Tuesday, December 10, 2013

New Pittsburgh Irish Business Network Formed by Ireland Institute of Pittsburgh; Kickoff Event Scheduled for Dec. 18

A new network of Pittsburgh-area companies and other organizations seeking to enhance links with the island of Ireland (North and South) has been formed by the Ireland Institute of Pittsburgh in conjunction with local business leaders.

The Pittsburgh Irish Business Network will hold its kickoff event on Wednesday, Dec. 18 with a Christmas reception and presentation from the Industrial Development Authority of Ireland, at Mitchell's Restaurant, Ross Street, Downtown. Co-hosting the event is the Pittsburgh Chapter of the Brehon Law Society.

Doors open at 4 p.m.  Presentation by Helen Burke of the IDA begins at 4:30.  Holiday Season networking follows the presentation.  Your $10 admission may be applied to your 2014 annual membership.

Described as a member-driven network, the Pittsburgh Irish Business Network will provide formal programming on the Ireland Business opportunity, individual consultations, business, trade, investment, and cultural exchange, work and training visas, and more.

Over the next several months the Institute will host a series of presentations and networking events intended to encourage Pittsburgh area companies and business leaders to look seriously at Ireland, according to James Lamb, President of the Ireland Institute of Pittsburgh and Honorary Consul of Ireland in Western Pennsylvania.

"From a business perspective, there is no better place than Ireland to explore international opportunities," Lamb said in an invitation to the Dec. 18 event. "Ireland is bouncing back from very difficult circumstances, surviving a harsh recession since 2008. With its low corporate tax rate, its smart young English-speaking work force, competitive wage and property rates, and its presence in the European economy with easier access to emerging markets in the Middle East, Asia, and Africa, Ireland is positioned to help US companies expand quickly.  Ireland, right now, presents a ‘ground floor’ opportunity to your business."

Lamb cited several recent articles about Ireland business oportunities:
http://www.irishcentral.com/news/Dow-Jones-data-shows-Ireland-is-the-most-entrepreneurial-country-in-Europe-233141141.html


http://www.irishcentral.com/IrishVoice/Irish-exports-expected-to-grow-by-six-percent-before-2030-227095151.html


http://www.nytimes.com/2013/11/15/business/international/ireland-to-end-reliance-on-bailout-lifeline.html?_r=0

Membership in the Pittsburgh Irish Business Network costs $100 per year, Lamb said, which includes free admission to all PIBN events, notification of visits by leading Irish business and government representatives, Ireland Institute business consultancy services, and access to like-minded local leaders seeking enhanced partnership with Ireland, North and South. Future events will explore:
1.       The Northern Ireland business opportunity;
2.       Ireland’s talent working and learning in your company;
3.       The Penn State Football Game in Ireland, August 29—Travel there with the PIBN;
4.       Enterprise Ireland and the Irish company’s opportunity in Pittsburgh/USA

For more information, contact Lamb at 412-394-3900.


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