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CETA Ratification Pivotal to Future of EU Trade Agenda

Today (14th February 2017) on the eve of the European Parliament’s crucial vote on the Comprehensive Economic Trade Agreement (CETA) with Canada, Chambers Ireland and national Chambers from across Europe call on EU leaders and governments to stand firmly in favour of an inclusive and forward-looking EU trade agenda, while also warning that recent complications around the deal have highlighted that the effectiveness of the EU’s common commercial policy is at stake.

Local Online Event

Learn what exactly is happening in the online retail sector and how your business can become part of the consumer spend. Guest Speakers from Amazon Data Services
Mayo Chambers, Mayo LEO and DMIM are jointly organising an event called Local Online. This event will be held in Breaffy House on the 7th March from 7pm-9pm for Enterprise Week. 

Enterprise Irelands 5k Innovation Vouchers Now Open for Application

The Innovation Voucher initiative was developed to build links between Ireland's public knowledge providers (i.e. higher education institutes, public research bodies) and small businesses. 
Innovation Vouchers worth €5,000 are available to assist a company or companies to explore a business opportunity or problem with a registered knowledge provider.
Am I eligible?

Ballyhaunis Chamber AGM

The Ballyhaunis Chamber AGM was held on Thursday the 1st December whereby a new Ballyhaunis Chamber Executive committee was put in place.  The following were nominated and proposed to the Board: Tom Forde, Mark Curley, William Nestor, Mike Griffin, Paddy Phillips, Paul Finn, Eddie Murphy Jnr., John Dillon Leetch, Tom Colleran, Alison McDermott, Sue McMillan.  Once the Reports were read the meeting for the election of officers was arranged to take place on Monday 12thDecember.  


Ballyhaunis Tidy Towns invites everyone to attend the official opening of the 1916 Garden of Remembrance at Bridge St. on Friday 11th November. Proceedings will begin at the 10 o'clock Mass where those who lost their lives in the 1916 Rising will be remembered and prayed for. The opening ceremony will take place at 11.00am. in Bridge St. and will include blessing by Fr. Stephen Farragher, a short presentation by Fr.

Mayo Business Awards Finalists Announced

Congratulations to all towns & Businesses who took part in the Mayo Business Awards.  The aim of the Mayo Business Awards is to celebrate all businesses in every town and village throughout the county . This year’s Mayo Business Awards will be in Ballina with the Awards Gala taking place in the Twin Trees Hotel on Friday November 4th with a pre dinner drinks reception beginning at 7pm.  

InterTradeIreland - Go-2-Tender Program

Are you interested in competing for Public Sector Tenders if so please note the following details:
Envision Management Consultants alongside InterTradeIreland are recruiting for the Go-2-Tender programme, targeting SMEs keen to tender for Public Sector work across the island of Ireland.
Please see below for further information about InterTradeIreland’s Go-2-Tender programme.


Deadline approaching for Acorns Programme for Early Stage Startups led by Female Entrepreneurs based in rural Ireland
Early stage female entrepreneurs, living in rural Ireland, are invited to apply for a funded place on ACORNS 2. The programme will run from October 2016 until April 2017. This innovative programme is funded under the CEDRA Rural Innovation and Development Fund through the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine (DAFM).

Mayo Business Awards 2016

The 2016 Mayo Business Awards are now open for entrants and will be even bigger as there are more categories, meaning more chance for businesses throughout the county to get the recognition they deserve.

This year’s Mayo Business Awards is in Ballina with the Awards Gala taking place in the Twin Trees Hotel on Friday November 4th.

Enter online www.mayobusinessawards.com or click on the link on the right of your screen.  The closing date for entries for this year’s Mayo Business Awards will be Friday the 16th September.

Ballyhaunis GAA Community Day

Preparations by officers and members of the Ballyhaunis GAA Club along with a team of volunteers are hard at work putting finishing touches to what should be a very special event/day. All are welcome to the Ballyhaunis GAA Community Day @ the Ballyhaunis GAA Grounds on Saturday 23rd July at 2.30pm.  Ballyhaunis GAA would like to invite all to come along and have fun on the day and also would like to ask everyone in the parish to show your Pride of Place by flying your club, county and national flags on Sat July 23

Business Mentoring

TheLocal Enterprise Office Castlebar  provides business advice and mentoring to existing and potential clients. 
Business Meeting
This free service is geared towards those who are considering starting their own businesses, those who have recently done so and existing start ups that are moving to the next stage of their development. A business advice and counselling meeting will initially point you in the right direction and help you prioritise the actions you need to implement to make progress.

Interest rate cut for small business

New mentoring assistance available for micro-enterprises through Local Enterprise Offices

The Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation Mary Mitchell-O’Connor T.D., today (17th June) welcomed the news that Microfinance Ireland (or MFI), the not-for-profit Government Agency providing funded finance to micro-enterprises, is offering micro-businesses the opportunity to avail of a cut in its interest rates (down by 1%) from 1st July 2016.

R&D Fund Standard Projects

Overview of the R&D Fund Standard Projects (Maximum Grant of €650,000)
The R&D Fund exists to support projects which have the potential to develop novel products and services with a clear competitive advantage in their target market. This will enable companies to increase employment through sustainable and substantially increased sales.
The R&D Fund will help companies to achieve the following:
A demonstrable connection between R&D and the overall business objectives.

Ballyhaunis Community School Students - National Student Enterprise Award

This morning I met with 5 lovely young men Jason Reinhardt (12), Joshua Webb (12), Cian Walsh (13), Merlin Pearson (12) and Kevin Durkan (12) (and their teacher Bernie Osgood) from Ballyhaunis Community School who won the Mayo Student Enterprise Award and now go onto represent Mayo in the All-Ireland Finals in April.  These budding young Entrepreneurs set up their own Company “The Story of My Life” which is the title of their aptly named book which is a 50 year diary that they designed and produced themselves.  When asked why they entered the competition the answer was the same as any other

Would you like to do business in the US? Ireland West International Trade Centre

The ‘Ireland West International Trade Centre’ is a collaborative partnership developing a soft landing platform in the US for companies, businesses and entrepreneurs based in the West and North West of Ireland. Our strategy is to assist indigenous companies explore export opportunities in the US.
Our objective with our partners in Rhode Island is to provide a cost-effective client based service to identified companies in the region. Supporting our companies with direct support, networking and connectivity with US based Diaspora.

First Transatlantic Flight from Boston to Ireland West Airport Knock in 2016

Historic day for Knock Shrine as Aer Lingus to operate first Transatlantic Flight from Boston to Ireland West Airport Knock in 2016
Knock Shrine and Ireland West Airport are delighted to announce the first Diocesan pilgrimage from the Archdiocese of Boston to Ireland’s National Marian Shrine will take place in July 2016.

Chambers Ireland and Law Society Launch Guide for SMEs to the Companies Act

A new guide to the Companies Act 2014 was launched yesterday (08/09/15) by Chambers Ireland and the Law Society of Ireland.

The Companies Act is the largest piece of legislation ever to come into effect in Ireland and fundamentally changes the legal environment in which businesses operate. The aim of this guide is to highlight the most important pieces of information for companies in a clear and concise manner.

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