Kareen Cole: Creator of website, Inner Circle Barbados

A networking site targeting professionals resident in Barbados has recently been launched. Inner Circle Barbados promises to help busy professionals discover and create social circles outside their current career or social network.

It’s for the individual who wants to attempt kite-surfing and can’t find a friend or group of friends to accompany; it’s for the person who may want to attend an educational seminar but is finding difficulty convincing others to join or for the individual trying unsuccessfully to gather a team for a quiz night…it’s really a site for people who are seeking to enrich their social experiences,” explained Kareen Cole, founder of the site.

Officially launched December 6, 2011 Inner Circle caters to professionals and entrepreneurs resident in Barbados who are over the age 20. Unlike popular social networks like Facebook and LinkedIn which take an offline conversation and social experience online, Inner Circle will do the opposite. The site will use the medium of the Internet to forge new linkages which can then flourish in the offline world.

Our aim is to help a busy group of people forge new relationships that would otherwise have been difficult to create. We do this by pooling several desired networks into one online community,” noted Kareen.

Members of the site will be able to search for others by nationality, profession, activities and interests. “Imagine if you are relocating to Barbados. You can easily find others in your profession, who share your interests and then you can organise various offline activities. It makes transitioning to the island a whole lot easier,” said Kareen.

Inner Circle will also offer members the opportunity to participate in question and answer forums where they can solicit expert advice from professionals at the top of their field. Emergency Medicine Specialist and Managing Director of Sandy Crest Medical Centre Dr. Brian Charles, Marketing Consultant and Managing Director of Crimson-Jade Consulting Inc. Marita Greenidge, Fitness Specialist and Lifestyle and Weight Management Coach Evy Bentham, and Mechanical Engineer Richard Mohammed are all part of the site’s expert panel.

Homepage of Inner Circle Barbados via Internet Explorer

Members will have access to blogs covering a number of areas such as arts, fitness, music, business, etc. In addition, the site will feature a daily updated calendar showcasing upcoming events in Barbados. Only professionals and entrepreneurs resident in Barbados are eligible for membership in Inner Circle. Interested individuals must complete a short online registration form to join.

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