Local Enterprise Office Clare will co-host a networking event for local female entrepreneurs in Killaloe next month as part of National Women’s Enterprise Day (NWED) 2017.

An Tánaiste and Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation, Frances Fitzgerald T.D. recently launched the biggest-ever programme of events to mark the annual initiative which takes place on Thursday, 12th October 2017.

All 31 LEOs, including Local Enterprise Office Clare, are behind the initiative. Together, they have jointly supported over 14,000 female entrepreneurs in 2016.  Local Enterprise Office Clare has teamed up with LEOs in Limerick and Tipperary to organise the event for aspiring female entrepreneurs and female-led businesses across the Shannon region in Killaloe’s Lakeside Hotel, on 12th October.

Special guests will include Chanelle McCoy, director of Chanelle Medical and star of RTE’s Dragons Den; Catherine Duffy general manager of Northern Trust in Limerick, Celia Holman Lee of The Holman Lee Agency, and Órlaith Borthwick, an economist on the ‘Mid-West Action Plan for Jobs’. The programme also includes networking and a panel discussion with local female entrepreneurs.

‘Open doors to new markets’ is the theme for this year’s National Women’s Enterprise Day as the Global Entrepreneurship Monitor (GEM) reports that 27% of early-stage female entrepreneurs in Ireland expect to more than a quarter of their revenues to come from overseas.

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.  Commenting on the event, Padraic McElwee of Local Enterprise Office Clare said, “2017 will be the biggest National Women’s Enterprise Day yet with fifteen events taking place all over the country to help open more doors to new markets for Ireland’s female entrepreneurs.

“Through financial assistance, microfinance loans, mentoring, training and networking, the LEOs support thousands of female entrepreneurs every year and we want to celebrate their inspiring success stories across the country on 12 October.”  He continued, “Our event for local entrepreneurs here in Clare promises to be an uplifting day, with lots of advice, insights and information for female entrepreneurs and those planning to start a business. Places are limited though, so we’re advising everyone to book early.”

This year’s Ambassadors include Mary-Ann O’Brien of Lily O’ Brien’s Chocolates; Ireland’s Best Young Entrepreneur, Ciara Clancy of Beats Medical; Chanelle McCoy of Chanelle Medical; fashion designer Heidi Higgins, Sammy Leslie of Castle Leslie Estate, Dr Xuemei Germaine of MicroGen; and Fionnuala Ardee of Kilruddery Estate Enterprises.

They will be joined by Frances McArdle of Height for Hire; Caitlin O’Connor of Accelerating Performance; Deirdre Fee of Medical Mobility; Irene Queally of Pip and Pear; Oonagh Monahan of Alpha Omega Consultants; Sinead Gillard of Jinny’s Bakery in Leitrim;  and Margie Burns of Aviation Selection Consultants.

Other entrepreneurial speakers sharing their success stories at National Women’s Enterprise Day events will include Caroline Keeling; Ramona Nicholas of Cara Pharmacy Group; Róisin Hogan of HIRO by Róisin; Sonya Lennon of Courtney Lennon;  Niamh Sherwin Barry of Irish Fairy Door Company; Margaret O’Connor of Quigleys Bakery; and Deirdre McGlone of Harvey’s Point Hotel.

Tickets for National Women’s Enterprise Day events can be booked from the Local Enterprise Offices online through www.nwed.ie. Further details are available from @NWED on Twitter and @NWEDIreland on Facebook.