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Thinking of setting up your own business? The library can help, with many resources available to you.

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Magazines for Small Business Owners

  • Franchise New Zealand
    Contains a variety of franchise opportunities and information. Also contains a Directory of Franchising which lists essential contact details for franchisers.
  • NZ Entrepreneur
    New Zealand's digital magazine for entrepreneurs and business builders, delivering insightful articles, interviews and inspiration. Free subscription.

Useful links and contacts for small businesses

New Zealand

  • Pakihi Māori – Māori Enterprise
    Enterprising whānau and thriving Māori businesses are critical to the wellbeing of our whānau, the development of our communities and rohe, and growth and resilience of our economy.
  • Chrysalis for Women
    A service for women's personal and professional development based in Wellington. Runs monthly women's business network group meetings.
  • Employment NZ
    Employment NZ's web resource is designed to help business owners find simple straight forward employment relations and health & safety information and much more.
  • FOUND – NZ business directories
    Tips for writing the best directory profile, includes a step-by-step guide to submitting your site with a list of 95 online business directories.
  • Business to business
    A monthly newspaper targeting small to medium sized enterprises (SMEs).Regular newspaper features include general business news, company appointments, an events diary and columns from experts in the fields of money management, business development, marketing, human resources, exporting/importing, business law, employer issues, using humour at work, and making the most of IT.
  • Biz (business.govt.nz)
    This is the New Zealand government business site managed and maintained by New Zealand Trade and Enterprise (NZTE) to act as a gateway to government and private sector business information, news and services. It brings together free business resources, tools and information to help people start, manage and grow their business, and is designed specifically for small to medium sized businesses. The website is supported by freephone 0800 424 946.
  • WellingtonNZ - Business Growth
    Formerly known as Grow Wellington and then WREDA, the Business growth Team at WellingtonNZ support businesses to grow and innovate, and build a stronger, more connected regional business community.
  • NZ School of Export
    New Zealand's only provider of professional qualifications in exporting and international trade which have been accredited by Iatto (the International Association of Trade Training Organisations).
  • Meetup.com
    This is a list of the small business meetups currently operating in Wellington. A great way to network.
  • Collectively
    Collectively is all about supporting New Zealanders in business. Our job is to help other New Zealand based businesses to grow through providing a networking platform to connect with other businesses, as well as giving plentiful opportunities to discuss and learn new ideas to sky rocket their own business!
  • New Zealand Trade and Enterprise
    Their services cover specific aspects of trade and enterprise, business development, export services, business success and regional development, and includes services for businesses starting up, and at an early stage of development as well as services for businesses seeking to grow and internationalise: including new exporters, high growth businesses and other exporters.
  • Pacific Business Trust
    The Pacific Business Trust is a Charitable Trust established in 1985 in Auckland. Their mandate is to grow Pacific businesses into sustainable, viable and commercially successful enterprises. They now have a branch in Porirua.
  • Popup Business School
    The PopUp Business School runs inspirational business training events to help people in communities start small businesses and making money doing what they love. The concept has been run successfully in the UK for 7 years. The first one in Aotearoa was run recently in Porirua
  • Sparkbox
    "Investing in and growing simple ideas with simple value propositions". Sparkbox specialises in helping companies in the technology sector, and rather than calling themselves a traditional venture capital company, they see themselves as Business angels - ie "individuals with more than a few spare dollars who want to invest in and help develop a firm before it's large enough to access traditional venture capital funds."
  • Stats NZ - Data for business
    Find your target market and compare your business with competitors."
  • Wellington Chamber of Commerce
    The Wellington Regional Council has since 1856 been in the business of encouraging regional development and has 1,400 members, who range from major corporations to sole traders.
  • Wellington Young Professionals
    WYP is a network of young business people (aged under 30) in Wellington. It holds regular networking events and provides networking opportunities and introductions for participants.
  • Venus Network
    A nationwide business referral community designed for women who are serious about growing their business, their networks and themselves.
  • Small Business Guides by Xero


  • AllBusiness.com
    An american site AllBusiness.com provides practical solutions to the everyday challenges of starting, managing and growing a business. You can register as a member for free.
  • BizMove.com - the Small Business Knowledge Base
    A comprehensive American site of free small business information . It provides access to guides, tools and techniques.
  • bplans.com
    A must for business planning. It gives valuable advice on marketing plans and you can download sample plans for all kinds of businesses
  • business.gov.au
    This Australian site was the winner of the United Nations Public Service Award for eGovernment. It is an Australian government initiative to make it easier for Australian businesses to deal with government and provides essential information on planning, starting and running your business.
  • Entrepeneur Magazine
    Has free access to newsletters and small business advice

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