SERDEF: Help for startups and small enterprises (SMEs)

Do you often find yourself mulling over a business idea, but not knowing how to get started? Are you employed, but now want to spend more time with your family while still being productive? Are you one of those who believe that entrepreneurship is the way to a “better life”?

Before my husband became a businessman, he worked several years as an employee. Like most entrepreneurs-at-heart, however, he started feeling discontented and wanted to be his “own boss.”

And so he ventured out on his own.

He had several business ventures; most were initially successful. But somehow, something always turned bad and the businesses became unsustainable. In short, lugi. In fact, it was lugi x 4. Four businesses – all flops.

But he never gave up. He firmly believed that when you are down – deep, deep, deep, deep, deeeeeeep down (no, I’m not exaggerating, we got that low) – there is no other way but up.

With this mantra, he persisted and kept looking for business opportunities.

Our business today has to do with the construction industry. It is doing fairly good now, though it wasn’t like this when we started 4 years ago. The first 4 years were bumpy and full of challenges – not encouraging at all. But my hub, he just kept on.

Aside from his indomitable spirit, hub would not have made it this far if not for help from financial institutions, business partners and friends who supported him.

And that is what I am writing about today: help for startups and small enterprises.

SERDEF help for startups and small enterprises

SERDEF: Small Enterprises Research and Development Foundation

Businessmen who are just beginning need all the help they can get. Likewise, SMEs (small/medium enterprises) constantly need assistance in financing, training manpower, improving technologies – essentially, at getting better in what they do.

That is why there is SERDEF.

The SERDEF was founded in 1976 to assist in the promotion and development of entrepreneurship and small and medium enterprises in the country.  In particular, it aimed to complement what its partner GO, the UP Institute for Small-Scale Industries, is doing for the small business community.

SERDEF’s vision is to build an enterprising culture within Philippine society and thereby increase the pool of citizens who will seek to generate income and jobs through entrepreneurship and self-employment. (Quoted from the SERDEF Website)

SERDEF, an NGO, is a resource hub for mSMEs (micro, small, medium enterprises). The website,, is rich with information for entrepreneurs and aspiring ones.

There’s a “Beginner’s Kit”, which includes articles on writing the business plan, how to register a business, credit programs available for SMEs, and even a comprehensive A-to-Z list of business ideas – from A for Apiary to Z for Zeroxing, there are over a hundred ideas!

For those who need business advice, email them your questions and you just might be featured in the “Rx for Small Biz” section.

The SERDEF site regularly features success stories of businessmen/women from all over the country. It’s when we read stories of Aling Nenita’s puto-kutsinta and sapin-sapin pre-mixes (which are now “exported” from Davao to Manila), or an ex-OFW who becomes a techno-preneur, or how Letty’s Buko Pie became what is today that we get get inspired. And the business idea you’ve been toying with comes to mind again. Maybe I can do it too.

Which brings me back to the questions I asked at the beginning of this blog post. Many of us itch to get started on startups and small enterprises. But how? Go check SERDEF.

The goal of SERDEF is simple: to encourage more Filipinos to become entrepreneurs so that there can be more jobs in the country. Then parents won’t have to become OFWs. So then kids can grow up to be better citizens. Then, maybe, finally, the Philippines will become a better place to live in.

SERDEF has a Facebook page too. LIKE it to be updated.

6 thoughts on “SERDEF: Help for startups and small enterprises (SMEs)

  1. I honestly believe in my heart that the Philippines and we Filipinos have so much potential. If these potentials are used in the right way and with the proper help of such organizations, we can achieve so much more.

  2. I’ll tell my Hubby about this. He had just started a computer shop business with his family, but he’s planning to leave it to my in-laws na lang, and we’ll start our own. 🙂

  3. We need more entrepreneurs to create jobs, generate income, build communities. What they do is where we can pin our hopes for a prosperous and self-reliant Philippines, a country that can take its proud place in the community of nations.

    But before that would happen, we need committed, persuasive, and eloquent advocates who would spread the word around: GOING INTO BUSINESS CAN BE ONE OF THE BEST THINGS YOU CAN DO FOR YOUR COUNTRY.

    Thank you iMomOnline. May your tribe increase.

  4. yup…. that’s what it takes. Weather the flops, learn the lessons it present and do better the next time around, opportunity will arise and you best be prepared. The flops is what will season you so don’t be discouraged by it.

  5. Saved money from employment is not that easy to risk for a business , most specially when it will be your first and your knowledge is not that broad so i will definitely need to know more strategical planning focusing on what would work best that aligns in my capability.

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