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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 OCTOBER 5th 2010, 10am – 12pm
Springfort Hall, Newtwopothouse, Co. Cork

ALSO

SOCIAL MEDIA WORKSHOP – OCTOBER 19th 10:00am sharp

Have a look at the Workshops Page for more details

Indeed!! We are jazzing things up a bit at Mallow Open Coffee and offering every business owner the opportunity to learn more about Social Media and how it will impact and benefit their business, or not!

This initiative has come about because of the constant questions that arise at the coffee meetings, about Social Media, Social Networking, Web 2.0, blogging etc. Business owners are wondering if it is of any use for their specific industry. So we thought it best to hold an informative workshop where these questions are addressed. Head over to the Workshop Page to find out more.

A couple more new faces this month, and diversification was at the top of the list. (more…)

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NEXT OPEN COFFEE – TUE MAY 4TH, 2010 from 10am

Hot, Cold, Hot, Cold. This seems to be the message we are getting in Ireland with the weather. We are 5 weeks behind last year with growth in the garden. Some of you have lost trees and shrubs due to the severe weather we have experienced since Nov ’09 (really!!).

Well, that is not the case with business owners in the North Cork region. Today’s meeting was full of optimism. The importance of networking face to face locally was discussed and the need to diversify and adapt to change. Discounts and their uses brought up the importance of sites like Gráinne’s Local Discounts. There were lots of ideas shared about how to progress Mallow Open Coffee into the future. We were delighted with new faces again this month, and the feedback is very positive. See our new victims 🙂 on the Attendees Page.

One way to keep yourself informed of Mallow Open Coffee is to create an appointment in your calendar, and you will never miss a great coffee and good company again:

Some instructions for MS Outlook:

  1. Open the Outlook calendar. Click on the new appointment button. Or you can use the keyboard shortcut “Ctrl N.”
  2. Once the appointment box is open, title your appointment. Choose the category it belongs to and enter the location. In the body of the appointment, enter any pertinent details about the appointment. Select a start time (10:00 am) and end time (12:00pm). Determine if you want a reminder. Choose how to show the time, i.e. free or busy.
  3. If you wish to schedule a recurring appointment, click on the reoccurrence button. The categories are daily, weekly, monthly, or yearly. You will have option to choose the first Tuesday of every 1 month.
  4. Once you have completed entering all the information you would like in your appointment, click on save and close. You now have a recurring appointment for Mallow Open Coffee in your calendar. See here for the full article.

** Check out the North Cork Enterprise Board for a Speed Networking evening coming up in Charleville on April 15th. More details here.

The following websites were suggested as good resource providers:

www.smallbusinesscan.ie
www.irishbusinesswomen.com
www.bloggertone.com

Looking forward to seeing you on May 4th. If you have any questions, please connect with us on the contact page.

Have a great month,

Elaine & Gráinne

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Next Open Coffee – Tue MARCH 2nd 2010, 10am
Springfort Hall, Newtwopothouse, Co. Cork

We had a great session today at Open Coffee – new faces, new ideas, new contacts made. A very successful morning full of positivity, information, suggestions, connections, and of course a bit of banter.

Thank you to everyone for making the time this morning, and we look forward to building the group further over the next few months. Take a look at the attendee list here.

Lots of new courses coming up for business owners and Start-Ups:

Start Your Own Business Courses:

Cork: North Cork Enterprise Board

Limerick: Limerick County Enterprise Board

Other interesting sites and blogs to look out for locally:

Ballyhoura Enterprise Network (BEN) – find their blog here

Ballyhoura Dragons

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