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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 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 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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NEXT OPEN COFFEE – TUE June  1st, 2010 from 10am

Another day down, another Bank Holiday closer to summer. Some would ask “What summer?” but we know it’s on the way (once the ash clears!). There is a lot of scary stuff going on at the minute in Ireland. The country is mourning the loss of a favourite radio broadcaster, Gerry Ryan, while they are quickly approaching election day in the UK. Meanwhile an Irish rower has just traversed 2500 nautical miles across the Atlantic ocean, spending 118 days away from his family, and the Gulf of Mexico is slicked with crude oil. Some may be celebrating sporting wins over the weekend, and others drowning their sorrows, Irish style!

But in the library and then the bar of Springfort Hall today, there was little talk of losses today. Conversations crossed from twitter to local news to national politics and current affairs. There was  a lot of interest in the subject of Social Media and Social Networking, and especially the different takes on whether it should be used or not, and is it of any benefit.

With Web 2.0 firmly in place, who could argue that Social Networking is not the future, it’s the present. Businesses who are not “buying into” the concept of connecting with their clients and customers online, may find themselves in a dilemma by 2011.

So, Mallow Open Coffee are asking the question, are small businesses interested in learning more about the Web 2.0 world? Head over to the POLL page right now and cast your vote. We will certainly run a workshop if the need is there, even a taster of the benefits and uses of the various platforms that are now part of everyday business internet usage.

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Some interesting events coming up:

MAY 8th – Limerick Bizcamp

A great day of presentations, talks, networking, learning, enlightenment.

Bring lots of Business Cards, and an open mind. Details here

Don’t know what a Bizcamp is all about??? Check it out here

MAY 5th

Network Cork are holding a great seminar on dealing with the EU, on Wed evening:

“How to Interact with the EU –  think local”
Wednesday 5th May 2010
6.15pm
The Maryborough Hotel, Douglas

Contact info@networkcork.com for more details

MAY 10th – 12th

C103 and NRS Media are hosting a series of presentations called “7 steps to successful advertising” in West Cork and North Cork. Please call Deborah Quinn at C103 on 022-42103 or email her at deborah@c103.ie for details and locations.

MAY 26th, 27th

Launch of “Do Business Smarter” Networking (26th) and Seminar “12 Smarter strategies to achieve success” (27th) both at Rochestown Park Hotel, Cork. You can register here

So lots to keep us going for the month of May. Don’t forget to put into your diary or calendar June 1st for your next open coffee meeting. Bring someone along, so we can grow the network and grow our chances of survival in this unsure world of business that we find ourselves in.

May 24th – June 3rd

As part of EU SME Week, Enterprise Ireland, the Small Firms Association, IBEC, the Irish Taxation Institute and the County Enterprise Boards invite you to a FREE seminar to inform you of the supports and advice available to your business.
There will be 8 events throughout Ireland  from 6.00-8.00pm. Should you wish to attend or be represented, it is essential that you register in advance on line at www.sfa.ie/events or LoCall 1890 546 546.

We hope you attend some of the sessions above, and let us know how you get on.

See you next month,
Elaine & Gráinne

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