I am just back from a week’s vacation in Bermuda.  It was lovely there and I really tried to switch off and just enjoy the scenery and yes, the warmer weather.

However, while we were there I couldn’t help but notice some great business and social ideas that I want to share.  My first two observations relate to small business ideas.  The last one has social implications.

We came across this cute coffee bar, Just Breathe, down a little alley way and facing the sea.  Once you’d bought your coffee, you could sit on the benches provided and look out on the sea.   It was so relaxing, and what a great idea.

With doors at the opening to the alley, they were just locked when the coffee bar wasn’t open and the funky truck was left closed up until the next day. Just shows you that you don’t need bricks and mortar to set up shop!

My daughter knits and so we checked out a tiny wool shop where inside was a small group of people just knitting and chatting together.  This was clearly a regular happening and people would just drop in, say hallo, and then go.  It was a small community getting together to share their love of knitting and I am sure they bought their wool at the shop too. One way to build your customer base.

As we wined and dined across the island of Bermuda, I noticed something interesting.   In every washroom that I visited, and at my age there were several, there was a poster inside each cubicle.

Bermuda has adopted the Ask for Angela campaign which was launched in the UK several years ago and now used in several countries around the world.

The idea behind Ask for Angela is to protect women who may be on an online date and not feeling comfortable or safe.  Through this program, she just has to approach a bar tender or server and literally ask for Angela.  The trained staff will then discreetly get the woman out of the café/restaurant/bar/club and help her get a taxi.

What a good idea.  Do we have it in Canada?  I don’t know, but then I am not a frequenter of bars or clubs.  While I know of many friends who have met someone wonderful through online dating, there are also the horror stories out there.  The key is to make sure that the staff  are trained and aware of the program.

How do we start it here? Any suggestions?

Anne Day

Anne Day

Company of Women

I have had an eclectic career from running non-profit organizations and being editor of a national magazine, to working for government on women’s issues. In 2003 I launched Company of Women, an organization that supports women in business. A prolific blogger, I also write for the Huffington Post, and several other online publications. I am the author of five books on women and entrepreneurship, and co-author of Good Enough. Embrace who you are. Unleash your brilliance. which is available on amazon.ca In June, 2016 I launched Full Circle Publishing offering one-stop services to get your words out into the world.