New por­tal helps women suc­ceed in busi­ness

Fiji Sun - - 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.

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