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What support and advice is available?
There is an abundance of advice and support available throughout Ireland. Much of it is provided by the government and is free. We encourage everybody to make use of these services as they can greatly enhance your learning and general understanding about starting, running and growing your business.

The Back to Work Enterprise Allowance (BTWEA) Scheme and the Short Term Enterprise Allowance (STEA) Scheme encourages those receiving certain social welfare payments in Ireland to become self-employed. If you take part in the Back to Work Enterprise Allowance scheme, you retain a percentage of your social welfare payment for up to 2 years. If you are getting Jobseeker's Benefit (JB), you may be eligible for the Short-Term Enterprise Allowance which is paid instead of your JB for up to 12 months. It will end when your entitlement to JB ends.

If you are starting a business, you may get extra supports, for example grants for training, market research, business plans and access to loans to buy equipment. You may also get assistance in paying for public liability insurance - see 'Where to apply' below.

Regional micro-enterprise networks provide free training, mentoring and access to start-up loans to assist umemployed people to set up a business or become self-employed. You can find further information on micro-enterprise networks on the First-Step website.

Business Innovation centres
The Business Innovation Centres contribute significantly to regional economic development through the provision of a comprehensive range of business supports to the micro enterprise sector, including the provision of business information, advice, counselling and mentoring.

Click the links below to find your nearest Business Innovation centre:
Working with a Development Adviser
Enterprise Ireland have the benefit of more than 30 years experience in enterprise development and established contacts in important sectors and markets. They can assist your business in terms of mentoring and networking.

If you are eligible for Enterprise Ireland assistance, you will be assigned a Development Adviser who can advise you on evaluating and developing your business concepts.

Help may also be available to you from Enterprise Ireland's Mentor Network Service.

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