Development West Coast in collaboration with Business Mentors New Zealand (BMNZ) hosted a two-hour business start-up workshop yesterday evening at Tai Poutini Polytechnic.
Around 30 people attended the workshop presented by John Barnes of BMNZ. Mr Barnes drew on his vast experience mentoring business owners on the West Coast and Canterbury to provide insights on how to implement a good business plan.
“From my perspective it was a good sign that people from the West Coast show enthusiasm and are prepared to learn as much as possible before they go into business,” said Mr Barnes.
Juliette Henry from Inland Revenue also discussed tax-related issues that affect small business owners.
Participant Karen Haigh said the workshop was “very valuable and inspirational” and an “excellent chance to meet like-minded people and learn from the experts.”
DWC event manager Aaron Rees was happy to see so many budding entrepreneurs in the same room. “It’s great to see the entrepreneurial spirit so strong on the Coast.”