SME squareMany of our readers and those who follow us through social media will most likely have heard us reference the wonderful online community that has become known as #SMEcommunity.

This fantastic group of entrepreneurs support, advise and mentor each other on a daily basis through the twitter stream that has been active since June 2011 and via a facebook page too.  An element of the success of this SME community relates to the fact that we’ve truly embraced the idea of networking and have taken our meetings offline too with a series of meetings or tweet-ups across Ireland.

In January 2012 we had our first all-Ireland tweet-up which took place in Co. Offaly at the superb 4 star County Arms Hotel in Birr, a location that enabled people from across the island to make their way there.  And a venue offered to us at no charge by the hotel in question, typical of the support that the wider business community has shown our network of small businesses.

On 25th January 2013 our second all-Ireland event takes place and we’re hoping for attendees from across the 32 counties.

We’ve got a super speaker – Eamonn O’Brien of The Reluctant Speakers Club – lined up who will cover presentation skills and how to get your pitch across.  Other topics are being finalised in advance of the day but ultimately our focus is on networking in an informal environment where you can meet up with like-minded individuals who appreciate the joys and tears of the small business owner!

It’s a FREE event but as we do need to advise the hotel of numbers we would request that you register online by clicking here and please include whether you wish to enjoy lunch at the hotel – optional and paid directly to the hotel on the day – and speaking from experience their food is fantastic!

If you’d like to read a little about last year’s event you can view a selection of posts here.  Alternatively if you’d prefer to hear some of those who’ve enjoyed being part of this community you can view a video created by this year’s speaker Eamonn O’Brien at last year’s event.

 

For those who’d like a copy of our press release you can view it here.

So far we have attendees from across the country and the list of businesses includes;

  • AIM ComputerServices
  • Really Useful Traning & Development
  • Small Business Fairy
  • SwiftQueue
  • Glow makeup Artist
  • Digital Belfast
  • David McAuley Photography
  • Premier Business Centres
  • At A Click Ltd
  • LandsLeaving Media
  • The Reluctant Speakers Club
  • Darlington Consulting
  • Allen Business Consultancy
  • PR Social Media Services
  • Cork Institute of Technology
  • Aidan Oliver Photography
  • Amaraholistic Therapies
  • HH Solutions
  • Digital Cloud Art lt
  • Biometric Advertising
  • SuperHands
  • www.brian-downes.com & EXCITEology
  • HealthCare Minds Ltd
  • total giftz ltd
  • Anglewhispers.ie 
  • Grafton Media
  • The Finance Function
  • Purity Belle Candles
  • Signs Express
  • OutofhoursAdmin
  • Shiel Sand & Gravel
  • Digital NIreland LTD
  • Finn Mooney Photography
  • Girl Friday
  • Wordhouse
  • Abbey Secretarial Services
  • Lime Canvas
  • Cute Honey
  • Cearbhuil Studios
  • Mindful Productivity
  • Healthevents
  • Write on Track
  • Aoife Rigney
  • Virtual Office Worx
  • The Marketing Shop
  • Jerros Boutique
  • that’s that
  • Tus Nua Designs

And with those listed above alone we’ve got people coming from Offaly, Cork, Laois, Kildare, Tipperary, Antrim, Dublin, Sligo, Mayo, Galway, Limerick, Laois, Clare, Sligo, Wicklow and Longford alone!!

If you’ve not engaged online with us before now, why not click through to our facebook or twitter accounts as listed above or if social media isn’t your thing, feel free to contact the organisers who’s telephone numbers you’ll find on the press release also above.

Looking forward to another wonderful event and hope to see you there!

 

#SMEcommunity – Video courtesy of TheReluctantSpeakersClub.com

#SMEcommunity – logo courtesy of Anthony Lingwood
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