Free event for Dublin owner managers

Targeting future growth is firmly on the agenda at the capital’s largest free event for small businesses next week.

‘Your Business Day’ takes over the Science Gallery on Pearse Street next Thursday (December 9th) and has been billed as a day of free advice and enterprise information for micro-enterprises and new start-ups.

Organisers Billy Linehan and Suzanne May of the Dublin City Enterprise Board,  have put together an impressive schedule for the initiative. It features free one-to-one mentoring clinics, case study presentations from successful Dublin city businesses, seminars on key topics and an exhibition area which are all geared towards Dublin’s small business community and those thinking of setting up a business in the city.

According to Greg Swift, CEO of Dublin City Enterprise Board, the emphasis throughout the day will be on practical advice and tips that entrepreneurs can readily adapt for their own businesses: “What small business owners and new business start-ups are looking for right now, is useful and concise information, inspiration from more established entrepreneurs and a little motivation to seek out new opportunities.”

“Anyone already in a small business in the capital or seriously thinking of setting one up in the New Year, is encouraged to consult with a mentor or attend an enterprise seminar at ‘Your Business Day’, to help them plan effectively for the year ahead,” he added.

Fifty individual mentoring sessions will be scheduled next Thursday, through on-line bookings and drop-in appointments; visitors with specific queries will be matched with the business mentors that have the most relevant experience.

Helping to lead by example, the advice and insights of successful businesspeople in the city will also be shared, through the stories of Cush ‘N Shade , Macleod Agencies , OneFootAbroad  ,,, Karora Cosmetics and

Keeping the focus on new opportunities, a range of seminars around improving selling techniques, using intellectual property, maximising referrals and exploring export markets are taking place throughout the morning and afternoon. Seminar speakers include Liam Birkett, Alan Bell of the Referral Institute, John Mahon of Chessboard Associates and Austin Rutledge of Export Edge.

An exhibition area for state support agencies, micro-finance and trade associations, will also be open to visitors (including PLATO, First Step and Enterprise Ireland).

‘Your Business Day’ will also include plenty of opportunities for networking and is supported by Ulster Bank and the Science Gallery, running from 9am to 4pm on December 9th. Advance bookings for mentoring and seminars can be made on-line through, but drop-in bookings are also welcome on the day and there is free entry.        

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