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Cavan County Enterprise Board: What can we do for you?

Cavan County Enterprise Board supports entrepreneurs, small enterprises and individuals who want to set up, or expand their own businesses. Do you know how they can help you?

Cavan County Enterprise Board (Cavan CEB) was established in 1993 with responsibility for the promotion of entrepreneurship and the development of micro and small businesses at local level.   Whether you are looking to start up a new business or you are thinking about expanding your existing business, Cavan CEB can provide advice, information and guidance as to what assistance and supports are available to you.

A new management development programme called Accelerate aimed at helping local small business owners accelerate their growth potential was launched by Minister Richard Bruton recently. Anyone interested in participating should contact Marcella Rudden on 049 43 77200 or email for further information.

Pictured left to right: Andrew McElhinney, O’Donnell’s Bakery, Donegal; Vincent Reynolds, CEO, Cavan CEB; Minister Richard Bruton; Susannah Grogan, a fashion scarf designer, Dublin.

What supports do they provide?

Cavan CEB provide a range of supports to help those setting up in business for the first time or existing businesses thinking of expanding. Based in the Cavan Innovation & Technology Centre, Dublin Road, Cavan, they are focused on supporting local businesses employing not more than ten employees.

  • Cavan CEB provides a range of financial supports designed to assist with the establishment and/or growth of small scale businesses.  Detailed information on types of financial assistance available and full eligibility criteria are available on Alternatively, if you would like to discuss your proposal, in confidence, please contact James Fox on 049 437 7200.
  • Start up businesses and existing businesses can apply for assistance via the CEB Mentor Programme.   The aim of this service is to assist entrepreneurs to address specific issues or problems which they are encountering in the early stage of setting up and developing their business. For further information, please contact Marcella Rudden on 049 437 7200.
  • A Website Support Scheme is currently open for applications and if you are a small business employing less than ten employees, you can apply for financial support towards the establishment and/or development of a website with a particular focus on ecommerce capability or additionality. If you wish to apply, please contact Marcella Rudden on 049 437 7200.

Business Capability Development

Cavan CEB continues to focus on providing a broad range of relevant training programmes directed at supporting sustainability, increasing competitiveness, and encouraging innovation within small businesses, as well as fostering an entrepreneurial culture within the County. All courses and programmes on offer derive from client needs and demands, and course scheduling and frequency remain flexible to further enhance the level of service on offer to their clients.

If you are interested in learning how to use social media to promote your business or want to figure out the right pricing strategy for your business and you need to understand and manage cashflow better, then Cavan CEB has a course, at low cost, that will meet your needs.

Its Spring Schedule of Training Courses is now open for bookings and full details and information is available by clicking here.

Encouraging entrepreneurship

Cavan County Enterprise winners

County Enterprise Winner 2012. Pictured L-R: Marcella Rudden, Cavan CEB, Terry Reihill, Surplus Stock Worldwide; James Fox, Cavan CEB, Bridget Reihill, Surplus Stock Worldwide and Vincent Reynolds, Cavan CEB

The CEBs have been very successful in creating a positive environment for entrepreneurship to develop and thrive.  The annual National Enterprise Awards, organised by the County & City Enterprise Boards, gives recognition to the outstanding contribution of small enterprises to the local economy. Businesses are nominated at local level via their County or City Enterprise Board to participate in the county and regional stages of the competition. Cavan has an excellent track record in reaching the finals of the competition and in 2011,  Aine’s Chocolates, based in Stradone, reached the national final in Dublin Castle.

Last year’s county winners were Terry and Bridget Reihill from Surplus Stock Worldwide based in Mountnugent, County Cavan.

You can watch an interview with the Cavan County Award Winner 2012 below:

CEBs also encourage and foster a culture of entrepreneurship among students in second level schools. The Student Enterprise Awards Initiative is organised by the County & City Enterprise Boards on an annual basis with over 15,000 students at second level participating in the initiative. If offers students the opportunity to experience firsthand how to set up and run a business. This year, Loreto College Cavan scooped the top prizes in each category at the annual Cavan County Enterprise Board Student Enterprise Awards 2013. Over 300 students arrived at the Slieve Russell Hotel on March 5th 2013, to exhibit their business projects and face the judges in a bid to win one of fifteen awards being presented. The winners now go forward to the National Finals in April.

How do I find out more?

If you would like to contact Cavan CEB and speak to a member of staff, please call 049 437 7200 or email, alternatively visit

Cavan County Enterprise Board, Cavan Innovation and Technology Centre, Dublin Rd, Cavan, County Cavan.