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By RACHNA LAL
Women in Business (WIB) held a successful two-day workshop in Nadi over the last two days in their efforts to promote the interests of women in business and commerce in Fiji.
WIB president, Dr Nur Bano Ali, said she was happy with the turnout of women for the workshop at the Aliz Pacific office in Martintar, Nadi.
“This was an ideal opportunity for the women in the West, whether employed or a business owner, to ensure that they have sufficient technical skills in carrying out a successful business,” she said.
Dr Ali stressed WIB would continue to carry out activities to encourage and support existing businesswomen in Fiji for the development and sustainable growth of their business.
“We will also continue to encourage the increased participation of women in the commercial sector in Fiji,” she said.
Dr Ali said WIB aimed to not only stimulate in women a realisation, and acceptance of their responsibility in the community, nationally and internationally, but also encourage women to aspire to higher levels of commercial success.
“This can be achieved through our activities which include mentoring programmes, networking lunches and cocktails, research, advocacy and eventually running our very own Business Research Centre,” she said.
Dr Ali said the WIB network was growing to have a huge diversity of businesses and the members range from students to young professionals, senior executives, business owners and even semi or fully retired experienced professionals.
The workshop covered a wide variety of topics ranging from fundamentals such as how to register businesses and drawing up business plans to more sophisticated issues such as budgeting and cashflows.
The workshop was broken down into two parts namely ‘Business Tool Kit” and “Growth and Sustainability of your Business’.
These topics were identified through feedback from our past networking events as women participants highlighted the need for guidance in fundamentals of starting, growing and sustaining a business.