When the Makro Extravaganza first opened four years ago, it started a trend of activities meant to benefit small and medium sized businesses. Tapping the support and help of trade suppliers, it staged a 3-day event that included a trade exhibit, business livelihood seminars, cooking demonstrations, and other activities all geared towards helping the small entrepreneur grow his business.
Four years after, the main objective has not changed. In fact, the Makro Extravaganza has evolved. It now seeks to involve not only the small and medium sized entrepreneurs, but the communities and barangays where these entrepreneurs come from as well. The target, bold but realistic, is for Makro to be the primary product and service provider to the community.
From a 3-day event in a single venue, the 2009 Extravaganza is staged in four batches over an 8-week period, making the rounds of the Manila and provincial branches. This is reminiscent of a caravan that moves from one place to another – bringing with it its goods and wares to the community.
Batch 3 of the Extravaganza opens in Davao, Imus and Cainta on September 17 to 19. It will be three days packed with activities and special offers that include the original negosyo sessions, the Makro Value Packs (MVPs), cooking demonstrations, games and raffle draws, and the first-ever barangay-based Makro Singing Idol championship.
There will be hourly raffle draws every day of the Extravaganza, where a total of 300 prizes will be given away every day.
Customers may also get a chance to grab free groceries in the Isang Minutong Hakot. To be launched this year is the trailblazing Makro Business(MBA), an intensive 2-hour business seminar meant to improve the entrepreneur’s business skills and know-how. Certificates of attendance will be handed out to the participants.
The new Makro, now a member of the SM Group, offers a wide variety of fresh and affordable selections to choose from. Groceries, produce, electronics, appliances, office and school supplies are now available in smaller packs. The whole family is welcome to enjoy more and better deals with its free membership and parking, bills payment counter for the customer’s convenience. Their purchasing power is extended now that all major credit cards are accepted.
Helping make the Extravaganza and its community-centered objective a reality are partners who have been supportive of the event from the day it was first introduced in 2006.
Leading the pack as platinum sponsors are Coca-Cola Bottlers Phils Inc., Nestle Phils. Inc., Inc., Procter and Gamble, San Miguel Corp., Uniliver Phils. Inc. and Unilever Food Solutions.
The battlecry is simple - “Tayo Na! Eto Na!”, demonstrating an open invitation to customers and the community to join in 3 days of fun, learning and prizes. Everyone is invited to experience Makro’s biggest, most exciting, community-centered event.
The fourth and last batch of 3-Day Extravaganza includes Sucat, Batangas and Cagayan de Oro scheduled on October 1 to 3.