MANILA – Thousands of small and medium enterprise business owners and aspiring entrepreneurs gathered at the country’s largest business-2-business expo, conference, and networking event dedicated to empower the Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs), the 8th Philippine SME Business Expo & Conference (PHILSME) held last May 02-03, 2019 at the Hall 3 of the SMX Convention Center Manila, Mall of Asia Complex, Pasay City.
This 2-day interactive business event featured over 250 exhibiting brands of smart business solutions and opportunities such as IT solutions, business consultancy, logistics, financial technology, insurance, human resources & recruitment, office spaces, marketing & advertising, franchising, and distributorship with the launching of the Innovations Village as the expo’s main highlight where technological start-up companies were given the spotlight to showcase the latest technological business solutions to support SMEs.
Over a hundred SMEs also attended the 8th Philippine SME Business Conference which featured over 25 industry talks
with Kalibrr’s CEO Paul Rivera, High Impact Trainer Raymond Lim, Motivational Speaker Howell Mabalot, and e-commerce and digital marketing enthusiast Mannix Pabalan as top conference speakers this year.
“It was an honor to organize this event which is very close to my heart as it is my goal to empower our Philippine SME Community, connect Smart Business Solutions and Opportunities with SME Business Owners and create an educational platform for SMEs to learn how they can grow their business.”, says Mediacom Solutions’ Chief Events Officer and PHILSME Founder, David Abrenilla.
In the opening ceremony, Abrenilla was joined by Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Undersecretary Zenaida Maglaya and LBC Express’ Chief Marketing Officer, Javier Montecon as these edition’s keynote speakers.
“These are opportunities that continues to inspire us people in the government that we have partners like you wanting to grow and sustain the development of the micro, small and medium enterprises in this country. More of this to come in the future.”, says Maglaya on her staunch support for PHILSME as DTI’s co-partner in strengthening Philippine SMEs.
Alongside Maglaya, LBC Express’ Chief Marketing Officer Javier Montecon also gave his remarks on LBC supporting the event: “We at LBC do not only provide and adapt our services from technology platforms, “simple padala”, accurate track and trace and warehousing, we also support endeavors like this that bring together the SMEs giving empowerment as one solid group for the economy of the Philippines.”
The next PHILSME will be held on November 12-13, 2019 at the SMX Convention Center Manila, Pasay City.