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31/10/2018 3:30pm

Quick bites of inspiration served with breakfast proved to be a hit for those attending the first Business Bites event in Paeroa last week.

Business people from all around the Hauraki district attended the event designed to take businesses on a journey through the sometimes confusing digital opportunities now available to them.

Guest speakers at the first Business Bites Breakfast included Greg Wallace from innovative Hamilton tech business Rocketspark, inspired businesses with his top tips for creating an effective website.

“With only half a second to create a good impression, knowing what is needed to grab a potential customer’s attention is vital,” he said.

Ian Manton from Imatec Solutions, discussed cloud based systems and explained the way it has opened opportunities to small businesses that were previously limited to large corporates.

Te Waka business advisors were also on hand to provide information about the services they offer free of charge.

“They take a bird’s eye view of businesses, help owners access business funding and grants, and provide access to ongoing mentoring and support.”

Councillor Harris says the session covered easy steps business owners could take to stay relevant in today’s fast-changing online world.

“Using online tools like social media can be daunting for some of us but in reality it’s not as difficult or time consuming as we might think to develop an effective online presence,” he said.

The next Business Bites event will be held in the New Year.

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16 October 2018

Now Hauraki District business owners can have their breakfast and grow their business too.

The Council has joined forces with Te Waka (Waikato Regional Economic Development Agency) and Hauraki town promotional organisations, Positive Paeroa, Positively Promoting the Plains and Go Waihi, to create Evolve Hauraki.

Dedicated to supporting local business to grow, Evolve Hauraki has created Business Bites, a new series of quick business talks from experienced guest speakers over breakfast.

Council Economic Development Committee Chair Ross Harris says the idea is to deliver quick bites of information that busy business owners can digest with their cornflakes, without taking too much time out of their day. The breakfasts would also be an opportunity to chat with others facing the same challenges, support each other, and share ideas.

“Local businesses make a huge contribution to the success of our communities. We know running a business is hands-on and hard work and we’re keen to support you to be successful in any way we can,” he said.

Business Bites #1

The first Business Bite, Your Digital Journey, is from 7am to 8.30am on Wednesday 31 October at Paeroa College.

Guest speakers include Greg Wallace from innovative Hamilton tech business Rocketspark, who will share some simple ways to get the most out of your online presence, and Blick Industrial’s Shaun Tubb who will talk about the digital journey of his successful drilling tool business.

Councillor Harris says the session will cover easy steps business owners can take to stay relevant in today’s fast-changing online world.

“Using online tools like social media can be daunting for some of us but in reality it’s not as difficult or time consuming as we might think to develop an effective online presence,” he said.

Te Waka business advisors will also be on hand to provide information about the services they offer free of charge.

“They take a bird’s eye view of your whole business, help you access business funding and grants, and provide access to ongoing mentoring and support,” says Councillor Harris,

“It’s a fantastic service and we encourage all local businesses to make the most of it.”

Find out more

More information about Evolve Hauraki and Business Bites can be found in the Business Hauraki section of our website.

Register

To register for this event go to www.eventbrite.co.nz