Business Owners Group
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BOG is sleeping for now, but will
meet occasionally as members are still ready to share
interests and ideas.
If you'd like it to continue more regularly and even contribute a bit
of your own time,
contact Carole Lewis (9649-5642,
Great Oaks From Tiny Acorns
by Carole Lewis
The Lamma Business Owners Group had their
First Meeting at
7:00am on Thursday, 29 May, 2008. They plan for this to be the
first of regular monthly or biweekly
meetings held in the Lamma Activities Centre on Main Street.
The idea for the group came out of discussions between
small business owners Carole Lewis, Julian Harley and
Denis Williamson, all self-employed people living on
Lamma. They realized that there must be a lot of other
self employed people living here who provide useful
services, on- or off-Lamma, and yet most
residents don't know about them.
The purpose of the group is to provide a supportive
forum for self employed people to promote their
business, get referral business and get general helpful
tips and information about running a business.
Everyone who owns a business or who is self-employed is
welcome to join. You don't have to do business on Lamma
to be a member, you just need to have a business and
live on Lamma. There will be a small fee for a 6-month
membership to cover the costs of the room rental.
The group has a set agenda they follow at each meeting,
including an opportunity for each person to speak for 1
minute about what they do, a 10-minute presentation from
one member giving more detail about their own business
and a 15-minute discussion and passing on of tips about
a different business topic.
First Meeting (from left to right,
top to bottom):
Dennis, Gary, Justin, Julian; Debi & Carole.
The Second Meeting already doubled the number of
They meet at 7:00am – yes that is 'am' not 'pm'. This is
to catch all those business people who still need to get
an early ferry or those who work on the island and might
get distracted by other work or Lamma pastimes later in
the day. Big Hong Kong networking groups have also found
that 7:00am is the best time to get regular attendance.
(No other networking events or pubs to distract us.)
The Second Meeting was held on Thursday, 19 June,
7-8 AM. Carole Lewis of
Loving-your-work introduced her
career coaching business.
The 15-minute discussion, led by Denis Williamson
of Learning-On-Line covered how to compete with people in
your industry who offer FREE products and services when
you need to charge for them.
Lamma BOG had its
Third Meeting on June
26th. Meetings to date have started at 7am, but because
of several requests we will be running the meetings from
8-9am in the future.
As part of our regular agenda, we ask a member of the
group to present an in-depth look at what they offer as
services. At today's meeting, after our regular,
individual 1-minute intros and business card exchanges
for new attendees, Debi Yeung, an experienced graphic
designer and art director presented her work.
She has had nearly 20 years experience in Hong Kong and
runs her own graphic design and advertising business,
Virgo68. Her presentation highlighted her work for a
wide range of clients from Shanghai Tang to Oxfam, and
she spoke about the particular aspects of doing graphic
design work for the Hong Kong market. Please visit her
web site at
After her presentation, we heard from Julian Harley who
spoke about how search engines work (in particular
Google) and how to get your site listed on their first
page. Julian offers web site development services
through his company
(Meeting notes by Cliff,
Fourth Meeting: Thu, July 31, 8:30AM
10-minute presentation by
Lamma-Gung about his favourite
topic and labour of love,
Carole Lewis lead a discussion on
business - especially when you live on Lamma".
Fifth Meeting: Thu,
Aug 14, 8:30AM
10-minute presentation by
John Cogan from
Pangea - Kung Fu, Sports and Personal training.
Discussion on environmentally friendly ways of doing
business led by Denis Williamson.
Sixth Meeting: Thu,
Aug 28, 2008, 8:30AM
The discussion topic has been lead by Carole Lewis:
Lamma Business Tips - How to make your
life easier when you are a freelancer living on Lamma:
Do you ever need to:
hire a VV
- leave things in a locker in Central
- find a good quiet place to work in Central
- book meeting rooms at a cheap rate
- use a quiet/reasonably priced coffee shop for meetings
...and all the many other issues we deal with when we live on Lamma.
We shared some tips AND will start to collect more from all of you on how to make life
easier when you are a freelancer and live on Lamma,
Seventh Meeting: Thu,
Sep 11, 2008, 8:30AM
Introduction: Introduce your self to the group, let us know
what you kind of business you are in and how we can help
Exchange of Business Cards:
Meet new people, make sure they have your
card and you have theirs.
10-minute presentation by Lamma BOG
member, Denis Williamson, on his multi-media
Getting business help on Lamma.
A continuation of last meeting’s topic. Find out how/where to:
• Arrange transport on Lamma or in Hong Kong
• Send faxes/print documents on Lamma or in Hong Kong
• Book meeting rooms in Hong Kong
• Get administration help for your business
And ask questions about other issues
freelancers/business owners have to deal with daily. The 'How to Make Your
Life Easier when you are a Freelancer living on Lamma'
List is growing. Send your
tips/suggestions and questions to Denis Williamson
firstname.lastname@example.org. We will soon be
sending a list out to everyone.
Thu, Sep 25, 2008, 8:30AM
Julian Harley lead a
Thu, Oct 9, 2008, 8:30AM
Megan Tanner lead a discussion about
"The Price Is Right
- A discussion on how to help clients realize the value
of your services..."
Click for Lamma-zine story,
Oct 10, 2008.
Thu, Oct 23, 2008, 8:30AM
Call 9649-5642 for details.
"Advertising & Marketing Your
Services", introduced and lead by
Come prepared to tell us what you do,
what services you offer and what burning business
questions you have (all in 60 seconds!)
We have still an
opportunity available for the 10-minute presentation.
The first person to contact me will have a full 10
minutes to present your own business to
If you have a subject that you think will
be of interest to the group, please let one of our
Our group is growing but we need people to attend
regularly so that we can build up business networks.
Remember to bring your business cards
and invite anyone else who you think might be
Start time will be 8:30am. Look for our posters
around town, or check on this website.
Register for the next meeting with: