Start a Business

See How LEO Cavan Help in Making It Happen

Meet Jess Kavanagh of Olann, based in Drung, Co. Cavan, who exports 99% of her hand-dyed yarns around the world and employs 7 staff.

Thinking of Starting Your Own Business? We can Help!

Starting a business, especially for the first time, is a real challenge. You may know where you would like to end up, but have difficulty figuring out how to get there, or where to start.

We are able to provide you with a comprehensive range of services and supports to help you start out in business.

Business Training

Knowledge is key when it comes to starting any new business, if you have no previous business background this process can be especially daunting. We have developed a variety of courses and workshops that are tailored to those who are new to business. These courses and workshops will give you the information required to start your new business with confidence.

Financial Support


We provide two main grants for those who are looking to start a new manufacturing or internationally tradable service business. These grants are;

  • Feasibility Grant - For those who wish to conduct market research for a product or service to examine it's feasibility
  • Priming Grant - A business start-up grant available to small businesses within the first 18 months of start-up

Further Information on Grants

Microfinance Ireland

Microfinance Ireland (MFI) can provide loans of between €2,000 to €25,000 to commercially viable businesses that have experienced both formal and informal declines from their bank.

Learn more about MFI.

Revenue Initiatives

The Office of the Revenue Commissioners provide a variety of supports and initiatives to assist start-up business and small and medium enterprises. 

Learn More About Initiatives

Business Advice and Information

Business Advice Clinics & Mentoring

If you need one-to-one advice and support, we can help! We provide business advice clinics and mentoring services to those who are setting up a business in County Cavan

Get Business Advice

Starting a Business - Advice Guide

We have a series of articles on this website that you can use to get advice on various aspects of starting and running your business. These are located in the navigation to the left or you can click on a heading below. If you think we should add something to this list please let us know!

Taking the Initial Steps

Business Plan Guide

Protecting Your Ideas

Business Regulations

Understanding Taxes

Small Business Tax Planning

Keeping Good Records

Financing Your Start-up

Incubation Space

Marketing Your Business

Business Networking Guide