Soliven tells Ateneans to be job creators, not job seekers PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 21 May 2013 11:21

Zamboanga City Chamber of Commerce and Industry Foundation Inc. (ZCCIFI) President  Pedro Rufo “ Pocholo” N. Soliven was invited as inspirational speaker during the product launching of entrepreneurship students with the theme: “ New Breed of Young Entrepreneurs : Creating Value for Better Economy, Organization and People” held at the College Garden, Gonzaga Hall, Ateneo de Zamboanga University yesterday.

Soliven, a multi awarded Atenean, was honored in 2006 the Atenean Award for Entrepreneurship and during the  Ateneo Alumni Centennial in 2012, was awarded The Atenean of the Year for his different advocacies and involvement, among which the promotion of entrepreneurship among Zamboanguenos.

Soliven used the event as his platform to launch his pet advocacy in promoting entrepreneurship.

Quoting US multi-millionaire Donald Trump, Soliven told the budding entrepreneurs that entrepreneurship starts with a vision,” without vision nothing of consequence will happen.”

He inspired the students to take the road less travelled, “create your own path... entrepreneurs make things happen, while others let things happen.”

Soliven said entrepreneurs should be a risk taker. “But the risk must be calculated, a reasoned and managed risk, because the biggest risk in life is the unwillingness to take one,” he emphasized. “That all the twist and turns are just part of the journey... focus on the destination, refused to be stopped, be unstoppable, every problem is a well disguised potential opportunity.”

He further said to translate vision to reality, help stop the brain drain, and reverse it to brain gain.  “Let’s start exporting finished consumer goods and not our labor ... be a generation of Job creators and not job seekers.”

“As we prepare for the Asean integration in 2015, the entrepreneurs are very vital link towards our ability to compete in a level playing field, the creation and innovative products that will encourage bilateral trade with our ASEAN counterparts will determine our competitiveness, or we will just end up as a consumer economy, as entrepreneurs we hope to be at the frontline as the true engine of growth in the city and the region,” Soliven said.

After the opening program,  20 business ideas and concepts presented for product launch and actual selling direct to the target market commenced with 56 budding entrepreneurs participating. — Albert Francisco III