Running from March 4th to 8th March, LEO Wicklow will be celebrating Local Enterprise Week with a range of events for start-ups, aspiring entrepreneurs and small businesses.
Highlight of Local Enterprise Week in County Wicklow will be our flagship seminar and networking event on Wednesday 6th March, called ‘Working Smarter in Business using Tech’
Business owners are becoming busier and with time at a premium, can use all the help they can get to work more efficient and effective. There are numerous (free) apps available specifically made for micro enterprises that help avoid duplication in your business processes and actions and free you up to focus on your business growth.
But where to start finding out about them? Have you heard of Hootesuite, Buffer, Canva, Wave Apps Invoicing, receipts and accounts, Onepage CRM, Evernote, Trello, all designed as effective tools to make life a bit easier.
During this interactive workshop guest speaker and digital marketing expert Noel Davidson gives you a whistle stop tour of useful tools to help you save and manage your time more effectively but on a shoe string.
Noel is also a master at network facilitation and will impart some top tips on effective and confident business networking ahead of a short networking session over afternoon tea.
This is a highly subsidised event at €10 but places are limited so booking is essential.
On Tuesday evening, March 5th a Start Your Own Business course will commence. This course covers all the essential elements you need to consider when starting a business and testing if your idea is viable.
Renowned sales and marketing expert Terry Harmer will deliver the first of a 2 day Training Course “Increasing Sales in your Business” on Thursday 7th March at Wicklow County Campus, Rathnew. Selling is the most basic and fundamental skill required to be a successful entrepreneur. Selling is not an art but a skill that anyone can master. This practical course, which every small business owner should attend, will cover topics such as: accurate sales forecasting, managing a sales pipeline, cold-calling, securing a meeting with buyers, making that all important presentation and following up after the contract has been awarded.
The course is led by renowned trainer Terry Harmer, is excellent value at €120 for 2 full days (coffee break and lunch included) with day 2 of the course taking place on March 14th. Places are limited so early booking is advised.
To register for any of the events during Local Enterprise Week please book online at localenterprise.ie/Wicklow or phone 0404 30800.
Vibeke Delahunt of the Local Enterprise Office Wicklow said that Local Enterprise Week was the ideal ‘shop window’ to show the wide range of supports on offer to start-ups, sole traders and small businesses in Wicklow. She said: “Local Enterprise Week, which takes place from March 4th to 8th, is a collaboration on a local and national scale between LEOs, local business communities, Government Departments, other units within Local Authorities, and State support agencies. We hope these events will inspire and motivate hundreds of entrepreneurs and aspiring entrepreneurs in County Wicklow. Small businesses continue to be the backbone of our local economy, with huge potential to grow and create jobs.”
Speaking about Local Enterprise Week, Chief Executive of Wicklow County Council Frank Curran said “Local Enterprise Week is an excellent opportunity for entrepreneurs and business owners to engage in a variety of events customized to the needs of small business in the County. The flagship seminar on How to work smarter using apps and low budget tools presents an excellent opportunity to work smarter, be more effective and save time”.
Details for all events can be found at www.localenterprise.ie/wicklow and the Local Enterprise Office are strongly advising businesses to book well in advance.