Offaly County Enterprise Board ezine – November

Offaly CEB logoNovember is the month for Seminars! There is so much on offer. In this month’s ezine:

Upcoming Courses in November

Starting your own Business course in Rhode from 2nd November – 7th December for 6 evenings (one night per week).

Small Business Accounts in Birr from 7th November – 5th December for 5 evenings (one night per week)

Time Management is a one day course taking place on Friday 11th November.

The Art of Effective Selling – 2 day course – 2 set of dates to choose from: Wed 16th & 23rd November OR 30th November & 7th December (FETA Level 6 Certified)

NEW! Becoming a Mompreneur: 1 day course on Saturday 26th November

Contact us on 057 9352971, by email for more info or visit

Free Seminar: Technology Crunch: 10th November, Tullamore

Technology Crunch is a unique opportunity for companies in the Midlands to connect with a host of technology providers and experts in one day. A joint initiative between development agency Atlantic Corridor and Offaly Enterprise Board, Technology Crunch takes the form of two workshops:

The first workshop provides participants with an opportunity to connect with the National Digital Research Centre and Gangplank Arizona.

The second workshop will introduce the use of Smartphone Apps as a business and marketing tool. One of the speakers at this workshop is Kerrill Thornhill, CEO of Maithú, Shannonbridge.

Participants may register for both or one of the workshops and registration is free but places are strictly limited. To book email or by Friday 4th November. Please specify if you are attending Workshop 1 or 2 or both. For further details contact 057 93 23902 or 057 93 52971 or visit

O.N.E. Network Meeting Monday 14th November: Using Open Source Software to Benefit your Business

Do you know what Open Source Software is and what it can do for you? It’s software that is available at little or no cost and can help you manage your business more effectively and efficiently. This is a great opportunity to hear how Open Source software can really help you in your businesses on a practical level.

Speaker: Dan Walsh, Elucidate

Dan Walsh has worked in IT for over 12 years in the pharmaceutical, travel and tech sector (including companies such as Microsoft and Compaq). He is also a successful blogger, and has provided IT training to small and medium sized companies. He has spoken on tech panels in MIT in Boston, and Public Knowledge in Washington DC. He is a Web Project Manager at Elucidate and helps businesses build and market websites.

Date: Monday, 14th November 2011
Venue: Tullamore Court Hotel
Registration: 6.45 pm
Time: 7 pm sharp—9 pm
Booking: No Charge. Pre-booking essential. Phone us on 057 93 52971 or email

Free Start and Grow Enterprise Expo – Friday 18th November

Whether you want to start a business, expand a business, get new ideas, find out what supports are available to you or review alternative and pioneering ways to achieve performance excellence within your business, then the Start and Grow Enterprise Expo taking place in Tullamore on Friday 18th November is not to be missed.

With an exciting line-up of top speakers including Denis O’Brien and 35 exhibitors, 1-to-1 mentoring opportunities, networking and an abundance of information on enterprise, it’s the perfect opportunity to get informed and get inspired to start, grow and profit from a business. Register at

Offaly Craft Shop Pops Up For Christmas

Preparations are well underway for an Offaly Crafty Pop-Up Shop in Tullamore. A pop-up shop is a temporary shop and this one will be open in Patrick Street, Tullamore for 6 weeks before Christmas, selling artisan craft and food products – all handmade in Offaly.

A first for Offaly, the craft pop-up shop will give a unique opportunity for local crafts’ people to sell their products in the County town. Customers will be able to see firsthand the quality and diversity of local craft and have an opportunity to buy locally made products. Furthermore, by occupying a vacant retail premises, the pop-up shop will give a much needed boost to the main shopping area in the town and should attract visitors to the town.

2011 is the Year of the Craft and this initiative has been made possible by contributions, support and funding from The Craft Council of Ireland, Offaly County Enterprise Board, Offaly Local Development Company, Offaly County Council, Tullamore Chamber of Commerce and the Offaly Crafty Association.

The Offaly Crafty Pop Up Shop – could be the ideal place for getting Christmas gifts for loved ones living at home and abroad.

DesignHub Exhibition – Design for Business, Mon 1st November

All aspiring entrepreneurs and business owners are encouraged to come to this FREE informative and inspirational exhibition. View innovative projects by some of the brightest minds in Ireland and speak to designers about how you can utilise their skills to improve business.

The exhibition showcases design projects from various designers in Ireland. The aim of the exhibition is to promote design as a problem solving utility for businesses and to encourage innovation in the Irish industry.

Speakers to include: Gerald Cleary of GLENISK ORGANICS. Monday 1st November, 5.00p.m – 8.00p.m. Enjoy the evening with light refreshments. Best of design award presented on the night. Exhibition continues until November 4th, ÁRAS AN CHONTAE, Charleville Road, Tullamore, T: 057 9357464/57465, E:

The Elevator Pitch Explained

With all the seminars and events taking place during November, it’s a good idea to prepare your elevator pitch. The elevator pitch is used in networking. It means how you describe yourself if meeting a potential client during a networking opportunity e.g. seminars, conferences, training courses etc. It’s called the Elevator Pitch as if you were to meet a potentially important contact for the first time in an elevator and he/she asks you: “What do you do?” You have no more than 20 seconds – perhaps just 10-15 seconds – between floors to explain and to make such an impressive impact that the person asks for your contact details.

If you talk too much, the listener will become bored, or think you are rude or too self-centred. Be concise. For more information on what to include check out

RTÉ’s Dragons’ Den Seeks Entrepreneurs

‘One idea, one pitch, one deal away from the dream’ – Do you have a killer idea, an amazing invention or a new ‘must have’ product ready for investment? Do you have the powers of persuasion needed to part the Dragons from their cash?

If so then apply online now at: Applicants must be available for filming dates in January 2012. DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS: 25 NOVEMBER 2011

BNI Tullamore Business Startup Competition

The Tullamore chapter of BNI have been in touch to let us know they have launched their new website in conjunction with a competition they are running for business startups (there is over €10,000 in prizes to be won by the lucky startup). Check out their website for more info. and to enter.

Payment of Tax by Credit Card

A facility to pay tax to Revenue by credit card is now available [limited to VISA and Mastercard]. Arrangements to pay by credit card can only be made, for the moment, by telephone. Revenue’s dedicated payment by credit card telephone service is available Monday to Friday 9:00-17:00 hours on 1890 27 37 47 (international customers +353 1 828 8045)

A person wishing to pay by credit card must pay a transaction charge, purely related to third party fees incurred by Revenue, in the provision of this service, of 1.69% of the value of the payment.

Free KPMG Seminar: R&D Tax Credit, 2 Nov, 8.45 am, Birr

This free event, hosted by KPMG, will be held in Birr Technology Centre on Wednesday 2nd November at 8.45 am.

There will be a brief information seminar followed by a walk-in clinic, during which companies can avail of a free one-to-one consultation with a KPMG R&D tax credit expert to discuss an existing or potential R&D tax credit claim. Companies can register their attendance by email ( or phone (Emily McElroy, KPMG – 01 410 2506).

National Women’s Enterprise Day 16th/17th November, Portlaoise

National Women’s Enterprise Day takes place at the Heritage Hotel in Portlaoise and tickets cost €100, which are available through However, Offaly County Enterprise Board is offering to cover the ticket cost for the first 10 Offaly businesswomen who contact them to avail of this offer. The fee includes a half-day conference on November 16th with refreshments, in addition to the full day conference and lunch on November 17th. Updates are available on the National Women’s Enterprise Day Facebook and Twitter pages, using Twitter tag #NWED.

Entrepreneur, author and rower, Debra Searle, MBE, is one of the keynote speakers at the conference, along with food entrepreneur and founder of Itsa Bagel, Domini Kemp. The Minister of State for Social Protection, Joan Burton, T.D., will officially open the conference the evening before and the success stories of eight emerging and established female entrepreneurs will also be highlighted.

Offaly CEB Tender for Training Services in 2012

Offaly County Enterprise Board is currently planning its training schedule for 2012 and is now inviting tenders for the delivery of courses next year. The schedule of planned courses, and the tender specification is available on

The closing date for receipt of proposals is 4 pm Thursday 17th November 2011.

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