New portal helps women succeed in business
Anew website that will help Pacific women start, and build, their businesses was yesterday launched in Nadi by Westpac Pacific and the Australian High Commission. Pacific Women in Business is a ‘one-stop-shop’ for information and resources on business and entrepreneurship.
It includes information like: how to register a company name; how to build a financial history in order to secure finance; and advice on issues like childcare and dealing with family violence. It is designed for use on both mobile phones and computers and will format to fit various screens. “This website will connect women to information, resources and each other to help them formalise or grow their business,” said Australian High Commissioner to Fiji, Margaret Twomey. “This is something Australia is really proud to support because investing in women is not only the right thing to do, it’s the smart thing to do – and benefits families and communities. Westpac Institutional Bank chief executive, Lyn Cobley, said: “Westpac staff members often meet women with strong commercial ideas or who are already running small businesses.
“But they tell us that they have trouble finding information on how to get started or plan for sustainable business growth. “DFAT identified a similar problem, so together we developed this new resource to help female-owned businesses grow.”
Women entrepreneurs and executives at the Website launch.