The SC Chamber of Commerce holds the “Economic & Business Support Services” agreement with Mackenzie District Council.
Our key objective is to facilitate and support smart sustainable economic and business development in the Mackenzie District. This contributes to the well-being and quality of life for the community by creating and/or retaining jobs and supporting or growing incomes through individual business, regional and national growth.
Raewyn Bell - Business Advisor
‘To facilitate and support smart sustainable economic and business development in the Mackenzie District.'
COVID-19 Business Response team
SCCC is the official South Canterbury COVID-19 business response team for business advice and funding support. Details here to find current information and services available to every Mackenzie business.
MACKENZIE BUSINESS SUPPORT PACKAGE (April - June 2022)
Round 1 was fully distributed in March 2022. Recognising that the need remains, the Mackenzie District Council has allocated a short second round of funding to assist Mackenzie businesses accelerate essential development and has re-engaged the South Canterbury Chamber of Commerce to deliver Mackenzie Business Support Package-Round 2 (MBSP). The key objective is to empower and create more resilient businesses in the Mackenzie District. Businesses can apply for 50% co-funding up to %2,500 + GST per business to undertake One-on-One Business Support provided by professionals with proven experience and capability. The Fund expires 30th June (funded work to be completed by this date). Information and eligibility criteria here.
One on one business visits, offering a range of business services including but not limited to; Business Start-Up and business growth, Business & Strategic Planning Advice, Business mentors, Research and Development support, export, succession or exit planning, marketing support and advice, government co-funded training and mentoring, links and referrals to a range of businesses and support organisations and global experts.
NB: Under the agreement with Mackenzie District Council, you do not need to be a Chamber of Commerce member to receive visits. This may be recommended in the future if deemed appropriate and beneficial to your business.
TRAINING AND EVENTS
Invest in your career development and the productivity of your staff with our wide range of training workshops. Learn more about upcoming training opportunities.
There are training courses held in Mackenzie, usually in Tekapo, being a central location. Mackenzie businesses also regularly travel to Timaru to attend training and events. Once again, Mackenzie businesses do not need to be Chamber members to attend, however may pay a higher rate if not members – as is the case for all non members.
BUSINESS ADVICE, FUNDING AND GRANTS
SC Chamber of Commerce business services staff can be a sounding board for your business, helping you with business planning, and connecting you to others as appropriate – either within the larger Chamber of Commerce network or independent partner or government organisations.
EXPORT & INNOVATION CLUSTER
Building a business in a foreign market takes that challenge to a whole new level. Our Export & Innovation Cluster gives organisations working in or alongside the Primary Produce and Export industries the opportunity to network with other like minded businesses.
Businesses are invited to contact Raewyn Bell to access business support. Raewyn makes regular visits throughout the Mackenzie District and would love to speak with you about our range of business support tools and how they may be able to help your business.
Having a longstanding affinity with the Mackenzie District, Raewyn is passionate about South Canterbury and helping businesses succeed. Prior to working for the SC Chamber of Commerce and Aoraki Development (economic development agency), Raewyn was a Director and Sales & Marketing manager of McRaeway Homes, a long established South Canterbury business trading nationally and internationally. Her wealth of experience and knowledge further endorses our commitment to create District pride, growth and success through supporting local businesses.
Raewyn Bell, Business Advisor firstname.lastname@example.org or 03 555 5092