Being in business isn’t easy. It requires courage, risk, knowledge and money. It requires tenacity and a willingness to learn from others with experience, a clear plan and pathway to grow your business. It doesn’t matter whether you are a small business, or big export business – the challenges are the same. You have to know your customer and design a product. That they will pay for. You need access to expertise and mentors to help guide your business strategy, and partners with the right skills and assets who share your values and vision. You have to put skin in the game.
Backed by the Māori Innovation Fund – He kai kei aku ringa and managed by the Ministry of Business, Innovation & Employment (MBIE) Māori Economic Development Unit. Pakihi is an initiative that is focused on assisting Māori small businesses to grow sustainably. Participants will be either Māori business owners or their employees, or Māori wanting to engage in small business.