2nd Google Business Group Baguio Meetup and Google Plus Workshop

photo from Google
This post is way too late the 3rd Google Business Group Baguio Meetup already came and went last Dec 1 (which unfortunately I wasn't able to attend to due to makeup bookings). Anyway, this post is about my first experience attending the GBG Baguio Meetup.

GBG of Google Business Group is a community of business professionals that come together to share knowledge about Google web technologies for business success. GBGs are independent community-led groups formed by passionate indviduals. All events are free and open to business professionals who are interested to learn and become more successful in using the internet for their business. -google.com

Glad to know Baguio City has its own chapter for GBG and the second meet up was held October 22, 2012 at CAP John Hay Trade and Exhibit Hall, Baguio City. Apart from the meetup, a workshop was also held to further the knowledge of the local entrepreneurs and attendees.

Experts were invited and shared their knowledge on:
     Blogging For Business
     Google Maps for Business
     Google Search For Business - Best Practices in the Age of Penguin and Panda
     Google Local For Business and 
     G+ Workshop (facilitated by Hadi, Google's Program Manager for Emerging Markets in                           South East Asia)

I appreciated the participation of international google experts to give a talk and impart what they know about  utilizing Google applications and features to help businesses from small time to big time.

I admire the flow of the event from the start to finish. Registration started at 8am and the meeting started around 9am. Below is the registration table for the attendants. Stickers and flyers were given to each who registered.

Below is our table set up.

A bonus from the workshop. Lawyer Councilor Edison Bilog of Baguio City was invited to give a talk about the controversial Cybercrime Law.

After the morning session, we had our sumptuous and satisfying lunch sponsored by Le Chef Restaurant at The Manor.

With fellow Cordillera Bloggers Dean Cuanso of watwatworld.com, Ash Velasco of istanatko.wordpress.com and sir Carl Taawan, Sunstar Baguio photojournalist.

A group shot of The Forest Lodge management, one of the sponsors of the event, and the Google experts on who imparted their knowledge during the meeting.

My thoughts on the event

I am honored and thankful to have been invited to this event. Sir Vince Tabor of lakbaybaguio.com and the organizer, sent me an invitation. It was all worth it to take a leave from work for a day just so to attend this meeting. I have learned so much how Google can help grow and expand our businesses. Internet is almost free and it is a great advantage for us entrepreneurs to utilize to help our develop our businesses. Not only that, this event was also a good opportunity to meet and socialize with other people. 

A third meet up was held on December 1 at Azalea Residences, Baguio. However, I had a hectic schedule that time and missed it. You can read my friend Recis' post about that here: http://recisdempayos.wordpress.com/2012/12/04/third-gbg-baguio-meet-up-at-azalea-residences/

I will be looking forward to more events like this in the future.