Winning Spirit in abundance at Waterford Micro Business Network 10 Year Celebrationwmbn
Waterford Micro Business Network (WMBN) toasted the success of connecting business owners in Waterford for 10 years on Tuesday last to a full house in the Large Room, City Hall. A broad range of people and organisations across the local business and community sectors turned out to support the WMBN. The Mayor of Waterford City and County Cllr. John Cummins officially opened the ceremony and commended the 22 WMBN business members who exhibited on the night having stood the test of recessionary times. Multiple All-Ireland winning Kilkenny Senior Hurling team manager and headline speaker, Brian Cody captivated the audience as he skilfully weaved the worlds of business and hurling together. Brian believes that building the spirit of any business is the critical foundation for success along with positivity, respect and self-belief.
Award winning Muldoon Whiskey Liqueur owner, Nichola Beresford entertained the room with an account of her recent departure into the world of self-employment. She discussed the company’s delight at winning Blas Na hEireann awards, not to mention receiving the overall best gin award in Ireland for their most recent product “Thin Gin”. Nichola stated that the collective passion of her and three business partners to produce great tasting products has led to their current success. She also acknowledged the importance of networking and shared learning for both new and existing business owners and she applauded the support of Waterford in promoting her company’s venture.
MC for the evening Ronan Cleary, chairperson of WMBN thanked the guest speakers for their generosity in imparting their wisdom (and whiskey). Ronan also acknowledged the support of the Dept. of Social Protection and Waterford Area Partnership, the WMBN committee and Galánta Events who all contributed to ensuring that a momentous evening was had by all. The real stars of the evening were the business owners and it is through their membership and participation that WMBN can look forward to many more years of creating business connections in Waterford.
Waterford Micro Business Network is supported by the Department of Social Protection and Waterford Area Partnership (Social Inclusion & Community Activation Programme). WMBN meetings are held on a monthly basis so come along and network, share and receive information and support while making new business contacts. If you would like to find out more about Waterford Micro Business Network, please contact Gayle Barry at Waterford Area Partnership on (051) 841740. You can follow us on Twitter, Facebook or on our website.