Re: Re: [entrepreneur-1566] Hi HKBOers, please contribute your ideas for our coming meetup to be scheduled in February

From: vincci l.
Sent on: Monday, January 19, 2009 10:19 AM

Hi all,

maybe i try to share a bit of my background and in case anyone is interested to know more about my industry, just feel free to chat here!

My father has been running a leathergoods factory since 1994 (www.cheongshing.com.hk) and since i've graduated in year 2003, i've been helping to expand the business as far as i could.

Before SARS, all of our customers are very traditional one e.g. large trading firms and product range are those standard items that will be selling in large amount in overseas department stores. However, since our overhead of Hong Konger's running factory in CHina is much higher than those owned by mainlanders, we must shift to higher end customers who need better & quicker serivce with higher premium prices.

during the past few years, we've been successfully to work with a few more brands, mainly in youngster fashion brand (sth in overseas like Bauhaus / Quiksilver/ vans in Hong Kong) and we've perceived that this should be the correct way to keep our factory alive.

However, facing the current financial crisis, every customer is very cautious for the future planning and unevitably, order has been cut or hold back. In response, i'm now searching new opportunities in the Asian mkt, starting from Hong Kong. Though the mkt cap in HK will be small compared to overseas mkt, it seems the buying strength of those fashion items are still strong. However, since HOng Kong is very close to CHina (means cust can be easily contacted by other similar vendors), it may take extra effort before we can develop a strong relationship with new local customers for future development and long term relationship.

Meanwhile, we're still very keen on finding new customers from overseas mkt, however, HKTDC 's database can't really make any help on business promotion. Sometimes the customer's contact details are invalid and even correct, the response rate is very low.....just don't understand how they collect those database and how do they catagorize those customers........

Sometimes, my friends will encourage me to step into the China retail mkt asap as it seems to be a great potentail growing mkt, however, being very cautious in making any kind of investment, we don't want to make this step until we've got a trustable channel / partner to work on that area...anyway, should be a long way to go.

i must stop here as i don't know whether it will be any interseting topic.



Best Regards,
Vincci

Ms Vincci Law
Cheong Shing Leatherware Ltd
www.cheongshing.com.hk
tel:  852 2799 7208 

On Mon 19/01/09 9:59 AM , TSE Ho keung [address removed] sent:

Hi, everybody,
 
How about a common topic --- coming challenges, risks and opportunities.
 
Each of us may have a lot to talk about and learn from others regarding our individual businesses, trades and also, the global financial situations.
 
 Philip TSE  

Terry Tong <[address removed]>wrote:
Hi everybody,

First, thanks a lot for Scott's suggestions! Yes, some form of online communication is a good idea, I can help with that (blog, forum etc). But again, the challenge will be how to stimulate the participation of the members. But anyway, that's a good idea. I will see how I can setup a blog or forum for the group (so Scott, you don't have to do it).

By the way, as for the topic for the next meetup: would you be interested in learning something about website setup, open source software (especially OpenOffice.org as a free alternative to MS Office), or Linux (as a free alternative to Windows), or some tech-related topics that are related to small businesses? If so, let me know because I (inspired by Scott's suggestion)

I will also invite someone who may provide some tax/accounting advice. So, that's great! Scott has provided some good ideas, so we have some specific topics for the next meetup. I will announce the details later.

At the mean time, nothing has been finalized, yet. I hope you don't take this as a signal (or an excuse) for stopping thinking. Any ideas are welcome at any time, remember, we still need ideas for the meetups to follow.

I understand that not everyone on the mailing list may see the email in time, because the email account subscribed might not be checked very often. But that doesn't matter. Any time, if you have something you'd like to say and share, you are welcome to do so.

Thanks,
Terry
p.s. Sorry, Scott, if you receive this message twice. I have just realized it should be addressed to the mailing list, instead of just your email account.


On Fri, Jan 16, 2009 at 1:55 PM, Scott Christensen <[address removed]> wrote:
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From: Scott Christensen <[address removed]>
Date: Fri, Jan 16, 2009 at 1:34 PM
Subject: Re: [entrepreneur-1566] Hi HKBOers, please contribute your
ideas for  our coming meetup to be scheduled in February
To: [address removed]


A very good idea would be to create a message group or blog page so
people could throw questions out there when they have them and get
responses from members of the group.  'problem solving' is a full time
job for business owners, this would be very popular I think.   I think
creating some connections through internet chatting would help
everyone find some common topics.

For the meetup I think maybe best would a 30 minute speech from
someone who could come to talk about something useful for everyone,
like webpage services, or accounting or tax advice,etc..  and then
have a hangout session after that maybe.  I guess everyone has very
different businesses though so hard to find something useful for
everyone.

If of interest I could try to figure out how easy it is to setup a blog page.


On Thu, Jan 15, 2009 at 11:54 PM, Terry Tong <[address removed]> wrote:
> Hi everybody,
>
> First, a big thank you for opening the email! Please spend 2 minutes to read
> the rest of it.
>
> Happy new year! This is Terry, the organizer of HKBO. I'd like to take this
> opportunity to invite you to contribute your ideas for our coming meetup
> scheduled in February (which will be announced later).
>
> More specifically, I'd like to gather your ideas on the following:
> 1. Topic: what would you like to see, discuss, or have for the coming
> meetup?
>
> 2. Format: how should our next meetup be conducted: casual chat, seminar,
> dinner? or should we invite some guest speakers to the meetup? if so, who
> would you like to meet?
> (don't underestimate our capability to reach and invite some interesting
> people)
>
> The following 2 items are easy (priority will be given to those members who
> speak first):
> 3. Place: where would you like to meet?
> (I have noticed that some members won't come to the meetup if it's not
> scheduled on HK island, If so, please let me know explicitly so that I may
> make better arrangement.)
>
> 4. Date and Time: which day of the week would you prefer, and at what time?
> (hopefully we will pick a date and time that suits around at least 10
> people, minus those who don't show up, we will still have enough people to
> make the meetup a worthwhile social event for your life outside of work.)
>
> The following 2 items are some organizational issues:
> 5. Frequency: should our meetup be monthly, bi-weekly, or weekly?
>
> 6. Leaders wanted: anybody interested in becoming a co-organizer in this
> group?
> (by that I mean, whether you would be interested in becoming a co-organizer
> so that for example, I may hold a meetup in the first-half of the month and
> you may hold a meetup in the second-half of the month, with different
> topics/interests. That way, we may make it a more frequent event and
> hopefully can stimulate the participation of the members in the group. Say,
> if you can't catch the meetup (or not interested) in the first-half of the
> month, you may go to the one in the second-half. Due to the limited time and
> energy of a single person, I can't make this happen just by myself.)
>
> Some of our members have suggested that we should have a specific topic for
> each meetup so that the discussions will be more interesting and focused. I
> am asking for your help to contribute your ideas for topics. We have over 80
> subscribed members, there bound to be some brilliant ideas coming from you!
>
> From what we have achieved in the past meetups, I think now it's time to
> reform it. Your participation is crucial in this important step.
>
> I have noticed that in December and January, we had quite a few new members
> joined the group. Welcome! And please contribute your ideas. To all members:
> your idea will not only benefit the rest of the group, but more importantly,
> yourself. I guess one of the reasons you choose to join this group is
> because you want to spend some meaningful time with someone who share some
> common interests with you, right? But to give meaning to the membership and
> your time, your participation is the only thing that really matters.
>
> I truly appreciate your idea; any idea is indefinitely many times better
> than 0 idea. If I don't hear from anyone of you (if that's really the case,
> I will be disappointed), I will still schedule the next meetup and make all
> the decisions by myself. We can still keep the meetup alive and ongoing, but
> I guess there won't be a lot of meaning in it. This is a community group
> which I happen to be organizer, but please remember, a community is a
> community only if the people in it take ownership of it; an organizer is an
> organizer only if he can talk to his community and get feedback from its
> people.
>
> Thank you for your time. I look forward to your ideas, soon.
>
> Have a nice weekend,
> Terry
>
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