#SMEcommunity goes from 2 to 750 in three months

20 Oct 2011

A group of Irish business people have set up an online support group for small businesses via Twitter called #SMEcommunity, which has grown from 2 tweeters to 750 in three months.

The group is made up of a variety of companies, from artisan food makers to metal prefabricators. According to the group, a recent tweet by business mentor Vincent Byrne sums up what it’s all about: “This business journey isn’t meant to be a solo effort – getting help is as much a part of it as the good stuff. So ask! #SMEcommunity”.

After 12 informal meet-ups around Ireland, the community is now beginning its second round, with a meet-up for Mayo members scheduled for 21 October at 11am in Breaffy House Resort in Castlebar.

It is an informal gathering and networking event where people can chat and exchange ideas, as well an opportunity to meet other business people.

The organisers say everyone is welcome to attend this event, whether they are already in business or just thinking about starting one.  Although it began online there is no prerequisite to be on Twitter and it’s free. 

“The growth of the #SMEcommunity has been so phenomenal — it is all about people giving each other hands-on practical help and advice. Knowing there are other business people rooting for your success gives a feeling of unity and strength in numbers,” said Debbie Harper of Foxford-based Tus Nua Designs.

Article courtesy of Bizstartup.ie