Your Business Day 2011The Science Gallery on Pearse Street is becoming an enterprise hub for the day on December 9th as plans for 'Your Business Day 2011' were announced for the capital. A day-long programme of free business seminars, business mentoring clinics and exhibition displays in addition to expert advice and information is on offer at the Science Gallery on Pearse Street that day, from 9am to 5pm.

The enterprise initiative, which is the brain-child of Dublin City Enterprise Board, is aimed at anyone thinking of setting up a business in Dublin City, those already running their own business and anyone considering a move from unemployment into self-employment.

Billed as one of the biggest free enterprise events in the capital this year, organisers are inviting aspiring entrepreneurs, up-and-coming entrepreneurs and established entrepreneurs from the capital to avail of the enterprise supports on offer that day.

The project is supported by Ulster Bank and the Science Gallery and the seminars are themed around important issues for small businesses, such as: social media, exporting, how to grow a web-based business, tourism and recreation, product and service innovation as well as sources of business funding.

Enterprise Ireland, Plato, The Small Firms Association, New Communities Partnership and the Companies Registration Office are just a handful of the organisations exhibiting at 'Your Business Day,' which is now in its second year.

Greg SwiftSeventeen speakers from  successful small businesses have signed up to take part in the seminar programme and over half of the mentor appointments have already been booked up, according to Greg Swift, CEO of the Dublin City Enterprise Board.

He said: "Last year, we welcomed just over 250 entrepreneurs and aspiring entrepreneurs to the event and already, we're on course to double those numbers at this year's event."

Potential entrepreneurs from Ireland's 'new communities' are also being strongly encouraged to attend. "Research from the Global Entrepreneurship Monitor shows that those born outside of Ireland tend to have a higher rate of early stage entrepreneurial activity than those born in Ireland.

We're very keen to encourage as many people as possible, across all nationalities who are living or working in the city, to take part in 'Your Business Day,' this year "added Swift.


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