Getting down to business at Open Coffee

BY LOUISE CONVERY

BUDDING entrepreneurs are being invited to boost their business over a cup of coffee.

Open Coffee Mid-Ulster is a locally-organised, free and informal business network. The movement began in London, with the idea that the best business networking should be informal without a name tag in sight.

The events are focused on encouraging new and upcoming entrepreneurs, allowing them to explore new technologies, share expertise and contacts, and support other businesses in the local area.

All you have to do is simply chat over coffee, but meetings can also feature demos, presentations, brainstorming over problems or discussing marketing ideas all in a casual setting.

The Mid Ulster group is organised by local entrepreneurs, Jackie McGonigle creator of Whatsonni.com and Dawn Baird from Sensei Learning and Performance. “Often, it is simply a case of asking, ‘Do you know anyone who?’ and waiting for a host of responses,” Dawn said.

“While the recession rages outside, entrepreneurs can get down to the business of making money. The crucial benefit of locally-organised groups is that local business people can recommend, refer and source local clients and suppliers.”

Previous Open Coffees have met in Magherafelt, Castledawson, Cookstown and Draperstown. The next meeting is Wednesday September 7 at the Inn, Main Street, Castledawson, where there will be a meal from 6pm and coffee from 7pm.

Sign up to attend on the Facebook page or check the website at www.ocmidulster.com.