Live the dream, start your own business in 2023!

Louth Local Enterprise Office helping to make entrepreneurs’ dreams come true


Christmas and new year is a time when many people dream of starting their own business. They may have an idea, but often don’t know where to start. If you are one of those people the person you should be talking to is Riona McCoy of the Louth Local Enterprise Office. Local Enterprise Offices are the state agency providing information on supports, business advice and training for small businesses, they can also provide grant aid for certain types of business. “Our Start Your Own Business programme is packed full of valuable learning and practical information to help you plan your business start-up” Riona says. 

“You will explore many aspects of running a business which will help you determine if self-employment is your future. You will develop a business plan to assist developing your business project, and you will have access to expert one to one support focusing on where you require assistance including sources of funding, marketing etc.” The course introduces important topics such as market research, taxation, finance and book-keeping, sales and marketing, cash flow projections, legal matters, and business planning. It is cleverly designed to look at the realities of enterprise and self-employment as part of the learning experience. Graduates of the course have free access to LEO training course for a 12-month period after they complete the course. 

The course costs €50 and takes place one day a week over eight weeks. Starting in early 2023 there is both an evening time and daytime option. Each session is two hours long and takes place online, making it easy for anyone, anywhere in the county to take part. “So, when the Christmas pudding has settled and you’re thinking about your New Year’s resolution, consider this:

Could 2023 be the year that you finally start your own business?

“If the answer is YES, then you’re not on your own. Your Local Enterprise Office is here to support you as you start and grow your business.” Riona concludes “Discover more about our Start Your Own Business programme by visiting and make 2023 the year that you make it happen!”