Small Business

Colin Powell on How to Be a Successful Leader

Colin Powel

Military leader Colin Powell rose from humble beginnings in New York City’s impoverished South Bronx. Raised by immigrant Jamaican parents, he went to public schools and attended City College of New York (CCNY), where he joined the Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC). There he began a military career that ultimately led to his appointment as chainnan of the Joint Chiefs of Staff under mo presidents, George H.W Bush and Bill Clinton. Of course, he became secretary of state. Whether you are a corporate manager, a small-business owner or a PTA president, the “Powell Principles” can help you to achieve excellence. State Your Mission in a Few Words In the military,…

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Top 20 Best Small Business Ideas for 2017

Top 20 Best Small Business Ideas for 2017

The Best Small Business Ideas One of the biggest mistakes most entrepreneurs make is to spend more than they need to on unnecessary costs including technology and equipment. Remember that your business is SMALL and focus on building a profit first, and then look to scale, expand, and automate. Bonus: Price Comparison Search – If you are tech savvy and have access to some seed money, consumers are wanting a price comparison search engine. One that compares prices from the Disney Store, Wal-mart, Sony, eBay, Amazon, and Best Buy. The Top 20 Business Ideas List 1 – Yoga Center. These are hot right now and springing up in neighborhoods everywhere. You are helping…

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Research Reveals Benefits of Junior Entrepreneurship Programme

A survey of 330 national schools has revealed that 87pc of its teachers saw an increase in confidence in children participating in the Junior Entrepreneurship Programme (JEP), with a further 66pc stating that taking part in the programme improved communication skills and the ability to work as a team. Life skills such as decision making, presentation skills, and teamwork were identified as crucial benefits to primary school children going through the JEP. Led by serial entrepreneur Jerry Kennelly, the JEP was rolled out to more than 10,000 primary school children in Ireland and Northern Ireland last year, and this year the numbers signing up for JEP are expected to increase…

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Ireland – a future global start-up hub

Joanna Murphy, chief operating officer of ConnectIreland

Joanna Murphy, chief operating officer of ConnectIreland, explores Ireland’s potential as a hub for foreign SMEs in light of the recent interest from French companies in particular. Ireland is well recognised as one of the top locations for global multinationals to establish their business, and in recent years it has been branded by many as the Silicon Valley of Europe, with ten of the top ‘Born on the Internet’ companies including Google, Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn all present in this country. SMEs on the other hand often get overlooked when facts and figures are compiled regarding Ireland’s current business landscape. However, the trend for smaller entities looking to Ireland as…

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Sam McCauley Chemists relocates to bigger premises on High St in Kilkenny

Sam McCauley Chemists is to take over Sherwood’s Electrical store this summer. The pharmacy chain said it has invested heavily in the new expansion and it will bring the total number employed by the company in Kilkenny to 25. “We are delighted to be relocating to a bigger premises on High St,” said managing director Patrick McCormack. “We will be making an investment of over €500,000 in the new premises and increasing the number employed to 25. This is a huge vote of confidence in Kilkenny City and our many loyal customers.” The group said it now has 28 stores nationwide and an online store www.sammccauley.com with further new openings and…

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Seventeenth Maxi Zoo store in Ireland opens in Kildare

Pet retailer Maxi Zoo has opened its seventeenth store in Ireland, in Newbridge Retail Park, Co Kildare, which will create 15 jobs. Maxi Zoo is part of the Fressnapf Group which is Europe’s largest pet retailer with over 1,295 stores across the region. The new 8,000 sq ft store in Newbridge is owned and operated by Cork couple Tony and Alice Cross. Maxi Zoo opened its first Irish store in Ballincollig, Co Cork in 2006 and plans to open a further 15 new stores across the country over the next five years, creating up to 150 new jobs. With all staff trained to be ‘pet experts’, Maxi Zoo invites people…

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IT Carlow graduate wins top three awards at Universal Design Grand Challenge

Jack Gregan with his winning design for a therapeutic horse riding aid

A product design graduate of Institute of Technology (IT) Carlow, Jack Gregan, has won the top three awards at the Universal Design Grand Challenge (UDGC) student awards for his design for a therapeutic aid that can be used in equine therapy for children with autism. Currently an intern with Carlow IT’s DesignCore design research centre, Gregan won the UDGC People’s Choice Award, the UDGC Judges’ Choice Award and the Enterprise Ireland Universal Design Commercialisation Award for his ‘Go Therapeutic’ horse riding aid. His project is an alternative to a saddle, ensuring the stability of the rider while enhancing all the benefits of equine therapy. The solution is proving to work…

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Delphi Adventure Resort to manage Aasleagh Lodge and Erriff Fishery in Connemara in five-year deal

Delphi Adventure Resort has won a contract to manage Aasleagh Lodge and Erriff Fishery in Connemara for the next five years. On the River Erriff just outside Leenane, Aasleagh Lodge is a restored 19th century Victorian country house, set in 36 acres of mature woodlands with views over Killary Harbour, with nine bedrooms, two self catering apartments and access to wild Atlantic salmon fishing on the river nearby in Erriff Fishery. The Erriff Fishery includes the Erriff River and the two lakes of Tawnyard and Derrintin. Previously part of the estate of the Marquis of Sligo, Aasleagh Lodge and Erriff Fishery was managed by Inland Fisheries Ireland until recently. “This…

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Trafficattic.com now hosting 130 local businesses

An online business focused on allowing people to shop local online called Trafficattic.com set up in Co Mayo in 2014 now hosts 130 businesses and is selling throughout Ireland and worldwide. Husband and wife team Brendan and Sophia McHugh founded the business, which provides users with access to over 15,000 products on offer from Irish shops and businesses ranging from gifts, to cosmetics to garden furniture. “Trafficattic.com supports Irish businesses by providing them with an easy to use, low-cost platform to sell their products online. It takes the fear and stress away for small businesses,” said Brendan McHugh. “We help businesses to bring their products and services to a wider…

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37 West owner opening new restaurant venture in Galway City – 56 Central

Owner of restaurant 37 West in Newcastle, Co Galway Gill Carroll is starting a new venture in Galway city – she is re-launching Lynch’s Café on Shop Street it as 56 Central once it is revamped. Lynch’s Café has been in existence for 20 years and it will re-open as 56 Central on 19 May. Carroll previously worked there for two years. She said: “I knew then I always wanted to return and put my stamp on this restaurant. 37 West is open two years now and is firmly fixed on people’s radar, for bringing healthy and ‘sexy’ food to the table and will continue to do so. “56 Central…

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