Google Business Group for Bacolod had its initial meetup last May 3, 2013 at 21 Restaurant. It was attended by 61 people composed travel agents, web developers, bloggers, resort owners, real estate brokers, doctors, manufacturers, financial & business consultants.
How did it all start?
As a travel blogger, Anne Olvido would invite us to her Google events. Anne is also a Google volunteer handling the developers' group in Bacolod called the GDG Bacolod or Google Developers Group. Having seen the content of the topics, I thought that this would be a good opportunity to be shared to the business community of Bacolod. So many, many months later or a week before the May 3, 2013 meetup date, Anne informed me that a Googler (someone who works at Google) would be in Bacolod for an event and would I be able to organize a meetup soon? Huh? Been waiting for this to happen.
So, yes!!! Using social media and SMS to invite participants were under way. Registrations forms were sent online and 45 signed up but 61 came!
At the initial meetup, SEA Outreach Head Aileen Apolo-de Jesus, GDG Bacolod Manager Anne Olvido, Mapmaker Loy Empio were the speakers. Google tools such as GMail, Google+ and Mapmaker were introduced to the attendees.
For GBG Bacolod, more events to come.