‘Open Doors to New Markets’ Workshop to be hosted by Waterford local Enterprise Office for National Women’s Enterprise Day

The women of Waterford are invited to join the Waterford Local Enterprise Office event ‘Open Doors to New Markets’ in celebration of National Women’s Enterprise Day on Thursday, October 12th.

Fifteen LEO-led events taking place across the country on Thursday, 12th October to encourage more women in Ireland to ‘open doors to new markets’ for their businesses and at Faithlegg House Hotel an interactive workshop featuring a plethora of successful businesswomen will be on offer to the Waterford business community.

The event will be hosted by broadcaster Karen Tomkins who will be joined by a range of female business experts from a variety of business backgrounds including Grainne Walsh, Metalman Brewing; Deirdre Meany and Karen Cottier, Wild Oat Soaps; and Beth Ann Smith, Lismore Food Company

A ‘Speak with Impact’ session will also be hosted by voice coach and speech-language therapist Linda Coyle who will explore what gets in our way of speaking with confidence, look at how important listening is to connecting, and why women are particularly strong at this, the workshop will arm participants with simple tools to help come across as the competent persons they are.

Following a buffet meal, the guest speaker Terry Prone will take to the stage to impart her wisdom on being to the fore of one of Ireland’s most successful communications companies. Terry is a leading advisor on reputation management and crisis handling to corporations, Governments, and individuals. She is the most frequently used crisis management consultant in Ireland, dealing with issues as diverse as blackmail, terror threats, industrial accidents and medical scandals.

An Tánaiste and Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation, Frances Fitzgerald T.D. has launched the biggest-ever programme of events to mark National Women’s Enterprise Day. All 31 LEOs, including Local Enterprise Office Waterford, are behind the initiative and together; they jointly supported over 14,000 female entrepreneurs in 2016. LEOs are enlisting the help of established female entrepreneurs to act as Local Ambassadors and share their success stories.

Waterford Chamber, Waterford Micro Business Network, and Network Waterford are also supporting ‘Open Doors to New Markets’ and it is one of a number of events being held nationally on October 12th to mark National Women’s Enterprise Day, as it is the theme for National Women’s Enterprise Day in 2017. The Global Entrepreneurship Monitor reports that 27% of early-stage female entrepreneurs in Ireland expect to get more than a quarter of their revenues from overseas work. The LEOs have a range of supports that can help businesses to realise those expectations and local events will feature female ambassadors who have already successfully availed of some of those supports.

Registration and networking commences at 4.30pm. Tickets cost €40; to book your place click here.