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APEC Digital Economy Workshop for Women

APEC WeBiz 2007 Singapore



Saturday, Nov. 17, 2007


9:00am – 5:30pm


The Pine Club, 30 Stevens Road, Singapore


APEC Women’s e-Biz Center

International Women Federation of Commerce and Industry (IWFCI)


A single most important driving force in the today’s economy is women. As coined in their “Guide to

Womenomics,” the Economist argues that the future of the world economy lies increasingly in female

hands – perhaps the world’s most under-utilized resource. In order to channel the dynamism of e-Business

for social and economic good of women, APEC Women’s e-Biz Center and Asian Pacific Women’s

Information Network Center (APWINC) of Sookmyung Women’s University of Korea, International Women

Federation of Commerce and Industry Singapore are hosting The “APEC Digital Economy Workshop

for Women : APEC WeBiz 2007 in Singapore” on Nov 17, 2007. This WeBiz workshop is the

dissemination of “APEC Initiative on Women’s Participation in the Digital Economy”.

The goal of the APEC Initiative is to promote Internet-based commercial opportunities for women

entrepreneurs in APEC region. It has been pursued by carrying out the following four phases from 2005 to

2009 annually: 1) Research, 2) Capacity Building, 3) APWeBiz community building, and 4) Policy Forum.

Already in its third year since the inception, APEC Women’s e-Biz Training has been helping women

entrepreneurs and policy makers to build knowledge, skills and capacity in planning, building, managing

and protecting e-business through knowledge transfer and skills sessions, to create new business

opportunities through on/offline networking and ultimately expand women’s participation in digital economy

in Asia


This is a talk by one of my mentor Tan Sri Ali. I believe it will be a fruitful event and i know all those who are there will be going to get some real boost.

See you there cause i will be there.


Breakfast Talk



Tan Sri Dato’ Muhammad Ali Hashim

Ketua Eksekutif, Johor Corporation

8 pagi, Rabu 21 November 2007

Istana Hall, Istana Kampong Gelam

Taman Warisan Melayu

85 Sultan Gate

Bayaran: $28 seorang. (Anggota SMCCI & Pelajar – $18 seorang)

Daftarlah sekarang. Tempat Terhad.

Tel: 6293-3822 (Shirin/Shura)

a quality programme organised by


72 Bussorah Street


No More Excuses!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Are you making  progress that you want  ?I am individually mentoring a dozen of individuals.Its just happen after talks and seminars that i do people want me to give advice and mentor them. It seems to be the natural results of knowing a lot of ambitious people and offer them advice whenever been asked for.

I always been asking them a lot of questions and it seems that common problem with most of them.They are all making excuse.

Are you moving forward at the pace you set for yourself?If not,  do this today:

1. Take out a sheet of paper and write down your current  Life Goals. You should have four of them .

2. Underneath or next to each,  list three main reason for not accomplishing it.

3.  Take a long hard look at those reasons. Then kiss them goodbye.

4.  Promise yourself you will never use them as excuse again.

This means you will never mention them to anyone. You wont talk about them when you are scared,  tired,  and never ever again  allow them a place in your speech. Nor will you provide them a berth in your thinking.

If you are going to fail, do so properly—–without excuses.

If you are going to succeed, you have to leave those excuses behing you.


This Week Entrepreneur

Hi . meet you again this monday with another young new start up who has the drive and passion in making it big in the business that she started.

Such a strong person with commitment in what she does. Lets hear from her what she have to say to all of us in this interview.


What kind of business do you have? What inspired you to become an entrepreneur?

Homemade Pleasures is my primary business, providing a 1 stop homemade goodies for festive occasion or any special events, ranging from cookies, cakes & dessert.
My passion in baking & cooking has inspired me to be an entrepreneur.

Did you need to have a certain mindset to achieve success?

Yeah, of course. This is so important. I am always thinking positive & always believe that I’ll be my own boss one day. One has to have a never-give-up spirit to achieve success. To me, success is a wonderful journey and I cherish every moment of the journey.

Have you noticed certain advantages to being an entrepreneur?

TIME & FREEDOM. That’s the advantage. Time to do the things that I like & enjoy. Freedom to do whatever I enjoy.

Is it difficult to get financing for businesses? If so why and are there any solutions?

I m not very sure about this. At the moment, my business is operating from home, thus that made me a homebizpreneur. I do dream of having a proper business, like having an industrial kitchen to tap to large market needs. Abg Abu, I need your help in this area…ok?

Did you have a mentor to help you get started?

When I 1st start, my motivator is my mom. She has always been encouraging me. My close frens has also give me their full support.

Approximately how much money did you invest before your business became profitable?

Not much. I m operating from home. An oven, a cake mixer & some cooking utensils, that total up to around $2,000.00

What resources were most helpful to you when you were starting your business?

Recipe books, online catering websites, food magazines

What ways have you found to be most effective in marketing your product or service to get sales?

At this moment, email & multiply website and also word of mouth.

What tips can you give others who want to embrace their dream but, don’t have the confidence or feel they don’t have what it takes to succeed?

I love this question. Attend MAP untuk KAYA programme!! I am a product of it. Mingle with successful people. Change mind set. Be positive to the maximum level. Keep on telling yourself that being successful & debt free is the best thing on earth.

How do you manage juggling the responsibilities of being a entrepreneur?

Its tough when I first start but once I see the fruits of it I enjoyed it. Its all in the mind. All of us have 24hrs a day. What I did is just managing my time well.

What’s next for you?

The cash flow quadrant, I m now in the E & S quadrant. I want to move into the B & I quadrant and I believe that this is POSSIBLE!!!

DPPMS Annual Dinner Event

Indeed it was a great event where about 800 people attended the event that was so grand and colourful.This event also witnesses the young fashion designers who display their work and also compete in the award for the best designer.

One thing that i am really happy that many young ones are now more willing and dare to take the risk and venture into business.

I believe that the only way to get rid of the procrastination in getting something started is just DO IT .

So why wait you can start to do something out of your interest and get it marketed globally.

How to do it….. condcuting 1 day seminar by Dr Irfan Khairy  this November 17th. You can attend or just let others know about it.

Usahawan Minggu Ini – 2




1)What kind of business do you have? What inspired you to become an entrepreneur?

My primary business is Ed Borhan Pte Ltd, providing services on Internet Strategy Consultancy & Web Application Development using DotNetNuke. I also have a partnership named WebLaunchKit Pte Ltd.

The desire to be as successful as possible and to understand my limits so that I can push myself further.

AbangAbu wrote:
2)Did you need to have a certain mindset to achieve success?

Previously I thought, the life cycle in Singapore is ‘standard’ – 10 years of education, National Service, 3 to 5 years of work life, get married, plan for CPF returns. But I realised, that is the life cycle which does not maximise my potential. Thus I had to erase the idea that there is a ‘system’ in place for everyone and I must create my own challenges/changes.

3)Have you noticed certain advantages to being an entrepreneur?

Having TIME. However, this is not necessarily an advantage on its own. If not managed well, time will be lost. And lost time cannot be recovered. As an entrepreneur, I get to plan my own schedule and set aside valuable time for family and loved one, while at the same time meeting my business targets.

AbangAbu wrote:
4)Is it difficult to get financing for businesses? If so why and are there any solutions?

I started my business without capital, zero dollars. And I was so happy when I saw on ChannelNewsAsia a millionaire lady, Ms Wendy Kwek, on The Million Makers (by ScreenBox). I was happy because she started all her businesses with zero dollars. Reason: if your business can make money out of nothing, your business is bound for success! Oh, I so AGREE!!!

My capital in business is my knowledge, such an intangible asset, but so valuable and is always increasing its value as long as I continue to learn.

AbangAbu wrote:
5)Did you have a mentor to help you get started?

Not really, but while I was working for about 2 years in SMEs, I learned as much as I can from my previous bosses. If I were to choose a specific person as a mentor (unofficially), it will be Mr Samuel Yeo, who was my manager when I was a Project Lead at National Healthcare Group for 10 months. He taught me so many important things; where some of the lessons helped me be more mature in business/personal dealings.

AbangAbu wrote:
6)Approximately how much money did you invest before your business became profitable?

Well, I bought a bicycle for about S$89 so I can travel to school at Tiong Bahru from home at Sengkang. This helped me save travel expenses for the first 3 months when I have not received any income.

From the earnings that I made in the first year (under the brand Shaheed Borhan), I re-invested S$15,000 back into the company (Ed Borhan Pte Ltd) the following year. This is primarily a branding and marketing exercise which is now showing positive returns!

AbangAbu wrote:
7)What resources were most helpful to you when you were starting your business?

Having a supportive family and loved one, and great friends to share thoughts is a great benefit. Family and loved one give me the strength to go through tough times. Friends are there to give ideas and challenge my thoughts whenever we chat about things happening among us.

AbangAbu wrote:
8)What ways have you found to be most effective in marketing your product or service to get sales?

The name card is essential! Making a lasting first impression and following up with emails and phone calls before finally meeting again to discuss potentials; sometimes over lunch or coffee. Focusing first on the relationship is one of the things I learned from my ex boss Mr Matt Ng of Joo Walters.

AbangAbu wrote:
9)What tips can you give others who want to embrace their dream but, don’t have the confidence or feel they don’t have what it takes to succeed?

Be among the right people, network with likeminded people who will not only understand your desire but will also be able to see your potential.

AbangAbu wrote:
10)How do you manage juggling the responsibilities of being a entrepreneur?

It doesn’t get any easier as I continue to grow the business, but being an entrepreneur is about continuously learning the ropes, improving the skills and managing the risks at every level of the game.

I assess every tasks that needs to be done and delegate them to the right people if I cannot complete the tasks myself. And then I prioritise them with deadlines to ensure completion.

AbangAbu wrote:
11)What’s next for you?

One of my long term goals is to be a business mentor and start-up investor. And I am brewing some ideas to get myself closer to that goal. This I will share once the plan has been fine-tuned.

M.A.P untuk KAYA kembali…..

Setelah sebulan di hentikan sempena bulan Ramadhan kini MAP kembali lagi.

Dua kelas pertama yang AbangAbu adakan mendapat sambutan hangat sekali. Tempat terhad je 20 per class tadi yang datang total dua hari tu hampir 70 peserta.

Terima kasih kerana sambutan begitu baik serta sokongan anda semua. Bagi yang tidak mempunyai masa layarai selalau untuk keterangan mengenai kelas – kelas akan datang.

Juga Jutawan Internet akan berlangsung kali ketiga di kota Singa ini setelah 2 workshop di bulan ogos dan september.

Jadi bagi yang masih belum sila layari untuk keterangan lanjut. Juga sampaikan pada kenalan yang lain juga.

Insya Allah jumap anda semua hari esok….


Friday Talk: Achieve the Alphabets of Success!

Description :

By Abuayubul Ansari
Founder & CEO of Now Asia and
Head of Young Entrepreneurs Club

We are in the last quarter of 2007. In two months’ time, we’re going to be making New Year resolutions. How many of us are still hanging on to last year’s unfulfilled resolutions? Why does this happen? Does our current situation make us to be what we are today? Can we change this? What are the principles behind something so simple as to live out our resolutions and achieve success in life?

Join us at this workshop and discover:
– The A-B-C-D of Success
– Earn the PhD of Life
– The A-B-U Secrets of Success

Take the first step today, get your life back in order to succeed!


Please email the following details to
Hp No. (Confirmation by SMS only)

Date : 02 November 2007
Time : 14:30 – 17:30
Venue : Learning Lounge @ NACLI – 70 South Buona Vista Road S118176
Contact Person : Nalini
Contact Detail : 6470 4413 / 6474 4241

Beside Listening one more important skill…….

So, is it just enough listening only…….

Is it enough? Well in fact i don’t think so . Because just by listening only is not good …… You must make a great speech.

So how to make a GREAT speech……….

There are only two ways to make great speeches:………….

1. Talk spontaneously about what you know.

2. Present a speech that you have carefully prepared beforehand.

What Muhammad Ali said about boxing is true for speech making as well., He said”The flight is won or lost far away from witness — behind the lines, in the gym, and out there on the road, long before i dance under those light.”

Remember these 9 words below to give a good speech in any topic

Tell Them something useful that they don’t already know”

I would love to see our entrepreneurs can give great speeches too.