About Us

About Waterford MBN

The Waterford Micro Business Network (MBN) was established in 2005 to assist people who were setting up their own business.

For many traders the transition to working on their own can be an isolating one and also very stressful. Joining the MBN network can help you to overcome these obstacles and assist you in developing your business. The network shares a common vision which supports and encourages Entrepreneurs at various stages of development.

Events

The network meets on a monthly basis in Waterford City.

These events offer an opportunity to meet like-minded people and discuss a wide range of business topics, such as marketing, insurance, finance, social media, strategy, etc

Benefits

  • Networking with other self-employed people
  • Support mechanism
  • Raise business profile
  • Build mutually beneficial business relationships

Why not attend one of our open monthly events and network in a relaxed business environment with other business people.

Meet The Committee

Carmel Grant  – Business Owner

Carmel Grant is an experienced event manager at Events by Carmel and creative illustrator at Caricatures by Carmel. After graduating from NCAD in Dublin, Carmel moved to New York gaining ten years’ experience working in the Fashion and Design industry. Passionate about event management, Carmel started Galánta Events in 2011 winning a FAB Waterford Women in Business award in 2012. Being creative with a love for art and design, Carmel started her second business creating fun caricature designs at Caricatures by Carmel in 2012. Carmel creates fun, friendly cartoon style caricature illustrations from photographs that are used as guest signing boards for events, as framed prints for gifts and awards, on event invitations  as digital caricature designs for business logos, print and for websites. Member of the Waterford Micro Business Network since 2012, Carmel became a full committee member in 2015.

Mike Conway – Officemaster, Waterford

Mike Conway is a Waterford native. He graduated from Waterford Institute of Technology in 2006 with a BA in Design Communications. Working first as a junior graphic designer and later as senior graphic designer he was employed across a couple of well-known design, print and signage companies in Waterford city and county. In 2013, Mike first starting attending Waterford Micro Business Network events as he took the plunge and worked freelance under the name Redbird Graphic Design. As a sole trader, Mike undertook all his own marketing and it quickly became a passion. An opportunity arose in late 2016 to become marketing manager for OfficeMaster, (then Fieldmaster). They were planning ahead for a large rebrand which Mike coordinated in 2019 across print, radio, newspaper, social media and online advertising. That same year he returned to study at WIT as a mature student and graduated in 2020 with a Postgraduate Diploma in Science in Digital Marketing Practice. “I firmly believe in the bright future that Waterford and the Southeast is capable of. There is so much talent and entrepreneurialism on display at all our events and the trade shows we attended pre-Covid. Always happy to help in any way I can whether it is networking, graphic design advice or marketing”.

Dean McGarry – Waterford Area Partnership – MBN Administration

Dean Mc Garry began working with Waterford Area Partnership in 2014. His roles are spread between reception duties and administrative support in the areas of Enterprise, Education and Local Community Groups. With a particular interest in Enterprise, Dean was introduced to the Waterford Micro Business Network in the same year. Having witnessed the benefits the network could offer to its members and the friendly atmosphere within, he was keen to be involved in a full time capacity. Since then Dean has played a significant role in the coordination and planning of events and also support with the day to day running’s of the MBN. Officially joining the committee in 2017, Dean is very much excited about being part of the future development of the network.

Victoria Wilmott – Enterprise Services Co-ordinator – Waterford Area Partnership

Committee member, Victoria Wilmott, who has a Postgraduate Certificate in Innovation and Enterprise Development from Trinity College and a Master’s Degree in Business Studies, specialising in Marketing from WIT, has been involved in Waterford Micro Business Network since 2008. Victoria was self-employed for a number of years and has been a business mentor at Waterford Area Partnership since 2010 so has extensive experience in enterprise. Victoria has a strong desire to help others to grow and develop their businesses by sharing her expertise, knowledge and experience and by providing advice, guidance, and her know-how, together with on-going support and encouragement. She firmly believes in the power of networking and building strong connections with others in business to achieve success and foster growth.

Carmel Grant  – Business Owner

Carmel Grant is an experienced event manager at Events by Carmel and creative illustrator at Caricatures by Carmel. After graduating from NCAD in Dublin, Carmel moved to New York gaining ten years’ experience working in the Fashion and Design industry. Passionate about event management, Carmel started Galánta Events in 2011 winning a FAB Waterford Women in Business award in 2012. Being creative with a love for art and design, Carmel started her second business creating fun caricature designs at Caricatures by Carmel in 2012. Carmel creates fun, friendly cartoon style caricature illustrations from photographs that are used as guest signing boards for events, as framed prints for gifts and awards, on event invitations  as digital caricature designs for business logos, print and for websites. Member of the Waterford Micro Business Network since 2012, Carmel became a full committee member in 2015.

Mike Conway – Officemaster, Waterford

Mike Conway is a Waterford native. He graduated from Waterford Institute of Technology in 2006 with a BA in Design Communications. Working first as a junior graphic designer and later as senior graphic designer he was employed across a couple of well-known design, print and signage companies in Waterford city and county. In 2013, Mike first starting attending Waterford Micro Business Network events as he took the plunge and worked freelance under the name Redbird Graphic Design. As a sole trader, Mike undertook all his own marketing and it quickly became a passion. An opportunity arose in late 2016 to become marketing manager for OfficeMaster, (then Fieldmaster). They were planning ahead for a large rebrand which Mike coordinated in 2019 across print, radio, newspaper, social media and online advertising. That same year he returned to study at WIT as a mature student and graduated in 2020 with a Postgraduate Diploma in Science in Digital Marketing Practice. “I firmly believe in the bright future that Waterford and the Southeast is capable of. There is so much talent and entrepreneurialism on display at all our events and the trade shows we attended pre-Covid. Always happy to help in any way I can whether it is networking, graphic design advice or marketing”.

Dean McGarry – Waterford Area Partnership – MBN Administration

Dean Mc Garry began working with Waterford Area Partnership in 2014. His roles are spread between reception duties and administrative support in the areas of Enterprise, Education and Local Community Groups. With a particular interest in Enterprise, Dean was introduced to the Waterford Micro Business Network in the same year. Having witnessed the benefits the network could offer to its members and the friendly atmosphere within, he was keen to be involved in a full time capacity. Since then Dean has played a significant role in the coordination and planning of events and also support with the day to day running’s of the MBN. Officially joining the committee in 2017, Dean is very much excited about being part of the future development of the network.

Victoria Wilmott – Enterprise Services Co-ordinator – Waterford Area Partnership

Committee member, Victoria Wilmott, who has a Postgraduate Certificate in Innovation and Enterprise Development from Trinity College and a Master’s Degree in Business Studies, specialising in Marketing from WIT, has been involved in Waterford Micro Business Network since 2008. Victoria was self-employed for a number of years and has been a business mentor at Waterford Area Partnership since 2010 so has extensive experience in enterprise. Victoria has a strong desire to help others to grow and develop their businesses by sharing her expertise, knowledge and experience and by providing advice, guidance, and her know-how, together with on-going support and encouragement. She firmly believes in the power of networking and building strong connections with others in business to achieve success and foster growth.