The Business Development Programme
is a 26-week practical course where the participants have the opportunity to grow and develop their confidence and business skills.

Who is the programme for?

The training programme is for unemployed people who:

·         Have a business idea

·         Are considering self employment

·         Require training in business skills

·         Wish to explore options regarding their business idea

Under the guidance of the co-ordinator, participants receive training, support, advice, coaching and mentoring in exploring the viability of their business idea.

What is involved in participation in the programme?

·         One day per week business tuition

·         One to one sessions with tutor developing the idea/business

·         Remainder of hours spent working on own business

·         26 weeks duration

Where does the programme take place?

Business tuition takes place on Mondays in Offaly Local Development Company, Millennium House, Main St, Tullamore.

Course Content:

  •     Personal development
  •        Market research
  •         Basic book-keeping and accounts
  •         Information sessions with Government agencies
  •         Business Finance
  •         Marketing
  •          Business Insurance 
  •          Basic I.T. skills
  •           Developing Business Plan

Are you eligible?

You may be if you:

·         Are unemployed

·         Are interested in self employment

·         Are in receipt of any Department of Social protection payment such as Jobseekers allowance, Jobseekers Benefit, One Parent Family Payment etc.

·         Have a business idea

For further information contact:

Carmel Ormond

Business Development Programme Coordinator
 057 9322 850
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This is a  Department of Social Protection service, fully funded by the Department, and delivered under contract in Offaly by OLDC for and on behalf of the Department.

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