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Filipinos are widely known as exceptional employees around the world. They are renowned engineers, doctors, nurses, teachers, IT professionals, among many other professions. But seldom would you hear Filipinos as entrepreneurs.

Filipinos have the greatest potential to become innovative and successful business owners. Still, most often than not, they shy away from managing their own businesses, potentially due to a lack of budget, inexperience, or the risks involved.

Newly-established non-profit organisation Spark Community has a single mission: to help, inspire and empower new Filipino business owners and startups in South Australia by providing them with the right business knowledge, skills, and foundations.

Three young professionals with various backgrounds, Paolo Avis (sales and marketing), Kristina Bellen (accounting and finance), and Jaypee Quitco (customer service and operations), founded Spark Community.

The organisation will initiate various exciting activities and strategies. It will launch an online resource center for business tips and relevant business forms and documents. It plans to hold workshops, forums, and networking sessions to connect startups with other relevant organisations.

Spark Community will also embark on business case studies to work closely with startups in creating strengthened marketing and operational strategies.

“The idea is to not just create businesses, but to build profitable and sustainable ones that will cater not only to a small Filipino market but to the wider South Australia,” says Paolo, one of the founders.

During the Spark Community launch event, “Paano Ba? (A How-To Series)” last 15 May 2021, the team assembled several speakers from established Filipino businesses to speak in front of the Filipino community in Adelaide.

The attendees learned about the necessary steps in creating businesses and how other businesses owners maneuvered around the challenges brought upon by the pandemic.

To learn more about Spark Community, visit www.sparkideas.com.au or follow them on Facebook @sparkcommunity (Adelaide).


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