Business Kick Starter

The latest round of Business Kick Starter has finished, we'll list dates for the next round later in the year.

Five evening workshops over five weeks – for FREE. 

Run by local business experts, Business Kick Starter teaches you business basics to get your new business off to the right start. Learn REAL business basics from REAL business owners. Spaces are limited to 25 participants, registrations are essential, a current my vaccine pass is required for all participants. 


> Introduction to Self-employment  - Dan Yorke and Nancy Kareroa-Yorke
> Business Branding - Sara Reid

> Figure out the legal stuff  - Francoise Le Marrec
> Sales & Marketing - Rachel Klaver
> Business Planning & Business Protection - Terry Sage and Lee Reo

Whether your passion is baking, flying drones, art, dog walking, supporting the community, or writing blogs; These business basics apply to most industries.

What Can You Expect?

A start-up programme for those looking at, or new to, self-employment. Workshops are presented and run by five fabulous mentors, who each will take you through a two-hour workshop one evening a week for five weeks. 

Workshops will cover essential business basics for new businesses,  such as self-employment versus employment, legal and accounting aspects, marketing and branding, sales, business planning, and growth. You can expect to come away with a foundation of business basics to better your chances of business survival and success.

Your Commitment:

You will need to commit to two hours a week, for five weeks. 

These two-hour sessions will be held from 5.30 pm - 7.30 pm one evening each week for 5 weeks.
In registering and participating in this programme, you agree to keep anything shared by other attendees confidential.

When: Each Tuesday evening, for five weeks, May 3rd to May 31st 2022

- Tuesday 3rd, 5.30 pm to 7.30 pm
- Tuesday 10th, 5.30 pm to 7.30 pm 
- Tuesday 17th, 5.30 pm to 7.30 pm 
- Tuesday 24th, 5.30 pm to 7.30 pm 
- Tuesday 31st, 5.30 pm to 7.30 pm 

Where: The Orchard Business and Event Hub, Level One, 35 Walton Street, Whangarei.

Who should apply?
  • New Businesses
  • New Sole traders
  • Small business owners who need to work on business basics
  • People who want to be part of a structured program to support their first steps into starting a business
  • People who want to learn basics while developing a business idea

About the speakers:

Thank you to our sponsors for making this happen