Enterprise Week Dublin City – A host of free events to help get your business up and running

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An tArdmhéara Críona Ní Dhálaigh will open Local Enterprise Office (LEO) Dublin City’s exciting programme of events for ‘Local Enterprise Week’ on Monday, 7th March, 2016 at 10.30am at Wood Quay Venue, Civic Offices, Wood Quay, Dublin 8.  ‘Local Enterprise Week’ 2016 runs from 7th – 13th March.

The week long programme of mentoring, advice and networking highlights the services and supports available to SME's and Start-Ups in the city, as well as providing a selection of events and workshops, tailored to inspire and inform.

An tArdmhéara Críona Ní Dhálaigh said, “Tá lúcháir orm bheith libh inniu le Seachtain Fiontar Áitiúil a oscailt anseo i mBaile Átha Cliath. This week will showcase the range of supports available to assist start-ups and small business to set up and grow in the city.  We want to engage with everyone in the city who is thinking of setting up a business or has started a business.  To find out more about finance, energy savings, trading on-line, mentoring and networking all you have to do is book your place and most events are free of charge”.

On Monday, 7th March the morning session will focus on how to reduce business costs and secure finance from public and private funders, while the afternoon will explore the business benefit of utilising the European Enterprise Network, advice on securing EU funding and taking Irish products and technologies to a global audience.

The Smart Dublin website will be launched in City Hall on Tuesday, 8th March. A collaboration between the four Dublin Local Authorities and led by a project team based in Dublin City Council, Smart Dublin will use emerging technologies and open data to create solutions to address the challenges facing Dublin and improve the quality of life of its residents, visitors and communities.

On Wednesday, 9th March, Irish online audience strategist, Darragh Doyle, will discuss the importance of social media providing tips and tools on how businesses can grow their online audiences and communicate effectively and efficiently, while keeping costs to a minimum.

The theme for Friday, 11th March is “First Stop for Business” where you can book a free mentoring session with one of the enterprise office’s expert mentors and talk to key support agencies.  Greg Swift, Head of Enterprise, LEO Dublin City said, “We expect these events to book up quickly.  Along with excellent speakers and trainers throughout the week we will also get to examine key issues for the city such as the provision of affordable Enterprise Space.  We want to hear from those looking for space and from enterprise space providers.  Is the city keeping up with the demand for affordable enterprise space?  Come along on Friday, and find out”.

Saturday, 12th March will see a lively and engaging day at the Enterprise Boot Camp where participants will find out how to develop their business ideas and get feedback and advice from trainers and mentors throughout the day.  Isolde Johnson of Cool Beans, Irish Best Young Entrepreneur Finalist 2015 will share her experience of building a successful business and discuss just what it takes to win the Google “Best Use of Social Media” award.

Most sessions are free of charge. Full details of all events, venues and booking links are available on the Local Enterprise Office Dublin City site - https://www.localenterprise.ie/DublinCity/Training-Events/Enterprise-Wee...

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