MICROBUSINESS

HOW DID
WE GET HERE?

For a number of years

Pou Whakaaro

have been supporting

people into training or

employment, but in 2012 we

noticed a decline in the

number of jobs available

for the people we support.

 

Micro business was an innovative solution that gave people the opportunity to work at their own pace, master a skill, develop confidence, contribute to the community, and get paid for it! 

 

A micro business is in every aspect a business, but it is small and usually a niche market that has been overlooked. 

Micro Business opportunity with Sustainable Gardens

WHAT DO WE DO?

Our Innovative Employment Team started a group for people who were interested in developing their own micro business and looked at what opportunities or 'gaps' there were with products and services in our community, as well as what skills each person had to bring to a business.

 

The group gradually developed the business ideas into tangible plans and goals, working through issues such as how a micro business fits into Work and Income and developing health and safety guidelines for each business. 

 

As a result there are now a number of micro business owners who are operating their business either as sole traders or in partnerships including delivery/removal service, lawn mowing, gardening, catering and car cleaning. 

Eric, Melissa, Stephen, and Jared working in the Sustainable Gardens greenhouse

Do you have a passion for gardening and working outdoors? Then we have a great opportunity for you to join our gardening group at a green house in Edgecumbe.

 

Our Sustainable Gardening Group meets every Tuesday and Thursday morning and travels out to our greenhouse in Edgecumbe, which covers an impressive 60 x 60 meters and has installed underground irrigation.

 

You will learn to grow vegetables, herbs and other plants and the option to sell what you grow and learn while participating in our Micro Business Programme.

Sustainable Gardens use organic and sustainable methods where no artificial fertilisers are used.

 

The group makes their own compost and utilises coffee grounds from the Cafe & Gallery, which is rich in nitrogen and potassium.

Sustainable Gardens provide fresh organic produce to a number of local suppliers. If you would like to join our Sustainable Gardening Group, go to our Courses and Events page.

 

To find out how you can get involved in a Micro Business contact our Senior Employment Coordinator today mei@pouwhakaaro.co.nz

HOW CAN I GET INVOLVED IN A MICRO BUSINESS?

There are a number of ways to get involved in a Micro Business.

 

Whether you fit our criteria and would like to get training and support to start your own Micro Business.

 

Or maybe you are in a position to support someone in a Micro Business. Click on our options below to find out more. 

START YOUR OWN MICRO BUSINESS

This page will explain how you can start your own Micro Business, the training you will receive and the process you will go through.

Here you will also find our criteria and a way to contact us about a Micro Business. 

SUPPORT A MICRO BUSINESS

There are many ways to support a Micro Business no matter what your motivation.

This link will take you through to our existing Micro Businesses and ways in which you can support them. 

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