‘Boot Camp’ on starting your own business

Are you thinking of setting up your own business but don’t know where to start? Are you looking for advice and need some guidance and direction? Do you know what kinds of support are available?

Are you thinking of setting up your own business but don’t know where to start? Are you looking for advice and need some guidance and direction? Do you know what kinds of support are available?

A free Start-up Boot Camp hosted by the Kilkenny County Enterprise Board on October 16 in the Ormonde Hotel as part of European SME Week 2012 is promising to provide some answers.

This collaborative event involves agencies that have a remit for enterprise development and is aimed at encouraging potential entrepreneurs about the supports that are available to in relation to setting up their own business.

More and more people are now looking at the option of self-employment due to the current economic climate. For some people, it is an opportunity to explore a business idea that they had in the back of their minds for some time but never pursued owing to the lack of time or perhaps the comfort of the relatively “secure income” they may have enjoyed in employment.

If you have a strong desire to be your own boss and to transform your idea into a real product or service, then self-employment is an option for you. It is important to gain the knowledge and the confidence required to set up a new business.

At this event, representatives from various organisations with a remit for enterprise development will be in attendance. These include the Kilkenny County Enterprise Board – the first port of call for anyone considering setting up in business; Kilkenny Leader Partnership, which supports rural-based enterprises, particularly in the renewable energy, food and tourism-related sectors; Enterprise Ireland, which is responsible for the development and growth of export sales for Irish businesses; and the South East Business and Innovation Centre, which supports innovative businesses through tailored business consultancy services.

Are you aware of the ‘Back to Work Enterprise Allowance’ and ‘Short-term Enterprise Allowance’ available to people who are currently unemployed but considering setting up their own business? The Jobs Facilitator from the local welfare office will be present to give information about these schemes.

The Patents Office will be on hand to provide advice about protecting your ideas through various mechanisms such as patents, designs, trademarks and copyrighting. In terms of registering the business, a representative from the local revenue office will be present to provide information and advice.

Representatives from banking institutions Allied Irish Bank, Bank of Ireland, Ulster Bank and St Canice’s Credit Union will also be in attendance.

To register for this free event, which will start at 9.30am on October 16, book online at www.kceb.ie, contact 056 7752662 or email enquiries@kceb.ie.