LOS ANGELES — Some of LA’s best Pinoy bites, business ideas, and the latest technologies — NextDayBetter is back, and is looking to make the business climate for young Filipino-Americans even better.
“It’s very rare to have a community of other Filipinos supporting each other, open to hear what other people are working on and asking all the questions the right questions,” said Kat Yalung.
For this round, NDB focused on Filipino American entrepreneurs — and the need to strengthen business ties within the community, bringing in Megan Tiu of artificial intelligence startup frenzy, Kat Yalung from LA’s Chamber of Commerce, and Kristine de la Cruz of the highly-touted Creme Caramel Bake Shop.
“In a world where over 40% of fortune 500 companies are found by immigrants or children of immigrants, how might we help Filipinos here in Los Angeles and across the globe to become effective impactful and successful entrepreneurs,” says Christina Oriel. “How we could create a business community of Filipino entrepreneurs here in LA, one that supports the current small businesses, or tech startups — as well as having an eco-system for future entrepreneurs, whether they’re going to do something in the food industry, or an app so our community can support them and make their businesses thrive.”
One solution that Creme Caramel founder hashed out is a push to buy Fil-Am goods and services.
“That’s part of the reason we use the #ShopFilAm, we want to be able to let people know who’s a Filipino American owned business,” said Dela Cruz. “It doesn’t necessarily have to be Filipino products but it just has to be the person is a Filipino American owner. If you use the #ShopFilAm people will be able to see who to patronize, who’s patronizing them and give people opportunities to support our local community.”
And when they’re not shopping, they’re networking, finding ways to elevate their businesses and work together.
Like Lasa, the highly touted restaurant was built when they met with future partners at a food-themed Next Day Better event.
“There’s a few of us getting together really trying to create and connect and our avenue is food,” said Chase
Next Day Better plans on holding more quarterly panels, and future topics ranging from immigration to politics and the arts are being considered.