Want to start your own business? You have a great idea and want to start a business. But do you have what it takes to make it a success? Every year, more new small businesses fail than succeed, but that shouldn’t stop you — The Orchard is here to support you and we want to inspire you to get started!!

Wednesday 25th November The Orchard is hosting a storytelling evening, with Dress for Success and other business associations to help inspire early entrepreneurs to get started and give you the extra tools your business needs to exceed.

Three inspiring local businesses will be sharing their stories on how they grew their idea to a successful business.

Speaker #1 Jules Smith - Wash Bar
Jules Smith started WashBar in her garage and grew it into a business that was #1 in its sector and exported to 12 countries. She sold the business nearly 3 years ago. She works with Business Mentors NZ as a business mentor with a focus on companies in the natural and sustainable sectors and is a three-time judge of the Northland NZ Business Innovation Awards.
Speaker #2 Sarah Wells - My Goodness
"Overnight Success, but 5 years in the Making". Sarah was a finalist in the Pick:19 finalist, taking her business through the 12 week accelerator programme and she now has been in successful business for two years.
Speaker #3 Angeleen Lewers – RAW Cakes
Angeleen created RAW Cakes in 2016 with her mum as she saw the need for healthy alternatives to mainstream food. RAW Cakes was unfamiliar in Whangarei and NZ so the challenges and successes were a huge attribute to where they are now.
Speaker #4  Zachary Woods - Northland Inc, Early Stage Growth Advisor
Coordinator The Pick:21, Business Accelerator Boot camp organiser will explain why you should enter this free programme.
 
When starting your business off it is important to know what business support is available.
You will also get a chance to network with Northland Commerce of Chambers, Young Enterprise, North Tec and Northland Inc at the event.


What’s an Accelerator?
Accelerators are programmes run all over the world to strengthen and advance startup businesses.
Though each accelerator is different, they share common attributes:
- one key objective: to enable leaders to speed up the progress of an early stage business
- they provide space for founders to set aside the whirlwind of life and focus on their business
- they can help you focus on best-practice business basics, while exposing you to new ideas, mentors and opportunities