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COMPETENCE IMPROVING WORKSHOP FOR 2007/2nd MENTORING PROGRAMME FOR ENTREPRENEURS



         The workshop „112 for New Entrepreneurs: Extraordinary Advices in Complicated Situations” was held 13.12.2007. in Riga for the participants of 2007/2nd mentoring programme for entrepreneurs. The chair of the workshop was Natalija Jakovleva, co-owner of Reaton, Ltd.

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Association’s “Lidere” chairwoman Aiva Viksna has given a speech in the final conference of project “Educated Inhabitant for the Development of Iecava’s Region” organised by the women’s club “Liepas” in Iecava 07.12.2007. Ilze Indriksone and Zanda Raciborska have participated in the work of the conference as well.

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Association’s “Lidere” chairwoman Aiva Viksna has participated in the work of 7th conference “Public Organization as Promoter of Entrepreneurship in Rural Areas” organised by Latvia Rural Women Association 30.11.2007.

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COMPETENCE IMPROVING WORKSHOP FOR 2007/1st MENTORING PROGRAMME FOR ENTREPRENEURS



         The workshop „What is Competence?” was held 29.10.2007. in Riga for the participants of 2007/1st mentoring programme for entrepreneurs. The chair of the seminar was Ruta Luse, Consultnat and Management Development Director of Organisation Development Centre “Spring Valley”.

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         Special Assignments Minister for Electronic Government Affairs INA GUDELE has visited association's representative "Sentio" members in Rezekne 26.10.2007.

         "Positive spirit and pleasant influence" - that is the opinion of participants.

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         Association “Lidere” has organised meeting for members of association, participants of mentoring programmes for entrepreneurs and partners of co-operation with Special Assignments Minister for Electronic Government Affairs INA GUDELE 24.10.2007.

         Minister has discussed such issues with partcipants of meeting:
  • IT as positive factor for business development,
  • improvements in public administration in order to develop favourable business environment,
  • formation of virtual office.
         At the end of the meeting representative of Secretariat of Special Assignments Minister for Electronic Government Affairs Gatis Ozols has presented e-signature and possibilities to use it.

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Join the W.I.N. (Women’s International Networking)
10th Annual Global Forum
Oslo Norway, 27-29 September

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Learn more at www.winconference.net

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Association “Lidere” members have visited Mirdza Cakure’s guest house “Konu dzirnavas” (“Konu Mill”) in Valmiera district 07.09.2007. Members of association have look around the guest house, have an excursion in the mill and they have got possibility to get production of the mill – pillows and quilts with natural fleece fill. They have some outdoor activities and dinner in the mill after that.

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2007/2 MENTORING PROGRAMME HAS COMMENCED



2007/2 mentoring programme for entrepreneurs has commenced 24.08.2008. in Riga. This programme will be realised with support of the Ministry of Economy in Latvia. 10 couples of entrepreneurs will co-operate during this programme to July 2008. 10 experienced entrepreneurs and 11 mentees have started work together within new programme. 6 from new entrepreneurs have started their own business; and 4 of mentees have planned to establish their own enterprise in the nearest future.

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Association “Lidere” members have visited the women’s club “Liepas” in Iecava 07.08.2007. It was a nice meeting with good co-operation partners, but participants of the meeting shared a lot of new and useful information. Lideres visited Agita Hauka’s massage practice and learned on different medical cosmetics preparations and after that they went Ruta Abolina’s guesthouse “Dzirnavnieki” in Islice, Bauska district.

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Association’s “Lidere” chair Aiva Viksna was interviewed by Sonnhild Rasche, Radio CORAX journalist. It is a non-commercial local radio in Halle, Germany. She is doing a broadcast on situation of women in different East European countries. Such topics as issues on association “Lidere” and its mentoring programmes for entrepreneurs, on situation of women life in Latvia in general, on women in business and managing positions in Latvia, on positive and negative factors which influence women life in Latvia are covered during the interview.


Association “Lidere” has signed Partner Network Agreement with W.I.N. (Women’s International Networking) 31.07.2007. to promote W.I.N. Annual Global Forum – “Taking the Next Step” and to ensure participation of the most active women leaders from Latvia in the forum in Oslo, Norway.


CONCLUSION OF 3RD MENTORING PROGRAMME FOR ENTREPRENEURS


          The 3rd Mentoring Programme for entrepreneurs has been closed 26.07.2007. in Riga. The programme had started in August 2007 and lasted for one year. This programme was realised by association “LIDERE”. Mentees (young entrepreneurs who are going to establish their own enterprise or have got their own enterprise no longer than 3 years) have got the opportunity to co-operate with mentors to get the advice of experienced entrepreneur during the programme

          25 participants – 13 mentees from Riga, Jelgava, Liepaja, Bauska, Rezekne and Lubana, Madona disrict and 12 mentors – have participated in the 3rd mentoring programme.

          3 pairs of participants of this programme had established their own enterprises before the programme, 4 participants established their enterprises during the programme, 4 participants did not established their own company (dropped out the programme), 1 participant sold her shares of enterprise.

          To the question “Has mentoring programme satisfied your expectations?” 44 % of respondents answered that programme fully satisfied their expectations and 56 % of respondents answered that programme partly satisfies their expectations. Nobody of the participants answered that they are not satisfied with the programme.

          Practical skills, moral support, information and experience are mentioned as most positive aspects of programme. Lack of time and distance between mentor’s and mentee’s location are mentioned as negative factors.



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2007/1st MENTORING PROGRAM MID-SEMINAR HAS HOLD



Mid-Seminar for 2007/1st mentoring program for entrepreneurs has hold 13.07.2007. in Riga. Mentees presented the co-operation with their mentors during 6 month.
10 teams of mentors and mentees work together within this programme. New entrepreneurs have achieved their objectives and tasks for half a year, have analysed the potentials of their new businesses.
The main topics discussed at the workshop are –formation of image for new enterprise, how to define the price for products / services, how to define right target group for the business, how to atract costumers.

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Association “LIDERE” members visited Mara Bergmane at environment health farm “Upmali” in Renda, Kuldiga district, 09.07.2007. Members of association together with Mara visited herbal tea gardens in “Upmali”, Mara introduced the participants of meeting with herbal phytotherapy, aromatherapy and healing effect, and “LIDERE” members tasted delicious and healthy herbal teas.

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Global Summit of Women took place in Berlin, Germany, June 14-16, 2007. The President of Latvia Vaira Vîíe – Freiberga participated in the summit as a keynoter and she received Global Women Leadership Award. 8 businesswomen from Latvia participated in the work of summit. This delegation was leaded by Aiva Viksna.


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Association “LIDERE” members have visited one of the members of association Olga Lasmane at hostel “Zakisi” in Cesu district, Raiskums 07.06.2007. Members of association have met the leader of local municipality and local entrepreneurs as well as got acquainted with operation of the hostel.

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Association Lidere members have met board members of Siera klubs (Cheese Club) at the informal dinner in restaurant Otto Schwarz 05.06.2007. It was the initiative of Lidere vice-chair Marite Sperberga and Siera klubs (Cheese Club) leader Vanda Davidanova, and it could be a beginning of new co-operation and nice tradition.

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COMPETENCE IMPROVING WORKSHOP FOR 3rd AND 2007/1st MENTORING PROGRAMMES FOR ENTREPRENEURS

The workshop „Change Management” was held 21.05.2007. in Riga for the participants of 3rd and 2007/1st mentoring programmes for entrepreneurs. The chair of the workshop was Natalija Jakovleva, co-owner of Reaton, Ltd.

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Association Lidere members have participated in the discussion with President of the State on topic "Woman's Role in Entrepreneurship" in Auce 18.05.2007. The main conclusions of the discussion were – there is a strong need to motivate the spirit of entrepreneurship, to establish new enterprises owned by women; to create co-operation networks in order to sustain competitiveness nationally and internationally. It was agreed that mentoring is one of the most impotant tools in the process of development of spirit of entrepreneurship.After the discussion association's Lidere members visited company EK Auce which is owned by one of its members Aija Veţuka .

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Association Lidere has organised the meeting with group of women entrepreneurs from Finland 15.05.2007 to sustain international contacts. They visited Riga and in the mean time they decided to get acquainted with association Lidere and its members. During this visit guests from Finland have been introduced with association Lidere and publishing house Applied Information Service and they visited companies Comperio and Silvanols.


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Association “Liepas” the women’s club from Iecava has organised Zemgale’s women’s non-governmental conference, which took place 11.05.2007. in Iecava, Bauska’s district. Aiva Viksna, chairwoman of the association Lidere has given presentation in the conference.

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Equal Lidere


Aiva Vîksna, chairwoman of the association Lidere has participated with the presentations and discussions in the workshop “Woman and Business” in 28.04.2007. and 12.05.2007.
Workshop was organised in the framework of the EQUAL project “SILENT HANDS”. Project in Latvia is realised by Latvian Association of the Deaf in co-operation with:
  • Social Integration Centre
  • Rçzekne Social Care Board
  • Valmiera City Municipality
  • Support Foundation to Entrepreneurship of Persons with Special Needs
  • Deaf Youth Organisation “Efraims”

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2007/1 MENTORING PROGRAMME HAS COMMENCED

2007/1 mentoring programme for entrepreneurs has commenced 30.03.2007. in Riga. This and the next programme will be realised with support of the Ministry of Economy in Latvia. 10 couples of entrepreneurs will co-operate during this programme to February 2008. 11 experienced entrepreneurs and 12 mentees have started work together within new programme. 8 from new entrepreneurs have started their own business; and 4 of mentees have planned to establish their own enterprise in the nearest future.

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3rd MENTORING PROGRAM MID-SEMINAR HAS HOLD


Mid-Seminar for 3rd mentoring program for entrepreneurs has hold 16.02.2007. in Riga. Mentees presented the co-operation with their mentors during 6 month.
9 mentors and mentees work together within this programme. New entrepreneurs have achieved their objectives and tasks for half a year, have analysed the potentials of their new businesses. Some ideas are refused after serious research of business possibilities.
The main topics discussed at the workshop are – the legal aspects of establishing the enterprise, public relations for new enterprise, how to define the price for products / services.




„MENTOR OF THE YEAR 2006 ” - Natâlija Jakovďeva


Competition „Mentor of the Year 2006” took place in Riga on February 2. The title of „Mentor of the Year 2006” was awarded to Natâlija Jakovďeva in the competition of 9 pretenders. She is shareholder of multipurpose enterprise Reaton Ltd – Trade Company of construction materials and gourmet products.

She was nominated for the competition by potential new entrepreneurs Valçrijs Spinga and Ěirts Zuimačs. They have declared that the information they have shared with Mrs. Jakovďeva during the mentoring programme will help them to start and to develop their own business.

Astrîda Vîtola, representative of the women’s club “Liepas” from Iecava has received the special award of the minister of Education and Science Baiba Rivţa. Gaida Korňilko, house administration CEO of Liepâja’s municipality organization “Karaosta” has received the special greeting from Nataďja Sterhova, „Mentor of the Year 2005”.

The objective of competition „Mentor of the Year” is to favour professional and experienced entrepreneurs, who act as mentors – they share their professional experience in definite mentoring programmes or they follow the rules of mentoring in their everyday practice, promoting to start new businesses or to overcome the new challenges of business environment of other entrepreneurs.

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COMPETENCE IMPROVING SEMINAR FOR 3rd MENTORING PROGRAM FOR ENTREPRENEURS


On 19th January, 2007, in Riga, was held the seminar „Introduction of Human Recourse management and development”. Participated participants of 3nd mentoring program for entrepreneurs. The chair of the seminar was Ilze Boitmane, the member of board “I-Work” Ltd.

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