As a business owner, we have many programmes and events to help support you in your endeavours to grow and manage your business. We also have lots of opportunities for you to promote your business and to network and make new connections. We have a new Business Growth residential programme to help support you and a Business Owners network for you to network specifically with your peers who are encountering the same challenges. With support from this peer group we hope you can help each other to find solutions to these challenges.
We have nine programmes that we offer in total that cover a whole range of areas. Here are a few of programmes that we think are perfect to help you with your personal development and to take your business to the next step:
Grit & Grace Programme
As a business owner you may or may not already have direct reports but we have a fabulous three-day leadership development programme to help you develop your own unique style of management. Our Grit & Grace Programme is run by the QUB William J Clinton Leadership Institute and comes highly recommended by past participants.
Presenting is also part and parcel of life as a business owner. Whether you are giving a sales pitch to a potential client; talking to your team; presenting to a board or your financers or pitching for a grant or award. Being able to come across well and being able to communicate effectively is key part of the growth of your business. Your Voice aims to develop exceptional presentation and communication skills and improve the performance of leaders, executive owners & managers through a combination of learning and practical application.
The Mentoring Programme
The Mentoring Programme is a free one year programme which offers one-to-one mentoring with an experienced senior executive or business owner who will help you in whatever areas you feel you need support. We run two cohorts annually. To learn more about the Mentoring Programme.
We host monthly networking events which are free to members and have a plethora of workshops and masterclasses to help with all aspects of your business e.g. Social media, digital marketing, presenting the perfect pitch etc. The events are a great opportunity to raise awareness and showcase your services or products. Please click on the link above to see all our up-coming events.
Annual & Ongoing Events
Come along and join us at the Entrepreneurial Conference and meet lots of people who were once in your shoes and lots of people who still are. Hear from those that have made a great leap, have lots of amazing learning and are still on the journey. Be inspired!
Women in Business Awards
It's a great spectacle to celebrate, reward and acknowledge the hard work and achievements of some of the most successful, entrepreneurial and inspiring business women throughout Northern Ireland. The annual Awards allow all sectors and industries to come together for an evening of celebration to recognise the best of home grown talent and the valuable contribution that women make to the economic life of Northern Ireland.
Spotlight on Success Series.
This is a lunchtime networking speaker series. Each Spotlight lunch has two speakers who are at the top of their profession or are a successful business owner. The lunches run from 12-2pm, includes a two-course meal and great networking opportunity in exclusive company. £25 + VAT for members. These events are quite intimate which maximises the opportunity for really effective networking.
All these events are to provide you with an opportunity to grow your network, to upskill, learn new things and to be inspired. We have only the best speakers at these events, and your take home nuggets will be gold.
Get out there and spread the word about your product or service; make connections; see who you can help and who can help you. There is a wealth of knowledge in this network and they are a really supportive group. We have at least one free networking event every month and lots of other opportunities beside. Read on to learn about the Business Owners Network.
We have just established a Business Owners Network and they convene every other month. These networking mornings are facilitated networking sessions and offer the chance to ask for help or to help support someone else who has been through a challenge you are familiar with! There is also a dedicated FB page for this network too to enable ongoing support.
Promoting you and your company
We have lots of ways to promote you and your new business. As a new member, you are invited to write a profile piece to introduce yourself to the membership on our Member’s Monday. We have our monthly ezine where you can submit news for free and Women in Business has a Tuesday Guest blog and a bi-annual magazine which you can contribute to too.
This is a great opportunity for you to introduce yourself to the network by sending us your profile (250 words + profile pic) for us to post out on social media to our 27K followers on FB, Linked In & Twitter. This is a free opportunity to members. Sign up for Member’s Monday (member’s only)
When you have news to shout about – new product launch, new premises etc send this information to us and we’ll put it on our members’ news section of the ezine to 8K people. This is a free opportunity to members. To contribute to the Ezine click here.
How about posting your news onto our website? Here we tell you our exciting news and we spread your exciting news! This is a free opportunity to members, sign up for membership and send your information to email@example.com
There is also a chance to write a blog on our guest blog site. Blogs are 400+ words. Set yourself up as an expert, give the network a slice of your knowledge, let them know who to come to for advice or for that product they didn’t even know they needed. It is not a sales pitch but you can absolutely include a few lines at the end to demonstrate where they should go for advice/solution etc etc. Don’t forget to send is your links so we can connect up with you when we post so all your contacts can see. We have our blogs programmed in advance but please go ahead and contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Engage on Social Media
See what other people are posting, find like-minded individuals, seek out members who are going through the same thing, ask them for a cup of coffee. Two heads are better than one!
Membership is only £35 per year if you sign up by Direct Debit. If you require to pay by invoice membership is £50.
So many opportunities, so many ways to get involved, to grow and give back.