September #SWIBNTuesday | Confidence On Camera… Project Your Power on Any-Sized Screen

This September, SWIBNers will hear from Lottie Hearn, the Confidence on Camera Coach!
 It seems like cameras are everywhere for business marketing these days…
  • But what style of business video is really for you?  
  • How can you create simple, effective video without breaking the bank?
  • And how can you best present ‘you’ to those cameras to get the results you want?
Video has become the fastest growing promotional tool in our age of short attention spans and fast-paced living. 
Smartphone streaming, webcams and video open up a business boosting world of possibilities where viewers can buy in to our ideas, products and services by connecting to pre-recorded and live events online across the globe. Whether you are the expert at what you do, the face of your team or interview presenter – you need to overcome your fears of being on-camera to discover your on screen 3 C’s, 3 V’s and M3
Taking top tips (and live coaching we hope!) from just her just launched book “Confidence on Camera – how to project your Power on any size screen”
Lottie Hearn will help us Press Play on our on-screen persona and learn to enjoy presenting any time that camera is in our business face!
Lottie Hearn is The Confidence on Camera Coach who loves helping you be the best you can be on any camera, for online video, virtual meetings, live video streaming or TV.
With over 25 years’ experience as a performer, presenter, creative producer, trainer and professional speaker, presenters Lottie has trained and can be seen on TV, online and on video across the globe.
She is currently the 2015-16 President of the Professional Speaking Association Ireland Branch –  keynoting at their UK annual conference this October.
Booking is open now, so don’t forget to grab your place! 

Entrepreneur and Enterprise Initiatives and Events update

We hope that the Summer months have treated you well! 
To assist you in identifying Entrepreneur and Enterprise Initiatives and Events that are scheduled for the rest of 2015, Enterprise Ireland has helpfully put together the following list  which might be of interest!
Entrepreneur and Enterprise Initiatives Open Currently
1.       Community Enterprise Initiatives (2015 – 2017) Fund re-opens until 6pm on Friday 4th . If you have a query, please contact Gillian Slattery –
2.       Deadline for submissions to ‘Call for Expressions of Ideas for Regional Enterprise Initiatives’ – 12 noon Friday 11 September
3.       New Programme – ACORNS: Accelerating the Creation Of Rural Nascent Start-ups – designed specifically for early stage female entrepreneurs living outside the administrative boundaries of the main 5 cities in Ireland . Application deadline is Friday 11th September. – information about this one was sent out by Olwen to everyone last week.
4.       Ulster Bank Business Achievers Awards 2015 open for applications until Friday 25th September
Upcoming Entrepreneur and Enterprise Initiatives and Events
25 Aug                  Competitive Feasibility Fund Agri Business opens, closes 8th September – Details here
25 Aug                  OMiG Blended Marketing, Blended Learning, Blended Networking Seminar, Galway. Details here
26 Aug                  Competitive Start Fund for International Entrepreneurs opens, closes 9 Sep – Details here
27 Aug                  ‘The Power of the Pitch’ workshop for regional startups at Bank of Ireland’s Workbench , Mainguard St., Galway. No cost to participate. Contact the bank directly for details.
Aug – Nov           Skillnets Training in Galway. Details here
Aug – Dec            GRETB Training Centre Courses. Details here 
Aug – Dec            MSLETB Training Centres Courses. Details here
Sep – Dec            Business relevant Training organised by the Local Enterprise Offices – Details here for GalwayMayoand Roscommon
Sep – Nov           Medical Technologies Training by the Irish Medical Devices Association. Details here
Sep                        Competitive Feasibility Fund for the West Region – Details to be announced in September
Sep                        Food Academy Development Programme 2015, LEO Galway – Details here
9 Sep                     Innovation Vouchers opens, closes 23 Sep
14 Sep                   ACCELERATE – Management Development Programme for Small Business Owners, Abbey Hotel, Roscommon – Details here
16 Sep                   Manufacturing & Agricultural Competitive Start Fund opens, closes 30 Sep – Details here
16 Sep                   ICT and Industrial Sectors Competitive Start Fund opens, closes 30 Sep – Details here
16 Sep                   InterTradeIreland Funding for Growth Advisory Clinic (private 1-1s), Grant Thornton Offices, Galway – Details here
18 Sep                   Galway Chamber Venture West, International VC Conference, Bailey Allen Hall,NUI Galway
22-24 Sep            National Ploughing Championships, Rathiniska, Co Laois. Special Innovation Area at will be of interest to people looking for ideas
25 Sep                   Network Ireland Annual Conference & Awards, Knockranny House Hotel, Westport – Details here
28-2 Oct               Mayo Ideas Week – Programme will be available here soon. Follow #MayoIdeasWeek.
29 Sep                  Spirit of Entrepreneurship event, GMIT Castlebar
Oct                         3rd Level Student Entrepreneur Awards will open for
1 Oct                      Enterprise Start event, Mayo
6-7 Oct                  MedTech Ireland, Radisson, Galway
5-10 Oct               Startup Gathering Week. The focus will be on Galway on Friday 9th October. Contact Galway Co-ordinator  if you would like to get involved. 
14-15 Oct             Trade & Investment Mission in Ireland – Details here
20 Oct                   Finance 4 Growth Workshop: Export Finance – Limiting the Risk of International Trade. Details here
21-22 Oct             National Women’s Enterprise Day, Galway Bay Hotel,Salthill
29 Oct                   Med in Ireland – Showcase for Irish Medical Technologies companies, National Convention Centre, Dublin
30 Oct                   déanta – Irish Design, from Concept to Manufacture to Market Conference, Letterfrack, Co. Galway
6 Nov                    Information Technology Association Galway (ITAG) Awards, Hotel Meyrick, Galway. Details here
11 Nov                  Female Competitive Start Fund opens, closes 25 Nov – Further details will be available here
18-19 Nov            Meet West, Hodson Bay Hotel, Roscommon
Useful Resources
Startup Weblinks – Guide for early stage entrepreneurs in the West –
MedTec Map of Ireland – Download here
#BOIworkbench Galway, just recently opened, is a free co-working space for startups. Contact annie.claffey@boi.comfor more information.

Summer Holliers are Over… Time to Blow Away those Business Cobwebs!

We’re back with a brainstorming BANG after the summer holidays, ladies! 

After a wonderful, picturesque Sea Trail with Auriel, and a stunning supper at Eithna’s, we really hope your August was a relaxed and sunny month.  It’s been a busy summer for Sligo – not least of all with the Fleadh and plenty of other activities taking place.

We’ve also celebrated our tenth birthday, a big milestone for the network – and one which allowed us to showcase our super members! Ten years has certainly seen plenty of change, and we’re very proud of all those who’ve been part of, and remain engaged with SWIBN.

Thanks so much to the Sligo Champion for their super feature, to all those of you who chose to take part in the feature – don’t forget we also had lots of coverage online! SWIBN is also featured in the October Irish Tatler.

So, now to our September event, and we believe it’s very timely! The summertime provides a great opportunity to wind down, relax and take some much-needed time off.  Coming back from holiday-time can be a bit of a ‘land’ and we often find ourselves a little at-sea, reprioritising and juggling various new responsibilities.  This month, SWIBN is going to focus on solving your business problems in an informal way – brainstorming – with a difference!

SWIBN has over thirty areas of expertise within its network, and [sorry ladies!] well-over a hundred years of experience…

What’s the ask? We’d like each one of you to think about a day-to-day challenge you face in business, one that’s a real bug-bear, and send it to us via email… or just give it to us on the night.  Each question will then be brainstormed and real-time solutions provided!

As always please book on to confirm you’ll attend – click here to do so!

Insights on Health in February… and it’s all about YOU in March!

Dr. Patricia Fitzsimons
February’s SWIBN provided new views and insights on cancer-screening from Dr. Patricia Fitzsimons, during her talk entitled “Are we making people sick in the pursuit of health?”.  The topic garnered plenty of debate and discussion, something which is key to the issue of personal health management.  A hand-out is available for anyone interested in knowing more about the topic, please email  to access a copy.  A recent interview of Patricia’s from the Irish Independent is also available via this link.
Time is flying, and we’ll soon be upon our next meeting, on the 25th March! Which is going to focus entirely on YOU, the members! Oonagh will be emailing you closer to the time, but expect to showcase your wares, so business-cards are fine, but products are better 🙂

January SWIBN | Great Networking Tips from Sandra Hart | A Mine of Networking Nuggets

Back with a bang in 2014! Thanks to Sandra Hart for her super networking ‘nuggets’ …

January’s networking evening was a feast of fun and helpful tips on how to maximise your networking potential.  I know many of us learned new tricks on how best to network, using our natural talents [us women are super networkers!], as well as those crucial tips on entering and exiting conversations! Not to mention the key: follow-up.  

This is also my first post as co-facilitator, ladies! Delighted to be working with Oonagh on what is already a very dynamic and active network… hope I can bring some interesting ideas and suggestions for 2014.

Speaking of which – one of my tasks [thanks Oonagh! Well, in fairness, I volunteered… ] is our online presence – so website, social media etc.  Like to let me know your thoughts? Email me on

Looking forward to seeing you all on the 25th February for a thought-provoking talk from Dr. Patricia Fitzsimons.