Budding entrepreneurs in the Hutt Valley can now sign on for the second Business Boot Camp coming up next month.
There are spaces for 30 businesses and up to six businesses will qualify for prize packages, including startup support from ANZ and business coaching from The Learn.fast Centre.
Chamber of Commerce chief executive Mark Futter says the first Boot Camp was a roaring success.
“The programme provided support from other fledgling business people as they tackled the challenges of finding out whether their ideas had the potential to succeed.
“They faced tough questions and received guidance on developing business plans to provide a sound base for building a business,” he says.
A member of the panel, Woburn International managing director June Ranson, says a strength of the Boot Camp is the freedom to help new business entrepreneurs keep a grip on reality while being positive about the potential of a business idea.
Pet Abode owner Natalia Haniel says the course focused on the main aspects of running a business from the start – “The courses were incredibly down to earth and gave sincere, sometimes blunt feedback - it was a good eye opener" – and eco-fashion designer Denise Anglese says the sessions were informative and professional.
“There was loads of room to talk about your business ideas and obtain feedback.
"I am looking forward to follow-up sessions being offered to fine tune parts of my business plan."
The four-week course runs on Tuesday evenings from February 11 at the Hutt Valley Chamber of Commerce and costs $50. Email firstname.lastname@example.org.