Why Businesses Fail

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Establishing accurate data for the failure rates for small businesses is quite challenging as such information is not gathered cleanly in many countries, there are many ways of interpreting the existing data, and current reports show conflicting evidence. Research from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics has highlighted that 66% of new establishments were still in existence 2 years after their birth, and 44% were still in existence 4 years after their establishment. These figures would appear to be a ...

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Why You Should Take A ‘Start Your Own Business’ Course

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Thinking of starting your own business? Then let me give you a tip – take a ‘Start Your Business Course’ (SYOB). There are many programmes provided throughout the country by City and County Enterprise Boards, schools and colleges, and private training companies. Wherever you are based in Ireland, there is undoubtedly a ‘Start Your Own Business’ programme being offered somewhere near you. Just go the website www.enterpriseboards.ie and you will see details of the programmes that have been designed ...

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ICSB 2012 World Conference

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The 2012 ICSB Conference is being held from June 10-14 in Wellington, New Zealand’s compact, cosmopolitan and creative capital of New Zealand. The city has one of the highest ratios of cafes and eating establishments of any city in the world and it regularly features in the top ten best cities to visit in tourist guides. A city of galleries, museums, sculptures and filmmaking, it has been dubbed ‘the creative capital’ and has recently been named the coolest little capital ...

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Time for Entrepreneurship To Be Made Available To All Students in Higher Education

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It would not cause too much debate to suggest that Ireland in the late 1950s was a depressing country. It had suffered greatly from decades of poor economic performance and the constant hemorrhaging of its population through emigration. Overcrowded classrooms, low family incomes and poor physical school structures meant that only 10,000 students took their Leaving Certificate in 1957.

Meanwhile during that decade, third-level education remained the preserve of the elite and a total of just 8,653 students were present ...

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