Following the poll that I posted here a few days ago it has become clear that most people prefer an Open Coffee Club on a Saturday. Hence I have picked March 12th for the first Nenagh Open Coffee Club of 2011. Mark it in your diary!
I hope to bring together a cross-section of the North Tipperary business community; entrepreneurs, technologists, professionals (accountants, solicitors etc, etc), innovators and people from the public sector support organisations.
The event will take place in the Abbey Court Hotel in Nenagh. Time will be from 11:30 am until 3 pm.
If you are interested in attending I would appreciate it if you could send me a quick email so that I have an idea of the number of people I can expect.
Following numerous discussions with people on all sides of the political spectrum during the run-up to the 2011 General Election I have come to the conclusion that an event such as the Open Coffee Club meetings is still very much needed in Nenagh (and North Tipperary in general). Hence I’ve decided to revive the format.
For those of you who are not familiar with the format here’s a short description of that the purpose of an Open Coffee Club is:
The OpenCoffee Club was started to encourage entrepreneurs, developers and investors to organise real-world informal meetups to chat, network and grow.
So if you run a business, are thinking about starting one, want to invest in one or have any sort of interest in business AND you are willing to meet like minded people in order to share your thoughts and experience in order to improve the business environment in your area then do attend!
NOTE: These events are free of charge! But there is one caveat; if you plan to do a hard sell or peddle your wares without any interest in sharing then these events are NOT for you.
All I need to do now is determine what day suits people best, so to help me do this please complete the below poll.
John Jordan of “Next Chapter” has agreed to attend next weeks Nenagh Open Coffee Club to provide FREE marketing advice to business owners and start-ups.
Focussing on low cost/zero cost marketing strategies, John Jordan helps businesses that may not have the budget, time and/or expertise to market themselves. Following a return to Ireland in 2008, after two years traveling, teaching English in China and studying Italian in Italy, John Jordan joined a Dublin accountancy firm to develop their business. During his time there he saw that, in the rush to jump on the coat tails of Facebook, Twitter and all things Social Media, many basic and effective marketing strategies were being overlooked by businesses seeking to promote themselves. As a result, John founded Next Chapter Limited in May 2010 to help SMEs to generate more leads and build their profile using simple, back to basics marketing techniques. A marketing graduate and qualified coach, John believes in empowering business owners to achieve the maximum from their business. His workshops, consultancy and action oriented strategies are designed to win his clients more business.
This is an excellent opportunity for business and start-up ventures to receive some great insights and tip on how to market their business and improve their revenue and market exposure.
Don’t miss this opportunity and sign up for to attend the Open Coffee Club now!
There is a very truthful and in-your-face article in the Independent newspaper today outlining the dire economic situation in Nenagh and surrounding areas.
Just over 3,000 people were signing on the live register in Nenagh in June — a 200pc increase on unemployment figures in early 2008.
Nenagh has the biggest population and the biggest unemployed population in north Tipperary. The options, especially for young people, would seem stark: emigrate or join the dole queue.
Shocking facts and something that needs to be addressed ASAP. In my opinion the format of the Open Coffee Club is a good way for the entrepreneurial community in Nenagh and surrounding areas to share ideas, support each other and create new business and employment. If you are not familiar with the idea of an Open Coffee Club meeting please read our “about” page.
I suggest that the next Nenagh Open Coffee Club will take place on Thursday 5th of August. Venue is as usual: O’Briens on Kenyon Street in Nenagh. I will put more details on attendees etc on this page as it becomes available. However is this all stands or falls by the number of people attending I am setting the target off at least 10 people attending. Please leave your name and details as a comment on this post if you’re interested in attending and DO pass this on to your friends, family and contacts who might be interested!
After a long absence due to work pressure I think that it’s time to revive the Nenagh Open Coffee Club.
For those not familiar with it: Open Coffee Club meetings are informal “gatherings” of entrepreneurs, start-ups, investors and anybody with an interest in business and technology to tell their story, discuss topics, exchange points of view and network with likeminded people. More in the Open Coffee Clubs can be found here.
As a date I am suggesting November 11th in O’Briens Sandwich Bar in Nenagh from 11 am until 2 pm. O’Briens have free wifi so you wil have full internet access.
If you would like to attend or have any comments or suggestions please leave those as a comment on this post.