Last month you may have read the Inside Eastside article about Eastside businesses owners connecting, and the idea of forming an Eastside-focused business networking group. Well, it turns out this idea resonated with a number of Eastside business owners.
Unsurprisingly, most of the feedback was right on the button: we’re a small-medium business and sometimes we feel a bit isolated; we want to engage with other Eastside business owners and make new community, business and referral connections; our marketing budgets are limited but we want to keep our business ‘out there’; we want to commit to a regular, Eastside-focused business networking group; we like the idea of guest speakers relevant to our day to day business and the idea of business support of each other; and we don’t want to break the bank in doing so.
So with the generous venue offer from Lynmore’s Mistress of Cakes Café, an ASB Bank community organisation banking package, and online group management platform ‘Meet-Up’, the Eastside Business Networking Group was born. Just like that.
Numbers joining the group and interest in what’s happening continues to grow. To date our members include: The Mistress’ of Cakes (Siobhan, Fiona & Mum, Jill!) café, out catering and special occasion cakes; Aaron & Sarah Jamieson of BOP Plumbing & Gas; Wayne Parkinson of Abingdon Computing Essentials, training technical &
web design; Michael Burton of Independent Security Consultants for residential/commercial alarms & CCTV; Nick & Fiona Suurenbroek of Cedarwood Lakeside Motel & Conference Venue; Michael Noble aka ‘Mike the Moa’ lawn mowing & gardening services; David Jones of DJ Creative graphic design, branding & marketing; Jo McCormick, Independent Distributor of YIAH seasonings, spices, dukkahs, oils, & all things yummy for your easy inspirational gourmet home cooking; Jeremy Russell of Ecopoint, saving you money with LED lighting in commercial & retail environments; Carole Bannister of Okareka’s Careem BnB & Wellness Spa; and me, Ros Morshead of Morshead Law, a general law firm.
Our first fortnightly breakfast kicked off at the Mistress of Cakes, Lynmore Shops, Monday, 19th October. Instead of a guest speaker we discussed vision, ideas, potential guest speakers, potential new members, swapped business cards, and got to know each other over coffee and a delicious light breakfast by the Mistress’. We were also very pleased to welcome Leigh Richards-Ward from the Mokoia Community Association who joined us and offered some very thought-provoking ideas.
There’s no doubt EBNG has made a great start, and will grow and thrive as more Eastside business owners get involved. Other interested businesses who have expressed interest since, include a marriage celebrant, mortgage broker, realtor, beautician & nails, and appliance repair service. We’re keen to hear from more Eastside business owners about joining – and why wouldn’t you want to, even if you can’t come on board straight away due to other commitments!?
We’re looking forward to the next meeting scheduled 9th November, and are also keen to hear from anyone interested in coming along as a guest speaker.
For more info go here: www.meetup.com/Eastside-Busines-Networking-Group/ or email firstname.lastname@example.org