Dun-Laoghaire Rathdown will be in the business spotlight on September 20th as part of a major drive to highlight and encourage enterprise success, targeting the small business community in particular.'Fly Higher: Celebrating & Inspiring Enterprise' is a free event which is being organised by the Dún Laoghaire- Rathdown County Enterprise Board to recognise, celebrate and inspire small business owners and managers.
The line-up for the evening includes Niall O' Farrell from Dragons' Den, Susan Spence from SoftCo and internationally acclaimed motivational speaker, Kevin Kelly. Visitors to the event, which takes place at the Royal Marine Hotel in Dún Laoghaire, can also avail of free mentoring clinics and informal networking. Another expected highlight is the presentation of the County Enterprise Awards for 2011, chaired by business broadcaster Conall O' Móráin.
"Ireland is an entrepreneurial country and the Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown region is one of the biggest hubs of entrepreneurial activity, home to a large number of highly innovative enterprises and successful entrepreneurs," according to Michael Johnson, CEO of Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Enterprise Board.
He added "This initiative on September 20th is an ideal showcase for the county: highlighting small business success stories through the County Enterprise Awards; debating solutions to business issues of local and national importance at the panel discussion; motivating business owners through the contributions of guest speakers and providing one-to-one guidance as part of the mentoring service." Five awards are due to be presented on September 20th, including 'Most Promising Start-Up,' 'Business Growth,' 'Female Entrepreneur,' 'Best Networker' and 'Overall Winner.' The Irish men's clothing label, Counter Propaganda, took the main prize last year.