Want to discuss your business or start up idea with us?

Free Consultation

Meet our client adviser to discuss your business or start up idea in confidence. Gain free resources, helpful tools & tips, connections to business leaders and network meetings.

Gain objective advice to help challenge your thinking, set new goals and achieve success. Mentoring is available for trading businesses, start ups and community non-profits.

Inspirational, practical, valuable opportunities to connect with other business owners, share ideas, learn more about business from local experts and grow your business network.

Attend one of our workshops, helping you to unlock the secrets of business success, to plan a winning business and avoid the business failure trap. 

Our upcoming events

ICIB BizBreak - June 2024

  • 26 Jun 2024
  • 10:00 am - 11:00 am
  • Zumo Coffee House, 42 Rutherford Street, Nelson, Nelson, 7010, New Zealand

Grab a cuppa and connect with like-minded local business owners. Network in a relaxed and down to earth setting. Bring your business cards, brochures or flyers.

Lunch & Learn Mapua - Digital Safety for you and your Workplace - with Melonie Cole

  • 3 Jul 2024
  • 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
  • Mapua Community Hall, 72 Aranui Road, Mapua, 7005, New Zealand

Join us for our next Lunch & Learn in Mapua to explore cyber risks that can easily creep into our daily lives and cause problems for us, our business, and our customers. Melonie will cover top tips for leading a safer online life. BYO Lunch & coffee, and meet with other entrepreneurs.

Community Connect - Breaking down Barriers - A workshop for Non-profit Organisations

  • 11 Jul 2024 (9:30 am) to 10 Oct 2024 (12:30 pm)
  • Restore's Mozaic Room, Habitat for Humanity, Tahunanui, Nelson, 7010, New Zealand

Are you a non-profit organisation that could do with extra support with business essentials so you can support your community better? A free-of-charge training tailored specifically for NFP organisations that work with people & communities that face barriers such as mental or physical health, language, culture, geography, financial, isolation, addiction, disability, gender or age. RSVP by 15 MAY

NBS Lunch & Learn - Cashflow Freedom - with Lu Khani

  • 16 Jul 2024
  • 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
  • Kotuku Room, Pūtangitangi Greenmeadows Centre, Cnr Main Road and Songer St, Stoke, Nelson, Nelson, 7011, New Zealand

This month it's all about Cashflow Freedom. Join Lu Khani and get tips to navigate your business in this field. Lunch & Learn brings together business owners to network and be inspired through relevant business presentations. This series is designed to be practical and valuable. BYO lunch, tea & coffee provided.


About Business Assist...

The Nelson Tasman Business Trust has been supporting local businesses since 1993.

We provide free, confidential, independent assistance for business owners or those planning to start a business: free training, monthly network meetings and mentoring for Nelson and Tasman as an Agency for Business Mentors NZ.

Find out more about us

What people are saying

We love to work with Gael. She is helping us in all areas of our business plan. Working with her makes the process so much easier. Thank you.

Tatiana and Pat Baker from Hell's Fire Forges


I would like to thank Gael Gordon for taking the time to meet with me to discuss my business ideas. I found her very encouraging and a good listener, and she gave me very good advice, Thank you so much Gael.

Deborah O’Leary



I don't like standard formulas. When I had my first meeting with NTBT seven years ago they asked me to bring my business plan. I pulled out colourful A3 diagram, a little like a mind map, Sarah asked if she could photocopy it as an example for others. I knew then that my idea for NZ Textile Experiences had potential. Being believed that I was onto something unique gave me the incentive to explore, learn and action my ideas.

Since that time NZ Textile Experiences has had hundreds and hundreds of people come from all over the world, around New Zealand and locally, to attend our hands-on creative workshops and learn from our wonderful team of tutors who are all experienced at hosting our art textile and fibre craft experiences. Winning the International Creative Tourism Award (Barcelona) in 2020 for Best Creative Experience was the icing on the cake. There are many more opportunities to grow and expand, and knowing NTBT are there to help source information and bounce around ideas is nothing short of fantastic!

Colleen Plank/NZ Textile Experiences



Having a business mentor has really helped me on many different fronts, and I have really appreciated his ideas & feedback; and certainly implemented most of his ideas so far.
Peter Ogilvie, Plus4 Insurance Solutions
We reached out to the Nelson Tasman Business Trust and Sarah and the team have been so welcoming, warm, helpful and supportive. They have provided us with excellent networking opportunities and connected us with other experienced individuals which has enabled us to grow and learn much faster than we would of otherwise. We would recommend anyone in any stage of business to reach out and meet them, and participate in the Nelson Tasman Business Trust community.

Lisa Crockett, Jamu



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