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Collaborative Leadership 2 Inspire Maori Business (CL2IMB).

Collaborative Leadership 2 Inspire Maori Business (CL2IMB).

HELPING MAORI BUSINESS: Missy Armstrong and Jeanna Love of Poutama Trust were part of the team who presented CL2IMB — Collaborative Leadership 2 Inspire Maori Leadership, in Gisborne. The event focused on informing Tairawhiti businesses about what services are available to help business growth and development. Picture by Shaan Te Kani

In the television programme Dragons’ Den, entrepreneurs pitch their business ideas to a panel of venture capitalists in the hope of securing investment finance.

Gisborne has been introduced to a Dragons’ Den in reverse — CL2IMB, or Collaborative Leadership 2 Inspire Maori Business, where organisations pitch to entrepreneurs or businesses.

Poutama Trust — an independent charitable trust that provides business development services to Maori — brought the concept to Tairawhiti in a three-hour event hat the Emerald Hotel in Gisborne. The aim was to share information, opportunities and connections to support and accelerate Maori business success.

It was a collaboration between provider organisations, agencies, regional networks and Maori enterprises to share funding, training, services and business tips that support Maori business success.

The Gisborne CL2IMB event involved eight strategic partners who each spoke for 10 minutes about their organisation, the services they provide, and their top tips for business.

Presentations were given by Poutama Trust, Te Wananga o Aotearoa and the Pakihi business workshops, the Employers and Manufacturers Association, Te Puni Kokiri, New Zealand Maori Tourism, Activate Tairawhiti and Eastland Community Trust, Maori Women’s Development Incorporation and local business Torere Macadamias.

Facilitator Missy Armstrong of Poutama Trust was impressed with the turnout to the Tairawhiti event.

“There were 65 people registered, and 95 people showed interest on our Facebook event page, which is great,” she said.

“We’re always trying to get our people to engage with the services that are offered, so we’re really pleased with the turnout in Gisborne.

“Attendees would have heard the story of Torere Macadamias, who said they have accessed many of the services in order to help their business grow.

“So I encourage people to utilise the speakers, the services they offer. It’s your business. If you’re successful in your business, then so will your whanau be. The whole region will be successful as a result.”

Six more CL2IMB events will be held throughout the country this year.

“So many agencies have helped with this kaupapa over the years,” said Armstrong.

“We love to go to the regions and share what is available.”

In the television programme Dragons’ Den, entrepreneurs pitch their business ideas to a panel of venture capitalists in the hope of securing investment finance.

Gisborne has been introduced to a Dragons’ Den in reverse — CL2IMB, or Collaborative Leadership 2 Inspire Maori Business, where organisations pitch to entrepreneurs or businesses.

Poutama Trust — an independent charitable trust that provides business development services to Maori — brought the concept to Tairawhiti in a three-hour event hat the Emerald Hotel in Gisborne. The aim was to share information, opportunities and connections to support and accelerate Maori business success.

It was a collaboration between provider organisations, agencies, regional networks and Maori enterprises to share funding, training, services and business tips that support Maori business success.

The Gisborne CL2IMB event involved eight strategic partners who each spoke for 10 minutes about their organisation, the services they provide, and their top tips for business.

Presentations were given by Poutama Trust, Te Wananga o Aotearoa and the Pakihi business workshops, the Employers and Manufacturers Association, Te Puni Kokiri, New Zealand Maori Tourism, Activate Tairawhiti and Eastland Community Trust, Maori Women’s Development Incorporation and local business Torere Macadamias.

Facilitator Missy Armstrong of Poutama Trust was impressed with the turnout to the Tairawhiti event.

“There were 65 people registered, and 95 people showed interest on our Facebook event page, which is great,” she said.

“We’re always trying to get our people to engage with the services that are offered, so we’re really pleased with the turnout in Gisborne.

“Attendees would have heard the story of Torere Macadamias, who said they have accessed many of the services in order to help their business grow.

“So I encourage people to utilise the speakers, the services they offer. It’s your business. If you’re successful in your business, then so will your whanau be. The whole region will be successful as a result.”

Six more CL2IMB events will be held throughout the country this year.

“So many agencies have helped with this kaupapa over the years,” said Armstrong.

“We love to go to the regions and share what is available.”

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