Networks to Engage with
Supporting and showcasing local businesses, sharing stories of our local heroes and promoting what there is to see and do in Feilding for our residents and visitors.
Encouraging and supporting integrated business growth that creates wealth and employment throughout the Manawatu region through advocacy, networking and building business capability.
Connecting local businesses in this challenging time to communicate useful and practical information to provide business support. Lead by the Manawatu Chamber of Commerce.
Advocating for positive youth development and authentic youth participation within the business community.
Empowering, encouraging and developing young professional to prosper, create long-lasting relationships and benefit our members and region.
The Factory provides a range of support, mentorship and other business development services to entrepreneurs and start-ups. The team works with all technologies and are specialists in agriculture, agritech and agrifood, with direct start-up experience. They focus on applying their specialist expertise with start-ups and investment and innovation management to help entrepreneurs and innovators prepare and take their products to market.
Located at Massey University, it is a place where entrepreneurs can grow their businesses, a headquarters for various support programmes and a co-working space to meet, work and collaborate.
Are you a business located in Palmerston North city or Manawatu District? If so, you can sign your business up to Choose Manawatu. Choose Manawatu is a collective initiative brought to you by Manawatu Chamber of Commerce, Palmy BID (Business Improvement District), Feilding & District Promotion, the Central Economic Development Agency (CEDA), in partnership with the Palmerston North City Council (PNCC) and Manawatu District Council.
Choose Manawatu provides an integrated platform to share their business and how they’re operating under COVID-19. It also encourages locals to support their community, and shop, spend and support local! It’s free for businesses to sign up, simply visit choosemanawatu.nz or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Discover the funding options that may be available for your business through this Funding Explorer.
Manawatu Investment Group Angels (MIG Angels)
MIG Angels is a Manawatu based angel group that supports high-tech start-ups raise angel investment and gain mentorship. MIG Angels is an active investor from Seed to Series A and currently has a portfolio of 30+ investments in New Zealand technology businesses.
Cash Flow Tools & Templates
Useful Tools and Template to Utilise
NZTE have compiled a suite of useful tools and templates on cash flow which you can find here. NZTE also host weekly cash flow webinars and 1:1 cash flow clinics. Templates include financial model templates, direct daily or weekly cash flow model, and useful guides and a useful workbook for managing your cash flow through COVID-19.
Check out the other useful resources available below:
Business Resources & Templates
Business Performance Tools
Check out the tools and templates to help you plan for growth from a quick-focus business plan, a test to see if your ready to grow to grant and government help and more.
360-Degree Assessment for Small Businesses
The Business Discovery is a FREE 360-degree assessment tool for small businesses that enables you to undertake a confidential self-assessment of your existing business structure. On completion, a detailed report will be immediately emailed to you to inspire better discussions and insights related to challenges and opportunities that exist within your business model.
COVID-19 Business Checklist
For a simple checklist that takes the guess work out of how to plan and work through the different stages of COVID-19, here’s a template to get you started and prompt thinking of the key things to consider as you prepare for each COVID-19 Alert Level.
Marketing Tips & Resources
Reaching and Engaging Customers
- Effectively using Zoom – Zoom Video Tutorials
- Google my Business – the most effective, and free tool for your business
- Here’s a useful article on how to optimize your Google my Business listing, written by a group of marketing and digital experts
- Top Marketing Tips from an expert
- Template for creating a marketing plan
Websites & eCommerce for Businesses
If your business doesn’t have a website yet
Our region is home to a great range of web developers, designers and marketers that you can work with to plan out your needs. Before you create a website though, think about what you will use it for, how you will promote it and how you will keep it up to date. This will help inform the type of website you need. Find more information on setting up a new e-commerce business here.
Online Shopping Capability
There are also several ecommerce platforms which will help you set up an online store yourself such as WooCommerce, Shopify and Swiftly. Be sure to look at the different pricing structures and usability to find the best one for your need.
If your business already has a website, but doesn’t have the ability for people to purchase online, then it is recommended that you speak to your website company or designer to get an idea of the best approach for setting this up.
If you don’t have a company or designer, get in touch with our team to see how we can support.
Facebook for Selling your product
Unlike many other third-party marketplaces and e-commerce platforms, Facebook allows you to sell your products and services free of charge. It allows you to get access to a growing community of active, motivated buyers with millions of people browsing and buying items from other people and businesses on Facebook.
Utilise your Facebook page to get sales through enabling your customers to order your products and services straight from Facebook. If your customers can order through your website, check out how to simply link this to your Facebook page following these easy steps.
A Facebook shop lets you showcase and sell your products and services to people directly through Facebook and is easy to setup following these 3 steps.
Selling your products through a free Facebook Marketplace listing enables you to connect with your local community to capture leads, communicate with interested buyers in real time through Messenger and drive sales. Find out more about listing on Facebook Marketplace here.
Freight Support for Exporters
MyFreight was launched by NZTE in response to the impact of COVID-19 on New Zealand exporters. NZTE is supporting additional charter flights to deliver freight capacity, in collaboration with freight forwarders and airlines. Discover the air freight options for immediate export here.
Watch CEDA’s series of free webinars created to help businesses affected by COVID-19 navigate a way forward. These webinars are delivered in partnership with our service providers, and funded by New Zealand Trade and Enterprise.
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 Māori 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.