OUR BIG PROGRAMME OF EVENTS, NETWORKING & MASTERCLASSES FOR 2021

DBN ONLINE NETWORKING MEETING - SEPTEMBER 2021

A note for your diary - our September meeting is on Tuesday, 21st September - 9:00-10:00.

Schedule for our meeting:

  • Welcome new members
  • Latest news from DIT / Digital Drive Durham
  • Guest speaker - John Atkinson from NBSL will be sharing his top ten tips for grant funding.
  • Breakout Room Networking (2 x 10 mins)

Booking is now open!

BEAMISH MUSEUM SMALL NETWORKING SESSIONS

As we are Beamish Museum business members, we have a pass that allows up to 5 people entry into the Museum.

We thought it would be a great idea to offer this pass to DBN members who would like to network in a small group of 5 - this is a great opportunity to:

  • Find out more about each other's business
  • Tell each other what business opportunities you're looking for
  • Discuss collaboration
  • Get to know each other on a personal level
  • Enjoy the beautiful surroundings of Beamish Museum
  • Snap and share: take a pic of your unique networking morning / afternoon and tag each other into your social media.

You MUST be a DBN member to register.

Places are given on a first come first served basis.

If places are booked for your preferred date, you'll be given another date as an alternative.

Please register your interest via the form opposite.

Register your interest here:

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DBN CUPPA & CAKE MEETING

DATE & TIME: Friday, 15th October - 9:30-11:00

VENUE: Isabella's Coffee Shop, 8 Front Street, Shotley Bridge, Consett, County Durham, DH8 0HH

COST: FREE to attend but you will need to bring some pennies for a cuppa and a slice of Isabella’s homemade cake!

This is a great opportunity to network in a smaller group with other DBN members - maximum number for this event is 18 so please book your place early to avoid disappointment.

'DO BUSINESS' NETWORK - ONLINE NETWORKING MEETING - 19th OCTOBER

DATE & TIME: Tuesday, 19th October - 9:00-10:00

Booking is now open for our October meeting.

Agenda to follow shortly . . .

DBN CUPPA & CAKE MEETING

DATE & TIME: Friday, 19th November - 9:30-11:00

VENUE: Willow Burn Hospice Café, Howden Bank, Lanchester, Durham, DH7 0QS

COST: FREE to attend but you will need to bring some pennies for a cuppa, cake and possibly Willow Burn Christmas cards!

This is a great opportunity to network in a smaller group and support the amazing service Willow Burn Hospice provides for our local community.

Please book now as numbers are limited.

A BIG THANK YOU TO OUR MEMBERS & FRIENDS WHO CAME ALONG TO TONY'S AFTER DARK EXPERIENCE!

WHAT OTHER MASTERCLASSES WOULD YOU LIKE DBN TO ORGANISE?

Feedback from our masterclasses has been brilliant and we'll be making previous ones available online to our members soon.  In the meantime, we'd really appreciate your thoughts and ideas for future events.  Please let us know by filling in this survey, it will only take a minute.

FREE EXPERT BUSINESS ADVICE, SUPPORT AND MENTORING FOR BUSINESSES IN CHESTER-LE-STREET

If you run a small business, it’s important to get some extra help, guidance and support from time to time.  So, we are thrilled to announce that we have secured funding to offer hands-on mentoring support to businesses in the Chester-le-Street area.

We have experts waiting to give you the personalised, free advice you need covering the following topics:

  • Planning your future business journey
  • Better social media and digital marketing
  • Successful sales techniques
  • Getting your business online and selling online
  • Using video and images to make your business stand out and look great
  • Recruiting, managing your suppliers, talent and people
  • Cashflow and raising funds
  • Designing a new website and great marketing materials with real impact
  • Looking after yourself and your customers at work
  • Finding new customers and new markets
  • Successfully launching new products and services
  • Boosting your business self-confidence

To find out more about this programme, drop us an email to connect@dobusinessnetwork.com.

Gary, David & John

CAN YOU GIVE YOUR CUSTOMERS A BETTER ONLINE EXPERIENCE?

Introducing a new service for DBN members

How easy is it for your customers to find the products and services they are looking for and how easy is it for them to buy from you?

Here's how it works.  We invite a couple of our members to meet with you online to chat about what you want your website and social media to do for your business.  Over a few days they will visit your website and media pages as "shoppers" and then give you constructive feedback about what works and what could be even better.  We have a checklist of things to look for so it is consistent no matter who carries it out.

Please let us know if you would like us to check out your website or the social media pages you sell from and we'll set up an online meeting between you and your two "shoppers" so you can chat about what you need from your customer experience healthcheck.  Drop us an email at connect@dobusinessnetwork.com.

And if you volunteer to give feedback to one of our members, you get a gift sourced from a fellow DBN member as a thank you!  Another win-win.

WHAT DOES YOUR FUTURE BUSINESS LOOK LIKE?

Book a 1-1 confidential Zoom meeting with DBN and let's get planning!

We're here to help you to "get your head around" where your business is going.  Simply drop us a line at connect@dobusinessnetwork.com to book your meeting with us on Zoom and we will take you through some future business planning and help to create an action plan for your business.  It's completely confidential.  And if you need extra support with a specific issue, we'll put you in touch with other DBN members for expert advice.

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