Calling all Tipperary Business Women.

Local Enterprise Board Celebrates ‘National Women’s Enterprise Day’

Friday, November 19th is National Women’s Enterprise Day and the County and City Enterprise Boards, including the Tipperary North County Enterprise Board, are hosting a major conference, networking and enterprise support exhibition in Limerick that day to highlight the contribution of women in business across Ireland.

Organisers are expecting 300 female entrepreneurs to attend, including representatives from several Tipperary-based businesses. The founder of the UK High Street Chain Coffee Republic, Sahar Hashemi, is one of the keynote speakers at the Strand Hotel on the Ennis Road on the 19th, along with local entrepreneur and hotelier, Mary Fitzgerald and Ivan Yates, broadcaster and founder of Celtic Bookmakers.

The Minister of State for Equality, Integration and Human Rights, Ms Mary White, T.D. has been invited to officially open the conference and the case-studies of five home-grown female entrepreneurs will also be showcased, along with an exhibition of enterprise support agencies, one-to-one mentoring clinics and networking sessions.

Speaking ahead of the event, the C.E.O. of Tipperary North County Enterprise Board, Rita Guinan, said: “On National Women’s Enterprise Day, female entrepreneurs will access information, advice and mentoring from experienced business people, the County and City Enterprise Boards and other state support agencies. At a local level, we support hundreds of female entrepreneurs every year who are already in business or thinking of starting one up, so we’re encouraging as many local entrepreneurs as possible to make the trip to Limerick on November 19th.”

Co-funded by the European Social Fund with support from the Department of Community, Equality and Gaeltacht Affairs through the Equality for Women Measure, the aim of National Women’s Enterprise Day is to give national recognition to the role of female entrepreneurship.

Tickets for the National Women’s Enterprise Day Conference at the Strand Hotel on the Ennis Road in Limerick cost €100 and are available to buy through www.nwed.ie. The fee includes an evening reception and networking event on Thursday, November 18th, in addition to lunch, one-to-one mentoring and admission to the conference on Friday, November 19th. Updates on the National Women’s Enterprise Day are also available from the NWED Facebook page and from Twitter updates.

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