In a week where negative news is dominating the airwaves with constant talk of a possible double dip recession, defaults, Greece and austerity, it is great to spend time with positive people. I had the pleasure of sitting on a panel for The Pitch in Belfast, where entrepreneurs presented their businesses. These were great stories of passion, determination and success.
Boozeberries – a member of Small Business Can – won and will be pitching at the final in November in London. We want to make sure they win, so if anyone has any tips on winning pitches, please let us know (via the website at www.smallbusinesscan .com)
Their success is timely because the Ulster Bank Business Achievers Awards is also looking for applications and any tips we can gather will come in handy for other Small Business Can users.
At the Belfast event, Danny Moore, chief executive of Wombat, talked about the success of the financial software firm. He also discussed how he brought the New York Stock Exchange to Belfast and about his vision for restoring the city to its former glory at the start of the 20th century as one of the world’s top cities.
Lara Morgan, founder of Pacific Direct, was also at the event. She talked about how she became an overnight success and sold her company for £20 million. What was particularly interesting was her view on exporting.
Morgan travelled all over the world from a young age and said she did not understand why exporting should be such a big deal.
In her view, the process of selling overseas is simply about selling to everybody that wants to buy. She thought that we over-complicated the issue by labeling it as ‘exporting’ – with connotations of potential complexity or difficulty.
What would sugar say?
We talked about cold-calling, selling, social media, the internet, managing goldfish (a reference to the impact of the internet on our collective attention span) and Alan Sugar – as in, what would Sugar say if he heard your sales pitch?
Funnily enough, these discussions are very similar to those taking place on Small Business Can – and with the same positive attitude to match. It is just as pleasurable to read contributor posts that are part of what one contributor calls the ‘can clan’.
These posts cover everything from getting paid, closing deals and exporting to developing new business ideas, the road from contact to contract, and – my favourite thread – ‘11 reasons to be optimistic about Ireland’.
Injection of positivity
If you are looking for an injection of positivity or have something to add, please feel free to visit the website.
It will cheer you up and serve as a nice antidote to the prevailing negativity, but the site will also connect you with other positive people who refuse to buy into the doom and gloom. On it, you will find lots of businesses with good stories to tell.
Ron Immink is co-founder of Small Business Can