5 resources to help grow your small business

Date: 16th June 2016

Whether you’re a small startup or a small business wanting to grow and innovate, there is a wealth of business resources out there, many of them free, if you know where to look! Recently we introduced you to the New Zealand Story, a free toolkit of great resources like videos, high resolution images, infographics, and presentation templates to assist export-focused businesses.

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Now we’d like to show you some more tools – from business mentoring to business development funding and staff recruitment tools – that will help take your small business to the next level.

1. The Regional Business Partner network

This regional network provides specialist business advisors to help business owners and managers identify opportunities to grow their business, access expertise and mentoring services, and support research and development activities.

See how Otago based Artemis natural healthcare utilised the network to help grow their business.

You can contact your local partner by registering on the Regional Business Partners website, or find a partner in your region.

2. Business Mentors NZ

Business Mentors New Zealand Limited is a not-for-profit organisation dedicated to supporting the success and growth of small businesses through the knowledge and experience of volunteer mentors. The program helps both existing businesses needing help with specific business challenges, and start-ups with getting new business ideas off the ground.

If you want to access these services either register your details with Business Mentors NZ or contact your local Regional Business Partner.

3. NZTE Capability Development Vouchers

If you have aspirations to grow your business you might also be eligible for a New Zealand Trade & Enterprise Capability Development Voucher, which is offered through the Regional Business Partners network. This assistance is available to businesses to use as partial payment towards the cost of capability development and training in areas such as business planning, business systems and business sustainability.

To qualify, you must first meet with your local Regional Business Partner. Get in touch by registering on the Regional Business Partners website.

4. SkillFinder recruiting tool

If you’re unable to find the skills you need in New Zealand, Immigration New Zealand has a free online tool that connects you with a world of jobseekers who have expressed an interest in living and working here.

Employers and recruiters can use the SkillFinder tool to access a database of about 600,000 people. Go to SkillFinder at Immigration NZ to find out more.

5. Xero Business Course

Findlay and Co’s own Xero Business Course is based locally in Wanaka and Queenstown and is designed to help business owners use Xero as a tool to drive their business forward. The five week courses start end of June 2016, with additional courses running as demand permits.

To register your interest, or for more information, go to Findlay & Co’s Workshops & Seminars.

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