The idea for Small Business Can comes from an Ulster Bank initiative when we went and talked to hundreds of businesspeople and asked them about the types of business supports they most valued. The majority said that they valued the insights of other businesspeople the most. We came up with smallbusinesscan.com, a site run by businesspeople for businesspeople.
The site allows you to talk with thousands of other small businesses and entrepreneurs. You can share insights, ask questions, tell war stories, pass on contacts and find new ways to promote your business. It’s SMEs that will lead our economies out of recession. Here you will find a generous community of people that are not only getting the heads down and focussing on growth, but they’re also willing to share with and help others.
Please get involved. We’re all in this together and we can get out of this together.
Ron Immink – Co-Founder
Ron is a father of two, business book geek, entreprenerd, author, CEO of Bookbuzz and co-founder of www.smallbusinesscan.com. He has wide global experience in entrepreneurship and SME development, training, consultancy, publishing, innovation and tech transfer.
Ron is also entrepreneur in residence of the Innovation Academy in UCD, business development expert for the EBRD, is board advisor to a number of exciting start-ups, a fellow of ICM and on the panel of experts in entrepreneurship for the OECD.
Fionan Murray – Co-Founder
Fionan was CEO of an international software business, which he led to global market leadership in operations management software. He completed the Leadership4Growth executive management course for Ireland’s high potential entrepreneurs at the Stanford Business School in California. He is a former Head of Marketing with KBC Bank and worked as a journalist in London specialising in finance and technology.
John Boyle – Ulster Bank Initiative
John was instrumental in setting up Small Business Can when he was head of marketing in Ulster Bank. John is currently Director of Business Deveopment and Marketing at PwC and previously held management positions in business banking, sales & marketing, business development and customer service areas. He is a regular media contributor on SME issues and has been involved in the development of the Small Business Can initiative since its inception.
James O’Sullivan – Web design
James is one of the founders of JamJo and web wizard over at Small Business Can. Exploring all things creative, James attended University College Cork graduating with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Information Systems. With a passion for new website solutions, online communities and interface design, James endevours to give everyone over at smallbusinesscan.com the full freedom of the web.
Jon Carroll – Web design
Co founder of JamJo, Jon is design guru extraordinaire for Small Business Can. Drawing from training and experience in art, web design, branding and advertising, Jon brings a balanced approach to the look, strategy, and technology of Small Business Can. When he’s not studying the pixels on a screen or debating point sizes, he can be found strumming a guitar or playing the keys.