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Useful links to NZ & International contacts for small businesses

New Zealand

  • Te Arahanga NgaIwi - Maori Economic Development Agency
    Provides services to Maori wishing to develop a new business idea or improve their existing business or community organisation.
  • BizDojo
    Based in Wellington and Auckland, BizDojo offers a new collaborative way of working. So if you are tired of working from home, check it out.
  • Chrysalis for Women
    A service for women's personal and professional development based in Wellington. Runs monthly women's business network group meetings.
  • The Common - Entrepreneurs club
    Although based in Auckland and membership based, their very useful blog postings are free to acess.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Business Mentor
    If your business is less than six months old, and you employ less than 25 people, then you are eligible for a business mentor. Conversely, if you would like to pass on your experience to newcomers, then you can apply to be a business mentor.
  • WREDA - Business Growth and Innovation
    Formerly Grow Wellington,, now part of WREDA, the business advisors work with businesses across the Wellington region to support innovation, and increase scale, revenue, investment, capability and employment in the region's priority sector .
  • Innovation Council
    The NZ Innovation Council provides innovators, entrepreneurs and business people with access to innovation experts, forums, events and resources nationwide via their online hub.
  • 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.
  • NetworkNZ
  • New Zealand Trade and Enterprise
    New Zealand Trade and Enterprise was established on 1 July 2003 as a result of a merger between Trade New Zealand and Industry New Zealand. Formerly, Trade New Zealand was the Government's trade promotion agency and Industry New Zealand was the Government's economic development agency. 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. The website also provides access to New Zealand Trade & Enterprise related websites, and showcases New Zealand businesses, entrepreneurs and opportunities.
  • 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."
  • Statistics NZ Business toolbox
    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.


  • 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
  • Online women's business centre
    By combining the expertise and resources of the United States Small Business Administration with several major corporate sponsors ,we have developed a one-of-a-kind web site that will provide you with the very best information for running your business. A "one-stop shopping" site, where you can find information about everything from how to start your business to how to operate in the global market place.
  • The Young Entrepreneurs Guide to Starting & Growing a Successful Business
    A great site with financing, mentorship and other resources aimed specifically for young business owners

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