SMALL BUSINESS - IRISH EXAMINER

We can all learn from a Chinese migrant’s tale

AT THE end of December, a Chinese-American artist passed away at the ripe old age of 106.

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Cork firm Rebel Chilli heats up condiment aisle

Having lit the fire for a taste revolution in Ireland, Cork start-up Rebel Chilli is now exporting fresh hot chilli sauces to both Dubai and the UK.

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Kyran Fitzgerald: Banks stuck in the dark ages over SME lending

We are in recovery and have been for some time. Asset prices are on the up yet when it comes to relationships with the owners and managers of small to medium sized businesses (SMEs), our lending institutions appear to be stuck in the dark, recent past.

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Kehlan Kirwan: 'The best start-ups I've interviewed in 2016'

This week, I’m looking back on some of the best start-ups I’ve had the pleasure of talking with during 2016.

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Trish Dromey: Arckit model firm’s ‘Late Late Toy Show’ boost

The night that Arckit’s innovative architectural model building kit was shown on The Late Late Toy Show, the company’s website had so much traffic that it crashed.

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Central Bank data throws doubt on banks’ SME lending claims

Business lobby group Isme has expressed doubt that the pillar banks are really back lending to small enterprises to the extent to which they claim.

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Irish SMEs more worried about Brexit than Donald Trump

Irish SMEs foresee the UK’s proposed exit from the EU as being significantly more negative to Ireland’s economy than the pending US presidential change.

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Entrepreneurs from Galway to Saudi Arabia are using technology innovations to tackle social problems

Social entrepreneurs rarely get the coverage they deserve.

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Wicklow candle company Max Benjamin lights way to success

Wicklow company Max Benjamin has driven exports by selling its scented products into stores across Europe.

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Spice O’Life are adding spice to season of joy

Christmas is traditionally a time of the year for adding spice to enhance food flavours and tickle the festive taste buds of consumers.

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Jim Power: More important than ever to nurture beleaguered SMEs

As we all know, or at least should realise, foreign direct investment is an incredibly important component of Ireland’s economic model and structure.

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Small Business Column: Artificial intelligence and robotics in the workplace

In this week’s column Kehlan looks at the growing influence of artificial intelligence and robotics in the workplace and how nearly half of all human jobs could be obsolete within the next few decades.

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Kehlan Kirwan: Misconceptions about millennials

This week Kehlan returns to the subject of millennials in business and work after he appeared on TV3’s ‘Pat Kenny Tonight’ show to talk about it. After his appearance he was moved to challenge misconceptions about his generation.

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Trish Dromey: DC Fish is thriving after technology investment

Trish Dromey hears how West Cork company DC Fish has diversified and invested in new technology to thrive.

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Kehlan Kirwan: Q&A with Birgitta Curtin from the Burren Smokehouse

In this week’s column, Kehlan Kirwan talks to Birgitta Curtin from the Burren Smokehouse on her tips for producers seeking to promote Irish food around the world.

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Carlow IT startup MicroGen cleans up in China

Incubated at Carlow IT, MicroGen is selling into China technology that treats contaminated soils, writes Trish Dromey.

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IMF study: Irish SMEs still face ‘vulnerabilities’

An expert in a research paper commissioned by the IMF has warned about the “vulnerabilities” still facing debt-laden Irish firms eight years after the onset of the financial crash.

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Small business column: The signs of a business addict

In this week’s column Kehlan Kirwan looks at creating and maintaining a business and why it’s tantamount to an addiction.

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Even the smallest of firms can connect with a wide audience on social media

Kehlan Kirwan reviews ways even the smallest of firms can develop a strategy to project a promotional message on social media. Video, he says, has become the most important part in engaging an audience online.

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Funds startup firm Fund Recs goes for growth

The three-year-old software startup aims to sign up 20 fund managers by the end of 2017, writes Trish Dromey.

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Kehlan Kirwan reviews Budget 2017

Kehlan Kirwan finds little in the Budget that will inspire entrepreneurs and start-ups. The Government’s priorities appear to be fixed on multinationals and not domestic small businesses.

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Cork start-ups offered opportunity to avail of €200,000 enterprise fund

Entrepreneurs and early-stage start-up companies in Cork are in with a chance of landing a grant of up to €25,000 to develop their business concept as part of a new State-backed fund.

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Q&A: Paul O’Connell, UPRISE festival

In this week’s column, Kehlan talks with Limerick man Paul O’Connell, the person behind the UPRISE festival.    

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Small business column: IDA is one of the best job-generating organisations Ireland has had

This week Kehlan Kirwan asks whether we’ve become too reliant on it and whether its ‘silver bullet’ dependencies hide a lack of innovative thinking.

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Glofox giving gyms the app muscle to grow

Glofox provides apps and software that help gyms and fitness studios to manage their businesses, writes Trish Dromey.

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Kehlan Kirwan Q&A:Paddy Finn of Electricity Exchange

In this week’s column, Kehlan Kirwan sits down with Paddy Finn of the Limerick-based Electricity Exchange. Mr Finn recently sold half the company to Bord na Móna and discusses his plans for the future.

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Why knowing your business is essential when seeking investment

This week, Kehlan examines what it really takes to create a good business pitch and why knowing your business is so important when looking for investment.   

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Concern as SMEs turn away from alternative finance

When the economic crisis was at its lowest point, there was great emphasis on the need for alternatives to traditional banking supports. Factoring, also known as invoice finance, was seen as one of the principle alternative financial intermediaries, offering a funding source for cash-strapped businesses by agreeing to pay the company up front the value of their sales invoice less a discount for commission and fees.

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'Crude name-calling, social stereotypes, and a society moving far too slowly on women’s issues'

In this week’s article Kehlan looks at the issue of women in business and why it should concern men too.

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Edgescan: On the hunt for cyber crooks 24/7

With its novel approach to cyber crime, start-up edgescan is going from strength to strength, writes Trish Dromey.

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