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Get the best start for your new business in Auckland.

Starting a business or entrepreneurial venture is an exciting and busy time. Knowing what help is available and who to talk to can make all the difference. 

As Auckland’s economic development agency, we’re connected to thousands of businesses, organisations and individuals who can help you start your business journey.  

We can:

Need business support?
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Whether you’re looking to start, grow, innovate or export, our Business Support Helpdesk can help. 

We can point you in the right direction to find people, resources and programmes to support your business on its growth journey.  Our service is free. 

Contact ATEED Business Support Helpdesk

or call 09 365 0510

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We provide these services with the help of the Regional Business Partner (RBP) network – a network of organisations dedicated to helping New Zealand businesses grow.

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Lion Foundation Young Enterprise Scheme

Are you a high school student with a great business idea? Enter The Lion Foundation Young Enterprise Scheme (YES) and start running a real business.
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DIGMYIDEA Māori Innovation Challenge

Are you a Māori entrepreneur with a digital idea that could go global? The DIGMYIDEA Māori Innovation Challenge is your chance to pitch your idea and be in to win one of two $10,000 start-up packages.
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Got an awesome idea for a business? If you live in Auckland and are aged between 15 and 24, IDEAStarter could help you turn your idea into an opportunity.
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Other useful resources
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Local Business Associations

There are 48 Local Business Improvement Districts across Auckland that provide a voice for local businesses in their area.  Many also offer business support, networking and development opportunities.
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Check that the name of the business, URL and trademark you have in mind are available and find a wide range of resources, including business plan templates and a guide to business structures.
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Callaghan Innovation

If you’re looking to take innovation to the next level through technology, Callaghan Innovation has a range of services to help you get your idea to market.
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Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE)

Find information and advice on a range of topics, from building and construction regulations, to consumer protection, immigration, employment, property, trading standards and infrastructure.
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Auckland Chamber of Commerce

Find the advice, support and connections your business needs to succeed with the Chamber of Commerce’s networks and business support packages.
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The Employers and Manufacturers Association (EMA)

Enterprises of all types and sizes can join the Employers and Manufacturers Association, for opportunities to learn and grow, make valuable business connections and change the world.
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Work and Income

Work and Income provides employment services and financial assistance throughout New Zealand.
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Inland Revenue

Get information about personal tax, business tax, and research and tax statistics from New Zealand’s tax organisation.
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Te Puni Kokiri – Māori businesses

Te Puni Kōkiri works within government and communities, to support Māori collective success at home and globally.
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The Manufacturers' Network

The Manufacturers' Network supports and represents New Zealand’s manufacturing and exporting sectors. They provide specialised business support, training and networking opportunities for businesses in these sectors.
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Auckland Council Business Services

From liquor licensing and building consent to rubbish collection, Auckland Council’s Business Services has a variety of useful information to help the day-to-day running of a business.
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Business guides

Business Mentors – starting a business
BNZ – starting a business
ASB – setting up your business
Kiwibank – starting a business
ANZ – business startup guide
Westpac – starting a business
Akina – starting a social enterprise

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Find out how we helped Chris Cullen quit his day job

A few years ago Chris Cullen was making superb hot sauces at home, selling them at Clevedon Market, and hanging onto his IT job to pay the bills.
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