Book your place at the small business event of the year – and it’s free!

Register at your nearest event

The Biz™ is a series of small business education and networking events around New Zealand, put together by Yellow® for business owners like you. We’ve attracted an exciting line-up of local business speakers who will share their success stories, along with some of the biggest names in business including Xero, Google™, Telecom, Gen-i and BNZ. The Biz is free to attend. There won’t be any big business waffle – just tips and advice that you can put into action!

Check out who’s speaking at your nearest event here. Then put the date in your diary and register now!

Jeroen Jongejans

Meet Jeroen Jongejans

Jeroen's using his business Dive! Tututaka to do much more than just pay the bills. He's on a mission to make his part of Northland famous. This includes inspiring a new generation of dive enthusiasts, working with Ngunguru School's unique marine programme, protecting the environment, and a whole lot more.

Meet Riki Kinnaird

Find out why a career in corporate finance was no challenge compared to rejuvenating a historic Kiwi hotel. Hear how Riki Kinnaird and his business partners transformed The Duke of Marlborough hotel from struggling to winning awards, and why he’s so passionate about developing the Northland business scene.

Tenby Powell

Meet Tenby Powell

Army officer, investor and entrepreneur, Tenby thrives on seeing Kiwi businesses innovate their way to greatness. After seeing how little support there was for businesses, he masterminded the NZ SME Business Network to give New Zealand’s small business owners a voice, and a helping hand.

Meet Google

Not the webpage - the brilliant minds behind it. If anyone knows what consumers are looking for it’s Google. Their technology and data give them a window into nearly every household in New Zealand. At The Biz, they’ll provide you with an amazing peek into who and what your customers are looking for.

Malcolm Rands

Meet Malcolm Rands

Hear the remarkable story of ecostore, founded by Northland locals Malcolm and Melanie Rands in 1993. Since then it has blossomed here and around the world, winning top sustainable business awards year after year. You’ll find out how working sustainably isn’t just great for the planet, it can be fantastic for your bottom line too.

Meet KPMG

KPMG is the big business that sees potential within every small business - and helps to unleash it. In each region, an expert from KPMG will share top tips and tools for small business owners, including some priceless tactics you can use to make better business decisions, achieve your goals and grow your business.

Declan Scott

Meet Declan Scott

Owner of SHE Chocolat in Christchurch, Declan Scott has had his fair share of challenges - but it’s the way he tackles them that’s so unusual. You’ll hear how his team’s philosophy of ‘if you do good, you’ll do good business’ has turned all kinds of obstacles into one-of-a-kind opportunities.

Xero

Meet Xero

You’ve probably heard about Xero, the Kiwi company that’s changing how small businesses balance the books around the world. Xero and WorkflowMax, will talk about how to avoid the pitfalls of bad debt with 7 tips on how to improve your cashflow, and improve your invoicing processes.

Kerry Bradburn

Meet Kerry Bradburn

Wild Poppies owner Kerry Bradburn led the e-commerce charge in NZ in the late ‘90s, bravely turning her five shops into one super store with 75% of sales now generated online. She’ll share the e-insights she learnt along the way (including mistakes!), and will let you in on her latest marketing plan that achieves a whopping 10% conversion rate!

Janene Draper

Meet Janene Draper

Since 2006, when Janene Draper opened the first Farro Fresh with husband James, she has revolutionised the way we shop for fresh food – despite next to no experience in food retail. Hear her amazing tale of how she transformed an everyday chore into an experience people adore, while supporting local suppliers, and growing a thriving business that employs over 200 people.

BNZ

Meet BNZ

BNZ is renowned for helping businesses grow, they’ve been doing it for 150 years. BNZ will be here to share the best tips for growing a small business in today’s economy – and what to watch out for. You’ll also find out about BNZ’s special tools for small businesses, and how you can use them to get ahead.

BNZ will be speaking in: Auckland and Wellington.

Jacqueline Ireland

Meet Jacqueline Ireland

Many assume research is only for big business. Jacqueline Ireland, CEO of Colmar Brunton, and research whiz extraordinaire, thinks differently. She’ll fill you in on how small businesses can use research to get ahead, with priceless, practical tactics that don’t cost the earth. You’ll leave armed with a checklist to guide you when to research, who to talk to, and how to put the results to work.

Telecom / Gen-i

Meet Telecom / Gen-i

No one understands the importance of connecting with customers more than Telecom and Gen-i. Their experts will be on hand to help you make the most of your mobile devices, and give you the low down on the latest trends in technology and communication for small businesses. You’ll also have the opportunity to ask them anything you’d like to know.

Wendy Thompson

Meet Wendy Thompson

Here’s a great opportunity to find out how you can make social media work for your business. Founder of StartSocial.co.nz, Wendy Thompson, will be joining us from top social media agency Socialites to clear up the why, hows, dos and don’ts that every small business owner needs to know. You’ll learn how others have used social media to attract customers and drive sales, and how you can too.

Stu McKinlay

Meet Stu McKinlay

Stu McKinlay is half of a dynamic duo that’s recently burst onto NZ’s craft beer scene, cleaning up multiple awards here and overseas. Catch his talk to find out why Yeastie Boys became cult heroes to their customers and how they stay ahead of the game. You might be surprised to discover what he attributes their success to, and how a worldwide operation can be run from a kitchen table.

Andy & Misha Wilkinson

Meet Misha's Vineyard

Andy and Misha Wilkinson from Misha’s Vineyard traded in their corporate careers for their dream of establishing a vineyard in Central Otago. Neither grape farmers nor winemakers, they did know a fair bit about sales and marketing, and this has proven invaluable in the competitive world of winemaking. Find out how they used what they knew best - relentless marketing - to build their business.

Brian Brakenridge

Meet Brian Brakenridge

Brian Brakenridge, start-up founder of legendary Kiwi clothing company Icebreaker, will share what inspired the brand and how he got it off the ground. You’ll hear everything. The remote island in Marlborough. The 5,000 sheep. The rejections and failures, the lessons he learnt and what kept him going. You’ll also find out what he thinks are the most important ingredients for a productive workplace and a strong business.