Dublin City CouncilDublin City Libraries in association with Dublin City Enterprise Board are pleased to announce a series of business lectures aimed at those contemplating self employment.  The 2011 theme is “Innovation for Start-ups” The lectures will include novel ways to overcome some of the challenges of starting a business in these difficult times.

For the first time a lecture element on Ethnic Entrepreneurship to cater for  the City’s diverse population is also being included..

Dublin City Public Libraries in Association with the Dublin City Enterprise Board.

Date:                    21st April to 26th May
Time:                    6.30-8pm
Price:                    Free of charge. Booking necessary
Location:               Business Information Centre, Central Library
Address:               Central Library, Ilac Shopping Centre, Henry St., Dublin 1
Audience:             Adults

Programme of lectures

'An Introduction to Self Employment' with Brendan Moran - Thursday 21st April, 6.30-8pm
Discussing - Am I suitable for self employment? Characteristics and Traits of the Entrepreneur.

'Ideas Generation and Market Research' with Brendan Moran - Thursday 28th April, 6.30-8pm
Discussing - Where do I get business ideas? When do ideas make business?

'Ethnic Entrepreneurship' with Peter Smyth -  Thursday 5th May, 6.30-8pm.
Discussing - What supports exist for potential entrepreneurs across a targeted group of minorities?

'Marketing on a Shoestring' with Siobhán Walsh, DCEB Business Mentor - Thursday 12th May, 6.30-8pm.
Discussing marketing with innovation and direction of purpose. 

'Financing your business' - Thursday 19th May, 6.30-8pm .
"What can you expect from banks" with Brian Hunt
"Small Loans to Small Business" with Lorna Coleman

'Business Planning Structure' with Brendan Moran - Thursday 26th May, 6.30-8pm.
Discussing the key elements for a winning Business Plan.

Admission is free, booking is essential. For further details please contact the Business Information Centre on 01 8733996 or email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Speakers Biographies

Lorna Coleman MA, has worked with First-Step Microfinance since 2004. First-Step provides interest bearing loans of up to €25,000 over a 3 year period to help job creation. Funding is targeted at people who want to start a small business and entrepreneurs who have difficulty securing finance from traditional banking sources. Lorna has managerial responsibility of all projects and communications at First-Step . She also co-ordinates training interventions offered by First-Step through FAS, Community Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs and EU funded programmes.

Brian Hunt, is a career banker and has worked in the industry for three decades. Promoted through the ranks of Ulster Bank, Brian has worked at junior levels in branches in Dublin and around the country, as well as serving in the banks’ Credit teams and in Lombard, its Leasing arm. Over the past ten years, Brian has been Manager of Camden Street Branch,  Senior Manager of College Green Business Centre and Head of North City Business Centre. Brian is a recent appointee as Director, Business Banking for Central Dublin.

Brendan Moran, BA Hons., has a background in project operations management He has been self employed as a  Management and Training Consultant since 1994. He has designed, developed and delivered many training courses specifically for those operating in small business.
Brendan is a member of the Mentor Panel of several Enterprise Boards and has he has carried out many ‘hands-on’ reviews of small businesses. He assists clients in assessing the various stages of their businesses and advises and develops strategies-for-growth with them.
As a member of the Associate Faculty Business School, in the National College of Ireland Brendan lectures in Management.

Peter Smyth, MBA, is the Acting Director of the Institute of Minority Entrepreneurship (IME) DIT. Peter has taken over operational responsibility for the IME as the Institute expands its original programme of a support for existing and potential entrepreneurs across a targeted group of minorities. It now provides more direct support to existing and potential entrepreneurs in these communities.
With 30 years experience in industry and consulting, Peter brings a range of functional and business skills across a number of industries and sectors including the Health Sector, Financial Services, Chemicals and Consumer Goods. Peter has significant experience in developing and implementing policies and processes with supporting organisation structures in a range of sectors.

Siobhan Walsh, MBA, is a Business Consultant with particular emphasis on Marketing. She works independently for a range of clients from blue chip international companies to sole trader start-ups.
Before becoming an independent consultant she worked full-time in the fast moving consumer goods industry, (FMCG) formerly as a brand manager and laterally as a marketing manager. She has worked for international companies such as Nokia and Pfizer.
Siobhan holds a Higher Diploma in Marketing from the College of Marketing, a Diploma in Business Coaching Practice from ILI and an MBA from UCD.


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