Questionnaire – what you told us about SWIBN

Thank you for taking the time to fill in our online questionnaire. And yes, we are listening. Based on your feedback, here is what you need in the coming months.

41% of you described your level of ‘trust’ within the group to be higher than other networks. 54% of you see SWIBN’s advantage as being a place where you can share ideas, resources and knowledge.
Our objective will be to build on the level of trust, build on your desire to share, by creating more networking opportunities at events and outside of it. Tuesday night threw up some great new ideas so we now have plenty to get started with.
We are a ‘women only’ group and you seem to like this…describing the positives as supportive, common business issues, recognisable life-styles. However you recognise too that mixing with other groups is good for business.
Our objective will be to plan for a couple of events in which we invite/include other networks (possibly with a few men thrown in!)

22% of you see the network’s role to help you build your knowledge/skills and 27% of you see finance as your key need.
Our objective will be to plan two events in which we look at aspects of business finance most likely to be impacting on your ability to plan your business forward.
22% of you also see the network’s role key role in building your confidence and maintaining your commitment to your business.
Our objective will be to provide space at every event for all members to raise issues, get feedback and communicate news. Watch out you will be called upon to speak!

And finally, nearly half of you admit that what determines whether you come out on a Tuesday night is ‘who’s speaking’.
Our objective will be to continue to inspire, educate and surprise you with fresh and exciting speakers for the next 6 months.

And finally… finally, we can do our bit to help SWIBN grow but so can you.
Here’s your objective:
If you know a great speaker is on the cards, tell a friend, get her to come with you – she could be Sligo’s most successful entrepreneur in waiting…she just needs a little encouragement from you.
See you next month – Tuesday June 29th. Details to follow.
Thank you

Celebratory meeting- Tues 25th May 2010

We want to talk about our noisiest networking event yet…and to suggest what you can do to make sure that it is.

Simply this, ask someone to come with you. That way, by the end of the evening new people will know about you and your business.

Need to let them know what to expect?

Here’s our plan…

7.30pm We welcome you and we have a few announcements to make
You introduce yourself, your business and the person you’ve brought

to the whole room
We’ll review your priorities by examining responses to the questionnaire
Tea / Coffee – a chance to chat: networking activity 1
Group brainstorming: networking activity 2

We are delighted to be re-appointed by the County Enterprise Board and would like to thank so many of you for your positive endorsements of our work over the last 12 months. We really enjoy contributing to a re-energised SWIBN and we will continue to bring our own brand of enthusiasm and challenge to you for the remainder of 2010.

We’d also like to acknowledge Liam Kiely at Sligo CEB and thank him for his ongoing commitment to the development SWIBN, for the funding which allows us to offer FREE events for members at a time when budgets are so tight. We owe it to each other to make the most of this resource.

Thank you – Amanda and Oonagh (SWIBN Facilitators)