Over a thousand businesswomen and female entrepreneurs are expected to take part in the largest ever programme of events to mark National Women’s Enterprise Day (NWED) 2018 on Thursday, October 18th.
An initiative of the Local Enterprise Offices (LEOs), NWED celebrates Ireland’s female entrepreneurs and highlights enterprise supports available throughout the country to help them start and grow their own businesses.
The theme of National Women’s Enterprise Day 2018, From Local To Global, is aimed at telling the stories of those female entrepreneurs who took their idea from a local business, to a global success and to inspire new female entrepreneurs to do the same.
To mark the 12th annual event, sixteen events will be taking place in Cavan, Cork, Donegal, Dublin, Kildare, Kilkenny, Leitrim, Limerick, Longford, Meath, Monaghan, Roscommon, Sligo, Waterford, Wexford and Wicklow.
All 31 LEOs are behind the initiative, with female entrepreneurs acting as NWED Ambassadors to share their inspiring success stories, such as: Mary McKenna of Tour America, Catherine Roycroft of Cartoon Saloon, Vicki O’Toole of JJ O’Toole Ltd, Michelle Naughton Daly of P&G Cards, Vanessa Tierney of Abodoo, Jennifer O’Connell, Martina Hamilton of The Cat & the Moon, Aoife and Detta McNiffe of McNiffe’s Bakery, Anne Reilly of Paycheck Plus, Joan Walsh of Partnership International, Louise Lovett of Longford Women’s Link, Marie Mohan of Greenfield Foods, Sonia Deasy of Pestle & Mortar and Sarah Slazenger of Powercourt Estate.
Orla Martin of the Local Enterprise Offices says that events are aimed at women that run a business, be it their own business or a family business, as well as aspiring female entrepreneurs. She said: “This year’s theme is ‘from local to global’ to highlight the supports available to help women start and grow businesses and to tell the stories of female entrepreneurs that have already started their businesses locally and gone onto global success.”
Other speakers at events include the Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation, Heather Humphreys T.D., Julie Sinnamon of Enterprise Ireland, Norah Casey, Deirdre O’Kane, Marissa Carter of Cocoa Brown and Niamh Sherwin Barry of the Irish Fairy Door Company.
What: 12th Annual National Women’s Enterprise Day
When: Thursday, October 18th 2018
Where: Local Enterprise Offices are organising sixteen events all over the country to celebrate Ireland’s female entrepreneurs and to highlight enterprise supports
To book: See www.localenterprise.ie or search #NWED
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