The Small Enterprise Knowledge Center provides a complete guide in starting and managing a business. Through the basic business modules, the Center aims to equip you with knowledge on the key aspects of a business. All materials published in the Center were based from the U.S. Small Business Administration website ( and adapted to suit the local Philippine situation and laws.

Starting a Business
Are you thinking about starting a business of your own? Explore the modules below to learn the aspects of starting a business and find ways on how to succeed.

Learn About Business Law & Regulations

Employment and Labor Law

  • Labor Code of the Philippines (Presidential Decree No. 442)
  • Social Security Act of 1997 (R.A. No. 8282)
  • Home Development Mutual Fund Law of 2009 (R.A. No. 9679)

Finance Law

  • Tax Reform Act of 1997 (Republic Act No. 8424)
  • Securities Regulation Code of the Philippines (R.A. No. 8799
  • Financing Company Act of 1998 (R.A. No. 8556)
  • Electronic Commerce Act of 2000 (R.A. 8792)
  • Truth in Lending Act (R.A. No. 3765)
  • Philippine Cooperative Code of 2008 (R.A. 9520)
  • Anti-Money Laundering Act of 2001 (RA 9160)

Intellectual Property Law

  • Intellectual Property Code of the Philippines (R.A. 8293)

Environment Regulations

  • Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Act of 2009 (R.A. No. 9711)
  • The Philippine Fisheries Code (R.A. No. 8550)
  • The Animal Welfare Act of 1998 (R.A. No. 8485)

Workplace Safety and Health Law

  • National Health Insurance Act of 1995 (R.A. No. 7875)
  • Insurance Act of the Philippines

Foreign Workers and Employee Eligibility

  • Foreign Investments Act of 1991 (R.A. No. 7042)

Local government and MSMEs

  • The Local Government Code of the Philippines (Republic Act No. 7160)
  • The Magna Carta for Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs), as amended (RA 9501)
  • Barangay Micro Business Enterprises (BMBEs) Act of 2002 (R.A. No. 9178)