Ken Germaine is a self-employed entrepreneur, management consultant, business advisor, trainer, academic and mentor.  Ken helps entrepreneurs to assess the viability of and start their new ventures.  This includes guiding the entrepreneur to clearly identify their market and competitive advantages which will allow the new venture to build their client base in a shorter time span than otherwise.  He assists the entrepreneur to ensure that their business idea makes them money and achieve a rate of return on their investment.

Ken also works with nonprofit organisations and has served as chairperson of a number of charitable organisations, social enterprises and EU-funded programmes and was a long-time member of the Irish Red Cross.  Ken works with organisations on developing their strategies, business plans and implementation strategies.

Ken Germaine is founder of Germaine Business Planning (www.germaine.eu.com), is Chairperson and a director of Entrepreneurial Perspectives Limited (www.entrepreneurial.ie) and is a fellow, former board member and past President of the Institute of Management Consultants and Advisers (www.imca.ie) and is a former member of the committee of the Independent Advisers and Consultants Group (ICAG) within the Institute, of which Ken is a former Chairperson. Ken was a member of the Wales-Ireland Network for Social Entrepreneurship (WINSENT), a cross-border Wales/Ireland project funded under INTERREG IV to promote social entrepreneurship in Ireland and North Wales.  Ken was Chief Executive Officer of the BASE Enterprise Centre, a nonprofit community-based enterprise centre and registered charity in Dublin Ireland for over 9 years up to February 2010 and was also a member of Enterprise Centres – Ireland East, the network of community-based enterprise centres in the Dublin, Meath, Kildare and Wicklow area.

Ken is also an experienced trainer and has written several reports, evaluations and business plans for programmes, businesses and social enterprises. Ken holds a B.A. (Hons) in politics and economics, as well as, an M.A. in political science from University College Dublin (UCD) and a PhD from Trinity College Dublin on community-based social enterprises in Ireland within economic geography.

For more information on Ken see:

http://kengermaine.wordpress.com

http://www.germaine.eu.com

http://www.linkedin.com/pub/dir/ken/germaine

To contact Ken, email:

ken@germaine.eu.com

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