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    • Duke

      Business Owner

      @duke

      Design Help

      Question submitted 21/06/21 @ 09:48am

      I don't have a lot of funds, I am only a very small business on my own www.ilikethat.co.nz, I would like to get a graphics designer to create my Facebook advertisements, I believe with outstanding graphics and clear messaging people will take notice, how can I get such a person to help me - Thank you Andrew

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    • datiduke

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      @datiduke

      Best place to sell confectionery?

      Question submitted 18/06/21 @ 07:45pm

      I make caramelised nuts (a kinda new candy-treat to New Zealand). I have an online shop and sell to a couple of local cafes. But nothing is giving me the revenue that I need to finance other products. What do you reckon is the best place to sell confectionery?

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    • Joseph Kapea

      Business Owner

      @joseph_kapea

      tag accountants

      Question submitted 15/06/21 @ 09:40pm

      kia ora just started a small business and looking for friendly free start up accountants, around wellsford area

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    • Harris

      Business Owner

      @gmharris62

      Major Retailers in NZ

      Question submitted 14/06/21 @ 09:43am

      Kia ora, how you going Manaaki team. Question: what is it that needs to be done to start the ball rolling for our Kawakawa Balm and Lip Balm to be available for purchase in Major Retailers ie The Warehouse, Farmers, Countdown, PaknSave, New World. We handmake a quality sustainable kawakawa balm in Auckland, we sell her through our website taiaonz.com and local markets, as a duo (balm jar/lip balm tube) and/or separately at the markets, the product packaging is paper cardboard jars and lip balm push-up tubes. We obtain all our raw materials from our own whenua ie Kawakawa and Manuka Beeswax, the carrier oil we use is Red Island Cold Pressed Extra Virgin Olive Oil from Australia but at the moment purchased via Countdown in 3Litre Tins.

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    • Beno

      Business Owner

      @beno

      Medical device sterilisation

      Question submitted 14/06/21 @ 09:40am

      Hi all, does anyone know of any companies in NZ or AU that sterilize medical products to make them DNA free?

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    • wonderlandstorenz

      Business Owner

      @wonderlandstorenz

      How can I increase sales online?

      Question submitted 09/06/21 @ 09:37pm

      Hi there, I added this question before but i cant see it now so im posting it again. I started a vintage clothing store online in January. In the time since then i have had maybe 10 sales through the website. I have posted some clothing on other sites like trademe and they have sold. So i am confident the clothing is stuff people would want but im obviously doing it wrong. I am quite new to owning a business so any advice or guidance is helpful! So how can i market the clothing and improve the brand?

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    • NSatch

      Business Owner

      @nsatch

      Question submitted 19/05/21 @ 07:32pm

      Hello!I have an online business selling organic baby essentials (swaddles, bibs etc). I want to be able to wholesale and provide our products to other stores/boutiques to stock – what is the best way to go about doing this?Thank you 🙂

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    • Debbie

      Business Owner

      @debbie

      Question submitted 12/05/21 @ 04:36pm

      How can I protect my product identity from being copied? i.e. I will be employing a student to work with me to develop a product not available in NZ. Later, I wish to approach a Manufacturing Company to make the product. Should I ask the student to sign a Confidentiality Agreement and regarding the Engineering Company, would a Memorandum of Understanding be sufficient enough to protect my business interests? The product needs designing first, hence it is too early for any patent issues to be helpful. Thanking you in advance for your time. Rgds Debbie Hodson

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    • DJD

      Business Owner

      @djd

      Question submitted 10/05/21 @ 08:24am

      Hi, I have a small business that makes reusable food packaging. We are one year old and have been making everything by hand. We have approximately 20 stockists in NZ and are keeping up with the demand. We have recently received offers from companies overseas wanting to act as distributors in UAE, Japan and UK. We believe these are genuine as we have a product that is a world first. We have the funds to invest and grow, but currently we are super small and just working out of a garage so this is difficult for us to get our heads around as to how we will manage this. Our product is also able to be copied very easily but we do have the advantage of a strong story and brand. So essentially we are out of our depth but don’t want to miss out on these opportunities. One thing I have thought of doing next week is trying to throw together an advisory board. What advice can you offer us? Thanks in advance. 

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    • kylierae

      Business Owner

      @kylierae

      Question submitted 07/05/21 @ 11:36am

      Gosh I LOVE this platform. Kia ora team!I’ve just had some great national coverage of my new business initiative bushboardroom.co.nz from Seven Sharp, here: tvnz.co.nzI’d love to leverage this with other media and just wondering if you can recommend any relevant industry or business publications that might be a good fit that I could pitch a story to?I.e – I’ve approached- Boardroom magazine (Institute of Directors)- Kia Ora mag (success, yay!)- Verve magazine has approached me, but very expensive to feature so I’m unsure on that one.Quite specifically, Auckland and Tauranga publications as those will target businesses within the catchment zone for travelling for a team day out/planning meeting in South Waikato.Similarly, online B2B platforms and publications that I can leverage or get a presence on. I’m new to B2B / corporate so researching :)The Seven Sharp feature hasn’t been a silver bullet (only a few enquiries so far), but it is possibly the wrong time of year and might be more of a slow burn. So the more I can get awareness out there the better at the mo!Nga mihi,Kylie

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    • Innerbloom.nz

      Business Owner

      @innerbloom-nz

      Question submitted 20/04/21 @ 06:58am

      Hey guys, my name is Ollie. Myself and a partner are starting up a Cold Brew Coffee company called Innerbloom. We are unique in the sense that we are organically brewed and flavoured to make for an awesome pre workout energy kick or just as an easy option to pick up and go. My question is relating to investors, is it worth getting either a business loan from a bank, or finding an investor, or just using what money you have to tick over the company as it gets going. Any info is greatly appreciated. Ollie

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    • Question submitted 15/04/21 @ 01:50pm

      Kia Ora whanau, anei taku patai I have a small tarot reading business online I want to know if any one knows of some suppliers who sell tarot cards and crystals, sages ect and what would you advise that I sell on behalf of the supplier until I can afford to buy enough stock or should I just go all out and try sell my own from the supplier as I am funding savvy I could look around for help and buy my own merchandise I already have tshirt designs, looking for a supplier, printer,T-shirt supplies also and wanting do like cups and maybe incense yea thanks manaaki you guys are just awesome.

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    • kylierae

      Business Owner

      @kylierae

      Out of the box B2B marketing

      Question submitted 15/04/21 @ 11:05am

      Kia ora, e te whānau, I have recently launched a really exciting new initiative for my business - the Bush Boardroom! Supported with corporate packages (https://www.natureandnosh.co.nz/corporate-packages/) , I've placed a beautiful big boardroom table in the middle of Sanctuary Mountain Maungatautari where I host corporate teams for a day of the office. The bush boardroom can be used for a team strategy and planning session, a lunch under a lush native canopy, and we can bring in a facilitator to run a leadership workshop, breathwork workshop etc - depending on what the business is interested in. I complement this with mindful hikes, wild food foraging and other outdoor activities. A good portion of the corporate package fees go straight back to the conservation work the trust do at the maunga. We've had around 10 companies out so far since last December and the feedback has been incredible. I've relied heavily on free media, using my contacts and the Waikato chamber of commerce to help me get the word out. Cash reserves are low from the investment of setting this all up, plus the flipside of my business is leisure hiking and food tours, we took a big hit after covid. So in terms of marketing budget, I'm running extremely lean! I've got Seven Sharp coming out in a couple of weeks to feature it (so cool if it all comes together). My background is in marketing and PR, however I'm not familiar with B2B and the corporate retreat / day out market, so I'm really looking for a) Some insight on who I should be targeting and when (i.e operations managers, exec assistants or pa's, team leaders, wellbeing coordinators - I've reached out to a few local business coaches to collaborate) are there specialised corporate agents I can work with, b) any ideas on the best way / channels to approach them / advertise to them without it costing the earth c) insights on the time of the year teams have their away days or look for strategy planning sessions, although I suspect this varies between companies and industries. d) General feedback on the packages and bush boardroom! I'm thinking of setting up a seperate fb and insta for the Bush Boardroom to help keep it a little more seperate from my leisure tours. I'd love to launch more bush boardrooms with the same package offerings - one closer to Auckland to service that market better would be amazing. All thoughts and ideas welcome - I know I've got something special here, I would just love some sounding board and direction on it all!

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    • MJMUNI

      Business Owner

      @mjmuni

      Question submitted 13/04/21 @ 09:25am

      Hello,How do I know when is the best time to open a brick and mortar store?My wife and I currently run a small custom clothing and gifts printing business we do most of our sales online through Facebook and our website but our local community (Kawerau) does not really know we exist.  We currently run everything from our home so we do not want random people just walking up so we have not dome much advertising that we exist locally in the local area – we are thinking it is a missed opportunity not having locals know we exist and think opening a shop/ store front will help with that problem.Do we just take the plunge and try it out – or are there some indicators that we can look at and gauge if it is the correct move or not?

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    • Point

      Business Owner

      @point

      Question submitted 13/04/21 @ 09:24am

      Hi, we are a small business wanting to get printed zip lock pouch bags done for our food products. I have been looking at different printing companies through China. While the prices are good I am nervous to choose a good repretable company. Could you offer any advice on either a good company to use or what to look out for/questions to ask etc. It’s a huge investment so just want to make sure we get it right. The price per bag is obviously extremely important. We hope this next step will help us move into more small supermarkets etc and have added barcodes to the products etc. Looking for small quantities of around 10,000 units per product 4-5 products. Food grade bags. Thanks so much for any help you could offer. 

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