By Suzanne Pender
CO CARLOW has a new women-in-business network named Powerhouse, which is co-ordinated by the team in the county council’s Local Enterprise Office.
Powerhouse – Carlow Businesswomen’s Network begins with an online event titled ‘Women who lead and succeed – strike a harmony between work and life’ on Friday 25 June.
Guest speakers for the event are well-known female entrepreneurs Moira Dunne, co-founder of Beproductive.ie, Ciara Troy of award-winning Oisshi Foods and local champion Helen Whelan of the vibrant and innovative Thrive Café in Tullow.
“Through the Local Enterprise Office we are keen to support and develop key businesses that form the fabric of Carlow’s local economy,” said Kathleen Holohan, chief executive of Carlow County Council.
“Many of those businesses are led by female entrepreneurs who work across every conceivable sector.”
Ms Holohan said that with Powerhouse the council has the opportunity to provide a platform for people to “network, gain knowledge and ultimately do business.
“Local businesses working strongly together will be key as we move through 2021,” she added.
Welcoming the project, cllr Tom O’Neill, cathaoirleach of Carlow County Council, said the Powerhouse events are about harnessing ideas, innovation, creativity and learning from each other.
“It’s also about looking at your business and asking if there is a better way to do things, is there a new opportunity or market to explore?” he said.
“I encourage all women considering setting up their own business to contact their Local Enterprise Office to see how they can help you and be part of Powerhouse, which will provide a supportive network which can make this happen for businesswomen in Co Carlow.”
Gabrielle Carroll, business adviser with Carlow Local Enterprise Office, stated that the network series consists of monthly online sessions with experienced guest speakers from across the country on different business topics.
“These are common to every business and looking at how people approach them differently to you is where the learning and development comes,” she said.
“Powerhouse events will look at key business aspects such as managing, finance, marketing, sales, and will also offer a platform for engagement and networking,” added Gabrielle.
The programme will link in with National Women’s Enterprise Day in October, which is now entering its 15th year.
Co-ordinating the series is Jane Manzor of Manzor Marketing, who has previously supported business networking events for women.
The first session of the Women in Business Series kicks off on the morning of Friday 25 June.
Please register online at https://www.localenterprise.ie/Carlow/ or call 059 9129783.