Young entrepreneurs as franchisees

To say “Age is just a number” is to soften the harsh reality of getting old.

But in the case of four young entrepreneurs, numbers are about the excitment of going into business.

Lila Topacio, 22, a marketing student; Wade Anthonie Sonza, 17, a 4th year high school student; Kristelle Santos, 24, fresh graduate; and Reynell Isanan, 22, are the Gen Z panelists at JC’s
Mid-Year Franchise Summit.

During the event, they talked about how they began their franchising businesses, the hardships they dealt with and their advice to fellow Gen Zs who want to pursue the same path.

Photographs courtesy of ig/ LilaTopacio and ig/ReynellIsanan
JC franchisee  Reynell Isanan.

On an Instagram post, Topacio recounted her success story as a JC franchisee, saying she had an identity crisis and felt the pressures of life.

Her advice: “Just try new things. What we truly need now is experience. At first, we will fail but that’s normal. We shouldn’t be swayed by our emotions because that will only delay us from succeeding.
Failure and experiences are what will bring in money because that is what will hone you.”

This group had other franchisees from different sectors including former corporate employees, former overseas Filipino workers and businessmen.

Despite their different playing fields, one thing is for certain, the fruits of their labor — hard work and perseverance.

JC offers products that are beneficial to peoples’ health and well-being. These include the brands CopperMask, Kind Skincare, among others. It was founded by Jonathan So and Carlito Macadangdang.

In an article by Carby Rose Basina, franchising is defined as “an act of granting a license by one person to another (which) allows individuals to own, run and direct their businesses. It is one of the simplest and most profitable forms of business ventures that often offers low capitalization business requirements. Running on a proven system, it has low risks and high success rates even for someone who is a newbie in the field of business, all while projecting a reasonably fast return on investment.”

JC founders Jonathan So and Carlito Macadangdang.

JC helps those who want to get into the franchising industry as a source of income.

It is also committed to uplifting the welfare of its distributors, employees and franchisees by providing them with a satisfactory working environment and a generous compensation plan.

To celebrate the success of the Filipino franchisees in JC’s group of companies, it held a Mid-Year Franchise Summit event last 19 June at the Metrotent Convention Center, attended by hundreds of the company’s franchisees.

Serving as its first-ever franchise summit, the event aimed to commend its businesses’ franchisees for being able to make a difference in their lives, as well as to inspire their
co-franchisees through their success stories.

With a talk show-themed summit, panel moderators Rene Ayson, franchise development director, and multi-awarded franchise consultant Anne Bacho, joined JC’s assistant director for franchise development Jeffrey Ang.

Franchisees from different levels and categories were present to share their success stories.

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