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Reduce your risk of cyberattack

Oct 21, 2021 4:59:21 PM

For small business owners, the risk of cyberattack is snowballing. Last year cyberattacks increased by more than 42% in New Zealand. You ignore the risk at your peril. Even if you’re not a confident technology user, you can help reduce your risk with a few practical steps and the right support.

Data-driven decisions add up for small business

Oct 15, 2021 8:25:00 AM

Data is a currency of today’s economy and its impact on society, politics and commercial success is undeniable. We hear a lot about big data, but is that relevant to small business? Let’s explore how you can benefit from data and statistics in your business decisions, and what data is available to you.

Case Studies

Striking the right chord

Oct 7, 2021 9:25:14 AM

Founder of Piano Picnic, Ruth Power is on a mission to show that piano is cool and accessible to everyone. The Raglan based musician and music teacher is providing an alternative to the traditional options by enabling pianists to embrace their creativity and curiosity and to hit the right note, she sought the help of ...

Employee Assistance Programmes can bring equal benefit for employers

Sep 28, 2021 1:43:40 PM

If you’re a small business owner, you already know how important it is to give your team the tools they need to do their jobs. One resource you may wish to consider is an Employee Assistance Programme (EAP). This is a service that offers professional counselling or support to your team to support their wellbeing. This blog explains EAP services and what to think about when finding a provider for your business.

Mentor Stories

Tech high-flier returns home and gives back as a Mentor

Sep 21, 2021 3:33:21 PM

Angela Finucane’s corporate career took her around the world, through the executive suite of IBM and to the management team at Ericsson. Then, she brought that experience to entrepreneurship, growing her Kuala Lumpur-based tech start-up to become a global player. Now, she’s giving back by sharing her experience and time as a Business Mentor.

Celebrating te reo Māori: A good first step on your journey to more inclusive business

Sep 16, 2021 3:26:12 PM

Even if you're not a Māori-led business, you can still do a lot to make your business more culturally inclusive. Wherever you begin, being genuine, curious, and respectful is key. If you’re ready to learn and to persevere in your journey, you’ll be set to reap the benefits of better relationships, self-awareness and understanding.

Sustainability is a path to survive and thrive

Sep 9, 2021 12:17:30 PM

Right now, we’re confronted by how much the health of the world affects us. Whether it’s the planets limits or pandemic’s reach, we’re truly interconnected. Our businesses are an important link between individuals, communities and our shared future. This presents business owners with a responsibility and an opportunity around sustainability.

Case Studies

Thrilling results from mentoring

Sep 7, 2021 1:48:24 PM

Like the rest of New Zealand, Sonja Painter could never have foreseen the impact of Covid and the dramatic drop in tourists seeking the adrenaline-fuelled attractions of her business, Thrillzone, dropped away dramatically.

Now’s the time to shine a light on your lease

Sep 3, 2021 12:42:42 PM

Commercial leases are just one of the financial obligations that can weigh heavily on small businesses, especially during a pandemic. Having good support and information can make all the difference to getting leasing right, and if things go wrong. Understanding the pros, cons, and differences with commercial leases is important. So is awareness of recent legal changes and knowing where to turn for help. ...

Case Studies

Good guidance means good business at The Paper People

Aug 12, 2021 12:31:28 PM

Bronwen Hurford wanted to grow her business, The Paper People with a strong sense of purpose. To do this, she knew good guidance would be pivotal. As a newcomer to Dunedin, Business Mentors New Zealand was one of Bronwen’s first stops.