Tuesdays are the day of the week where local businesses get to “Choose” a relevant topic for a lunch-time round-table discussion. In 2014, topics included Time Management, Facebook pages for Business, Financial Management, Being found Online, and Marketing – getting Bang for your Buck.
In 2015, the trend has continued with vision and profitability being common themes whatever the topic!
Relevant to any business, these discussion are facilitated by the “Head Chook”, Alex, and involve sharing of successful strategies, frustrations, helpful tools and group-based problem solving. By using the power of sharing and collaboration, all participants leave armed with ideas, tools, new contacts and inspiration.
Participating businesses included retailers, Chook House tenants, online businesses, and freelancers as well as larger employers. A cost-effective and motivating way to learn and grow, either sign up to receive our updates or follow the events on Facebook.
Meeting new people, learning new techniques and getting inspired about using Facebook for your business at a “Chook House Choose-Day” workshop.
As a kind of “spokesperson” for small local businesses, The Chook House gets involved in local economic development discussions.
In 2014 this included:
1. Assistance to run an event about the local Ruataniwha Water Storage Scheme, in collaboration with the local Water Users Group – an event which brought the Chair of the Timaru Chamber of Commerce to CHB to share their experiences with economic and social growth in Canterbury following the creation of the Opuha water scheme.
2. Hosting Rural Economic Development “guru”, Dr Ernesto Sirolli – an event which brought fresh thinking about our local approach to economic development, the role of our local government authorities, and the crucial process of supporting local entrepreneurial thinking and activity.
As the core values of The Chook House are interwoven with collaboration and sharing, participation in local business groups is important.
1. A main-street retailers group – getting together to share ideas, plan events and support each other.
2. The “Good Business Group” – started in association with Crowe Howarth, in 2015 this will become a regular after-5 networking event for all local businesses.