Business Trade Investment Board’s final business training session in Aitutaki on September 8. BTIB/22091311
Cook Islands Business Trade Investment Board (BTIB) have finished training local entrepreneurs in Aitutaki and will continue in Atiu next month.
Teroro Totini from BTIB said
the training was about teaching participants how to form business, marketing
and financial plans. The training also covered how to price products and
complete manual bookkeeping.
Totini said BTIB would
provide cash books and invoice books to the workshop participants who would then
BTIB run training programmes
every month in Rarotonga and the organisation also tries to get to the Pa Enua
monthly, Totini said.
The agency will be in Atiu
from October 11 – 13 after finishing training in Aitutaki earlier this month.
After Atiu, Totini said she
hoped the workshop would continue to Mangaia and the other Southern group
She said workshop
participants were aware of the documents and processes necessary to run a
business but they did not know how to do them.
“They know if they apply for
a business loan they need a business plan but they don’t know how to do the
business plan,” Totini explained.
“That’s how we come in and
assist them, and provide templates on how they can create their own business
plan for them to submit to the banks.”
Totini said the workshops have
been ongoing for some time, adding they were now moving towards digital
“We have been trying to move
with the time, hence the introduction of the digital bookkeeping via tablet.”
She said the courses were about
putting business owners on the right track.
Totini said people had become
more confident with the necessary process since the courses started.
All the training courses conducted
by BTIB are free.