Calling All Karamea Entrepreneurs

Submitted by Paul Murray on Sun, 26/06/2016 - 2:41pm

Buller REAP with the support of the Buller District Council (BDC), and Holcim New Zealand is offering people in Karamea an opportunity to participate in a programme that takes their business idea from concept and helps them prepare it for market success.

Co.Starters began in Chattanooga, Tennessee in 2008 in a region that was facing similar economic challenges we are currently experiencing. In Chattanooga, the Co.Starters programme was instrumental in turning their situation around and renewing the local economy by supporting small business start-ups, fostering entrepreneurial ideas and helping people take their ideas to market by networking with others to ensure the ultimate success of their respective ventures. The region is now considered one of the most economically stable in the United States, has a vibrant artistic community, a successful small business sector and it has also attracted some large corporations.

The course is held over nine weeks and involves three hours per week of lecture time, 30 minutes per week with a mentor and the rest is home-based study that is completed by following the course guide.

So, if you have a good idea, this course will really help you articulate it, establish a realistic business plan and plot a course to achieve specific goals for the establishment of a financially sustainable business that will enable you to successfully live and work in Karamea and help build a more resilient local economy for the benefit of the whole community.

The course is normally $750 per participant, but BDC with help from DWC Economic Stimulus Fund and a generous donation from Holcim New Zealand it is being offered to Karamea people for $250, which covers the course material and basic costs.

Seven people have already registered for the course and there are three more positions available, so if you have a good idea, want to develop your own self-sustaining business and are are keen to take positive steps toward securing a bright future, please join the programme, which will start in the first week of August.

For more information about the Co.Starters Programme, please visit the Web site:

To register, please contact:

Pete Howard: Buller Community Development Facilitator
Ph: (03) 789 7659
Cell: 021 029 56 498
E-mail: comdevbulleratbullerreap [dot] co [dot] nz

Paul Murray: Co.Starters Course Facilitator
Ph: 03-7826-767
Cell: 0272-56-9967
E-mail: codsatactrix [dot] co [dot] nz

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