Running from March 5 to 10, Longford LEO (Local Enterprise Office) will be celebrating Local Enterprise Week with a range of events for start-ups, aspiring entrepreneurs and small businesses in the county.
Entrepreneurs of all ages will have the opportunity to participate in workshops, seminars, advice clinics and one-to-one mentoring on every aspect of business, including: starting a business, trading on-line, finance, tendering, growing a business through digital marketing, cyber security, intellectual property, and being Brexit-ready.
Local Enterprise Week officially kicks-off on Sunday, March 5 with the national final of Ireland’s Best Young Entrepreneur (IBYE) competition in Google Headquarters in Dublin.
IBYE, which is an initiative of the Local Enterprise Offices and supported by the Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation and Enterprise Ireland, achieved an unprecedented number of entries across all 31 LEOs with more than 1,800 young people competing for the €2 million IBYE investment fund.
Longford LEO will be represented by Brian O’Rourke from CitySwifter in Kenagh who will be competing in the Best Start Up Business category.
LOCAL ENTERPRISE WEEK - events in Longford
Monday, March 6
Protect Your Intellectual Property Rights
6pm – 7pm, Longford Enterprise Centre
Information session from Irish Patents Office giving participants an understanding of the following:-
* General overview of Intellectual Property Rights (IPR)
* Different types of IP
* Patents, Trademarks, Designs and Copyright
* Application process for each
* Where and how your can seek protection for your idea
* Different routes, National, European and International
* Q & A
Tuesday, March 7
Get Your Business Brexit Ready
8am – 9.30am, Radisson Hotel, Athlone
Get the most up to date information and advice to help SME’s prepare for new trading relationships that emerge from BREXIT
Business Advice Clinics – Granard / Lanesboro
9.30am – 5pm, times will be allocated after booking
Book a one to one session with one of our business consultants for advice/direction on starting and /or growing your business
Women In Business
6.30pm – 8.30pm, Sin Bin Event Centre, Longford Rugby Club
Longford and Leitrim WIB information session on Accessing More Business - Effective Tendering and Networking
* Clearly define yourself, your offering and your audience
* Explore how to answer "What do you do?" and develop an engaging elevator pitch
* Identify the most effective networking routes available to you in order to access new business
* Examine the do's and don't's to assist you to network more confidently
* Explore the key steps to SMART tendering
Wednesday, March 8
Book your one-to-one session to find out about all the Supports available for your business
* Financial Assistance
* Business Incentive Scheme
Thursday, March 9
Trading Online Voucher Scheme
6.30pm – 7.30pm, Longford Enterprise Centre, Ballinalee Road, Longford
Information session on the Trading Online Voucher Scheme – offering Ecommerce grants of up to €2,500 towards developing / enhancing your online presence.
Friday, March 10
Business Network Event & County Enterprise Awards
Presentation of Longford County Enterprise Awards 2016/17
For full details on all these events and others – check online at www.localenterprise.ie/longford or contact 043 33 43346