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Great News! High Speed Enterprise Hub for the Athlone area

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High Speed Enterprise Hub

The realisation of a High Speed Enterprise Hub for Athlone was given a major boost forward last week with the procurement of a 17,000 sq foot premises in the Monksland area. This Digital Hub, aptly named ‘the HQ’, will provide state of the art hot-desk space, high speed internet, telephone, conferencing and meeting facilities to fledging start-up enterprises who normally would not qualify for aid through the more established state agencies.

Over the past two years, a local committee comprising of Athlone Community Task Force, Athlone Chamber and Opportunity in a Million (OiM) with the support of local businesses have been working on the project. Roscommon County Council has recently provided significant backing to enable acquisition of the premises and the next stage will involve a fit out of the facility with the aid of Enterprise Ireland and matching funds from the local business community.

OiM, a project commenced under Athlone Community Taskforce, has been supporting local businesses with Job Creation & Retention initiatives and over the past two years alone has directly contributed to the creation of 70 jobs in Athlone.

With a target opening date of June 2018 Athlone Chamber & OiM are currently working on securing the necessary matching funding that will support the fit-out stage of the project.






OiM- 2015 Year In Review!

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OiM 2015 Year In Review!

OiM can look back on the initial 2 years of operation with great satisfaction. Since its launch by Minister Brian Hayes in November 2013, this project has gone from strength to strength.

88 potential enterprise clients sought /availed of support from our 54 volunteers to date.

The fact that Athlone Community Taskforce -OiM supported projects created in excess of 60 jobs is most rewarding! It is also significant that all funds have been provided through sponsorship, employer, employee donations and individual contributions.

OiM wish to thank all our donors and sponsors, without their help OiM could not continue.

We also thank our 54 volunteers, their assistance has been a major factor with these results.

We look forward to 2016, where with community support we can further develop this very innovative enterprise initiative.

If you are considering starting up a business or going self employed why not call us for free advice or if you wish to get involved as an OiM Volunteer please call us on 09064-94555.

Make Your Own Job Program- A Brief Update On Progress so far!

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ACT/OiM thanks donors, mentors and the community for their very generous support to our Make Your Own Job Program.


There are now 54 new jobs in Athlone directly from the Make your own Job program, while 37 of the 75 clients are in our Mentoring & Business Plan process with job possibilities. This has all been achieved without any public funds.


Athlone youth unemployment is very serious and needs your support to bring about a positive change. Please encourage those with even the rawest job idea to contact us on 090 6494555 (Parnell Sq). We will work with them to put their ideas into action. We ask for your support to ensure continued success.


The OiM Team

Mayor’s Ball 2015- Thank You To All Involved!

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We would like to thank all those who supported our very successful Mayor’s Ball which took place in the Sheraton Hotel Athlone on Friday the 20th March. In particular we want to thank those who attended the event, provided sponsorship, and to all who gave or bought items for our auction at the Major’s Ball.

To the Sheraton Hotel & Tightrope for all of your support assisting with our annual funding to support enterprise in the Athlone area. To Makin Media Mobile and Clearvision whose work helped promote the event and the Athlone Business community on the night. To all who assisted in any way your support was deeply appreciated.

Mayor’s Ball 2015

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The Mayors Ball 2015 OiM will take place in the Sheraton Hotel Athlone on Friday the 20th March. Canapé and Sparkling Wine Reception from 7:30 pm. Music by Tightrope. The event is organised by Athlone Community Taskforce to promote the “Opportunity in a Million ” project, an initiative to create and retain jobs in Athlone.

Tickets for the Majors Ball 2015 OiM are €40 each .

Contact: Michael 0906494555, e-mail: manageract@eircom.net