National Women’s Enterprise Day

‘Open Doors to New Markets’

Workshop to be hosted by Waterford Local Enterprise Office for National Women’s Enterprise Day

Women of Waterford are invited to join the Waterford Local Enterprise Office event ‘Open Doors to New Markets’ in celebration of National Women’s Enterprise Day on Thursday, October 12th.

Fifteen LEO-led events are taking place across the country on Thursday, 12th October to encourage more women in Ireland to ‘open doors to new markets’ for their businesses and at Faithlegg House Hotel an interactive workshop featuring a plethora of successful businesswomen will be on offer to the Waterford business community.

The event will be hosted by WLR FM broadcaster Karen Tomkins who will be joined by a range of female business experts from a variety of business backgrounds including Grainne Walsh, Metalman Brewing; Deirdre Meany and Karen Cottier, Wild Oat Soaps; and Beth Ann Smith, Lismore Food Company

National Women’s Enterprise Day
Biggest-ever National Women’s Enterprise Day set for October 12. The biggest-ever programme of events to mark National Women’s Enterprise Day (NWED) on October 12th was launched in Dublin today. All 31 Local Enterprise Offices, which jointly supported over 14,000 female entrepreneurs in 2016, are behind the initiative and they have enlisted the help of established entrepreneurs to act as Local Ambassadors, to share their success stories at fifteen events around the country that day. Event details and tickets are available through www.nwed.ie. An Tánaiste and Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation, Frances Fitzgerald T.D. officially launched this year’s NWED programme was joined by several NWED Ambassadors and Evelyn Reddin of the Local Enterprise Offices, Sarita Johnston of Enterprise Ireland and Philomena Poole of the local authorities. Pictured at the launch are NWED Ambassadors Margie Burns (right) of Aviation Selection Consultants in Meath and Irene Queally of Pip and Pear in Waterford. PHOTO: Mark Stedman

A ‘Speak with Impact’ session will also be hosted by voice coach and speech-language therapist Linda Coyle who will explore what gets in our way of speaking with confidence, look at how important listening is to connecting, and why women are particularly strong at this, the workshop will arm participants with simple tools to help come across as the competent persons they are.

Following a buffet meal, the guest speaker Terry Prone will take to the stage to impart her wisdom on being to the fore of one of Ireland’s most successful communications companies. Terry is a leading advisor on reputation management and crisis handling to corporations, Governments, and individuals. She is the most frequently used crisis management consultant in Ireland, dealing with issues as diverse as blackmail, terror threats, industrial accidents and medical scandals.

National Women’s Enterprise Day

An Tánaiste and Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation, Frances Fitzgerald T.D. has launched the biggest-ever programme of events to mark National Women’s Enterprise Day. All 31 LEOs, including Local Enterprise Office Waterford, are behind the initiative and together; they jointly supported over 14,000 female entrepreneurs in 2016. LEOs are enlisting the help of established female entrepreneurs to act as Local Ambassadors and share their success stories.

Waterford Chamber, Waterford Micro Business Network, and Network Waterford are also supporting ‘Open Doors to New Markets’ and it is one of a number of events being held nationally on October 12th to mark National Women’s Enterprise Day, as it is the theme for National Women’s Enterprise Day in 2017. The Global Entrepreneurship Monitor reports that 27% of early-stage female entrepreneurs in Ireland expect to get more than a quarter of their revenues from overseas work. The LEOs have a range of supports that can help businesses to realise those expectations and local events will feature female ambassadors who have already successfully availed of some of those supports.

Registration and networking commences at 4.30pm. Tickets cost €40; to book your place please see www.localenterprise.ie/waterford

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