For a number of years Pou Whakaaro have been supporting people into training or employment, but in 2012 we noticed a decline in the number of jobs available for the people we support. Micro business was an innovative solution that gave people the opportunity to work at their own pace, master a skill, develop confidence, contribute to the community, and get paid for it! A micro business is in every aspect a business, but it is small and usually a niche market that has been overlooked.
Our Community Services Team started a group for people who were interested in developing their own micro business and looked at what opportunities or 'gaps' there were with products and services in our community, as well as what skills each person had to bring to a business. They addressed a number of topics such as business planning, cashbook, health and safety guidelines, marketing, customer service, business meetings and goal setting, and invited presenters from IRD, Work and Income NZ, Community Law, Life Coaching and local business owners to share their expertise. Some aspects of running a business can be quite daunting, particularly things like running your cashbook, paying tax or setting up a partnership. The group gradually developed the business ideas into tangible plans and goals, working through issues such as how a micro business fits into Work and Income and developing health and safety guidelines for each business. As a result there are now a number of micro business owners who are operating their business either as sole traders or in partnerships including delivery/removal service, lawnmowing, gardening, catering and car cleaning.
The microbusiness programme 'Living Life Well' was recognised at the BOP DHB's Clinical School 2013 Innovation Award, receiving both First Prize and the People's Choice award. In August 2014 the team won Gold in recognition of the achievement of excellence, innovation and best practice in the Support Programme or Service category at The Mental Health Services (TheMHS) Achievement Awards. TheMHS is a learning network for improving mental health services in Australia and New Zealand.
In March 2015 one of the microbusiness owners, Michael, won the North Island Rotary Best Speaker Award in Wellington. Michael is the proud owner and cook behind the micro business Jams, Jellies and Preserves, and focused his speech around his business and his need for being a good speaker and communicator. Our thanks go to Te Pou, Tāneatua Community Board and Plimmerton Rotary for supporting Michael in this endeavour. This video shows Michael's speech and the part of prize giving where the winner is announced.
These awards are fantastic recognition of a great team of people, including those who have been courageous enought to start micro businesses. For more information about the programme contact the Community Services Team at our Whakatane Office or email Shellie Goldsmith, Community Services Manager.
Inclusive Learning Environments: Pou Whakaaro strives to ensure that learning is open and available to all members of our community and will attempt to provide assistance to those learners that require additional support. With this in mind, please be aware that the pace of class teaching and learning will depend on the needs and aspirations of all students.
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40 Te Tahi Street
PO Box 2025 Whakatane