This week Wigworld were delighted to be exhibiting in Dungarvan at the third ‘Spark a Thought’ creative workshop as part of the Waterford area Partnership (WAP) initiative , to get people thinking about starting their own business, ways to turn a hobby or a passion into a self-employment opportunity.
WAP believes that the best way of understanding what it means to embark on the path of self-employment is to hear it from someone who has made that journey.
The event took part in the Park Hotel in Dungarvan with over 13 different types of business owners exhibiting on the day . There was quite a diverse range of business from music producer, hawkeye falconry, crafts, caking makers, pet training and lots more. We were delighted to take part and talk about our business and how it came to fruition and showcase what we do.
There was also a wide range of service providers , mentors from WAP and staff from the Department of Social Welfare giving advice and information on the support’s and schemes that are available to people considering starting their own business.
For further information contact Waterford Area Partnership on 051-841740
Today I attended Bizfest 2015 hosted by the Carlow , Tipperary & Kilkenny County Councils – Local Enterprise Offices in association Bank of Ireland , Netwatch , Connect Ireland & Carlow Chamber which was held in the Woodford Dolmen Hotel , Kilkenny Road , Carlow.
Bizfest was born out of the desire to connect business people together to assist in developing a business. It is a business networking event featuring a panel of unique business people who have experience on the local, national and international stage. Bizfest has 3 elements, the first element is the exhibition area which introduces you to products and services which may benefit your business, the second is the panel event which gives you the opportunity to hear from the industry experts about how to energize your business. The third is networking over lunch.
I arrived at the hotel around 11.45 am and registered the room was hoping ,there was over 30 exhibition stands and lots of people engaging and an networking already. Over 300 business entrepreneurs form across Ireland where in attendance. There was a great buzz in the air. At 12.30 the panel event got under way. Richard Curran of Dragons Den was the host and firstly he outlined the achievements, challenges and opportunities of the companies assembled on the panel . The panel consists of some great entrepreneurs Michael Dawson – Founder of the Gift Voucher Shop / One for All , Mags Kirwan of Goatsbridge Trout Farm, Conor Mulhall of the Little Milk Company, Linda Nolan MD of Mybio winner of the National Enterprise Awards 2015. , Terry Clune of Taxback.com and David Walsh of Netwatch. Some inspirational words and stories from an open and honest panel. Fantastic to see how some of the panel where now on the international stage.
On then to a beautiful meal were more networking was done. It was lovely to meet up with old friends and to make new connections. Bizfest 2015 didn’t fail to deliver , well done to all involved on another great event. I look forward to next year. I drove home to Waterford feeling motivated, inspired and on a little bit of a high :))
For further information on upcoming events contact LEO Carlow