Kerry Entrepreneurs Attend National Women’s Enterprise Day Event

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Fiona Leahy, Kerry LEO; Niamh O’Sullivan; Michelle Keane, Mibeau Interiors; Emma Gill at the event in Cork on Thursday.

FEMALE entrepreneurs from Kerry took part in Ireland’s largest National Women’s Enterprise Day on Thursday, October 18 when they attended their local event at Clayton Silver Springs Hotel in Tivoli, Cork City.

An initiative of the Local Enterprise Offices, and now in its 12th year, over 1,400 female entrepreneurs attended National Women’s Enterprise Day events across the country.

At the Cork City event at Clayton Silver Springs Hotel, over 150 local entrepreneurs were in attendance to hear the thoughts of actress Rachel Sarah Murphy and Dragon’s Den star Eleanor McEvoy.

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A panel of speakers represented each Local Enterprise Office, including Michelle Keane of Mibeau Interiors based in Knocknagoshel, whose grit and determination to succeed in business went down a storm with the female entrepreneurs present on the day.

Other special guests included Lord Mayor Councillor Mick Finn, Ann Doherty, Chief Executive of Cork Coty Council, Margaret Kelly, Cork Chamber and Adrienne Doherty, Head of Enterprise at Local Enterprise Cork City. Master of Ceremonies was Theresa Mulvihill, Smart Marketing Limited.

Fiona Leahy, Kerry LEO; Lisa O’Carroll, Kerry LEO; Nicola Lawless, Kerry Flyer; Michelle Keane, Mibeau Interiors; Liz Maher, Kerry Businesswomen’s Network; Diana McCarthy, NEWKD Home Maintenance Service at the event in Cork on Thursday.

The National Women’s Enterprise Day initiative is led by the 31 Local Enterprise Offices nationwide, and funded by the Government of Ireland, in partnership with Enterprise Ireland, Local Authorities and the Enterprise Europe Network.

The theme of this year’s National Women’s Enterprise Day was “From Local To Global”, aiming to highlight the success stories of female entrepreneurs who have taken their local ideas and turned them into global success stories with the hope of inspiring more women to do the same.

Fiona Leahy, Business Advisor at Local Enterprise Office Kerry said; “National Women’s Enterprise Day is a key milestone for Local Enterprise Offices around the country.  Since it started twelve years ago, the popularity of NWED has grown and every year we have more female success stories in business to highlight. The events are as important as ever, as they connect female entrepreneurs and give them the opportunity to learn from each other and share business challenges and solutions. For any female entrepreneurs in business or starting one up, our advice is to come and talk to the team at the Local Enterprise Office and we will quickly put you on a path to the right enterprise supports. Just start conversation with your Local Enterprise office and we can guide you from there.”

Further details on the supports available to female entrepreneurs in Kerry are available from or by contacting Kerry Local Enterprise Office on 066 7183522.

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