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Starting a Business

A repository of guides, templates and information on how to successfully start a business.


How do you get customers to know you exist? Once they do, how can you get them to spend with you? Find out here.

Systems and Processes

Tools, resources and links that will help the administrative side of your business hum.

Funding and Investment

Need money to start, grow or re-invent your business? Here are some possible avenues.

Your Finances

Cashflow is the lifeblood of every business. Browse tools and strategies to help you manage your day to day finances.

HR: Managing Staff Well

Staff can make or break your business. Know your obligations when employing others.


Data helps you make good decisions, understand the wider picture of your industry and validate your plans. We've compiled some key data for North Canterbury businesses.

Growing Your Business

Learn how to successfully grow your business, locally or through exporting.

Sustainability in Business

It might take some up-front investment, but reducing your impact on the world is likely to save you money in the longer term as well as make your brand more attractive.

Farm Diversification

Assistance, studies, resources and potential paths to market for those looking to grow crops.

Social Enterprise

Starting a social enterprise is a noble goal. But what exactly is a social enterprise and how do you go about setting one up?

Managing Decline

What do you do when things are not going as you wanted them to? This page provides information and resources to help with decisionmaking.

Exiting Your Business

Whether selling or walking away, there are a number of things you can do to maximise profit and minimise loss.