LOCAL Enterprise Office Wicklow will run a start your own business course which begins at the end of the month and consists of a ten-week programme.
The objective of the start your own business programme is to assist participants in assessing the viability of business ideas and in understanding the essential elements required to start up and run their own businesses.
Participants will be provided with what is required of an individual to start their own business and get to know the process of idea generation and how to assess an idea for profitability and success. You will learn how to research and assess new business ideas particularly using on-line tools which are quicker, less costly and often more effective.
Participants will also learn how to market and sell and how to understand the concepts of business finances and the importance of cashflow management. You will gain information on possible sources of funding and learn about the legal aspects of business formation, including health and safety and insurance considerations.
Participants will get to evaluate their own ‘Elevator Pitch’ business idea or concept. They will also learn how to prepare and assess a business plan and provided with an understanding of the importance of technology in gaining competitive advantage, including E-Commerce, social media etc.
In each session, the concept of innovation is referred to. Participants will be encouraged that they do not have to reinvent their product or service, but perhaps take an alternative approach to their business model. Developing new operational techniques to improve efficiencies in a long-established industry, for example. Networking amongst participants and implementation of the Business Plan will also be encouraged and facilitated through in-workshop group activities, emails from The Entrepreneur Academy team and through Moodle (online classroom that will be set up for them).
The course is limited to 15 people and runs from Tuesday, August 30th to Tuesday, November 1st, from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. nightly, costing €50.
You can book and pay online at: www.localenterprise.ie/wicklow.