Grow your business
Ready to take your business to the next level?
The Chamber partners with other organisations to support businesses from all sectors and stages of development.
The Chamber facilitates the delivery of the Regional Business Partner Network (RBP) in the Bay of Plenty, alongside Rotorua Business Chamber, Eastern Bay Chamber of Commerce and Poutama Trust.
Our specialist Business Advisors work with owners and / or key managers to identify needs and opportunities to grow your business. They can provide advice, information, referrals and connections to support you on your journey.
They may also connect you with a Business Mentor for one-on-one, ongoing support to help you achieve your results by providing an element of accountability – more on this below.
How we can help:
- Mobile business advisory team
- A customised action plan to support business growth
- Access to a business mentor (more on this below).
- Connect you with networks and expertise to help you grow
- Identify constraints and provide impartial confidential advice
- Link you into co-funded training opportunities
- Connect you with exporter support.
Meet the RBP team
Roz Irwin, Jason Stockdale and Kirstin Mead are our RBP Business Advisors. They are your first point of contact at the Chamber to discuss how we can help grow your business.
Between them, they have extensive experience in the business community and know the right people to connect you with, whether it’s digital enablement, marketing, sales support, cash flow or more.
Click on the image above to find out more about the RBP in a video chat with Kirstin and Roz.
Business Mentors is a support service offered as part of the Regional Business Partnership Network.
Whether you’d like a fresh approach or an independent perspective to bounce off new ideas, help avoiding common pitfalls, or be held accountable to someone outside your normal support network, a Business Mentor may achieve better results.
Mentors volunteer their time, but a registration fee is required to cover some operational costs of the programme. Once registration is received, you will be matched with a mentor that best suits your needs.
Becoming a mentor
If you are an experienced business person who understands the challenges that face small business and you’d like to give something back to the community, we’d love to hear from you.
We provide ongoing support with resources, collaboration and an Accreditation Seminar which provides tools for effective mentoring, ‘best practice’ principles, and interaction with other local mentors.
How can a mentor help you?
Reassurance, confidence and someone to share her business successes with – that’s what Tiny House Builders managing director Rebecca Bartlett has found in her business mentor Lynette McClatchy.
“It gives you the confidence to know you’re not just some crazy person trying to be a business owner; you’re actually running a business.
“That took a while to sink in, but Lynette helped me have confidence in myself, to make decisions and get that mojo.”