TRAINING SOLUTIONS MICRO



Access to non-grant finance

Unit 1: Access to non-grant finance for micro-enterprises in rural areas

Course on Private sources of finance for micro-enterprises
In this module, we will learn about non-grant financing of micro-enterprises and the most relevant financial institutions for non – grant financing for micro-enterprises
At the end of this module you will be able to: - Know types of financial institutions relevant for micro-enterprises - Know about the most common ways of financing micro-enterprises

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Access to non-grant finance

Unit 2: Basics for a “bankable project”

Course on Basics for a “bankable project”
In this unit, we will learn about non-grant financing of micro-enterprises, in relation to business planning and managing the period of returning the investment
At the end of this unit you will be able to: - Know how you can make a good “bankable project” - Know the role of a financial plan and business plan - Know how to manage the period for returning the loan

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Access to non-grant finance

Unit 3: Debt instruments

Course on Debt instruments
In this unit, we will learn about debt instruments of banks and terms of bank loans (maturity, interest rate, instalments)
At the end of this module you will be able to: - Know the types of loans that are relevant for micro-enterprises - Know about terms of loans from commercial banks (maturity, interest rate, instalments)

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Access to non-grant finance

Unit 4: Crowdfunding

Course on Crowdfunding
In this unit, we will learn about crowdfunding, what it is and how to approach it and what types of crowdfunding exists.
At the end of this module you will be able to: Know what crowdfunding is Know about the different types of crowdfunding

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Building capacity in rural micro-enterprises

Unit 1: Networks as a tool for capacity building

Course on Networks as a tool for capacity building
This unit shows how participation in Networks can help build micro-enterprises capacity

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Building capacity in rural micro-enterprises

Unit 2: Tools for building Networks

Course on Tools for building Networks
This unit aims to provide a basic toolkit for a rural micro-enterprises who wish to set up a network
At the end of this module you will be able to: - Know what a Network is - Know characteristics of different types of Networks - Know the basics of Setting up a Network

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Building capacity in rural micro-enterprises

Unit 3: Strategies for Enterprises Co-operating

Course on Strategies for Enterprises Co-operating
This unit aims to outline some strategies rural micro-enterprises can use to co-operate and collaborate.
At the end of this module you will be able to: - How to collaborate as a micro-enterprise - Know the benefits of collaboration - Know different models of co-operatives - How Networks can facilitate collaboration

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Building capacity in rural micro-enterprises

Unit 4: Leadership and team working for micro enterprises

Course on Leadership and team working for micro enterprises
This unit explores what roles enhance rural micro-enterprise entrepreneur capacity and skills
At the end of this module you will be able to: - Know “What skills enhance capacity” - Know “What skills the rural micro-enterprise entrepreneur should practice” - Know “How to utilise your Networks”

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Business planning and management skills

Unit 1: Planning of operations in business

Course on Planning of operations in business
In this Unit, we will learn about business planning, the purpose of making plans and planning of all operations in business
At the end of this module you will be able to: - Know the purpose for making business plans - Know what a business plan should include - Know for what time period business plans are made

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Business planning and management skills

Unit 2: Budgeting

Course on Budgeting
In this unit, we will learn about different financial documents which are an integral part of the business plan with an emphasis on the budget as the most valuable financial document
At the end of this module you will be able to: - Make basic budgets - Know how to read budgets and how to use them - Know how to make a budget and a cash flow

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Business planning and management skills

Unit 3: Monitoring of implementation of Business plans

Course on Monitoring of implementation of Business plans
In this unit, we will learn about implementation of the business plan in managing microenterprises and the process of their monitoring and correcting
At the end of this module you will be able to: - Implement the business plan in one microenterprise - To recognize mistakes in the business plan - To make corrections in the business plan

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Business planning and management skills

Unit 4: Business Management Essentials

Course on Business Management Essentials
In this unit, we will learn about business management techniques and how to use the business plan properly as a tool for appropriate use in your company
At the end of this module you will be able to: Make basic business plans and budgets Know how to read business plans and budgets and how to use them Know how to have better results and constant progress To have better managerial skills

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EU programme awareness

Unit 1: Accessing LEADER Funds

Course on Accessing LEADER Funds
This unit provides an Introduction to the LEADER funding and the Application Process
At the end of this module you will be able to: - Know “What is LEADER?” - Know “Who and What LEADER funds?” - Know the “Four Stages in LEADER project Application?” - You can you check your knowledge?

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EU programme awareness

Unit 2: An introduction to EU programmes that support rural micro entrepreneurs

Course on EU programmes that support rural micro entrepreneurs
An Introduction to EU funds distributed through National Programmes available in Ireland
At the end of this module you will be able to: - Know what sources of EU funding is available - See how those funds are distributed in National - Programmes - Know where to find out more information for your country

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EU programme awareness

Unit 3: Bringing an idea to fruition through EU Funding programmes

Course on Bringing an idea to fruition through EU Funding programmes
This unit aims to take you through the steps involved in bringing your idea to fruition and find potential EU funding
At the end of this module you will be able to: - Analyse your idea - Analyse the competition - Learn from your analyses and plan how to bring it to fruition - Find potential funding sources in the EU

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EU programme awareness

Unit 4: Basic directions on how to complete a funding application

Course on Basic directions on how to complete a funding application
To walk you through a LEADER Application Checklist and give an explanation of terms used
At the end of this module you will be able to: - Know the “Application Checklist for LEADER funds” - Know “What the key terms in a LEADER Application” - Know the “The main requirements of a LEADER Application”

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EU wide tools and resources

Unit 1: The EU Small Business Act

Course on The EU Small Business Act
The unit aims to describe how the EU Small Business Act supports micro-enterprises across Europe
At the end of this module you will be able to: - Know what the EU Small Business Act is and how it supports micro and small businesses - Get familiar with the “Think Small First” principle and why it is relevant for micro and small businesses

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EU wide tools and resources

Unit 2: Sources and resources in support of micro-enterprises I

Course on Sources and resources in support of micro-enterprises
This unit aims to increase understanding of the resources and financing opportunities available to support micro-enterprises to expand to international markets
At the end of this module you will be able to: - Identify and take advantage of financing opportunities that could support further growth of micro-enterprises - Require and retrieve information on foreign markets and expansion opportunities to third countries

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EU wide tools and resources

Unit 3: Sources and resources in support of micro-enterprises II

Course on Sources and resources in support of micro-enterprises II
This unit aims to increase understanding of the resources and financing opportunities available to support micro-enterprises to expand to international markets
At the end of this module you will be able to: - Identify and take advantage of financing opportunities that could support further expansion of micro-enterprises - Navigate and use the various tools offered by the EU in support of micro-enterprises

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EU wide tools and resources

Unit 4: Real life examples of excellence

Course on Real life examples of excellence
This unit aims to provide the best practices of micro-enterprises grown through the use of EU Tools and Resources
At the end of this module you will be able to: - Be inspired - Will have been introduced to real life examples of micro-enterprises that grew through the use of EU tools - Will be able to design and implement a strategy for sustainable growth of your micro-enterprise

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EU Single Market

Unit 1: The EU Single Market in a nutshell

Course on The EU Single Market in a nutshell
This unit is aimed at providing a brief introduction to the EU Single Market with a special focus on micro-enterprises
At the end of this module you will be able to: - Know what is the EU Single Market - Know why it is relevant for micro-enterprises in rural areas

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EU Single Market

Unit 2: How to tap into the EU Single Market

Course on How to tap into the EU Single Market
In this unit we will have a look at the various EU Single Market opportunities and how micro-enterprises can take advantage of them
At the end of this unit you will be able to: - Know EU funding Programmes for micro-enterprises - Recognize the opportunities for micro-enterprises in the EU Single Market - Tap into the EU Single Market

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EU Single Market

Unit 3: Using COSME and other EU financial Instruments

Course on Using COSME and other EU financial Instruments
The purpose of this unit is to present as much as possible the key features of the EU's main financial instruments.
At the end of this unit you will be able to: - Understand the E.U. funding mechanisms for micro-enterprises. - Select the appropriate financial instrument for your business.

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Financial management

Unit 1: Cash Flow Essentials

Course on Cash Flow Essentials
The Unit provides an Introduction to Cash flow management, especially in agri-business
At the end of this module you will be able to: - Know about cash flow management - Identify Cash for agri-business - Carry out an exercise in the flow of cash in a Business

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Financial management

Unit 2: Working with banks

Course on Working with banks
In this unit we will learn how to work with financial institutions with a view to developing a micro-enterprise
At the end of this module you will be able to: - Correctly use the financial tools that banks provide - Negotiate for better contract terms - Achieve direct service

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Financial management

Unit 3: Cost Reduction

Course in Cost Reduction
The Unit provides an Introduction to the definitions and the basic techniques of cost reduction
At the end of this module you will be able to: - Know the definitions of cost reduction and cost control and their differences - Apply the basic techniques of cost reduction - Be aware of non conventional approaches

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Financial management

Unit 4: Budgeting

Course on Budgeting
The Unit provides an Introduction to the Purposes, Characteristics and Principles of Budgeting as well as the basic concepts and techniques of cost analysis
At the end of this module you will be able to: - The Purposes, Characteristics and Principles of Budgeting - The basic concepts of cost analysis - The basic techniques for cost analysis

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ICT literacy skills

Unit 1: Online literacy for Micro-entrepreneurs

Course on Online literacy for Micro-entrepreneurs
This unit will outline basic online knowledge and skills that a micro entrepreneur should have.
At the end of this module you will be able to: - Explain what is ICT & Web 2.0. - The knowledgeable on basic Internet tools – useful to the rural entrepreneur. - See the possibilities of the web for the rural entrepreneur.

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ICT literacy skills

Unit 2: Signposting ICT software

Course on Signposting ICT software
In this unit, we will look at some ICT software specific to rural business as enabling tools empowering rural development and other microenterprise interests.
At the end of this module you will be able to: - Have access to an extensive list of software - Know the advantage of each software to your business Note: each Product is hyperlinked i.e. Click on it and it takes you directly to the site if you are online.

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ICT literacy skills

Unit 3: Online tools for farmers

Course on Online tools for farmers
This unit is an introduction to tools that are available to farmers for herd management/ grant applications etc.
At the end of this module you will be able to: - Register and Log-in to Agfood.ie - Know what services are available online for farmers - Be aware of the benefits of using the online service

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ICT literacy skills

Unit 4: Website creation and social networking

Course on Website creation and social networking
In this unit, we will have a look at some tips for both website creation and social networking.
At the end of this module you will be able to: - Identify the key element for website creation - Know what are the best strategies for social networking

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Pathways to market

Unit 1: Costumers identification

Costumers identification helps you to sell more. The more you know about them and their needs, the easier it is to identify opportunities to sell them new products and target them with appropriate offers.
In this unit, we will learn how to identify potential customers to fulfil their needs and improve sales
At the end of this module you will be able to: - Identify costumers to improve sales - Know how to focus on your most valuable costumers

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Pathways to market

Unit 2: Market Identification

Market identification helps you define your business’s target market so that you can best serve and advertise directly to your real customers.
In this unit, we will learn how to identify your market in order to improve your sales
At the end of this module you will be able to: Identify suitable markets to improve sales Know your target market, your competitors and your potential barriers to better understand your costumers

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Pathways to market

Unit 3: Online selling channels for Rural Micro Enterprises

If you want to set up your own online store than you probably already have some idea of business, product range and potential customers of your online store.
In this unit, we will learn how to identify appropriate selling channels for rural enterprises and make the most out of them.
At the end of this module you will be able to: - Identify appropriate selling channels for rural enterprises and make the most out of them - Know the advantage of each selling channel to your business

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Pathways to market

Unit 4: After Sales Services

Course on After Sales Services
In this Unit you will learn the techniques of after sales services as well as how to build customer loyalty.
At the end of this module you will be able to: - Identify and explore the necessity of after sales services - Be aware of the strategies and the techniques used in after sales services - Build customer loyalty - Face the challenges in after sales services

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Marketing / promotion

Unit 1: Marketing

Unit 1 on Marketing
Provision of Basic Marketing Skills including various different promotion types and channels
At the end of this module you will be able to: Understand the similarities and differences between Marketing and Advertising Understand the basics of a Marketing Plan, and a powerful marketing mix

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Marketing / promotion

Unit 2: Promotion of products

Unit 2 on Promotion of products
Understand the basics of designing and implementing a comprehensive and result oriented product / service promotion strategy
At the end of this module you will be able to: Understand the elements of a promotion plan for Product/Service Prepare a promotion plan that will generate new leads and increase sales

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Marketing / promotion

Unit 3: E-Commerce

Unit 3 on E-Commerce
The Unit provides an Introduction to E-commerce and types of e-commerce, as well as the business opportunities in e-commerce
At the end of this module you will be able to: To learn: the definitions of e-commerce, Electronic Data Interchange, Electronic Funds Transfer. The types of e-commerce. The new business opportunity in e-commerce

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Marketing / promotion

Unit 4: Omni-channel strategies and types of e-commerce

Unit 4 on Omni-channel strategies and types of e-commerce
Understand the meaning of Omni-channel and the different strategies and types of e-commerce
At the end of this module you will be able to: - Understand the concept of Omni-channel Strategies - Know of different types of e-commerce

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