Venture Southland offers support, advice and assistance for potential and newly established businesses.

If you're thinking of starting a business, take advantage of the free services offered by Venture Southland.  Our business staff provide the following services:

Start-up Business Consultation

Venture Southland provides a free business consultation service to identify what information, resources and funding options can be provided for your business and to discuss all your start-up questions. A consultation with one of our staff can help clarify thinking, set business priorities and give you access to key information and services.

Business Planning Advice & Plan Review

Venture Southland can provide you with a wide range of business plan templates to help you develop your business plan. A business plan will help identify areas of potential growth in your business and help you to set targets to achieve these goals. A good business plan will also give you credibility with banks and lenders, focus your ideas, give you an accurate idea of costs, and establish a road map for achieving your vision.

Venture Southland also offers a free business plan review service that is confidential and will provide you with feedback on your business plan regardless of if you are starting a new business or looking to realign your values and plans for your current business.

Start-up Business Mentor

Venture Southland is the regional partner for Business Mentors NZ, a charitable organisation which supports small business owners through matching them with a mentor. The mentors are experienced Southland business people, who volunteer their time.

The Start-up Business Mentoring Programme provides six months of accelerated mentoring for people who want to discuss a new business idea or are looking for help in starting a new business. Mentors with experience in business start-ups offer guidance, act as a sounding board, test your thinking, help you to validate your idea and support you in the development of a robust business plan.

For more information on this service and to register

Go to the Business Mentors website 

For further information contact
Alistair Adams - Venture Southland

Alistair Adam

Business Services Manager
Karen Duthie - Venture Southland

Karen Duthie

Business Projects Coordinator
Rachel Butler - Venture Southland

Rachel Butler

Business Services Coordinator LEAN