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Learning business from the ground up

Wednesday May 06, 2015 Written by Published in Economy
Tomorrow’s workshop for start-up businesses will have the help of Kiwi mentors like Lorraine George (left) and Tina Bogaard. Tomorrow’s workshop for start-up businesses will have the help of Kiwi mentors like Lorraine George (left) and Tina Bogaard.

In a bid to reverse depopulation trends in the Cook Islands, the Chamber of Commerce is offering a free workshop for locals wanting to start new businesses.

Workshop coordinator Lynne Samuel says the event is part of the Pacific Business Mentoring Programme and is about getting to the grass roots of business to support local entrepreneurs and raise employment.

“We want to encourage people to stay in or return to the Cook Islands to start up a business and stop depopulation.”

The training is aimed at anyone looking at starting up a business or who has recently started one.

“We want to see if people know what’s needed to start a new business, and if they don’t know, they will know after the workshop.”

Established businesses around Rarotonga already have the opportunity to work with a business mentor this week, as the Pacific Business Mentoring Programme kicks off.

With the help of new funding from the Food and Agriculture Organisation, Samuel says they are excited to be able to also offer mentors for new businesses.

“The whole aim is just to give locals a helping hand on what they need to know, what they need to do and what they should be doing to start or grow a new business.”

Attendees will have the opportunity to sign up for a long-term mentor to grow their business venture further.

The workshop is open to the public and is being held at the Cook Islands Training Institute in Ngatangiia.

It will run today from 3.30pm-5.30pm.

1 comment

  • Comment Link Angie Samuela Thursday, 07 May 2015 19:49 posted by Angie Samuela

    I was wondering if new business start-up workshops could be held in the pa enua? Depopulation is a problem for us too. I've known people who try to set up small businesses in the outer islands. However with no training, mentoring or support the enterprises often fail.

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