USC-KNN Season 7 is On!

The USC-KNN kicks off its regular season for this year with a moderate number of small entrepreneurs and would-be-entrepreneurs attending the Business Plan Seminar on April 21, 2012 at the University of San Carlos-Downton Campus.

One of the rooms occupied by participants of the Business Planning Seminar

USC-KNN Committee Chair Carmen Piramide said this year’s attendees are lean and mean with most of them have the potentials to become successful businessmen.

About 60 participants from various places of Cebu came to learn the business planning lecture by some faculty members of the School of Business and Economics of the USC. A participant from Dalaguete, a town South of Cebu came as early as six in the morning at the venue. Other out-of-town participants also came from the town of Argao.

The whole day seminar includes topics such as Marketing, Operations, Human Resource and Finance. The topics are covering the aspects that are included in the business plan.

The participants are asked to make their own business plan about their intended business and are given a period to submit the plan to the KNN Committee for screening and selection process. Those who are chosen shall be included in the regular season and shall receive seed capital amounting to about P10,000 or any amount to be decided by the committee.

During the entire regular season, the winners or the finalists shall compete against each other by operating and managing their own business with the seed capital and assistance provided by the KNN program. Part of their participation will be their guesting at the radio program over DyAB1512 where they will be introduced to the public. Aside from it, they will be asked to participate in other activities like trade fair and bazaars.

The "Mentoring Session" every last Friday of the month is designed to assist the USC-KNN beneficiaries. Faculty members from the USC-School of Business and Economics provided free consultancy services to the beneficiaries who may refer or ask questions about their business during the session.

At the end of the season in February 2013, a Big Winner shall be declared and shall be given additional seed money. (Learn more about USC-KNN? Visit here.) Like us in Facebook.

Jose Cuerquis is USC-KNN Season 6 “Big Winner”

Clad in long sleeve and a tie, Jose Cuerquis was all-ready to accept what an unexpected gift of the night for his family–the BIG WINNER title of the “USC-Kapamilya Negosyo Na Season 6” at the awarding ceremony during the USC-COCAAI Grand Alumni Homecoming Saturday night (Feb. 18, 2012) at the new Convention Center of J Centre Mall in Mandaue City.

Jose Cuerquis was congratulated by the rest of the USC-KNN winners right after the proclamation of the Big Winner.

Cuerquis’ “Clean More” enterprise was chosen as the most viable business among the 24 winners (finalists) vying for the title this season. It has convinced the panel of judges that his business will have a good future. Clean More produces house cleaning solutions from dish washing liquid to hand soap at a very affordable prices.


Jose Cuerquis belonged to “The Magnificent 11“–the second batch of finalists that formally joined the competition in October 2011. He was prominently featured in Cebu Daily News on the paper’s January 26, 2012 edition. Cuerquis received from USC-COCAAI an additional seed capital of P10,000 cash as his prize.

It was also the first time that the USC-KNN has given special awards to some of its finalists:

  • Promising Entrepreneur Award – Melcan Signe
  • Marketing Excellence Award – Suzette Mayol (read here Suzette’s story in CDN)
  • Product Excellence Award – Teresista Ursal

Some of the previous winners of USC-KNN have also been recognized for their achievement in their respective enterprise and were given the Achievement Award:

Here are the gallery of the products displayed during the awarding night. Hover the mouse over the images to get some details.









USC-KNN @ the Negosyo Expo

Once again, the USC-Kapamilya Negosyo Na is taking part in another trade exhibition to expose its beneficiaries to the consuming public. This time, it’s the USC-COCAAI Negosyo Expo at the 3rd level of the J. Centre Mall in A.S. Fortuna Street, Mandaue City.

The trade expo runs from Feb. 10-17 and the activity will be capped by the grand alumni homecoming of the College of Commerce of the University of San Carlos on Feb. 18 at the newly constructed convention center of the mall. On the same day, the Big Winner of the USC-KNN Season 6 shall be announced.

Two of the booths occupied by USC-KNN beneficiaries. At left--Wilhelmina Lapides of Season 5. At right--KNN Season 6 finalists Teresista Ursal and Brenda Batislaong.

Another angle, showing the 3rd booth of USC-KNN.

(Hover the mouse over the images for details.)




USC-KNN Awards Seed Capital to 14 Small Entrepreneurs

It’s been two months since more than 60 people had attended the third business plan seminar of the USC-KNN in November 12, 2011 at the Cebu Technological University. Of the participants, two dozen business plans were submitted for consideration by the USC-KNN for possible granting of seed capital.

The winners are made to sign a MOA with the USC-KNN organizers: DyAB/ABS-CBN, USC-COCAAI,and DOLE. Signing the MOA in the image are Collin Diano and Estrella Manabat with USC-COCAAI President Alice Sim Uy while Carmen Piramide, Anita Gaanan , and Devin Go (hidden) of the USC-KNN Committee look on.

Today, the USC-KNN Committee has announced 14 Winners out of the 24 business plans who have been granted with seed capital amounting to P7,000 and P10,000 depending on the proposed business. Take a look at the list below:

1- Amamag, Raul (Lighted Route Numbers)

2- Arnado, Danica (Shirt Printing)

3- Briones, Edgardo (Food Vending)

4- Debuque, Ricardo (Vinegar)

5- Diano, Colin (Mosquito Killer)

6- Engalla, Rubie (Balloons)

7- Manabat, Estrella (Laundry Service)

8- Manansala, Jonna Dexie (Snacks)

9- Melloso, Rito (Furniture)

10- Musni, Marites (Siomai)

11- Ortiz, Crisostomo (Food Vending)

12- Ranara, Ramona (Cakes & Desserts)

13- Pitogo, Anita (Food Vending)

14- Solomon, Medioline (Food Vending)

The funds are provided by the Department of Labor and Employment in Region Seven under its livelihood program. The winners passed several screening processes including panel and radio interviews for the past two months.

USC-KNN Chair Carmen Piramide also announced the holding of a mentorship program for all previous KNN winners. It shall be held on February 14-15, 2012 (1:30pm) at the USC-Main Campus.

Each KNN winner is paired with two faculty members from the School of Business and Economics of the University of San Carlos. The mentors are expected to provide professional advice to the winners regarding the progress of the latter’s business.

Piramide stressed the program aims to raise the winners to a different level as an entrepreneur.

USC-COCAAI President Alice Sim Uy also invited all KNN winners to display their wares during the USC Commerce Week celebration on February 10-17 at the J Centre Mall in A.S. Fortuna Street, Mandaue City.

The announcement of the Big Winner for the KNN Season 6 shall also be held at the same mall on February 18 during the USC-COCAAI alumni homecoming. Twenty four small entrepreneurs are vying for the title this season.

USC-KNN Awards Seed Capital to 2nd Batch of Winners

The USC-Kapamilya Negosyo Na (KNN) has awarded recently seed capital to another batch of winners who shall join the “Lucky 13” to vie for the Big Winner title of the 6th regular season.

The awarding was done during the second and final day of the Bookkeeping and Accounting seminar attended by the winners at the University of San Carlos-Main Campus.

Eleven business proponents were chosen down from the 17 earlier selected by the KNN committee. Seven of the 11 winners are given P10,000 each while the rest received P5,000 each.They are:

The 2nd Batch of winners/finalists for the KNN Season 6

Awarded with P10,000 seed capital:

1- Marion Jaimee Abian (Chocolate Blossoms)
2- Rainier Belleza (Rent-a-Thing)
3- Jose Cuerquis (Clean More… Spend Less)
4- Greg Allan Pialago (Allan Cell Shop)
5- Nonna Karen Velez (Karen’s Food Products)
6- Melcan Signe (Signe’ture Prints)
7- Jessieryl Pitogo (K’Hanz Cakes & Pastries)

Awarded with P5,000 seed capital:

8- Nenita Arnado (Broom Making)
9- Mercedez Ceniza (Rubber Floor Mat)
10- Sarah Dellosa (Fish & Banana Vending)
11- Isidro Dividina (4 J’s Fabric Conditioner & Detergent)

Their names surfaced a week earlier but the final details who among them shall receive P10,000 and P5,000 was announced during the seminar yesterday and to the public during today’s KNN radio show.

One Big Family

The 11 winners will compete against the “Lucky 13” who were selected earlier in the KNN 6th Regular Season. This is the first time in KNN that another batch of winners joined in the competition in the regular season at much later date. This makes the finalists in the Season 6 ballooned to 24 small entrepreneurs.

The 11 winners had attended the business plan seminar on September 3 while the “Lucky 13” were selected in June this year after attending the first business plan seminar this season.

The “Lucky 13” are: Manuel Gerald Abella, Bonifacio Arellano, Brenda Batislaong, Linda Berdon, Hisel Camacho, Loreta Colina, Emmy Daligdig, Consolacion Elma, Suzette Mayol, Joel Quijano, Maila Tuazon, Teresista Ursal, and Jonathan Villahermosa.

No more eviction!

They will face a panel interview tomorrow, October 16, 2011 for the final evaluation who among them shall receive an additional P7,000 and P2,000 for the top 10 and the last three respectively. The good news–the last three will no longer be evicted but have to join in the competition during the regular season.

This means, the 24 winners and finalists shall be broken with different seed capital from KNN, as follows: P15,000 (10), P10,000 (10), P5,000 (4).

The USC-KNN is livelihood/entrepreneurial project of the USC-College of Commerce Alumni Association in cooperation with DYAB1512 of the ABS-CBN Corporation, USC-School of Business and Economics, and the Department of Labor and Employment.