Lately, I’ve been reading the past issues of Entrepreneur Philippines. I was able to collect some copies through relatives and since I am now thinking of ways on how to generate income, the concept of setting up a business caught my interest. Too bad no one in the immediate family owns a business since they’d rather be employed in a multi-national company for financial security. I can’t blame them. Starting and running a business is not a game that children play. It is risky and only the tough ones can handle it.
I went to SMX Convention Center last Saturday to attend the Franchise Expo 2011. It is my first time to witness such event where companies that encourages individuals to invest their money through Franchising. If I am not mistaken, the Philippines is the Franchise Hub of Asia and it is not only beneficial to the founders of the concepts, but it also paved way for our kababayans to be employed in a long run.
One of the most trusted Franchise Food Carts in the country is PLATO WRAPS and I am proud to say that it originated from Dagupan City, Pangasinan. Actually, the owners Mr. Tony Seen and Mrs. Kamela Crisologo Seen were our neighbors when I was still a little kid. I am friends with their children and we used to really play a lot after school. We’d pretend to be restaurant owners or musical performers much to the delight of our young parents hehe =P
PLATO WRAPS Â just celebrated their 10th year Â in the franchise industry and they have around 50 outlets around Luzon and Visayas. I am hoping they expand to Mindanao particularly in Davao City soon.
I spent most of my time at the Plato Wraps booth. Thanks to Mr. Ronald Bondoc for introducing me to the rest of the staff and crew! I instantly ordered my favorite VERY VEGGIE with Regular Coke.
It reminded me of my college days since if I usually buy Plato Wraps Very Veggie when I am in a hurry especially during exams. Eating while cramming LOL.
If you think that attending such event is purely about business and money, well… you’re wrong! Thanks to a number of Mascots for entertaining the crowd especially the kids. Here are some of the videos I took:
Here’s Lotsa Pizza‘s resident suave mascot teasing Binalot’s makabayan mascot to a dance showdown. Cute!
Now here’s a video of DQ Blizzard with his newfound friend. My first time to see such mascot haha 😀
How I wish VERY VEGGIE the mascot was there too to render a dance number. Here’s an old video of his dancing Justin Bieber’s hit song ‘Baby’.
I was able to go around and i am impressed with the number of young married couples who are serious in venturing into a food cart business. One even told me that it is her dream to have her own business, and since the Franchise system is already proven and tested, she would like to know more about the ropes.
It may not look obvious, that I also think about my future and stability from time to time. Aside from getting another corporate job and making my online earnings grow, I am also considering the possibility of franchising soon. Aside from Plato Wraps, I am also ‘thirsty’ to join the milk tea bandwagon. Why not? I admit that I don’t have any business background (not unless blogs and freelance work count – oh yes, that’s business too!), but I am willing to learn. 😀
Do you have your own business or do you want to have one? What can you say about Franchising? Do you like Plato Wraps too like I do?