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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.