News & Events

Breakfast Connect in Welcome Bay
26 January 2018

Small Business Tauranga is holding its next Breakfast Connect meeting in Welcome Bay.  This group is for business people that are new to town or those that are looking for support and better visibility.  Guest speakers include Bay of Plenty MP Todd Muller, who will talk about the state of the national and local economy, and Bill Wasley, chair of SmartGrowth, the sub-region’s growth management plan.  There will be plenty of opportunities for networking, so bring your business cards along.  This event is being held from 7-9am on Friday 26 January and costs $20 to attend.  For further information and to register, visit

BA5 at Bay Venues
7 February 2018

The next Chamber of Commerce Business After 5 event is being hosted by Bay Venues at ASB Arena.  This event will provide a great opportunity for local business people to network with others in an informal setting.  Attendees will hear about the types of events that are hosted at Bay Venues’ facilities, including conferences, meetings, awards, trade shows, exhibitions and gala dinners.  This event is being held from 5.15-7pm on Wednesday 7 February.  It is free for Chamber members and costs $20 for non-members who want to find out the value of these events.  For further information and to register, visit

Waikato Business Summit
8 February 2018

After a successful event in February 2017, the Waikato Business Summit is being held again in early 2018.  The key theme is ‘from change comes opportunity’, which will be looked at in the context of central and local government, the economy, the retail space as a result of Amazon, and business practices.  The summit is being held from 2-6pm on Thursday 8 February and follows on from the Chartered Accountants ANZ Waikato region conference, which is being held that morning.  The venue is Pacific Crystal Palace, Hamilton Gardens, Cobham Dr, Hamilton and registrations cost $150 per person.  For further information, visit

Successful engagement with your Maori Business Partners
9 February 2018

This workshop will cover good practice guidelines for working with tangata whenua and Māori organisations.  It will enable you to prepare yourself for engagement with new partners, understand how to establish your value proposition and create a framework to receive input from potential Māori business partners.  It will be of particular interest to business people, managers and professionals who wish to become more aware and proficient in interacting with Māori for mutual benefit, compliance and respect.  This workshop is being held from 8.30am-12.30pm on Friday 9 February at Bay Central, 65 Chapel Street, Tauranga.  Early bird registrations cost $275 and there are discounts for Chamber of Commerce members.  For further information and to register, visit

Te Hekenga III Maori Business Networks & Maori Enterprises Conference
15 February 2018

Te Hekenga III is the third national hui for Māori business networks and Māori SME’s throughout New Zealand, and is being held in Tauranga.  Taking place over two days at Trinity Wharf Hotel, the conference will provide a forum to share ideas, issues, successes and war stories about the challenges of establishing and growing a Māori business network.  It is also a forum for budding or new SME owners and entrepreneurs, like-minded people who want to share or gain knowledge and information about business start-ups, or those who have taken the first steps on their personal business journey.  Registrations will take place from 5pm on Wednesday 14 February and the conference will run from 8am on 15 February until 5.30pm on Friday 16 February.  For further information and to register, visit

Social Media Training Workshop
15 February 2018

A half-day social media workshop is being held in Tauranga so you can take your social media knowledge and skills to the next level.  It will focus on the five key social media channels and what it takes to succeed in social media, including developing your own social media strategy.  Fun and interactive, the workshop will ensure you gain practical skills and knowledge in the morning from digital experts that you can apply immediately to enhance the effectiveness of your social media campaigns in the afternoon.  The workshop will run from 8am until 1pm on Thursday 15 February at ASB Arena and costs $399 per person to attend.  This includes full catering plus all course materials, Participants need to bring along a laptop.  For further information on what the workshop will cover, visit

BWN Behind the Scenes at Ryan + Alexander
20 February 2018

The next Tauranga Chamber of Commerce Business Women’s Network ‘behind the scenes’ event is being hosted by professional recruitment company, Ryan + Alexander.  Attendees will hear from founders, Bernadette Ryan-Hopkins and Kiri Burney, about the different career paths that have brought them to where they are now, running a highly successful recruitment company with a focus on high-quality regional recruitment.  This is also a great opportunity to meet and network with other local business women.  The event will run from 5.15-7pm on Tuesday 20 February at 30 Grey Street, Tauranga.  For information and to register, visit

Ultimate Motor Group and Chamber of Commerce Annual Golf Tournament
23 February 2018

The Chamber of Commerce and Ultimate Motor Group once again hosting the Annual Golf Tournament, providing a fun way to end the year and great networking opportunities.  This event starts with a sausage sizzle at 11am at Omanu Golf Course, with the competition starting at midday and the event running until 7pm.  Refreshments will be available throughout the day and there will lots of prizes to be won.  Entries cost $55 for a single and $220 for a team of four.  For further information and to register, visit