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Irish companies to get helping hand from global business leaders

Three SMEs will get international mentoring from senior executives at global companies, including VISA.

THREE IRISH SMALL and medium enterprise owners have been selected to learn from global business leaders.

The pilot mentors without borders programme is being run by the Small Firms Association, which says it will enable SME owners to soak up the skills and experience of senior executives from large corporates.

The three Irish entrepreneurs selected to learn from the programme are Anne Cusack from Critical Healthcare, Cameron Wallace who is a founder of Eight Degrees Brewing and Kathleen Ward, who set up her own health clinic in Monaghan.

At the launch today, SFA chairman AJ Noonan said:

“Participants will develop the skills that one can’t find in the classroom – sharing the challenges mentors have faced and the lessons learnt throughout their careers and working to find solutions to current problems for Irish small business owners.”

The three mentors are Dr Jeffrey Alves, dean of the Sidhu School of Business and president of the International Council for Small Business, Janet Zablock, who is head of global small business with Visa and Jim Beers, who is a partner in Beers & Cutler accountancy.

The programme is being co-organised with the International Council for Small Business (ICSB).

ICSB executive director Dr Ayman El Tarabishy said that programme “gives an opportunity for leaders in the area of business, education, and policy to share their expertise and experiences internationally.”

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