Business Link Pacific
Business Link Pacific (BLP) connects small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) with local quality advisory services to help them grow.
BLP is a private sector development program funded by the NZ Ministry of Foreign Affairs & Trade and delivered by DT Global in partnership with the Samoa Chamber of Commerce as the in-country representative (also established in Fiji, PNG, Solomon Islands, and the Cook Islands).
BLP develops local business service provider partners to provide B2B support and meet SME needs for advisory services. Businesses use these services to grow efficiently, improve their turnover and promote job creation. Eligible businesses can further access financial subsidies on quality services made affordable to help transform their business. Businesses are encouraged to visit the BLP Portal and utilize the business toolkit that is equipped with free tools such as the Business Health Check and other resources to help support business growth.
The local network of service providers covers a wide range of business development areas including business strategic planning, financial management, business accounting services, marketing strategy, advertising and promotion, website development, digital marketing and solutions, and more. New business advisors servicing SMEs are encouraged to register on the BLP Portal, complete the competency assessment to become an approved advisor and access resources including subsidies for services and professional development for your staff.
For more information, please contact the local Program Manager, John Lemoa on direct email: firstname.lastname@example.org or 31090.
Samoa Koko Industry Association
In 2017, the Samoan and New Zealand Governments approved the establishment of the Samoan Cocoa Industry Development Initiative (SCIDI). This is a project of five years duration aimed at revitalising the Samoan cocoa export industry, and is funded by the NZ Aid Program of the MInistry of Foreign Affairs and Trade. The SCIDI partners delivering this project are The AgriChain Center Limited, a NZ based agribusiness services and consultancy company, and the Samoa Chamber of Commerce and Industry, with Massey University sub-contracting to the project.
One of the main output objectives of SCIDI was the establishment of a Samoa Koko Industry Association (SKIA) as a national body of all things koko.
SKIA’s vision is to develop a sustainable and wealth creating Samoan cocoa industry that benefits both smallholders and commercial growers, and the domestic and export value chains that exist around them. We will achieve this by building on the successes Samoa has had to date, by learning from mistakes made, and by guiding Koko Samoa into a realistic and achievable future. SKIA now has a total of 123 members including associations; its next step now is looking at joining global cocoa organizations such as the World Cocoa Foundation and the International Cocoa Organization.
For more information, please contact Prince Lima on direct email: email@example.com or 31090.
A Startup incubator program that targets youth-led social enterprises in Samoa culminates into a pitching competition for seed funding or in-kind support.
Youth Co:Lab positions young people front and center in order to solve the nation’s most pressing challenges. The program aims to establish a common agenda in Samoa to empower and invest in youth, so that they can accelerate the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) through leadership, social innovation and entrepreneurship.
Samoa is the first Pacific nation to join the Youth Co:Lab global initiative, implemented by the Samoa Chamber of Commerce and Industry. To date, the program has supported 115 Samoan youth in their early-stages of operating their business, or young aspiring entrepreneurs with 56% female participation. Through the incubator program, youth participants work to improve or create business plans introducing innovative thinking, financial planning and social impact through the Sustainable Development Goals. As of 2022, the YCL Samoa programme has improved or created 106 social innovation ideas and youth-led enterprises with local Samoan youth. Opportunities generated as a result of this programme include mentoring, networking opportunities, and overseas travels to represent Samoa at international business conferences, as well as in-kind and financial support to support their business growth.
For more information, please contact Tiresa Poe on email: firstname.lastname@example.org or call 31090.
A practical working experience and mentorship program targeting unemployed students and recent graduates across sectors. The program runs between 8-10 weeks in which helps expose youth to the work environment where they can gain practical skills through work experience. This is a great opportunity for youth to put theory into practice and begin their professional career in their respective fields of study.