Sligo Women in Business Network (SWIBN) has entered its tenth year in operation, having been founded by Sligo Local Enterprise Office in 2004. SWIBN, an independent network, was established to meet the professional development and networking needs of Sligo's community of businesswomen. The network has gone from strength to strength and boasts a two-hundred strong membership encompassing self-employed, managerial and industry professionals from around the county.
The network is facilitated by two seasoned network managers - Oonagh Monahan of Alpha Omega Consultants and Olwen Dawe of Irish Business Intelligence. Oonagh, an experienced SME business development consultant and mentor, is the author of 'Money for Jam â the Essential Guide to Starting Your Own Small Food Business'. Olwen is an enterprise and economic development consultant, writer and commentator â she is also a member of Network Ireland's National Executive and is regularly involved in initiatives focused on female entrepreneurship.
Speaking about the network's ongoing success, Oonagh states that "SWIBN is firmly focused on supporting and developing Sligo's women in business community. We're in our tenth year now and have seen good times and bad! The key to business success is networking and learning â both of which are central elements of the networks' activities."
This year SWIBN has hosted events on a diverse range of topics â from social networking to personal health, media training and effective networking. "Our speakers and trainers often come from within our membership and we also use nationally-renowned experts. Each session starts with networking and an 'elevator pitch', ensuring everyone gets on their soapbox!" says Olwen.
SWIBN's events take place on the last Tuesday of every month at 7pm in the Glasshouse Hotel in Sligo town. SWIBN members are active on social media, and communicate frequently between events. Membership is free as are most events. For more information on SWIBN, visit http://swibn.sligoenterprise.ie/