Orla Martin, chairperson of NWED organising committee. Picture: NWED

As we get nearer to this yr’s Nationwide Girls’s Enterprise Day, chair Orla Martin explains why it’s an excellent alternative for girl entrepreneurs.

Nationwide Girls’s Enterprise Day (NWED) is going down on 14 October this yr. In step with Authorities restrictions and public well being recommendation, 2020’s occasions will likely be on-line.
They embrace networking occasions and classes on embracing change, self-care and management improvement from greater than 20 audio system, reminiscent of LIFT Eire’s Joanne Hession, Develop Distant’s Tracy Keogh and Pestle & Mortar’s Sonia Deasy.
The programme will likely be led by MC Áine Kerr of Kinzen and can end up with a ‘market’ occasion. Right here, attendees will get the possibility to advertise their services in a facilitated discussion board.
To study extra about NWED, we spoke to chair of its organising committee and head of enterprise with Native Enterprise Workplace in Offaly, Orla Martin. Explaining the aim of the annual occasion, Martin mentioned: “Because the very first Nationwide Girls’s Enterprise Day occurred 14 years in the past, the purpose is at all times to advertise, develop and assist feminine entrepreneurship in Eire and to showcase all of the helps which are obtainable.”
Usually, such occasions are vital for numerous causes. Martin says having a devoted day for ladies in enterprise creates “a big effect nationally”.
“It shines a lightweight on a few of Eire’s main feminine entrepreneurs and rising stars and it celebrates the varied vary of companies run by ladies of all ages in Eire,” she provides.
It additionally provides ladies in enterprise and people aspiring to arrange their very own enterprise entry to position fashions and discussion board the place they will study from the experiences of others. Virtually, it units out the totally different helps obtainable for girl entrepreneurs, she explains, from Native Enterprise Workplaces, Enterprise Eire, Microfinance Eire and others.
NWED 2020: ‘Stronger collectively’
The theme for this yr’s NWED is ‘stronger collectively’. “Inside that, the massive themes this yr are resilience, self-care, innovation and alternative,” Martin says.
“The themes of resilience and self-care acknowledge the challenges of establishing and operating a enterprise, particularly in the midst of a worldwide pandemic.
“We additionally need to present how small modifications could make huge impacts, how we will study from one another, how small companies can domesticate innovation and the way worldwide markets can provide new alternatives.”
Martin is worked up in regards to the “sheer scale of this yr’s occasion”. She believes the programme is “inspiring, well timed and related”.
“We’ll be highlighting many extra feminine entrepreneurs from across the nation within the lead-up to 14 October, reminiscent of Derya Sousa of Kianda Applied sciences, Dr Anita Finnegan of Nova Leah, Clare Hughes of CF Pharma and Susan O’Flaherty of Retrokit,” she says.
“Now we have on-line networking and market boards and numerous highlight classes that will likely be recorded and accessible on demand after the occasion. We even have numerous spot prizes to be received. These are services from small companies across the nation, sponsored by the Native Enterprise Workplaces.”

To have fun Nationwide Girls’s Enterprise Day we’ve a tremendous speaker line-up with numerous entrepreneurial recommendation and perception.
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Attending is an ‘funding’
Should you’re on the fence about attending, Martin says to view it as an “funding”. For girls taking part in NWED, she explains, it’s an “funding in themselves and their enterprise”, in addition to an “alternative to community and promote their services”.
“So be impressed, be inspired and learn in regards to the wide selection of enterprise helps obtainable,” she provides. “And do not forget that we’re stronger collectively.”
All NWED occasions are free to attend. These interested by collaborating can pre-register right here.