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South Canterbury 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. We will stay in contact with you to make sure you are getting the support you need.  Partner organisations include but not limited to:

Regional Business Partner Programme. Capability Development Vouchers

The SC Chamber can make Capability Development Vouchers available to businesses to use as partial payment towards the cost of development and training in the following areas: Business Planning, Business Systems, Business Sustainability, Capital Raising, Export, Finance, Governance, Lean Manufacturing, Business Operations, Managing Resources, and Marketing.

Business Mentors New Zealand 

Business Mentors NZ offers a structured and supported volunteer business mentoring programme to New Zealand businesses. Grow your business opportunities and expand your business skills by utilising a Business Mentor’s knowledge, skills and experience.  Choose from ‘Start-Up’ or existing business programme options. Speak to SC Chamber about how this can assist your business.

Exporting- New Zealand Trade & Enterprise

New Zealand Trade & Enterprise (NZTE) can help businesses that are exporting or thinking of exporting. The SC Chamber can help you to gain access to NZTE’s support, this includes valuable online information and accessing the funding and global expertise your business needs to have the scale, commitment and drive to succeed internationally.

Research & Development Support

Are you developing, or thinking of developing, a new product? Talk to us about how Callaghan Innovation can support and possibly help fund your research and development.Callaghan Innovation accelerates the commercialisation of innovation by firms in New Zealand through resources, knowledge and connections which help businesses turn ideas into internationally marketable products and services more quickly and successfully


New Zealand Food Innovation Network

The South Island hub of New Zealand Food Innovation Network (NZFIN) is FoodSouth, an accessible, national network of science and technology resources created to support the growth and development of food & beverage businesses of all sizes by providing facilities and the expertise needed to develop new products and progress from idea to commercial success.

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South Canterbury Chamber of Commerce Membership

The Chamber of Commerce is the biggest business network in South Canterbury with more than 460 business members and plenty of opportunities to meet like-minded business people.

Meet new business contacts and grow existing relationships with a range of networking events per year.

Strength in numbers. 
The Chamber lobby local and central Government on issues of concern to our members and are representatives of the whole business community.

Being a Chamber member, with a membership certificate on your office wall, provides you with credibility and respect in the eyes of customers and others.

Discounted training workshops. Half day and full day training workshops are available to improve your business knowledge and skills with a wide range of training events every year.

Promotional opportunities. You can promote your business to other members and the wider business community in many ways including hosting events such as Business After 5.

Free Business advice. 
Available on the 0800 freephone number; specialists include HR, employment law, ACC and health and safety.

Business Advice Centre
Run each month, you can get access to a wealth of knowledge and experience and grow your business.

Additional member benefits. 
There are numerous other membership benefits - call 03 687 2733 or contact the Chamber here.

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