The Board is one of the 35 networks of County and City Enterprise Boards set up in 1993 to meet a need which was identified for supports targeted specifically at the micro-enterprise sector. Micro-enterprises are those employing up to ten persons. A key feature of the City Enterprise Board is that it includes representatives from a wide range of local interests and has a wholly local focus to its mission. A specific objective of the Board is to cultivate and expand an ethos of local entrepreneurship.
Waterford City Enterprise Board provides a range of complimentary supports to enterprise including:
A locally accessible “first-stop-shop” for people starting or planning to start their own business.
A range of “soft supports” for businesses such as training, information, and advice, management training and skills development programmes, mentoring services etc.
Financial supports to eligible projects including the provision of feasibility study, employment and capital grants (refundable and non –refundable) and preference shares.
The Board is funded by the Irish Government and part funded by the European Union under the National Development Plan 2000-2006.
Additional information is available on the Boards website www.waterfordceb.com.