Te Waka: Waikato's regional economic development agency

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Business Advisory

Our  Advisors take a bird's-eye look at your whole business, then help you connect with the right resources and experts so you can build capability and grow. As part of a national network of people who can help, we’re your first port of call when you want to grow your enterprise efficiently and effectively.

To arrange a time to meet one of our business advisors please fill in the contact form below.

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New support centre launched to buffer Hamilton businesses

Hamilton businesses will from today benefit from a new phone-based support centre that will provide advice and assistance to organisations affected by the COVID-19 crisis.

Targeting small to medium sized firms, the Waikato Business Support initiative is funded by Hamilton City Council and led by Waikato’s regional economic development agency, Te Waka.

The new service is part of cohesive and growing efforts by the Waikato community to support businesses hit hard by COVID-19 Alert Level 4 and the lockdown period, together with a focus on business recovery beyond lockdown.

Hamilton City Council is investing up to $165,000 to fund the service as part of its 12 point recovery plan released on 27 March.

Join a free webinar or online workshop

Te Waka is working in partnership with local business experts to develop a series of webinars on Human Resources, Financial Management and Business Continuity Planning.

Business support during the Covid-19 Alert 4 lockdown is just a Zoom call away.

Business advisors from Te Waka are now booking Zoom online meeting slots with Waikato business owners.  

Book now and chat to someone today.  Our business advisors can also talk by phone, if that is preferred.

To secure a slot, visit www.tewaka.nz; call Te Waka on 07 857 0538; or email businessgrowth@tewaka.nz

Free Job-Matching Website launches for Waikato people

A free job-matching website for the Waikato region goes live today to support business owners and employees through COVID-19. The aptly named “Waikato Nxtstep” website is where Waikato businesses can list their vacancies and job seekers can list themselves. The idea came out of the Cambridge Business Chamber, in collaboration with Te Waka, Waikato's Regional Economic Development Agency, and has turned into reality in the space of a few short weeks.
Kelly Bouzaid, Chief Executive of the Cambridge Business Chamber said, “We quickly realised that COVID-19 was going to destroy our low employment statistics both in Waipa and the greater Waikato region. This website is a way to help match employers and job seekers quickly and locally, and to make the recruitment process as easy and effective as possible.”

Visit the NXT Step Website

We are all “Mighty Locals.”

A ‘Mighty Local’ campaign is underway to boost businesses hurt by the national lockdown. 

The message is simple.  Shop local.  Eat local. Buy local. And explore your own backyard, once restrictions are lifted. 

The campaign is a joint effort between Te Waka and Hamilton Waikato Tourism and is supported by all councils in the region. 

To find out more, visit www.mightylocal.co.nz

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