PLDT-SME Nation livens up Cebu in Negosyo Boost grand launch

August 24, 2009 - PLDT-SME Nation’s breathtaking grand party launch of Negosyo Boost was truly a night of celebration, excitement, and possibilities for Cebuano SMEs held at the Cebu International Convention Center in Mandaue City recently.

It was a night to remember as Cebuano entrepreneurs gamely participated in the fiesta atmosphere that included fun games, overflowing food and drinks, fabulous prizes and celebrity glitz and glamour.

For a few hours, it was a time for entrepreneurs to loosen up and enjoy a good time, while networking with their peers. They were also treated to unforgettable performances by some of the country’s top performers like Billy Crawford, Myrus, Anna Fegi, and Regine Tolentino. Hosts Tessa Prieto-Valdes and Arnell Ignacio livened up the night with their playful banter.

The night was mix of high-tech gadgetry, great food, phenomenal entertainment, and a feast for those who got to experience the night away.

Members of the Cebu SME community all agreed that it was just right to celebrate the introduction of Negosyo Boost packages; the combos of high-tech computer devices plus PLDT’s state-of-the-art communications system are exactly what Cebu SMEs need to start, grow and expand their businesses.

The Negosyo Boost was the highlight of all the revelry.

Negosyo Boost provides affordable, cost-effective, and reliable business solutions to SMEs through the power of high-tech computers, business software, printers, and high-speed Internet connection.

“We came up with a fiesta event for our Negosyo Boost launch because these packages really deserve a celebration from what we’re offering to our nation’s entrepreneurs,” said PLDT-SME Nation vice president and head Kat Luna-Abelarde.

Joining in the merriment was Cebu Gov. Gwendolyn Garcia, who graced the launch of PLDT-SME Nation’s Negosyo Boost.

Also highlighted during the event was the recognition of the GabayGuro program scholars of Cebu Normal University. GabayGuro is a project of the PLDT-Smart Foundation providing education students with scholarships and other learning strategies.

The high-tech edge

Cebuano entrepreneurs at the event were unanimous in their appreciation for Negosyo Boost.

“Of course, we need Negosyo Boost for our business. Negosyo Boost brings great advantages even in such a small, convenient package. Even with their start-up business package you already have everything: a computer with business software, a printer and an Internet connection — it’s everything you need in terms of IT to grow your business,” said Alexander Choachuy Jr., owner of Ben’s Lechon.

He added that he likes the power and mobility provided by Negosyo Boost’s laptop and mobile Internet connection package.

For his part, Allan Alexander of Anita’s Bakeshop also had praises for Negosyo Boost.

“Negosyo Boost gives a competitive edge when it comes to providing technology and communication for business. No business today can afford to be without computers and communication. They’re crucial in managing orders and tracking sales, as well as communication between the head office and the branches,” he said.

Rey Rabor of FERN-C was very excited about Negosyo Boost, saying their vitamin C direct-selling business is booming because of computer and communication technology provided by PLDT.

“At present we already have a tie-up with PLDT as well as Smart. The technology they provide us allows us to contact all our members and distributors, as well as manage our business through the Internet in real time,” Rabor said.

Negosyo Boost packages

Negosyo Boost is PLDT-SME Nation’s new line of business solutions for SMEs at all stages of their business growth — from start-ups to established business, to ventures that are now ready to expand and conquer new markets.

“Our Negosyo Boost packages are what small and medium entrepreneurs basically need for doing and growing their business,” said PLDT-SME Nation marketing head Amil Azurin. “The packages are reasonably and conveniently priced, so that they bring both quality and affordability to all, from those who are just starting out their business and to those who are already growing and expanding.”

The Negosyo Boost packages include Negosyo Launch, Negosyo Advance, and Negosyo On-the-Go. Each package is strategically bundled with hardware, Internet connection and business software for whatever stage a business is in.

The Negosyo Launch package for start-up SMEs includes a PLDT myDSL Biz, business landline, Sylvania UMPC netbook, and an HP 4250 three-in-one printer.

The Negosyo Advance package, meanwhile, is for businesses that are already up-and-running. It includes PLDT myDSL, WeRoam Plan that provides 2Mbps of wireless connectivity, Sylvania UMPC netbook, and an HP 4250 three-in-one printer.

The Negosyo On-The-Go package includes a mobile Internet WeRoam Plan, two units of PLDT Landline plus, and a Sylvania UMPC netbook.

Each of the bundled packages just costs P3,000 a month, with a one-time fee of P2,000.

Entrepreneurs also have the choice of upgrading their Negosyo Boost laptop unit to an HP Mini-note 1100 for an additional P400 a month (Booster A package) or an HP Mini-note 2140 for an additional P800 (Booster B). (Philstar)

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