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Starting a New Small Business - Free Online Course

Essential information for those starting a new small business in New Zealand

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ENC Virtual Classroom

Online business training that is accessible 24 hours per day and in bite sized chunks so that you can learn at your own pace, at your own time.

Starting a New Small Business

  • Practical, useable advice and information for developing your idea into a plan
  • Take out some of the fear, by checking how realistic your idea is
  • Written and video learning materials
  • Interviews with business owners and experts who have put the concepts in these courses into practice
  • Aimed at New Zealand businesses, with specific sections for businesses in the Waimakariri and Hurunui Districts.
  • Interviews with council staff and government officials
  • Workbooks that help you to put these concepts into practice for your own business
  • Access to the presenter of this course by e-mail so that you can ask questions or gain feedback for your implementation plans
  • A huge list of resources to help you give your business the best chance of success

View all courses that ENC offers online.


Other Resources

Live ENC Business Courses are available throughout North Canterbury. These can be attended in person, or via video conferencing.

Our website includes a number of resource pages for business

Our Business Service Partners have a wide range of expertise in all areas of business

Sign up to the ENC newsletter for news, advice, support opportunities and business events in North Canterbury

Access funding for business training and coaching


Your Instructor


Miles Dalton
Miles Dalton

Miles has spent years helping people to set up their own businesses, both within his role at ENC, but also in his past career where he has helped establish over 100 arts based businesses and 50 community enterprises.

Miles understands the passion that drives people to go out on their own and can help to focus that passion so that your business has the best chance of success.

He has a varied past himself, having been self employed as an actor and a plumber, and employed in the private sector as a zookeeper, He also worked for the government for many years as a community funder, a policy advisor and a senior business analyst.

Now his job is to help business owners to achieve their goals, and it is being able to help people to reach their dreams that drives him.


Enterprise North Canterbury (ENC) is the economic development agency for North Canterbury in New Zealand. ENC works alongside businesses and people to develop an innovative and prosperous region. We operate the ENC Business Centre, offer business training, networking functions, a wide range of business support services including free assessments of your business needs, local job vacancies and so much more.

Frequently Asked Questions


When does the course start and finish?
The course starts now! Each course is completely self-paced and online - you decide when you start and when you finish.
How long do I have access to the course?
Free courses are permanently available.
What if I am unhappy with the course?
Let us know. This is a free course, but we are always looking to update and improve. Just make a comment in the relevant section and you might help us to make the course better for all future users.