Grow your business

Ready to take your business to the next level?

The Chamber partners with other national networks to support businesses in the Bay of Plenty.

Regional Business Partner Network

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.
Melissa and Matt Cooke family photo jumping in front of the Mount

Case study: Starex

Matt and Melissa Cooke purchased early childhood furniture manufacturing business Starex alongside Melissa’s parents in 2006.

They came into the role fresh and ready to learn, and have gained vital experience and knowledge about both running a business and the dynamic industry they work in over the past 15 years. 

In 2016, they came to the Regional Business Partner Network (RBP) through the Chamber to help gain support and guidance for their business.

They were connected to Growth Advisor Jason Stockdale, whose role is to support local businesses by connecting them with specialist support, contacts and information that builds internal management capability and brings them closer to their goals. 

Read about the Cooke’s experience here. 

Business Mentors

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.

Please click here to view eligibility for becoming a Business Mentor, or click here to register.

Case study: Tiny House Builders

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.”

Read about Rebecca’s experience here. 

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