Waterford MBN

“Creating Business Connections”

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.


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


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

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




Joyce O Carroll - Chairperson - Business Owner

Joyce O' Carroll set up her business Wigworld August 2011 and is now a multi award winning wig boutique. Specialising in full and partial wigs and hair piece for all types of medical related hair loss, she is based in Waterford and looks after clients all over the South East. Joyce attended her first MBN meeting in September 2011 and has never looked back. “I am a sole trader sometimes it can be lonely and isolating. The network has been a fantastic support to me and my business”. As a committee member Joyce is happy to share what she has learned along the way to support others on the road to self-employment.

Gayle Barry - Waterford Area Partnership

Gayle Barry started working for Waterford Area Partnership in 2006. Within her first role, she set up and managed Job Sampling Initiative, a work placement programme for young unemployed adults. Then in 2009 Gayle became the Employment Supports Co-ordinator for Waterford Area Partnership with responsibility for enterprise, training and employment.  She also qualified as an Adult Guidance Counsellor, having graduated from Maynooth University in 2010. She joined the MBN committee in 2010 and sees the Waterford Micro Business Network as an integral local structure that supports the personal and economic development of both new and existing micro businesses while contributing to the overall Start-Up culture of Waterford. 

Séamus Hayes - Business Owner

Séamus has been involved with Waterford Micro Business Network since it was established in 2006.  He works with FTC, one of Ireland’s longest established training and development firms.  Specialising in enterprise development, FTC works with businesses to help them achieve sustainable growth. With a background in marketing and strategic planning, Séamus has worked with businesses in many industries and of all sizes, both in Ireland and abroad. Through his work Séamus has seen the benefit that networks bring to businesses of all sizes.  He believes that the Waterford Micro Business Network is a key support to local businesses, especially solo traders and those in the early stage of their development.

Liam Murphy – Department of Social Protection

Liam Murphy joined the Department of Social Protection (then Department of Social Welfare) in February 1974 and is now over 43 years with the Department.   Over the years, Liam has worked in a number of different areas within the Department including Social Welfare Local Office Manager, PRSI Collections and International Postings.   Since 2002, Liam has worked as a Facilitator/Case Officer in highlighting the various education, training, employment and self-employment options and supports that are available to Social Welfare recipients.    Liam was a founder member of the Waterford Micro Business Network (WMBN) in 2005.

Carmel Grant  - Business Owner

Carmel Grant is an experienced event manager at Galánta Events 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. Member of the Waterford Micro Business Network since 2012, Carmel became a full committee member in 2015.

Victoria Wilmott - Business Mentor - Waterford Area Partnership

Committee member, Victoria Wilmott, who has 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. 

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. 

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