businesswomencanLate last year I was invited to become an ambassador for Ulster Bank’s Small Business Can new initiative “Business Women Can” which was launched in October 2012.  The objective of this programme is to support more females on the entrepreneurial journey which although it can be daunting at times, can be an enjoyable experience if the right supports are available.

Business Women Can is part of Small Business Can, a free to join web community which focuses specifically on the small business sector.  At  any given time you can pick up a wealth of information on everything from how to manage your social media to how you should deal with your finances.  If you have a dilemma and aren’t sure how best to deal with it, or perhaps don’t have the budget to pay somebody do it for you, you’ll find it’s a fantastic forum for advice and recommendations too.

 Business Women Can Abbey Theatre October 2012


A number of external ambassadors such as myself were chosen from across Ireland to work alongside designated personnel within Ulster Bank so that we can where appropriate work with women in business. And after the launch at the Abbey Theatre (pictured above) and a training day at the Ulster Bank Head Office in Dublin, we’ve all had the opportunity  to meet up with business people with a varied range of skills that will over time become the heart of the Business Women Can community.

It’s early days yet but I intend to fill you in on more details through our blog here at The Marketing Shop as the programme evolves – and to contribute some blogs to the online community also.

In the meantime however, here are some events small business owners might just be interested in;

Ulster Bank Business Achievers Live Events – a series of free live marketing events taking place across Ireland, pop these dates in your diary;

  • 28/01/2013 Belfast, The Mac Theatre.
  • 04/02/2013 Cork, NSC Centre, Blackrock.
  • 05/02/2013 Waterford, Waterford Crystal Visitor Centre.
  • 11/02/2013 Galway, Galway IT.
  • 12/02/2013 Dublin, Jameson Distillery.

I’ll be joining the panel in Waterford, make sure to say hello if you’re there!

Ulster Bank Business Achievers Awards – with just under a month for the deadline for entry, this is a fantastic way to raise awareness of your business and there are opportunities across a range of categories.  You can find out more about the awards here.

You’ll find more information on Business Women Can by clicking here.


Image: Business Women Can launch, Abbey Theatre, 25th October 2012 Copyright Fennell Photography.

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