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A collection of articles, stories, tips & tools designed
to keep your small business moving.

Tips on managing working capital for resilience and growth

08 June 2021 | 5 min read

Understanding and managing working capital is critical to small business resilience and success. Here are simple tips to help manage working capital like a pro.

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How to maintain a start-up culture as your business grows

25 May 2021 | 6 min read

From a one-woman band, Maverick Digital has grown by 12 staff. Here’s how founder Alex Dykman nurtures the start-up mentality that set her up for success.

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Local Business Hero of the Year 2021: Bossman Dairy

11 May 2021 | 6 min read

When COVID hit, the Singh family saw another opportunity to help the community that had welcomed them with open arms.

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How this rural business is shortening delivery times

27 April 2021 | 4 min read

A warehouse on a rural dairy farm is a challenge to fast delivery. Here’s how Living Light Candles manages it.

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"I wish someone had told me that”: Gavin Oliver, EcoZip Adventures

15 April 2021 | 6 min read

Self-confessed luddite Gavin Oliver discovered digital marketing – and took his eco adventure tourism business from strength to strength.

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How this local florist found fresh ways to flourish

09 April 2021 | 5 min read

Tawa florist Kerri Murphy shares her small business growth journey – and how a small business loan helped Twisted Willow meet its potential.

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How this printing business used a light-bulb moment to start a green revolution

29 March 2021 | 5 min read

This NZ printing company uses its power bill to stay on track with its energy reduction initiatives. No matter which way electricity prices go, they are still smashing targets.

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Four ways to chase payments without losing relationships

18 March 2021 | 4 min read

Find out how small business owners are balancing the tricky task of chasing payments for EOFY with maintaining relationships when times are tough.

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7 pearls of business wisdom from rockstar women entrepreneurs

08 March 2021 | 5 min read

These women in business can relate to your challenges. Get their small business growth tips – think building resilience, bouncing back and staying inspired

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I wish someone had told me that… Sachie Nomura, Sachie’s Kitchen

23 February 2021 | 6 min read

Sachie Nomura dreamed big when setting up her cooking business 10 years ago. Through careful planning and execution, she has managed to become an author, TV star and brand ambassador.

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Customer engagement: NZ small business heroes’ top tips

17 February 2021 | 5 min read

Smile, serve and get in the ‘VIP’ mindset – three Prospa Local Business Hero award finalists from 2020 share their small business customer engagement tips.

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5 EOFY tax mistakes to avoid

10 February 2021 | 4 min read

We know the EOFY can be a headache for small business owners, so we've asked some experts to share some common EOFY mistakes to avoid.

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Success stories

How this local florist found fresh ways to flourish

09 April 2021 | 5 min read

Tawa florist Kerri Murphy shares her small business growth journey – and how a small business loan helped Twisted Willow meet its potential.

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How this printing business quickly pivoted to meet new demand

09 February 2021 | 5 min read

Investing in equipment and materials helped label printing business LabelMAN keep pace with changing market needs, even through the uncertainties of COVID-19.

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How this furniture repair business grew 40% year-on-year

03 December 2020 | 4 min read

Quick access to finance is helping small business owner John Lennox grow his furniture repair empire and weather the ups and downs of COVID-19.

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