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October Open Coffee Sligo – eCommerce

So we are back after the summer break – and starting up  again on Thursday, October  3rd from 11am – 1pm upstairs in Chapters Coffee House.


The session will focus on e-commerce and online shopping. We will have 2 local businesses that will talk about their experiences with selling online.

  • Eileen Conlon of Sligo’s Burns Car Sales will speak about their recently launched Skoda Parts Ireland website.
  • Fergal Henry of  Kool Kidz department store which has positioned itself as one of the top ‘One-Stop’ kiddies stores in the country. is Kool Kidz eCommerce store.

We want to make the discussion as dynamic as possible – so we will be delighted if those attending can share tip and tricks and lessons learned.  Here are some of the  things that we know people will want to talk about

  • Choosing your eCommerce platform
  • Managing payments – merchant account, paypal, realex, stripe, etc
  • Products – descriptions, photographs
  • Fulfillment – stock control, packaging, delivery
  • Analytics – tracking the user through the selling process

See you then!

Image credit:  Photo by Images_of_Money on Flickr under Creative Commons

June Open Coffee Sligo – Thursday 6th @11am

June’s Open Coffee Sligo meet-up happens next Thursday, 6th June from 11am-12pm upstairs in Chapters Coffee House

We have no speakers this month – so if it’s just a casual and friendly meetup for people interested in chatting about business.  So if you’re about town, do pop in to say Hello!

Creative State North West – 7th June – Discovery Session

Attend the free Creative Sector Discovery Session in The Model, Sligo on Thursday 7th June to hear all about the new fund of over €100,000 that is targeted at creative industries in the North West; specifically Mayo, Leitrim, Donegal, Roscommon and Sligo.

Hear from experts how this type of programme benefited creative businesses in the UK

  • Get practical insights from those who took part and learn how to develop your pitch in new business environments
  • Use this once off opportunity to network and meet other creative businesses working in the North West region

Hosted by The Creative State North West, they are Calling all Creatives to a workshop that will tell you about the fund and how to access it. You will be assisted to develop your businesses “elevator pitch” through a speed pitchingworkshop with an expert.

Registration is at 9.30am and the event finishes at 1pm.

For more details and registration – goto

April Open Coffee Sligo

Open Coffee Sligo is on again this Thursday, April 5th @11am in the Clarion Hotel – all are welcome

March Open Coffee Sligo

We’re kick-starting the Open Coffee meetups for 2012 this Thursday (1st March) at 11am in the Kudos Bar at the Clarion Hotel, Sligo.

This is our first meeting in quite a while – and will be very informal. If you have views or thoughts on what things you would like to see being presented and discussed for future meetings – then let us know this  Thursday in the Clarion.

IIA Net Visionary Awards – Your votes are needed

The Net Visionary awards are on at the end of september – and we have (nominated in Best Use of Social Media) and Bua Marketing from Sligo  (nominated in Best in Digital Marketing).

Both Lookwest and Aoife in Bua have been great supporters in what we’ve been doing here in Open Coffee Sligo – so delighted to give them our support.

Closing date for voting is this friday – 2nd September – you can cast your vote here really quickly at


June Open Coffee Sligo – Collaborative Workspace Discussion

We are pleased to announce that Vincent Naughton from Sligo based Verus Precision will be  discussing the possibilities of a commercially-driven collaborative workspace for Sligo based creatives and companies.

Verus plan this as a commercial venture – and are now seeking the input and interest of all those who would like to see such a space in the town centre.

Attendees of Open Coffee Sligo will be aware of some of the efforts we have made in the past (along with the survey we put together) .

To this end – Vinnie will outline the work that Verus has completed to date including office layouts, landlord engagement, fee structures, membership options, etc – and is looking for your input and discussion to progress these plans.

If you are interested – then please come along to the next meetup of Open Coffee Sligo in the Clarion on Thursday 2nd June from 11am-12.30pm.

Coming up at Open Coffee Sligo over the next few months

So just to let people know that there is no ‘official’ Open Coffee Sligo happening this thursday (5th May) – but we plan to have some interesting gatherings  and discussion over the coming months.

First though – I want to mention where we are at with some of the ideas we were throwing around for a collaborative workspace in Sligo.  Back in our January meetup – we discussed what a shared work space might look like, and the type of person that might be interested. To move this forward – we compiled a survey so that we could get an understanding of what the level of interest was like.

To date – we have received 15 responses; If you have not already completed the survey but are genuinely interested in a shared workspace – you can complete it here:

Unknown to us while doing all of this – a local Sligo based company is interested in providing a facility like the one that we had imagined. To this end – they are going to be a outline and present the workspace – along with fee structures, membership options, etc – at our next meetup.  More details on this to follow – but if you want to have input on this, the June meeting is definitely one to be at.

Moving on to some topics we covered in April’s meetup – one thing we know very well at this point is that predefined topics, with a speaker – always provide great interest to attendees. With that in mind – we brainstormed a few topics that would be of  interest to lots of people. These included individual sessions/discussions on

  • Search Engine Optimisation (surprise surprise)
  • The Sales Process
  • Creativity/Innovation for SME’s
  • Monetising Facebook (paraphrased as making best use of followers)
  • Google Ads & Analytics
  • Employment issues for SME’s taking on staff (contracts, motivation, self-directed working, etc)

We agreed that much of these topics would NOT be 101 type stuff – we have moved beyond that – but would actually provide insight and real experience from practitioners.

With that in mind – we have made some initial exploration on the possibility on getting people from Facebook/Google to an event in Sligo – but it appears travel beyond the pale is out of the question.

So while we have not scheduled any of these topics just yet – this post should provide readers with a good update on our thinking, and of the range of topics that we might cover over the upcoming months.

April Open Coffee

Our monthly meetup is on this Thursday 7th April, from 11am to 12.30pm or so in the Clarion Hotel Sligo.

We’re looking for suggestions on talks, subjects and speakers that you would to see over the next few months.

So if you have been to other conferences and events – and have any suggestions – then please chat to us.

IT Sligo Enterprise & Innovation Week

As part of Enterprise & Innovation Week – IT Sligo have kindly offered to host the March meetup of Open Coffee Sligo.

This will be on Wednesday, 2nd March @11am – in the Hub (canteen – 1st floor) of the Innovation Centre. If you have not already been to one of our events, it should be a great chance to meet and network with other businesses in the locality.

As we will also at this point have 3 newly elected TD’s in the constituency – we are planning to invite them along to this Open Coffee meetup.

No promises as of now as to whether they will be able to attend – but it could be a great opportunity to highlight to them the innovation and creativity of SME companies and Entrepeneurs in the Sligo area.

Let’s hope we see your there  – and again, please note the change Wednesday, 2nd March.