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Resources, links, books and more avenues to explore for women in business or going into business. Have a browse!

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New Zealand resources and contacts

  • Business Network Internation (BNI)
    A business and professional networking organisation that allows only one person from each profession to join any chapter. (This is the New Zealand chapter.)
  • Business Mentors NZ
    If you employ less than 25 people and your business is more than 12 months old, you are eligible for a business mentor.
  • Chrysalis for Women
    A Wellington-based business network group for women in small to medium sized businesses. Also offers a 12-month workbook 'Your Business Journey'. The Principal is Kim Chamberlain - an author of books and e-books on communication skills, personal development, brain training and language exercises; an international conference speaker; and coordinator of women's business network groups.
  • CO.of women
    A nationwide business organisation for female entrepreneurs.
  • Dress For Success Wellington
    Provides interview suits, confidence boosts and career development to more than 30,000 women in over 70 cities internationally each year. Dress for Success is a not-for-profit organization which helps low-income women make tailored transitions into the workforce. They are always looking for women interested in helping in a variety of ways including repairing garments and fundraising.
  • GirlBoss
    The mission of GirlBoss New Zealand is to inspire, empower and equip New Zealand girls to develop their STEM (Science, Technology Engineering and Maths), leadership and entrepreneurial skills in order to become the change makers of the future.
  • iWahine
    Boutique wāhine Maori business advisory and consulting service
  • Māori Women's Development Inc
    MWDI was formed in 1987 with the assistance of Ministerial action and the goodwill of the National Council for Maori Women's Welfare League Inc to meet business, employment and financial demands. They provide loans of up to $20,000 to help Maori women start or expand businesses It aims to encourage Maori women and men into business as well as building a network of Maori in business.
  • New Zealand Federation of Business & Professional Women Inc
    BPW NZ promotes equity for all women in the workplace through advocacy, education and information, and has 31 branches throughout New Zealand.
  • Pacific Business Trust
    Set up in Auckland in 1985 , the Trust has now established a centre in Wellington. A Charitable Trust, their mandate is to grow Pacific businesses into sustainable, viable and commercially successful enterprises.
  • SheEO network
    This is the NZ Network of the international organization. SheEO funds new ventures.
  • She owns it
    Provides mentoring, community and workshops to women to develop your skill sets, self belief and brand.
  • Venus Network
    A nationwide business referral community designed for women who are serious about growing their business, their networks and themselves. There is a Wellington network.
  • TechwomenNZ
    TechWomen is a group of passionate New Zealand tech, digital and ICT focused individuals from leading organisations that work together, with the support of NZTech, to help address one of the major challenges for the successful growth of technology in New Zealand, a shortage of women in tech roles.
  • Women on Boards (Min. of Women's Affairs)
    The Nominations Service aims to increase the number of women leaders and decision-makers on state sector governance boards and committees.

International contacts and resources

  • Catalyst
    Catalyst is a non-profit organization working to advance women in business and the professions. This research organization has systematically tracked women's progress in the workplace and publishes this information on the web site.
  • Women's Agenda
    An Australian hub sharing the latest news and views affecting how women live and work. It reports daily on politics, business, leadership, tech and life from the perspective of professional women and female entrepreneurs.

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