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I have been a member of the Hutt Valley Chamber of Commerce for quite a few years. I have learned a lot that has helped me, via some of the courses and events that they run.

I don’t know whether all Chambers in New Zealand are as good. But recently I talked with them about an idea, which they immediately offered their support for.  Here is the notice that they will shortly send out to their mailing list:

Interested in a “Focus Group”?

Maybe you work alone, or as a partnership.

Maybe your business is just you, or just you plus an assistant.

Maybe you work from a home office, maybe from a rented space somewhere, or maybe no office at all.

Such business owners often have a lot in common, regardless of the industry you work in.  For example:

  • It can get a little lonesome sometimes;
  • The line of accountability can be a bit flimsy;
  • Because you’re in charge of doing everything, sometimes you can’t exactly play to your strengths;
  • Compared to a larger business, it can be harder to find the time and resources to access professional input;
  • Etc…

So… we propose to establish a group to help meet some of these needs.

The plans are a bit loose around the edges at the moment – how it turns out will depend on who’s involved.  But ideas so far include:

  • Monthly meetings;
  • Informal, flexible, self-regulating;
  • Revolving facilitator;
  • Emphasis on mutual support, sharing, learning.

A lunch-time meeting to discuss the formation of such a group…
Hutt Valley Chamber of Commerce, Daly Street, Lower Hutt
Monday 1 March 2010, 12:00 – 1:30pm
Lunch provided.

If interested, but unable to attend the meeting, please let us know.

For myself, I know that I often find that problems and priorities become a lot clearer, and decisions a lot easier, if I have an opportunity to just speak out the thoughts instead of trying to grapple with them silently buzzing around in my head.

So I think this “focus group” idea just might lead to an opportunity to reduce some of the isolation that I and other “home alone” small business people experience.

One Comment

  1. Emily Innes

    Sounds great Steve. I am currently on the “Activate” course for startup businesses run by Grow Wellington, and a regular, ongoing Focus Group would be extremely valuable.


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