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SECAD Noticeboard Week 2 November 2012

SECAD Noticeboard Week 2 November 2012

Official Launch!

THE Official launch of SECAD’s new training and mentoring centre happens tomorrow, where Minister Simon Coveney will cut the ribbon to open South and East Cork’s newest state of the art facility.

There will be state of art IT training room, mentoring room and various other training rooms at the SECAD offices in the Midleton Community Enterprise Centre.

The integration of the new facilities into the existing SECAD building has taken just eight months to complete and will now be an invaluable addition to the Local Development Company who strive to be at the very heart of the South and East Cork enterprise, training and development sector.

Chief Executive Officer of SECAD Ryan Howard said “  We welcome the expansion of our training and mentoring resources it could not have happened at a better time as we have a huge number of people looking to use these facilities as part of their on-going training and development”.

Also in attendance tomorrow will be members of the Board of Management at SECAD, the Evaluation Team at SECAD, National and Local Political figures, Business Associations, Local Groups, members from the financial sector and other local development companies, plus members the local community and SECAD Staff.

Ryan Howard CEO SECAD in the new IT Training Room at the new SECAD Training and Mentoring Centre


Downstairs the new units comprise of a brand new reception and welcoming area, a state of the art new IT room with 13 top of the range touch screen computers, the SECAD Board Room, a multi-function training room, two brand new meeting rooms, toilet facilities all finished to the highest specification.

Upstairs now contains brand new offices to facilitate the Tús team, Rural Development Programme (RDP) office and a new multi-function meeting room.


Catalyst – Network for Women in Business in South & East Cork Annual Regional Seminar

‘Making Connections’


SECAD will be hosting the annual regional seminar for the Catalyst Women in Business Project on 21st November in the Radisson Blu Hotel & Spa, Little Island.

We have chosen Making Connections as the theme this year as one of the key objectives of the project has been to provide opportunities for women in business to make connections which will help them to grow their businesses.

Over the past two years SECAD has co-ordinated networking events, provided mentoring and organised training courses specifically to support business women and women hoping to become entrepreneurs.  Through working closely with our clients, we know how important it is to make connections with other people in business who will become potential customers or who can provide personal recommendations to new clients.

With all the new forms of social media it can be very confusing to know what is the best approach to take.  We are delighted that Deirdre O’Shaughnessy, editor of the Cork Independent newspaper has agreed to speak at our event.











Deirdre O’Shaughnessy


In addition to editing the Cork Independent, Deirdre is a regular contributor on television and radio programmes including Newstalk Breakfast and Tonight with Vincent Browne on TV3.  Deirdre also runs her own personal blog at http://deshocks.wordpress.com and is a regular tweeter on @deshocks.

Dee Collins of Dee’s Wholefoods who has appeared on Dragon’s Den on RTE is a prolific user of all forms of social media including Facebook – http://www.facebook.com/DeesWholefoods, Twitter – @DeesWholefoods and her website – www.meatfreemondays.ie.  Dee’s company has gone from strength to strength and she is now exporting to the UK and beyond.  We are delighted that Dee will be providing us with some “food for thought” around how to connect with potential customers.










We are currently working on the programme and more details will follow over the next few weeks.  If you would like to be added to the mailing list, please email Sinéad Conroy at sconroy@secad.ie.

All our networking events are open to women in business and women who would like to start their own business.

Funding for the Catalyst Women in Business Project is provided through the Equality for Women Measure 2010-2013 which is funded by the European Social Fund (ESF) through the Human Capital Investment Operational Programme 2007-2013 and the Department of Justice and Equality.





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