Free webinar series helps boost local businesses through shared experiences

A series of free webinars are underway in Kapiti to support local businesses through the ongoing and unprecedented challenges they have faced over the past two years and provide guidance and motivation to move forward.

Kāpiti Coast Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with Kāpiti Coast District Council, has launched Come to your front room – where speakers and panelists with expertise in areas that will benefit and support local businesses are hosted via an online forum.

After a successful first session in which a panel of local retail and hospitality entrepreneurs discussed their experiences and advice on navigating the Covid-19 restrictions, the next event – to be held on Wednesday, April 13 from 12:15 p.m. to 1:15 p.m. – will feature speaker Jo Delaney from the Department of Social Development (MSD). The session will discuss how MSD can help companies recruit, retain and train employees and will include a Q&A section.

The Council’s head of economic development, Mark Ward, says the webinar series provides a very valuable forum, both open and safe, for businesses to understand and discuss the best approaches to significant market and labor challenges. -current work.

“Through our collaboration with the Chamber of Commerce, we are hosting speakers and events that businesses believe will benefit them during this time of significant change,” he says.

Chamber Co-Chair Monique Leith said the organization is confident that ensuring the community has access to information and support during the ongoing challenges and impacts of the pandemic will ensure we get through all this ordeal together successfully, locals supporting locals.

“The sessions are designed to be welcoming, with the opportunity to ask questions and learn from the experiences of others in our local business community,” she says.

“We’ve set up webinars so people can grab lunch or coffee at their favorite local coffee shop and join us for a relaxed online date on their break, or tune in from home, to get informed, share ideas and connect with others in their community.

There is no charge to attend the sessions, but participants must register. For more information and details on upcoming panelists – who cover a wide range of industries and business types, visit

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