CAPACITY building programs are an integral part of the Pascoe Promotions SME strengthening platform, covering numerous niche markets and aspects of business.
This week’s POM City Markets will introduce a new workshop-style event featuring industry experts and trailblazers to share their experience and advice with up and coming SME’s.
Mentor Moments will feature its first guru Chef Alice Futter on Saturday July 17 from 12.30pm to 3pm at the National Museum and Art Gallery, who has worked around the world for the past 25 years as a chef and barista and recently as an entrepreneur here in Papua New Guinea as owner of Fab Catering.
She is currently a food and beverage consultant to various establishments.
Alice says as an observer she can see a lot of improvement for local catering SME’s and hopes to share with them essential advice regarding consistency, hygiene standards and pricing to ensure that they are turning a worthwhile profit.
“Another thing I want to talk about is finding your niche; something that you are good at and sticking to that. Everyone seems to be doing the same thing”, she said.
Following the Foodie’s session Sylvia says experts from other industries which are common within the SME community will follow such as textiles, photography and art and craft.
Also launching this month, certified businesses that register on the Pascoe Promotions website and are vendors at the POM City Markets and sister events are also able to access member privileges such as the awarding of a free stall for upholding good business practice and standards.
Additionally, as part of the push to grow the SME community, a start-up promotion will also run each month where new businesses are encouraged to apply to win a free market stall.
Pascoe Promotions Director Sylvia Pascoe says this promotion is to give new SME’s a running start but also dedicated time with the SME Elevate Series consultants offering free business advice at each Market event.
“POM City Markets is the most highly attended monthly market and the original platform that created the SME revolution sweeping the nation.
The growth and evolution of crafts, quality products and diversity in creation absolutely boomed with our events and I’m proud to say they truly play a major role in many community’s lives, where the air of possibility and opportunity continues to flourish and inspire new business hopefuls to find their start”, Sylvia said.
In addition to the free stall, Pascoe’s media team will create a promotional video for the winning SME and the owner will get to have a one-on-one mentor moment with Sylvia over coffee.