Free Webinars: Business Survival Skills

Special Series: How to Evolve and Survive

The Chamber of Commerce has teamed up with Rachel Klaver from Identify Marketing to bring you a special series of webinars this week, focusing on business survival skills for different industries.

This series of free, hour-long webinars will walk you through how to navigate the current changes you are going through and come out the other side.

The webinars will focus on business continuity for those who believe they will be able to either relaunch or change their business to restart it.

Click on a heading below to register for the webinar relevant for your business.

For TOURISM businesses
Tues 7 Apr 1.00pm

  • Focusing ahead to the short / medium-term changes
  • Looking at new pricing models, changes in offerings and meeting the needs of the local market
  • How best to use this time and prepare for change.

For HOSPITALITY businesses
Wed 8 Apr 1.15pm

  • What you need to focus right now
  • Accessing help
  • Keeping in touch with customers
  • Online and digital tools
  • Resetting, renovating and replacing
  • Help with the change.

For RETAIL businesses 
Thurs 9 Apr 10.00am

  • How to keep and grow your loyal customers
  • What you need to consider in terms of keeping touch
  • Changing the way people shop
  • Moving online – what to consider
  • What digital tools you can use to grow your business.

What to do to turn your business around fast
Thurs 9 Apr 12.00pm
This is suitable for ALL business owners, regardless of your industry, and will focus on finding opportunities and gaps in the market, transferable skills and working on your business for the short, medium and long term.
This will help equip you with direction and greater understanding of how to take control in light of COVID-19.

Train with the Chamber of Commerce – They’re Going Digital !

COVID-19: Join our webinars

We are offering a series of FREE digital training courses over the coming weeks. Suitable for everyone, from business owners to employees, these are to help you upskill and support you through COVID-19. Please see the full list below.

The Chamber is continuing to support businesses remotely throughout the shutdown period. If you need help, please reach out to our team at any stage. We hope that people adhere to the Government’s physical isolation for four weeks to avoid further extensions to this time frame. Please look out for one another and support local where possible.

What’s on this week: Register now!

Click on the event title for more information and to register

Managing stress & building resilience in uncertain times     
Tues 7 Apr 10.00am
The current uncertainly and rapidly changing environment is providing a high level of stress to many. This can quickly lead to overwhelm, reducing our ability to solve problems and make good decisions. This webinar will help you understand the Stress Cycle, how to take positive action to manage stress and support the wellbeing of your team.

SPECIAL SERIES: How to Evolve & Survive : focusing on business survival skills for different industries
*  For TOURISM businesses  Tues 7 Apr 1.00pm
*  For HOSPITALITY businesses  Wed 8 Apr 1.15pm
*  For RETAIL businesses   Thurs 9 Apr 10.00am
*  What to do to turn your business around fast  Thurs 9 Apr 12.00pm

COVID-19 Wage Subsidies
Wed 8 Apr 10.00am
Presented by Janine Hellyer – BDO

Janine will present a 30-minute session covering everything you need to know about the COVID-19 wages subsidies. She will cover the ins and outs of the application process, what documentation you need to have, hiccups we’ve come across when applying and how to solve these.

How to work from home effectively                       
Thurs 9 Apr 9.00am
In the current climate your level of personal effectiveness has a big impact on the results you achieve in life and work. This webinar will look at the key skills you need to ensure you effectively manage and carry out your daily tasks. It will show you how you can create more influence, efficiency and balance when working from home.

Finance for non-financials  
Wed 15 Apr 10.00am

Finance 101! One benefit of the lockdown is it gives staff an opportunity to upskill – and an area many people struggle with is finance. This webinar assumes little or no prior accounting knowledge, and follows a facilitator-led format with experienced trainer Charlie Dalton.

Managing your emotional state through uncertain times                       

Wed 16 Apr 11.00am

The recent pandemic has forced changes which can be worrying and uncomfortable. Being in our best emotional health allows us to be more adaptive and resourceful, both inwardly and outwardly. Join this session to find ways in which you can support yourself and others.

Radical transformation for survival
Thurs 16 Apr 2.00pm

Zeald founder and chairman David Kelly will present his expert advice on how businesses in New Zealand can rapidly adapt, evolve and survive the impacts of COVID-19. This includes the rise of e-Commerce and how you can adapt your website to join the growing eCommerce market.

Lead generation in times of transformation
Fri 17 Apr 2.00pm

A practical guide on how to generate leads in these transformative times. This webinar includes lead magnets, lead nurturing systems and online booking, and includes a case study on a Zeald client who has been pivoting in this environment.

View our full Events and Training Calendar here.

Need further support? Talk to one of our Business Advisors today. This free service is open to all businesses in the Bay of Plenty, and can provide you with advice, information and support to help you plan for now and into the future.
Head to our website HERE for full details.

For more information
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