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Help for start-up businesses

If you are starting up a new business, the Economic Development Unit can alert you to helpful resources available.

From business advice and introductions to people and organisations that may be able to assist, through to helping you negotiate rules and regulations. The Unit is there to help you get your business going.

Where do I start?

The New Zealand Government website was written by a start-up business expert and is well worth a look. The site has free resources, tools and information to help people start, manage and grow their business.

The "Starting up" section has information about:

  • Business structures
  • Writing a business plan
  • Managing cashflow
  • Raising capital
  • Building a promotional plan
  • Getting online.

When you've had a look at this website, give us a call on 474 3409 to make a free, private appointment to meet one of our Business Advisors. The Business Clinic appointments take place every Tuesday afternoon/early evening at the Civic Centre, Octagon..

We will be able to map out your steps and make the connections you need to get your business off the ground.

Unfortunately, there is no Government funding available for start-ups, as it tends to require that businesses demonstrate a proven track record. However, we may be able to refer you to suitable investors.

Other resources in Dunedin

Dunedin has a vibrant support network for new businesses and we will put you in touch with the organisations which can help you on your way:

  • If you’re a student wanting to start a business, the Audacious programme works across all Dunedin campuses to help you get underway
  • If you have plans to grow your innovative business into a global business, you may be interested in Startup Dunedin
  • If you’re a technopreneur, Startup Dunedin helps you bring ideas to fruition, by providing an environment that encourages progress through knowledge sharing, networking, and cross-inspiration.

Training opportunities

If you are export oriented, planning to export, or are on the export supply chain, you may qualify for an New Zealand Trade and Enterprise (NZTE) training voucher to help pay for up to 50% of the cost of services, such as training workshops, courses and coaching.

For more information about the vouchers and to find out if you qualify, contact us on phone 03 474 3409 or email us on

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