Women's network looks for more rural members

Published 04/09/2013 | 05:36

Kerry Businesswomen’s Network members Susie Miller, Juliana Murphy, Jean Quille, Ciara O'Donnell, Liz Maher, Anne O'Donnell, Eileen McClure and Sandra Hunter Ferris.

TWO Tralee businesswomen have taken over as co-ordinators on the Kerry Businesswomen's Network.

TWO Tralee businesswomen have taken over as co-ordinators on the Kerry Businesswomen's Network.

Solicitor and Law Lecturer, Miriam McGillycuddy and director of solar energy company, PowerOn, Liz Maher have taken the helm, after the founder of the organisation Anne Kiely stepped down after seven years.

Liz and Miriam hope to expand the network further into rural areas of Kerry and have restructured the organisation to enable more rural businesses to participate.

As part of the network's rural expansion it will hold a number of networking lunches and workshops across Kerry throughout the year. Networking events are already planned for, Sneem, Killorglin, Kenmare, Killarney, Listowel, Dingle and Tralee.

Liz Maher and Miriam McGillycuddy say that the new structure will help to broaden the existing network, reduce travel costs for members and make workshops more accessible to those in rural areas.

In addition, it will provide more opportunities for members to engage with each other at various locations throughout the county.

Liz Maher said that the aim of the organisation was to create a countywide network framework to help Kerry's many women in business make new connections and exchange resources.

"We hope our strategy will help keep business within the Kerry region and provide more long term economic stability for the county. Motivating business can only have a positive effect so it's time to stimulate some positive growth in Kerry and what better way to start, then by supporting each other," she said.

The new look network will hold its first major event on September 18 at the Carlton hotel in conjunction with the Kerry County Enterprise Board's Business week.

The Business Showcase at the Carlton will see members of KBN and a number of other female orientated businesses owners showcase their business to the general public. Businesses all over Kerry will participate and the aim of the event is to demonstrate the diversity of skills available to Kerry businesses today.

The event will run in conjunction with "Business Week" organised by Kerry County Enterprise Board. Admission is free and the event will be open to the public between 7pm and 10pm.

Membership fees for the KBN are €50 per year. The membership includes access to networking lunches throughout Kerry. Seminars, workshops and highly subsidised training programmes in a number of locations. Discounts from other members and group rates to various organised events throughout the year.


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