Stateside team meet with Taoiseach Enda Kenny

Stateside team meet with Taoiseach Enda Kenny

The Stateside Team which included Mary Rodgers CEO, Tracey Monaghan and Kathi Dillon (pictured left) met with Taoiseach Enda Kenny at the Irish Consulate in New York last Thursday.

The Taoiseach was in New York to co-host the “Invest in Ireland” event with former US President Bill Clinton. The Invest in Ireland meeting was one of a series of engagements with key business and economic leaders to encourage investment by US firm’s with no base in Ireland. The principal message of this event is to tell potential investors that Ireland is open for business.


40 Days to St. Patrick’s Day

St. Patrick's DaySt. Patrick’s Day – The Envy of the World!

According to the Irish Exporters Association, Ireland is the envy of the world on St. Patrick’s Day. The Irish Government will do their utmost to position Ireland globally. Ministers will proudly promote Ireland and Irish business throughout the US and around the globe. But what will you do? With only 40 days until St. Patrick’s Day, have you considered what marketing tools you can deploy to engage with your US clients? Below are just a few of the many marketing tools you can use to take advantage of this exclusive Irish opportunity. Remember whatever you decide, planning ahead is the key to success!
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5 Steps to a Successful Offsite Meeting

5 Steps to a Successful Offsite Meeting

1. Set out objectives: Define what a successful event would be for the company by creating a clear purpose and objectives for the event. For example: “The purpose of our annual off-site meeting is to offer a creative environment from which we will focus on clear, specific goals and objectives for the coming year”.

2. Include and Engage: Create a forum which encourages input from key participants prior to the event so they feel as if they are part of the process and not just there to serve the company leaders’ agenda. This can be done by identifying someone to be the point of contact to develop various input sources so that employees feel that their concerns are being addressed. Methods such as an employee survey (online or standard), employee focus groups or an online discussion board are ways for ideas and issues for consideration to be shared.
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Strategies for Irish companies entering the US Market Workshop

Strategies for Irish companies entering the U.S. MarketGalway, Ireland, July 2011.  Developing Enterprises Skillnet in association with WIN – West of Ireland Networking will host a workshop open to the public on ‘Strategies for Irish companies entering the U.S. market’ which will also have Sean Gallagher in attendance on July 15th from 10am to 1pm in the Clayton Hotel, Galway.

Award winning Galway business woman Mary Rodgers, CEO of Stateside Solutions, will begin the event with a workshop for all size companies interested in making the transition into the U.S. market place in a cost effective and efficient manner. Mary will explain the different options for cost effective market entry including direct sale, setting up an entity, distributor, partnering etc. She will also explain the advantages and disadvantages of each of the routes to market and discuss the various considerations including budgets, margins and timelines. According to Mary, “having worked in the U.S. for over 15 years, I understand the landscape as well as the challenges of doing business in such a dynamic and fast-paced environment and our program was developed to eliminate the guesswork of an unknown market”.
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