Small Business Network – E-Commerce Business in Taiwan

Date & Time: Friday, 6th May from 8pm-10pm
Venue: Beer & Cheese Social House – 基隆路2段117號
Topic: eCommerce in Taiwan
Admission: Members FREE, Non-members $NT200

The CCCT’s Small Business Committee (SBC) invites you to attend our next presentation and discussion night on Friday, May 6th, 2016 at 8pm at Beer & Cheese Social House.

There will be a few short presentations for individuals interested in operating their own e-commerce business in Taiwan. Please join us, learn something, contribute something, and meet some cool people.
After presentations from our guest speakers, who are all knowledgeable and successful expat entrepreneurs in the e-commerce industry, there will be a Q&A and open discussion.

Our guest panel is:

*Mr. Jake Morrison, Owner of Cogini*cogini-logo-name
For the past 10 years Jake Morrison has been running Cogini, a consulting company that helps entrepreneurs and startups build products.

He works them to define the product strategy and features, then builds the product, serving as their long term technical partner. Over the years, he has built dozens of custom e-commerce websites and mobile applications.

*Mr. Ofa Hsueh, Knowledge Keeper, Archilife Research Foundation; Consultant, Digital Movie Create Club, NTU*Ofa Hsueh
Ofa has diverse experience in IT field as a programmer, hacker, manager and COO. He also travels between Silicon Valley and Taiwan to develop his own start-ups philosophies.

Mr. Hsueh will be talking about payment systems, including an overview of FinTech, why FinTech matters for eCommerce, and tips for building a modern eCommerce platform in Taiwan.

*Mr. Anthony van Dyck, Founder of Taiwanease.com*

Originally a highly acclaimed magazine, Taiwanease was officially re-launched as an independent website on September 1st, 2012.Taiwanease 300x250

Since then, Taiwanease has grown to be the largest website of its kind in Taiwan, with bustling forums, classified ads, magazine articles, “how-to” guides, and a an island-wide directory with complementary smartphone app.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Working in the Education Industry in Taiwan (Event Recap)

A few weeks ago, the CCCT Small Business Committee had another Taiwan Small Business Network event, aimed at presenting some deep background and top tips for expats interested in starting an education based business.Tribeca Taipei

It was a really successful event, thanks, of course, to our enlightened speakers, and to enthusiastic participation by the attendees. Many thanks to TRIBECA for hosting their second small business event with the Canadian Chamber of Commerce in Taiwan. We truly appreciate your support and patronage!

Our first speaker was Brian Hockertz, CEO of Oh! Study Education Group. Brian is a very long-term Taiwan expat, having worked for the Canadian Trade Office in Taiwan even before Taipei 101 existed! Going from heading the education department at the CTOT, Brian went on to open his own successful educational consultancy for Taiwanese students bound for overseas study, first in Canada, then also in the USA, and now worldwide.Oh Study-2016

Brian shared with us the distillation of his business experience in Taiwan, presented as points of advice:

  1. Respect your core competency. Stay focused and committed to the thing you do best;
  2. Go local, that’s where your market is;
  3. Keep clean books, because your business competitors will try and get you audited, if you actually start making any money;
  4. Standardize your operations as if it were a franchise. That’s called efficiency and it’s much easier to train staff in this kind of system;
  5. Be one of the top 5 companies in Taiwan the world at what you do. Be world class, and you will get customers;
  6. You might very well be copied, so keep innovating.

Thanks Brian for your business bushido!

Carleen's English SchoolNext Carleen Emma, founder and owner of Carleen’s English School, a mid-sized children’s cram school in Neihu, told us about her experiences starting and growing her now-successful business. And, wow! What a story!

Carleen talked about the financial tightrope she walked, the constant struggle with surprise costs and revenue slumps, and the big risk she took when she bought out a larger location. But running her business wasn’t just about money: She also very frankly told us about the tough times when she was teaching classes with her infant daughter strapped to her body, and about the deep connection she had with the local community achieved by protecting and educating their children, listening to their concerns, and being a positive part of the scene day by day, month by month, year by year.

A great origin story with a happy ending!

Thanks Carleen!

Our next presentation was from Bob MacLeod. Bob became a partner with Rick France, who is the founder of ACES. For those of you unfamiliar with the brand, ACES is the top franchise in Taiwan of a business model that was formerly called “hardcore foreign-run buxiban”.Aces English School

The model is of an expat-owned cram school hires (reasonably) bilingual foreign teachers to do very focused and disciplined classes where words and sentence patterns in English are directly translated into Mandarin. Each class has an aggressive pace, and the students’ mothers are often seated at the back of the room, helping to motivate both student and teacher. ACES teachers get quite decent pay if they build up their skills and class size, and stay with the school for many years. There are now 13 branches in Taiwan.

Bob’s talk was mainly about how he came to Taiwan with a strong background in education, looking for an education-based business opportunity. He found out about ACES, and partnered on a new school in Hsintien, which has become a success. Opportunities are out there if you are sharp enough to see them!

Brief takeaway from his starting a business in Taiwan experience: Always overestimate your expenses.

Cheers Bob!

Last but not least, Joel Laughrin, owner of Guidelines International English Academy, and Professional Support Leader, Asia Pacific Cambridge English, gave a great talk. Joel explained the benefits to all stakeholders – parents, teachers, students and schools – of having a professional third-party independent language ability assessment. Especially, of course, when that system comes from Cambridge University, a global leader in EFL.

Takeaway: if you can be involved at an ownership level in a respected global EFL brand in Taiwan, your business will likely have decent growth potential over time. Quality pays off.

Thank you Joel!

We look forward to seeing you at our next event at CODA. We have guest speakers that will be talking about their experience operating your own sporting business in Taiwan. Come and check it out!

Business Lunch: Recruitment & Investment / April 21

Date: Thursday, 21st April, 2016

Time: 12pm to 2pm

Topic: Recruitment & Investment

Speakers: InvesTaiwan Service Center / William Tang, Division Chief and Cara Cho, Project Specialist

Location: Canadian Trade Office in Taipei (CTOT) / 6F, No.1  Sungzhi Road, Taipei

Cost: Members NT$600, Non-Members NT$900

Click here to register!

Would you like the opportunity to work for a local Taiwanese company? InvesTaiwan Service Center has a new recruitment program aimed at bringing foreign talent to local companies. They offer a free matching service to Taiwanese companies in need of foreign expertise in business.

April’s business luncheon will feature two speakers from InvesTaiwan’s Service Center. They will give our members an introduction to the their job-matching platforms, consultation services, and the latest policies regarding recruitment and retaining overseas talent.

They will highlight their regular services with an introduction about their investment services, such as providing investors with assistance in facilitating their investment in Taiwan and in coordinating with local and government authorities to resolve investment problems.

Some of the positions available for overseas talent are as follows:

  • Director/Manager/Associate for Overseas Sales and Marketing
  • Management / Customer Service Engineer
  • Semiconductor Manufacturing Process Senior R&D / Sales
  • FW Development Assistant Manager
  • HW High-end Department Level Executives
  • Communication Algorithm Senior Engineer
  • Chief Actuary
  • Statistician Lead
  • Biotech Researcher
  • Mechanical and Electrical Control R&D
  • DMPK Researcher
  • Fintech Senior Engineer
  • Automotive Mechanical Engineer
  • Industrial Designer
  • Lithium-ion Battery Senior R&D/Sales

Come join us to hear about the great new program in Taiwan.

Click here to register!

About InvestTaiwan Service Center (ITSC)

ITSC provides clients with ‘one-stop’ services by offering a convenience and comprehensive contact window for overseas recruitment. We liaise with a network of recruitment outlets supported by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

In addition, the Ministry of Economic Affairs provides an online interactive job matching-making platform which is called Contact Taiwan. Contact Taiwan assists talents and professionals with their recruitment in Taiwan. Our mission is to promote Taiwan’s industrial transformation and to propel Taiwan-based vendors’ entrance into the global market.

About ITSC Recruitment Services

Note: No walk-ins. Advance registration is required. No-shows and late cancellations (less than 24 hours) will be billed for the full amount.

 

April Happy Hour / April 20

Dear Members and Friends of Canada,

The Canadian Chamber of Commerce in Taiwan (CCCT) cordially invites you to a Meet and Greet event with a delegation of the Former CTOT Representatives on Wednesday, 20th of April, 2016.

Your attendance at this event provides a valuable opportunity to meet Mr. Ron MacIntosh (2006-2009), Mr. Gordon Houlden (2004-2006) and Mr. Hugh Stephens (1995-1998) as well as other members of the Canadian community in Taiwan. Please confirm your attendance at your earliest convenience.

  • Date: Wednesday, 20th April
  • Time: 19:00-21:30
  • Venue: Maple Maple Café (1F, #410-5 Zhongxiao E. Road, Section 5, Taipei / Yongchun Station Exit 2, Blue Line
  • Cost: Members NT$600, Non-members and guests NT$900 (including two drinks and light food)

About Maple Maple Café

Every spring, Canadians celebrate maple season by visiting traditional “sugar shacks”, bringing family and friends together for a great time with lots of maple syrup!

Introducing this “maple culture” to Taiwan is what we’re all about at Maple Maple Café. Our casual setting, with its rustic brick and wood décor, provides a great place to meet with friends or to relax by yourself. Our simple menu offers traditional French-Canadian dishes and a selection of savory maple desserts and beverages, including the best maple sugar pie and maple latte on this side of the Pacific. We also have a wide selection of wines ‘by the glass’ to complement our menu and make for a great experience. Maple Maple Café… It’s a taste of Canada right here in Taipei!

  • Phone: 02 8780 0550
  • Website: www.maplemaplecafe.com
  • Email: info@maplemaplecafe.com

A Letter of Thanks to Our 2015 Celebration Canada Sponsors

Dear All,

On behalf of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, I would like to express our sincere thanks for your support of this year’s 2015 Celebration Canada.

As the event continues to grow and become even more successful, I would like to emphasize how much your sponsorship support means to us. This year we had over 9,000 attendees, and we are proud that this event remains the largest Canada Day celebration outside of North America. Without your support this event and the Chamber itself, could not continue to operate.

We also hope that you pleased with the exposure you gained from participating in this year’s Celebration Canada and that you will consider sponsoring again next year! If you have any suggestions on what we can do better next year, please do not hesitate to let us know!

Thank you again and we look forward to seeing you at our other Canadian Chamber of Commerce events!

Best Regards,

Leo Seewald
Acting Chairman, Canadian Chamber of Commerce in Taiwan