Business networking in action

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NETWORKING: Some of the community members present and in support of the Samoa Business Network at the Tanoa Tusitala.

NETWORKING: Some of the community members present and in support of the Samoa Business Network at the Tanoa Tusitala. (Photo: Misiona Simo)

It is their first Networking Event in Samoa and for this year they kick started with opportunities to connect and network with likeminded businesses, people, entrepreneurs and professional to discuss how they can support each other.

They are the Samoa Business Network. Held at the Tanoa Tusitala on Thursday night the event was called the Samoa Networking Evening.

It was to identify opportunities to collaborate and work together, to refer business and share local and overseas contacts.

Samoa Business Network Representative in Samoa, Afamasaga Jackie Curry-Malolo, explained during her presentation what S.B.N is all about.

“Our Vision is to enable a successful worldwide network of Samoan Businesses & Entrepreneurs,” she said.

“The Samoa Business Network was created in order to provide a forum of support for small Samoan owned businesses in Aotearoa New Zealand; to provide them with strategic advice, guidance and support in the form of formal workshops, and informal network evenings.

“Our Mission is to provide a platform for Samoan Businesses & Entrepreneurs to network, collaborate & also make a positive difference in our community.

Etuale and Angeline Scanlan, Fauono Mualia, Mamea Sam Ieremia, Albesto Schreiber and Junior Fidow.
Etuale and Angeline Scanlan, Fauono Mualia, Mamea Sam Ieremia, Albesto Schreiber and Junior Fidow.
Irene Elia, Teuila Eteuati and Moananu Tyrone Laurenson
Irene Elia, Teuila Eteuati and Moananu Tyrone Laurenson
Philippa Matautia, Stephen Leota and Ruta Schwalger
Philippa Matautia, Stephen Leota and Ruta Schwalger
Tailani Salanoa and Leilani Brighouse
Tailani Salanoa and Leilani Brighouse

“It is also our aim to become a centre for members within our Samoan Community, who wish to pursue their dreams in business, to help inspire, mentor and guide them along their journeys.

“The Samoa Business Network Incorporated also presents a unique opportunity for Samoan Businesses to foster relationships with one another and other businesses through the exchange of ideas, collaboration, and networking and training, most of which comes from the wealth of knowledge and experience of existing business owners who are already a part of the network.”

The group’s aim is to work together, to refer business and share local and overseas contacts. And just work collectively to make a positive difference for Samoa and for our community (in Samoa and overseas). 

“We encourage you to come along with business cards, ready to network and meet new people. Find out what others are offering in their business and professional roles. We also have some great speakers lined up for you.

“We especially encourage anyone who has returned home from overseas recently to set up business or start a new job, to come along and meet people from the local business community and other sectors. “Success is about creating our own opportunities and this is a great platform to do just that.

The Samoa Business Network Incorporated is a non-governmental and non-profitable organization which was formally established as an Incorporated Society on April 23rd, 2013.

However, the movement, and work leading up to the formal establishment began in September of 2012, thanks to the shared vision and direction of its current leader Laura Keil-Hall, a Business Manager at the Bank of New Zealand at the time now working for the Ministry for Pacific Peoples as a Business Partnerships & Development Manager and Rasmus Pereira, an Entrepreneur & Businessman as well as Tim Baice, Pacific Co-ordinator at the University of Auckland who played a pivotal part in formalizing this group.

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