“Young entrepreneurs shine at Ateneo Business Center”
Sun.Star Davao, Aug. 24, 2013
The Ateneo Business Center or the ABC is an exciting avenue for the young and dynamic Entrepreneurship students of the Ateneo de Davao University to test their entrepreneurial skills and get a feel of the real business world.
Divided into four main areas all located at the Ateneo Jacinto campus, the ABC proudly features the Box, Hub, Cup and iCampus.
The Box is where products such as adorable pet outfits from Pet Charmz; animal-inspired bags and shoes from Animars; one-of-a-kind fashionable clothes from Metanoia; and official Ateneo de Davao merchandise from Stay Blue can be purchased.
On the other hand, the Hub offers food products to satisfy one’s discriminating taste buds. Yummy treats like melon slushies from Captain Melon; spaghetti and adobo rice from Boyd’s All Rice; submarine sandwiches from SubXpress; sweet bite-sized chocolates from Choco Morez and flavored goat’s milk from Go Milk and Dairy Royale’s Queen’s Milk can be enjoyed at pocket-friendly prices.
The University Hue Café at the Cup is the perfect hang out for customers to chill, talk about anything under the sun and savor tasty cakes from Royal Bites. Visit the café every Friday and Saturday and you will surely have a blast on their Acoustic and Open Mic night.
Apple fanatics are guaranteed to love the iCampus, which sells Apple products and accessories with special discounts for Ateneo students, faculty, alumni and referrals.
The Box and the Hub are open from 10:00am-7:00pm, Mondays to Saturdays; iCampus from 10:00am-7:00pm, Mondays to Fridays and 9:00am-12:00nn on Saturdays; and the Cup or the University Hue Cafe from 9:00am-12:00mn, Mondays to Saturdays.
"Be your own boss"
1. Since you launched the ABC, what is the feedback of the students, faculty and other customers?
Rio Lagura of Hue Cafe: “They were surprised and amazed by the fact that the students run their business on their own.”
2. What important lessons did you learn in running your business?
Boyd Mearns of Boyd’s All Rice: “In putting up a business, for me, there are three important factors to consider. These are: location – it must be accessible and easy to reach; advertisement – tell everyone what you offer; and price – it must be affordable with customer satisfaction. These three factors will help you become a successful entrepreneur.”
3. What made you want to take an entrepreneurship course? Who or what inspired you?
Trixee Gaceta of Go Milk: “I took this course because I want to be independent; I don’t want to rely on my parents and entrepreneurship will help me achieve this goal. I want to prove that I can stand on my own.”
4. Why did you choose this kind of business?
Pat Bacaltos of Metanoia: “Being a fashion blogger, this is where I channel my field of expertise. Also, I wanted to see a new wave of fashion here in Davao.”
5. What makes your products/store unique?
Ching Sinangote of SubXpress: “We use ciabatta bread for our submarine sandwiches. Also, we make sure that our vegetables and spices are fresh.”
6. After your ABC experience, are you excited to create your own business?
Kyle Albano of Queen’s Milk: “Yes because I believe that the benefits of having a business can help me and other people.”
7. How did your parents and teachers support you in your ABC business?
Carol Ongco of Stay Blue: “Our parents and teachers empowered us to stand up for our business and pursue it, to believe in ourselves.”
Special thanks to Brian Dan Congson, Paolo Villanueva, Kerwin Buck Koting. Cherry Mae Sinangote and Rizal Thaddeus Acas for the Ateneo Business Center launch photos.
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