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WE’RE all about promoting local business and that’s why The Clare Echo is heading to Killaloe next month to meet female entrepreneurs from across the county.

Local Enterprise Office Clare will co-host a networking event for local female entrepreneurs in Killaloe as part of National Women’s Enterprise Day (NWED) 2017, an event for aspiring female entrepreneurs and female-led businesses across the region at the Lakeside Hotel, Killaloe on October 12.

And a four-strong all-female all-star team from The Clare Echo will be present to highlight women in business in Clare, so if you see us come over and say hello.

Special guests include Lady Chanelle McCoy – Medical & Dragons Den, Catherine Duffy – GM Northern Trust, Celia Holman Lee – The Holman Lee Agency, Órlaith Borthwick – Economist ‘Mid West Action Plan for Jobs’. The programme also includes networking and a panel discussion with local female entrepreneurs.

Padraic McElwee with Local Enterprise Office Clare, said, “2017 will be the biggest National Women’s Enterprise Day yet with 15 events taking place all over the country to help open more doors to new markets for Ireland’s female entrepreneurs. Through financial assistance, microfinance loans, mentoring, training and networking, the LEOs support thousands of female entrepreneurs every year and we want to celebrate their inspiring success stories across the country on 12 October.”

Chanelle McCoy will be a guest speaker in Killaloe

He continued, “Our event for local entrepreneurs here in Clare promises to be an uplifting day, with lots of advice, insights and information for female entrepreneurs and those planning to start a business. Places are limited though, so we’re advising everyone to book early.”

This year’s Ambassadors include Mary-Ann O’ Brien of Lily O’ Brien’s Chocolates; Ireland’s Best Young Entrepreneur, Ciara Clancy of Beats Medical; Lady Chanelle McCoy of Chanelle Medical; Fashion Designer Heidi Higgins, Sammy Leslie of Castle Leslie Estate, Dr. Xuemei Germaine of MicroGen; and Fionnuala Ardee of Kilruddery Estate Enterprises.

Other entrepreneurial speakers sharing their success stories at National Women’s Enterprise Day events will include Caroline Keeling of Keelings; Ramona Nicholas of Cara Pharmacy Group; Róisin Hogan of HIRO by Róisin; Sonya Lennon of Courtney Lennon;  Niamh Sherwin Barry of Irish Fairy Door Company; Margaret O’Connor of Quigleys Bakery; and Deirdre McGlone of Harvey’s Point Hotel.

Tickets for National Women’s Enterprise Day events can be booked from the Local Enterprise Offices through and further details are available from @NWED on Twitter and @NWEDIreland on Facebook.

Elaine has been a member of staff with The Clare Echo since its foundation in October 2017. The paper's first Chief Reporter, the Kilrush woman is now working as a sub-editor in our busy newsroom. In 2015, she graduated from the University of Limerick with a Masters in Journalism. Elaine briefly worked with the RTE Investigations Unit on the Standards in Public Office investigation before returning to Clare to continue her career as a reporter with the Clare People where she spent nine months as the West Clare correspondent and also covered the 2016 General Election and 2016 Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann.

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