The call is out for budding Hawke’s Bay entrepreneurs to attend a free ten-day business starter course in early May to help get their venture off the ground.

Business Hawke’s Bay in its one of its last hurrahs has partnered with Hastings District Council, Napier City Council and MSD to bring the PopUp Business School Aotearoa to Hawke’s Bay as part of the organisation’s economic and social development initiatives.

Designed to support the establishment of new businesses, the School will deliver 20 workshops designed to equip participants with the tools they need to start their own business. 

Topics include building a website for free, the quickest way to find a customer and how to start a business with no money. Thankfully, the School steps outside the box in its approach and has done away with the stock standard ‘write a business plan’, instead opting for real, actionable, no- or low-cost steps. 

Business Hawke’s Bay CEO Carolyn Neville says that hosting the PopUp Business School is a fantastic opportunity for those with a business idea to get relevant information and coaching. 

“We have been working hard behind the scenes to make PopUp Business School Hastings a reality. This course is for anyone from Hawke’s Bay who wants to start their own small business. Attendees learn how to start a business from scratch, and they get it all for free. All they need is an internet connection, a good idea, an open mind and tonnes of energy. It’s an open invitation to people with business ideas.”

The PopUp Business School was brought to New Zealand from the UK by Kiwi Tony Henderson-Newport. The first course ran in Porirua in October 2017, and since then nearly 1,000 aspiring business owners have taken part. 

The Hawke’s Bay course will run from May 3-14, Monday to Friday 9.30am to 2.30pm. Of the ten days of learning, seven are delivered online and three will be held in venues in Hastings. 

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