The aim of the events is to inform aspiring and existing small business owners and managers to find out about what advice and supports are available from across the public sector and to meet experts from a broad range of public bodies in an informal setting.
Minister for Small Business John Perry said the initiative is part of a plan to create jobs and has grown out of a successful pilot programme run in Dublin in October.
“Taking Care of Business is part of a wider effort to communicate better with business and promote awareness and understanding of the full range of government supports available for the SME sector. Two thirds of all new jobs come from start-up businesses in the first five years of their existence, so it is essential for Government to support new businesses in order to grow employment,” he said.
The events will take place this spring with the involvement of a range of ministers and local and national figures from business.
* Limerick, March 11, Strand Hotel. Openingremarks by Brian Hayes, minister for public reform. Helen O’Donnell — entrepreneur, chairperson of Limerick Tidy Towns and Limerick Person of the Year 2012 — will chair one of the presentation sessions.
* Galway, March 25, Radisson Blu Hotel. Opening remarks by Ciaran Cannon, minister for training and skills. Declan Dooley — MD of the Galway Independent and vice-president of Galway Chamber of Commerce — will chair a presentation session.
* Cork, April 1, Silver Springs Hotel. Opening remarks by Seán Sherlock, minister for research and Innovation. Bobby Kerr — entrepreneur, businessman and founding ‘Dragon’ on RTÉ’s Dragons’ Den — will chair a presentation session.
To register for one of the regional events and for more details, including the full list of state bodies attending, see takingcareofbusiness.ie.
More than 800 people registered their interest for the 500 places available at the pilot event in Dublin last year:
Early booking is strongly advised as there are a limited number of places available in each location.