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.

USC-KNN Season 6 “Lucky 13 winners”

For the first time in the USC-KNN, 13 small entrepreneurs are given the chance to compete for the first leg of the competition. Normally, only ten are awarded with the seed capital at the beginning of the season and the rest are given with consolation prizes and shall not compete with the top ten.

However, this year’s season has a twist. The three consolation prize winners are given the chance to compete with the rest of the top ten finalists. Of the “Lucky 13” winners, three shall be “evicted” and shall settle for consolation after two months of engaging their respective businesses.

Front: Hisel Camacho, Manuel Gerald Abella; 2nd Row: Joel Quijano, Brenda Batislaong, Teresista Ursal, Loreta Colina, Maila Tuazon, Emmy Daligdig; Back: Suzette Mayol, Bonifacio Arellano, Consolacion Elma, Linda Berdon, Jonathan Villahermosa


All of the “Lucky 13” were awarded with the initial seed capital of P8,000 yesterday during the USC-KNN radio show over DyAB1512. The top ten shall receive additional P7,000 and P2,000 for the three consolation prize winners after two months of competing in the season. This is the first time the USC-COCAAI has awarded P15,000 as seed capital to the ten winners and first time to award P10,000 as consolation prize. This is an improvement to the previous seasons where the seed capital is limited to P10,000 while the consolation prize was limited to P5,000 only.

The P10,000 is given by the Department of Labor and Employment as part of the DOLE’s livelihood program while the rest of the seed capital is given by the USC-COCAAI.

As usual, the seed capital is not a loan but not a dole out because the participants have to work hard for it and compete for the “Big Winner” title at the end of the season in February 2012.

The Season 6 “Lucky 13” are the following:

1- Bonifacio Arellano, Escario St., Cebu City (Business: T-shirt printing)

2- Manuel Gerald Abella, Basak-Pardo, Cebu City (Business: Cleaning solutions)

3- Linda Berdon, Lapulapu City (Business: Wellness Services training)

4- Consolacion Elma, Pardo, Cebu City (Business: Peanut Butter & Pickles)

5- Suzette Mayol, Canduman, Mandaue City (Business: Cake baking)

6- Brenda Batislaong, Lutopan, Toledo City (Business: Decorative & Scented Candles)

7- Hisel Camacho, Paknaan, Mandaue City (Business: Electronic load)

8- Joel Quijano, Carcar City (Business: Sandal Making)

9- Emmy Daligdig, Cebu City (Business: Piso-piso Water Dispenser)

10- Jonathan Villahermosa, Basak-Pardo, Cebu City (Business: Food vending)

11- Maila Tuazon, Lapulapu City (Business: Squash Macaroons)

12- Loreta Colina, Mabolo, Cebu City (Business: Combo Meals)

13- Teresista Ursal, Cebu City (Business: Rosary making)

You may listen to last Saturday’s episode of the USC-KNN radio show here.

The USC-KNN project is a joint undertaking by the USC-College of Commerce Alumni Association (COCAAI), DyAB/ABS-CBN Corporation, Department of Labor and Employment, and the University of San Carlos School of Commerce and Economics.

KNN Season 5 Big Winner–Jerry Gloria

The USC-Kapamilya Negosyo Na! has just awarded the Big Winner title for its Season 5 to a housewife from Mabolo, Cebu City.

Mrs. Jerry Gloria outshines nine other finalists for the most coveted title for the season as it wraps up Saturday, January 22, 2011 during the COCAAI’s Annual Homecoming.

Mrs. Gloria operates the “Mabolo Bam-i House” as her entry to the KNN Season 5 when the season started June 2010.

She got favorable ratings in the monthly ratings by the KNN Committee which led her to grab the Big Winner title.

As a prize, KNN awarded her additional seed capital of P10,000 which she can use for business expansion.

Earlier Big Winners include Edgardo Esteves (KNN Season 1), Lucil Barbieros (KNN Season2), Glicerio Labura Jr. (KNN Season 3), and Roque Brillo (KNN Season 4).

KNN Project Chairperson Carmen Piramide is looking forward for a fruitful Season 6 while COCAAI’s President Sabino Dapat expressed optimism on the organization of the KNN Foundation. COCAAI is also in the final process of forming the KNN Credit Coooperative.

With the early finish of KNN Season 5, it is expected that Season 6 will start earlier than usual or not later than June 2011.