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I would just like to say a huge thank you to those who make the effort to attend the Open Coffee each month or whenever they can ,  I think you all see  the benefit of such a relaxed and infromal approach to networking in todays pressurized society.

I took the opportunity this month to listen to the discussions going on around me with a view to getting ideas for future meet-ups.  The one conversation that stood out to me was by Nikki Williams who was looking for feedback from the group in regards to various aspects of her business, which included Flyer font use and phrasing , Nikki is embarking  on delivering a course  for Parents called United Parenting , Improving Family Relationships   to help parents who want to learn how to  improve their family relationship with their child , this I believe is what Open Coffee is all about , sharing , learning , supporting and giving advice when asked for it , the group includes business people from various backgrounds , from IT to Travel and Retail , so their combined experience is an invaluable offering to each and every member .

Following on from this meeting I had a fantastic chat with Sarah McMahon from Smack PR  ,  Sarah has been involved in Radio and Media and also been involved in the Mallow Racing Home festival for 2011 so has huge experience. We discussed the possibility of hosting an afternoon Showcase of businesses in the North Cork area , in conjunction with the Open Coffee Mallow group , in the near future .

I would  love your feedback on what you would like to see happening within the group in the future , remember this is your network and your ideas are valuable to its success ! . I have been playing with the idea of a rebrand and maybe holding more formal talks on alternate months , so to ensure that members get the most from these talks I would love to hear what topics you would like covered , EG :  PR , Advertising , accounting , Websites promotion , anything you feel you would like to learn more about . contact me through the email link here or phone me on 086 2119326 and lets get started .

Next months meeting should be interesting so do not miss out !!!!!

Date for next months Open Coffee meet-up is Tuesday the 4th of October you do not want to miss this !!

Grainne

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Next Open Coffee – Tue SEPTEMBER 6th 2011, 10am – 12pm
Springfort Hall, Newtwopothouse, Co. Cork

Hi everyone , I hope that  the Summer has been good to you both personally and business wise , pity about the weather but when you look at what the USA are facing at the moment we really can’t complain about a few showers now can we lols .

Julys Open Coffee was well attended again and I hope to continue this into the Autumn and Winter months .

I want to ask you the members of Mallow Open Coffee if it would interest you to have a once off  Meet – up in the evening and what you would like if I was to arrange this , I am thinking maybe a meet up followed by drinks and time to socialise with each other . What do u think please reply and let me know of any ideas you may have.

I would also like to wish Elaine the best of luck in the future and hope that she will continue to be a very valuable member of Mallow Open Coffee , Elaine has decided to step down as an organiser. I wish her all the best and thank her on your behalf for her time and commitment to Mallow Open Coffee in the last two years . If anyone would like to step up and help me to continue grow Mallow Open Coffee and its network then feel free to contact me on 086 2119326.

I look forward to seeing you all on the 6th of September. If again you require any details then please go to the blog where you will find further information. https://opencoffeemallow.wordpress.com/

Regards

Grainne

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Next Open Coffee – Tue JUNE 7th 2011, 10am – 12pm
Springfort Hall, Newtwopothouse, Co. Cork


We are hosting Mallow Open Coffee in July at Brídhaven Nursing Home. The purpose of hosting the Open Coffee at the Home will be to forge increased links between Brídhaven and business people/community in the Mallow and  North Cork area as well as to offer a chance to those in attendance to view the excellent facilities at Brídhaven.

Business Accolades currently held by Brídhaven Nursing Home.
·         In 2010 Brídhaven Nursing Home achieved 3 ISO Awards and Paul Rochford was recognised as Business Person of the Year by Mallow Chamber of Commerce.
·         In 2011 Brídhaven won an Irish Accomodation Services Industry award for Hygiene Standards and achieved an “Excellence Through People” quality standard  which is the national standard for human resource management.

Paul Rochford, owner of Brídhaven, recently won the Mallow Businessperson of the Year Award.

We look forward to an alternative event for July (esp as it is our 2nd birthday!!)

If you would like to host a Mallow Open Coffee event at your place of business, please let us know, or leave a comment below. They are a great opportunity to showcase your business, generate networking opportunities and support the concept of Open Coffee.

See you in Springfort Hall on June 7th!


Elaine & Gráinne

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Next Open Coffee – Tue MAY 3rd 2011, 10am – 12pm
Springfort Hall, Newtwopothouse, Co. Cork


If you would like to host a Mallow Open Coffee event at your place of business, please let us know. They are a great opportunity to showcase your business, generate networking opportunities and support the concept of Open Coffee.

See you next month!

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Next Open Coffee – Tue APRIL 5th 2011, 10am – 12pm
Springfort Hall, Newtwopothouse, Co. Cork


Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

We hope you take time away from your business, and enjoy the festival. Here are some resources you may find useful in your quest to enjoy the day:

MALLOW PARADE ~ CLICK HERE

BALLYHOURA REGION ~ CLICK HERE

CORK FESTIVAL ~ CLICK HERE

PARADE ~ CLICK HERE

OTHER CORK FESTIVALS ~ CLICK HERE

ANDROID AND iPHONE APPS ~ CLICK HERE

Enjoy the festival, and see you on April 5th!!Seefin Coaching

Elaine

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Next Open Coffee – Tue FEBRUARY 1st 2011, 10am – 12pm
Springfort Hall, Newtwopothouse, Co. Cork

I just did a quick check to see if the first Tuesday of April lands on the 1st. Phew, it doesn’t, but the next two do, so it’s a great way to start your month, come meet a group of people who know what it is like to persevere, be pro-active, and get their business going.

I chose the title “Adversity introduces us to ourselves” because a man I met last year, the gentle and interesting Seán Gallagher, used this in a talk he was a giving. It made me think hard about the times we find ourselves in, and how easy some folk give in, give up, and others make the conscious decision not to take part in a recession.

Thankfully I have made the latter choice, and am confident about 2011 for business owners, despite what is happening in Ireland this very week.

However, the title rings most true for one of our regular attendees, Ivan O’Donoghue of Spiralli Business Solutions. Ivan appeared at Open Coffee earlier in the month, coming directly from his office, which only that morning had been completely destroyed by flooding, including the office, reception area, training rooms and office space that they rent out.

What was more amazing was, they are on the second floor. How did that happen? Read their blog post here to find out how he and his partner Niamh, have survived this tragedy and have no plans to fall victim to a “cause” beyond their control. What is inspirational about their story, is that they have decided to take charge of the “effect” and manage their own destiny for Spiralli.

Truly an inspirational story, and we can all learn from it wisely!

As Mondays go, today was rather non-eventful for me, and not very productive for various reasons. But I did have a blog post published today on Bloggertone, aptly named “BEAT THE MONDAY MORNING BLUES“. So if you are struggling with your Monday mornings, pop over and have a read.

See you soon,

Elaine

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Next Open Coffee – Tue JANUARY 11th 2011, 10am – 12pm
Springfort Hall, Newtwopothouse, Co. Cork

Happy New Year 2011

Ready for the New Year???

2011 is going to be challenging for every household in Ireland, and every person will have to pull out all stops to survive a difficult year. Businesses are no different, so my focus for 2011 is going to be:

  • SUPPORT
  • EDUCATION
  • EMPOWERMENT
  • FOCUS ON POSITIVITY
  • INFORMATION

So if you would like to share your acronym for 2011, please leave a comment below or bring it with you on Jan 11th.

Love, light and laughter for Christmas & New Year!!

Elaine

Happy New Year 2011


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