To support businesses who have been affected by COVID-19, CEDA is delivering a series of free business webinars. This Navigating COVID-19 webinar series is delivered in partnership with our service providers, and funded by New Zealand Trade and Enterprise.
CEDA works with partners across Palmerston North City, Ruapehu, Rangitīkei, Tararua, Horowhenua, Whanganui and Manawatū, to deliver this series for the wider Manawatū-Whanganui region and beyond.
The Navigating COVID-19 business support webinars are delivered monthly and are 30-minutes long, including a Q&A with the presenter at the end.
All the webinars are recorded and are listing below to enable you to watch any webinars you missed or would like to re-watch.
Watch this space for more upcoming support webinars.
Webinar One: Business Continuity Planning
Webinar Six: Supply Chain Risk & Management
Infometrics Manawatū-Whanganui: Economic Effects of COVID-19
An Infometrics Manawatū-Whanganui Webinar to brief business and community leaders on some of the local economic effects of the COVID-19 pandemic
Webinar Seven: Keeping your Team Unified and Forward Focused
Webinar Eight: Post Lockdown – Dawn of a New Normal
Te Aho Tāmaka Webinar: Rising from the Ashes with Linda Jenkinson
Hear from Te Aho Tāmaka Leader and global entrepreneur Linda Jenkinson for inspiration in this time of recovery. Linda shares her journey including the challenges of losing 50% of her revenue in the aftermath of 9/11, surviving the dotcom bubble and the GFC – learn how her businesses survived and thrived and gain some creative ideas to support you through the COVID-19 crisis.
Visitor Sector Webinar Series: Digital Best Practice
Hear from digital marketing guru, Alex Dykman, Founder and Head of Strategy at Maverick Digital, as she shares her knowledge and guidance on how we can utilise digital channels, now more than ever, to reach potential customers and grow engagement and awareness over the coming months. Alex covers how to use digital to create demand and drive bookings from the new Kiwi traveller in this practical webinar.
Webinar Nine: Navigating Employment Law
Hear from Steph Dyhrberg, Kāpiti resident and Wellington employment lawyer at Dyhrberg Drayton. Steph will explain the processes employers need to go through to deal with the COVID-19 fallout. This will include making changes to hours of work and pay, redundancies, recruitment and using trial periods correctly.
Webinar Ten: Understanding the Government Package
The Government’s support package for the COVID-19 crisis includes wage subsidies, tax relief and lending rules. What do these mean for businesses and their recovery? Join Kirk Hope of BusinessNZ as he shares his thoughts on current business needs and the COVID-19 support package.
Webinar 11: Achieving Resilience and Wellbeing in a Critical Time of Change
Hear from Julie Rowlands, Julia Stockman and Mel Whiting from Baker Tilly Staples Rodway. Succeeding in turbulent times requires a critical focus on resilience and change leadership. Visible leadership and strong emotional intelligence will enable leaders to focus on their people like they have never before. This means understanding the challenges that others are facing, recognising the impact change has on us all and most importantly seeing people as people beyond the isolation. This is a time for both brave leadership, courageous conversations and whole hearts.
Webinar 12: Engaging Marketing for Re-Positioning in a New Environment
Visitor Sector Webinar Series: Demystifying Qualmark
Visitor businesses need to be look carefully at their business health and safety, quality standards and how they can deliver a sustainable visitor experience in response to the current climate. Hear from Gregg Anderson, Qualmark GM, as he shares the benefits of being a part of this important accreditation, and Jacinda Cole, owner of The Martinborough Hotel, as she shares her honest experience of the Qualmark process.
Webinar 13: Master Your Cash Flow
Join Hector Bassett of Davidson Fraser as he teaches you how to structure your cash flow to strategically maximise profit and forecast your cash flow for the next few months. Free Resource – a customised cash flow spreadsheet will be explained as part of the webinar, designed for non-accountants who want to learn a little more about how their cash flow works, and is available via Google docs here.
Webinar 14: Financing Business Cashflow & Accessing Recent Tax Changes
In light of the recent announcements of support for businesses affected by the COVID-19 responses, it is a good time to familiarise ourselves with the support available and the mechanisms through which it can be accessed. In this informative webinar, Russell Bell CA and Craig McKinnon CA of Balance Chartered Accountants, will walk you through the support packages announced pre and post Budget 2020. This Webinar is brought to you in partnership with Whanganui and Partners.
Webinar 15: Practical Implementation of Lean Practices to Improve SMEs’ Productivity
Lean has become somewhat of a buzzword over recent years and is often wrongly used as a term for simply cutting costs. Join Nick Brownsword of Productivity People as he explains the real meaning of Lean, and provides clear practical examples of Lean best practices and the tangible benefits they can deliver to your teams and your business.
Webinar 16: Focus or Pivot? Strategies to Navigate Through COVID-19 and Beyond
Webinar 17: Blasting a Recession with Tech!
COVID-19 Implications for Manawatū District and Palmerston North City Māori
CEDA and Infometrics invite you to this workshop which looks at the effects of COVID-19 and government measures to contain the pandemic on the Māori workforce in the Manawatū District and Palmerston North city. Hear from Infometrics Senior Economists, Rob Heyes, and Brad Olsen.
Webinar 18: Re-think the Game Plan – A practical approach to business planning
All businesses, regardless of sector or size, aim to build a better future – and with the COVID-19 situation changing by the week, the path forward is anything but clear. Join Fiona Chard of Chard Consulting to learn some practical approaches that will help you to move quickly as you rethink and regenerate your business. Using the practical tools and fit-for-purpose approaches that have made a real difference to many of their clients, Chard Consulting have re-thought their own game plan and experienced the benefits of quick action.
Visitor Sector Webinar Series: Digital Marketing – Leveraging your Digital Toolbox
Learn practical tips and uncover helpful resources digital guru, Alex Dykman, Founder and Head of Strategy at Maverick Digital to support you to Leverage your digital toolbox to get the best bang for your buck, achieve best practice SEO and craft your message online.
Check out these useful resources:
User friendly layout guidelines (SEO and Google visibility – on page strategies)
Set up Facebook Business
Set up Facebook Re-targeting
Webinar 19: Restocking Hospitality
Join Adam Parker of Hospitality New Zealand for a broad overview on the current trends for the hospitality industry, advice about operating safety now and in the future and some practical examples to support your hospitality staff through this time.
Webinar 20: Tackling Digital Marketing in 2020
Digital marketing is targeted, measurable, and cost effective which makes it an ideal marketing tool for businesses.
Join Sarah Reichardt from Thrive Media for an informative and practical webinar on social media marketing and e-commerce in a post-COVID environment. Sarah will explain the basics behind WHY and HOW to make these platforms work for your business.
Visitor Sector Webinar Series: The Art of Storytelling & Content Creation
Webinar 21: Flexible Working – One size does not fit all
Visitor Sector Support Webinar: Tips for Listing Your Visitor Experience Online
Webinar 22: Strategic Marketing – Part 1
Join Rachael Hedges, Founder of RMH Consulting for the first webinar in the two-part series taking a deep dive into marketing strategy.
Webinar 24: Strategies to Survive and Thrive
Webinar 25: Keeping New Zealanders Working
Hear from MSD on the work they do to provide employment, income support and superannuation services along with funding to community service providers and student allowances and loans.
CEDA’s team are here to support you and help answer any questions you may have.
We recognise that the level of information is significant, and rapidly changing each day. Get in touch so we can help guide you through the different supports available to you and connect you with the resources you need.
Our dedicated team of Business Growth Advisors can connect you to the right information and resources to assist you in navigating this unprecedented time for your business. Ways we can help include:
- Connecting you to professional service providers to assist you with the issues that you are facing e.g. cash flow management, business continuity management,
- Provide you with relevant and up to date information on how and where to access Government support including navigating the Wage Subsidy Scheme, and the recently announced Business Finance Guarantee Scheme.
- Assist Maori businesses on Government support available.
- Provide you with an experienced Business Mentor to provide additional guidance over the next 12 months. Business Mentors come with specific skills and are matched depending on your needs.
- Facilitate funding for Research and Development including project grants.