The David Awards are geared towards recognising great little businesses at the smaller end of the business scale in New Zealand. Have you got what it takes to enter?


The trophy for The David Awards Supreme Winner
You've put the hard yards into getting your business where it is today. Now get the recognition you deserve! But hurry, entry for The David Awards closes on 12 August at 5 p.m.


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This may be the best place to camp in New Zealand. It's certainly the best place to tour when you're looking for a wide variety of outdoor activities. Visitors enjoy hiking through the woods, visiting the lovely beaches, fishing, and hunting, camping, biking, and even scuba diving.

Abel Tasman Tours Can Help You Stay Organized

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The sign on your door, the poster in your window and the message on your vehicle all create an impression of your business in the eyes of your customers and prospects. If they are not accurate, in good condition or do not meet some of the criteria for a good sign, then you could be doing your business a disservice.


There's a difference between hearing the person you are talking to, and really listening, says Lydia Ramsey - and learning how to tune in to those you are interacting with can be an enormous advantage. She explains how.


Enter The David Awards

Date of event: 

1 Apr 2015 - 8:00am to 30 Apr 2015 - 5:00pm
1 May 2015 - 8:00am to 30 May 2015 - 6:00pm
1 Jun 2015 - 8:00am to 30 Jun 2015 - 6:00pm
1 Jul 2015 - 8:00am to 30 Jul 2015 - 6:00pm
1 Aug 2015 - 8:00am to 30 Aug 2015 - 6:00pm
1 Sep 2015 - 8:00am to 30 Sep 2015 - 7:00pm
1 Oct 2015 - 8:00am to 30 Oct 2015 - 6:00pm


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The David Awards recognise the unsung heroes in home and small businesses throughout New Zealand, whose tenacity, courage and ingenuity place them firmly at the forefront of entrepreneurship in this country.

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Whether it's online or offline, or ideally a blend of the two, networking and getting your name out there is central to growing your business. This week's guaranteed-under-two-minute-read has some clever tips and tools to boost your business's profile and connect with others.


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How much attention do you pay to your brand? Or more importantly, how much attention do your customers and prospects pay to your brand? If you're not getting maximum mileage from your brand, then you may be missing sales opportunities and limiting your growth potential. Even the smallest of companies benefits from having a strong brand.


social network
Using social media as part of the marketing mix is becoming common for small and home businesses - but you could unwittingly be making yourself very unwelcome. Lydia Ramsey has some tips to help you mind your manners.


Text messaging
One of the most important aspects of your business is the capability to retain customers. Grant Collingwood looks at how TXT systems might work for your business. Use of a professional TXT System can help you do that, can save you money as well and does not have to present technical challenges.


Regardless of whether the economic climate is good or bad, BNI New Zealand Director Graham Southwell says the biggest advantage anybody can give themselves – whether they are in business, employed or studying – is to develop the habit of becoming a ‘connector’