The IE Domain Registry (IEDR), the registry that manages .ie domains, has announced that the its 2013 OPTIMISE e-Commerce Website Development Fund is open for entries today.
The fund provides €150,000 to support 20 Irish companies Online.
SME and micro-business owners can apply for one of 20 places, which will provide professional consultation, training and development support services for those looking to improve and develop their existing online presence in terms of e-commerce capability and functionality.
David Curtin, Chief Executive of IE Domain Registry, said: “IEDR’s OPTIMISE Fund is about helping companies make the transition to e-commerce enabled websites in a very practical way. Our experience shows that with the right training, tools and technologies, such as real-time payments and booking facilities, it is possible for small companies to access new customers and markets at home and abroad and to grow their business using the online marketplace. Unfortunately, Irish companies remain slow to do this and without e-commerce enabled websites, they are continuing to lose out online. I would therefore encourage any small business owner with a .ie website looking to take the next step to apply online today at www.why.ie/optimise.”
Further details about the Fund and the online application form are available at www.why.ie/optimise. The closing date for receipt of entries is 25 April 2013.
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