The Small Business Tauranga steering committee is a small and highly effective group of volunteer entrepreneurs who help to direct and run Small Business Tauranga under the umbrella of Tauranga Chamber of Commerce.
If you are interested in joining the Small Business Tauranga committee, please email Steven Farrant here – Chairman, Small Business Tauranga.
Steven is an experienced business owner/operator, general manager and marketer, primarily focused in property and retail, with national and international experience. Steven currently operates Keith Hay Homes in the Bay of Plenty, as well as his own business consultancy.
Since arriving in NZ (from UK) Steven founded, operated and ultimately sold Candles of New Zealand and Flicker Candle Emporium. During this seven-year period he worked closely with the Chamber and other key organisations. Steven was awarded the Rocket! Young Business Owner Award in 2011 and Westpac Business Awards for Social Responsibility/Community Service (Winner) and Innovation (Finalist) in 2010. Steven also represented Tauranga in the ICEHOUSE Business Owners programme. Steven is also a Board Member of the Tauranga Chamber of Commerce.
Zita founded INfuzed three years ago with the view to support business owners throughout their business adventure. It is through her previous work in many different markets and industries that has given Zita the leading edge in understanding what it takes to educate, empower & equip business owners and sales people for continuous growth. Zita has been involved in speaking events throughout the BOP and is guaranteed to deliver an energy packed session that will get you moving out of your seat and taking action for your business.
Zita joined the SBT committee as a way of ‘giving back’ to the business community. “By collaborating with other business owners, together we can develop and deliver relevant business support services that SME’s can use to flourish their business to the next level of growth,” says Zita.
Since arriving from Wellington 2 ½ years ago Helen immediately joined the Chamber of Commerce and has been an adamant supporter ever since. Helen and her husband currently have two Tauranga-based businesses, Fifo Capital (business loans for growth) and Living Business (better bookkeeping, smarter software). Through both businesses Helen supports businesses to grow and to increase efficiency and profitability.
“I am privileged to work at the coalface with local Tauranga small businesses on improving every day processes. I bring experience from building and selling my own successful business in Wellington, as well as the wide network of contacts I have built here in Tauranga through networks such as the Chamber.”
The Business Market is a unique concept established in Tauranga and growing nationwide. In essence, it is a one-day trade show with guest speakers, workshops and plenty of opportunities to network, grow your database, your brand or your career.
Brett’s passion is business collaboration, and he believes in working together to build a great city and secure the future for the next generation. He joined our committee at its inception in January 2016, and is excited to see how we can help grow small business, which is the backbone of every community.
Rebecca has previously worked as a graphic designer in a range of fields in Auckland and Tauranga before taking the leap into to self-employment. She founded independent design agency Inkwell Studio in 2014 with a focus on creative logo and identity design, branding, advertising and graphic design.
Rebecca is passionate about elevating Bay of Plenty businesses through good design, and has been involved with many local companies, from start-ups to established brand names. She has worked extensively with the Tauranga Chamber of Commerce and a number of associated projects including the SBT re-brand.
For more than 10 years, Arron has owned and managed a fast-growing website development company. Arron and his team work closely with customers to help them grow online sales via e-commerce, and they build online platforms that generate leads. Some highly experienced people have joined the Bravesight team recently with a focus on research and insights, marketing strategy, and graphic design.
Arron was asked to join the SBT Committee and decided it was something that resonated with him, as he started his business from the kitchen table and now works with a large, multi-talented team and a diverse range of clients. He understands the struggles that many small businesses and not-for-profits face, and brings that experience to the table.
Jo-Marie is an experienced journalist and former Chief Reporter at the Bay of Plenty Times. In 2008 she left the newsroom and launched her own professional copywriting business Tailor-Made Media. She contracts her services to several of the Bay’s leading PR and marketing agencies and also works directly with clients to produce written content for their online, internal and external publications.
She joined the SBT committee in September 2017 and is responsible for writing our ‘Business Showcase’ articles each week to highlight why people love doing business in Tauranga. Jo-Marie enjoys bringing these stories to life and helping boost the profile of small businesses who are achieving wonderful things in our region.
Lillian is an experienced marketing specialist, qualified leadership coach and director of her two businesses, Marketing on Demand and Animal Outfitters. Her marketing career has spanned marketing leadership in large global organisations, to the launch of her own e-commerce start up.
Upon moving to Tauranga in 2016 she created Marketing on Demand, a flexible marketing consulting service for businesses that don’t have dedicated marketing expertise in-house. Marketing on Demand exists to help business owners make better business decisions and get the most out if their marketing spend and activity.
Lillian joined the SBT committee because she’s motivated to help the Small Business Tauranga network grow by helping as many small businesses as possible build their capability, access support and thrive.