is still less than prepared in dealing with these calamities. Calamities like floods immediately impact on businesses, and on SMEs in particular, whose operations span the entire country, and who survive without enough capital and resources to deal with the negative […]

AFFI RECOMMENDS : SUMMER IS FOR SUCCESSION TRAINING

Summer is here ! Kids and teens are out of school, looking forward to a two to four month holiday (depending on whether their school has adjusted its calendar or not). With all this time in their children’s hands, parents are again faced with the challenge of ensuring that this precious summer holiday time is […]

AFFI SALUTES GOVT ROAD BUILDING PROJECTS

The MMDA (Metro Manila Development Authority) recently released a list of 15 infrastructure projects, an investment totaling more than P100B, that will affect all towns and cities of Metro Manila for the next 36 months. The most ambitious of these projects, the Skyway Stage 3, is estimated to cost P26.5B, aims to link the North […]

AFFI SUPPORTS TAXATION MEASURES TO GROW SMEs

April is tax-filing month, thus, the topic of taxation and its role in developing SMEs in the Philippines catches our full attention. The MSMEs sector (Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises) comprises 99% of all businesses, provides at least 66% of all jobs, and yet its combined contribution to the Philippine economy is barely one-third, while […]

BUILDING BUSINESS DURING THE SUMMER and BACK TO SCHOOL SEASON

For most SMEs, particularly those with heavy retail operations, the summer season is a peak business period. Students are out of school by end-March, and by April, traffic counts of big and small malls gradually increase as the public looks for areas to enjoyably cool off from the summer heat. Summer movies and summer activities […]

Acqua Suisse, Filipino Brand of the Month (March 2014)

  Last February 27, the Committee on Membership cited Acquasuisse as Filipino Franchise Brand of the Month (March 2014). Mr John Chung, Owner and President of Acquasuisse was surprised with the recognition given by the association. The recognition aims to recognized AFFI Members who support and promotes the advocacy of the association in promoting responsible […]

AFFI, ASEAN and the NEW Board of Directors 2014

February 27, 2014 was a red letter day for the Association of Filipino Franchisors (AFFI) as they launched a new “Team AFFI” via the induction of their 2014 Board of Directors. It was the association’s first step towards a new era, with the majority of the directors in their twenties and thirties, led by the […]

High Power Costs and Their Impact on Small and Medium Enterprises: An AFFI Perspective

The very high cost of power remains a common complaint of businesses in the Philippines and a very important negative factor for national competitiveness. There is no business whatsoever, including micro enterprises or even the underground economy, that does not incur some cost of power. For business enterprises with retail and/or manufacturing operations the cost […]

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