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Well Christmas is done and dusted for another 12 mths , I hope you all had a great time.

January is a great month for new resolutions and I find I am full of excitement for the year ahead.

Maybe now is the time to schedule some networking activities into your diary ?.

Mallow Open Coffee is by now well estabhlised and we are always looking for ways to improve the opportunities that we can offer each other , whether it be support in the form of a sounding platform for you to come and discuss issues and concerns that you as an individual business owner may be finding . As they say a problem or concern shared is a problem halved .

Why don’t you come along and find out what we are all about ?. The group has a great variety of businesses and we find that lots of different topics are discussed each month.

We hope to see you at our next meet-up tomorrow the 10th of  January from 10 am in Springfort Hall , Mallow and if you need anymore information please feel free to contact : Grainne on 086 2119326 .

See you there and a very Happy and sucessful New Year to you all.

Grainne

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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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Next Open Coffee – Tue DECEMBER 7th 2010, 10am – 12pm
Springfort Hall, Newtwopothouse, Co. Cork

Wow, it just gets better and better! Here are some comments received back from the SM Workshop on Oct 19th:

“It was very informative and great to hear how Twitter, Facebook and blogging in general can be used in so many different ways to market companies, products and provide up to date information to potential customers. Overall it was very refreshing to hear professionals spreading the word about these important marketing tools. An aspect of marketing I will be exploring further – (especially as my own website lacks these tools!). Thanks also to Paul Brugger and Ivan O’Donoghue for their input on Facebook, Linkedin and blogging.
Hope to see everyone again at some point.” Nigel Robertson, Sixmile Design

“Elaine, Ivan and Paul’s presentations on social media were very informative, useful and professionally delivered. They shared very generously, drawing on their own personal experience to demonstrate the benefits of social media and bring it to life. A lot of material was covered,all presented in a very clear and understandable manner, and insightful questions answered. I learned a lot and I’m definitely closer now to engaging with SM for my business. I’m very grateful to all the presenters, and to Springfort Hall for generously providing such a beautiful location for the workshop. Thank you.” Audrey Shallow, Create Wish Angels

The workshop brought many new faces to our last Open Coffee meeting, so mission accomplished. We have picked up momentum again, and very much looking forward to our Christmas Special meeting on Dec 7th….

watch this space!!….

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Next Open Coffee – Tue NOVEMBER 2nd 2010, 10am – 12pm
Springfort Hall, Newtwopothouse, Co. Cork

And so it goes, Mallow Open Coffee meets hardcore Social Media in a fast and furious session on a cold morning yesterday.

It was tempting to stay at home, or in the office, but 22 people decided to descend on Springfort Hall for an overview of what Social Media is and how it can possibly help their business.


Ivan from Spiralli in action

We are on a high this week, as texts and e-mails pour in (well, a few anyway) thanking us for an informative and very useful workshop. So we hope that the sceptics will at least begin the conversation about Social Media without the word CR*P in it. We hope that those who are intrigued will go and find out more. And we hope that those who already relish in a SM or SN strategy, will explore the possibility of a campaign.

We have triggered the curiosity, piqued the interest, stimulated the semi-geek taste buds, and answered

the hard questions. It is up to those 22 people now to take that knowledge and attitude, and turn it into a skill of sorts. Slowly and tentatively!

Huge shout outs to Ivan O’Donoghue of Spiralli Business Solutions and Paul Brugger of City local Cork for the great presentations and giving up their morning for the good of Co. Cork!

Thank you also to Springfort Hall, for providing the room, facilities and fantastic service. Teresa and the team really looked after us well.

And not least the print media, Mallow Star, Cork Independent, Cork Advertiser and Cork News for giving us the column space to reach out to those not already online tweeting or blogging or linking in.

Mallow Open coffee returns to normal service on Nov 2nd, see you there!!

Elaine

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Next Open Coffee – Tue NOVEMBER 2nd 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


Not only is it Social Media worth writing about, it is worth learning about!!

Open Coffee Mallow are hosting a FREE workshop on OCT 19th, for business owners to benefit from the expertise of the veterans, the leaders and the interested! To attend you must register your interest – head over to the Workshop page now to find out more.

The feedback is very good, and recent discussions at Open Coffee are on the importance of building relationships, getting more involved in networking, and supporting each other through really difficult times. We fear Ireland has yet to see the worst of the devastation experienced globally, but we have the added burden of the bank bailouts, mis-management of state funds, and ever decreasing services, along with increased costs.

But it doesn’t stop us trying. Adversity introduces us to ourselves, and we reinvent our businesses, our services, and ultimately ourselves. But that creates and builds a better country, in the long run.

Please get in contact, if you would like to become part of that future!

Socially yours,

Elaine

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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 SEPTEMBER 7th 2010, 10am – 12pm
Springfort Hall, Newtwopothouse, Co. Cork

Mallow Open Coffee is really beginning to feel like it’s starting to hold its own. I really don’t think it was necessary for me to be there today, and that is because folks arrived, walked in, grabbed a coffee at the bar and sat down. We had one new face today, and it just goes to show, business owners are coming back for more.

More of what you may ask? Well, simply more of whatever they get from the meetings for themselves. Mallow Open Coffee is a simple process of interaction, collaboration, support, and good old discussion. Top of the topic list today was broadband (or lack thereof) and the challenges that business owners have when they need a good upload and download to conduct their business effectively.

It seems that comparatively, Ireland does not come too high in the list of quality (or even quantity) service (50th out of 160 it seems).

But the message is always the same. People are still willing to begin new businesses in this country, against all the odds. And that is commendable.

So if you are considering a business, or have started one, make sure your first stop is one of the Enterprise Boards for information, resources and support, and then pop along to Mallow Open Coffee to expand your business contact base and expand your horizons.

See you next month!

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