Business & Networking - May in Pictures

  • 31 May 2024
  • Nelson Tasman Business Trust

Welcome to this month's series where we would like to take you behind the scenes and share what's been happening at Business Assist! Networking and regular upskilling is so important for businesses to stay up-to-date and relevant. This is why we would like to encourage you to join us and make the most of these opportunities to grow your business and network. 

As usual, here is May in pictures, and for a summary and takeaways, scroll down please!


1. Lunch & Learn Mapua | 8 May April 2024

How To Network Effectively - with Stephen Caunter, Business Physics

An informative and entertaining session co-organised with our partners, Mapua District Business Association - MDBA for our local business owners who were ready to explore how to shake hands properly, learn to introduce themselves and what to do when it comes to networking effectively - thanks for a fantastic session, Stephen Caunter! We had so much fun and a few good laughs, too!

"Was very informative AND entertaining."
"So many great tips!"

We look forward with to practicing with you all at our upcoming events!



2. NBS Lunch & Learn | 14 May 2024

Authentic Social Media for Business Made Fun & Easy - with Bea Pole-Bokor, B!Social 

What a great & courageous group, diving deep right away! 

An absolute full house as we explored some common struggles about what makes it so tricky to market ourselves & our businesses, and how to start showing up, including on camera!

Bea presented a live case study about what we do at Business Assist, how we use social media marketing, Gael shared her journey with the photos & videos, what they brought to our organisation and what are the keys to our growth and success.

The most fun part was to explore taking selfies and getting over ourselves as a group, a real time to B!Social!
It’s been wonderful to see everybody in action!

Big thanks to our lovely hosts Pūtangitangi Greenmeadows Centre - great to have you Karen with us, too, and to our fantastic sponsors, NBS, so we can run these events free of charge to our local business community!


"Such fun and very informative, thanks Business Assist - Nelson Tasman Business Trust. I always make new connections (as a team of one this is fabulous!) and have a few new take away tips to work on." - Nnul Workshop

"I appreciate the support that Business Assist is providing me, as a new business owner of my career coaching business I feel very supported and empowered to keep moving forward and being brave to do new things." - Louise Crowe Coaching

"This is helping me to prepare for and action my business's social media 'stage presence'. Great food for thought. Thank you." - Suz Donnelly



3. Apex Accounting "Just Talking" Businesswomen's Series | 15 May 2024
with Tracee Neilson, Program Director at Big Brothers Big Sisters of Nelson-Tasman

Seize the day, time is short! Can we be present, open - without judgement, open for change, are we doing what matters, and what are we grateful for everyday?

Powerful insights from our inspiring guest for this month’s Apex Accounting "Just Talking" Businesswomen's Series! Tracee Neilson shared her business journey and experience as Program Director at Big Brothers Big Sisters of Nelson-Tasman, New Zealand’s biggest mentoring organisation for young people who need additional support.

We heard lots of stories that touched us, we had amazing mentors in the room, too, who have been part of this initiative. Examples of giving back, igniting potential and making a difference in people’s lives!

Special thanks to Tracee for joining us in the hot seat, and to our wonderful partners and sponsors, BNZ Partners Centre Nelson and Apex Accounting for making this event series possible!

"Thank you so much for organizing these brilliant events! I always walk away with new perspectives and new friends."

"Thank you to the lovely Gael and Bea for organising these wonderful events, and of course a big shout out to the ladies at BNZ who always greet us with a smile, great conversation, and fabulous food!"

"So proud of this event, I just love the businesses in Nelson, so much diversity. Each month I meet someone new doing something interesting. Thank you Business Assist and all our wonderful guest speakers. Think global, act local, support a Nelson Tasman business today and our community will prosper! "



4. ICIB BizBreak Networking | 29 May 2024

Networking around the table in great company! Big thank you to our wonderful hosts at ZUMO Coffee House & our sponsors of the series ICIB Brokerweb Insurance & Risk Advisory for making this possible!!!

"Thanks Business Assist for yet another inspiring networking catch up and ZUMO Coffee House for the delicious beverages on this cold morning." - Kokon Coaching 



5. We celebrated our Trust Manager's 3rd work anniversary!

We had a nice celebration with the Team! Gael started her 3rd year as Trust Manager in May and it was great to reflect on where it all began and how things evolved! We love working together! Make sure to celebrate your work anniversaries, and wins, whether small or big! 


If you’re keen to expand your business network, learn new tips you can use for your business, whether you are starting out or need new perspectives, join us for our upcoming events!

June will focus on exploring AI for business and further strengthening your networking skills.

Bea & Gael


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