Small business is the heart of New Zealand’s economy, and nowhere is that more true than here in Taranaki.

Around 300 people attend Venture Taranaki’s regular business start-up clinics every year, and many more meet with our team of business advisors for help with growing their business. In addition to free and confidential business assessments, our team connects business people and entrepreneurs with the support they need to grow their skills and ultimately grow their businesses.

Small business owners need to be experts in everything; marketing, finance, business planning, HR, and even governance. Venture Taranaki has programmes available to help business people build the skills and expertise they need, including funding for capability development. This can range from an afternoon course to a six or twelve month programme with a dedicated business coach.  

The NZTE Capability Development Voucher programme is a useful option for those already in business who need help in building their skillset. 

The funding covers up to 50% of course fees, with a training provider chosen by the client. Eligible businesses must be currently trading, employ up to 50 people, be GST registered and privately owned or a Māori Trust or Incorporation under the Te Ture Whenua Māori Act 1993, or similar organisation managing Māori assets under multiple ownership. 

Hundreds of businesses in Taranaki have already accessed this capability funding, and have had great results.  
In addition to meeting the core criteria, businesses must be able to demonstrate a desire and capacity for growth, and the owners must be prepared to commit time and energy to improving their management capability.  

Venture Taranaki also facilitates the Business Mentors New Zealand programme for the region. This is a volunteer programme that matches small business owners with experienced business people from within their own community, to provide support and guidance in the growth and development of their business.  

To find out more about capability development vouchers, or the Business Mentors programme, contact Venture Taranaki Senior Business Advisor Jennifer Patterson on 06 7595166 or email