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DES is an enterprise led training body set up to provide training to start up enterprises, family run businesses as well as SMEs in the manufacturing and hospitality sectors in the Border , midlands and West of Ireland. Skillnets is an enterprise-led support body dedicated to the promotion and facilitation of learning as a key element in sustaining Ireland’s national competitiveness. Skillnets is funded from the National Training Fund.
Since 1999, Learning Networks have supported the activities of over 50,000 companies and 240,000 trainees. These networks encompass a wide variety of sectors and regions in Ireland, with a particular focus on the needs of small and micro-enterprises

About Stateside Solutions
Stateside Solutions, with offices in both Galway city and Park Ave, New York,  has developed a step by step, cost saving program to provide you with the services you need to successfully enter or scale-up in the U.S.  Having worked in the U.S. for over 15 years they understand the landscape as well as the challenges and our program was developed to eliminate the guesswork.  In a country as vast as the U.S., if you do not thoroughly research the professionals you use to establish your U.S. presence, you are putting your US expansion and budget at risk.

The Stateside Starter Program will save you time and money, by interviewing and referencing all service providers – they not only ensure their expertise in your specific sector – they also negotiate discounts to ensure cost effectiveness, and most importantly they support you throughout the entire process.

About WIN – West of Ireland Networking
To date there has been a lack of support, training and services for the ‘unexpected unemployed’ or the ‘new unemployed’ in Ireland and WIN has successfully filled this gap. WIN recognises that if these skills are lost to Ireland, they could be gone forever. WIN is the necessary vehicle to ensure that these skills are retained and enhanced and used to drive and grow our economy. With the help and financial support of St Vincent de Paul and the Galway County and City Enterprise Board, WIN has been able to grow and carry on this work. The ethos is that through communication, training, mentoring and networking, we will help and encourage our participants to create employment and business opportunities for themselves and others.

About Sean Gallagher
Sean Gallagher is a speaker and entrepreneur who is also known as an investor on RTE’s Dragon’s Den.  He is founder and former CEO of Ireland’s largest home technology company, Smarthomes.
As an entrepreneur Sean understands the challenges of setting up and growing a successful business in Ireland and was a finalist in the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year 2006.
Sean is a passionate supporter and campaigner for entrepreneurs and small business owners.  He believes that they will play a crucial role in the revival of Ireland’s economy and the creation of much needed employment. Sean spends much of his time mentoring and advising aspiring or early stage entrepreneurs.  He has spoken to hundreds of groups and is also a regular contributor in the media and at seminars and conferences on business and entrepreneurship. Sean is currently seeking support for a nomination to contest the Presidential campaign as an Independent candidate.