2021 was a surprise in so many way. Pandemic 2.0 impacted so many but did not take the shine away from a resiliant population finding a way forward. This blog is a spotlight on Rebel navigationg 2021.
We thought 2020 was tough, and then we had to hold tight again in 2021.
Despite COVD, we had an eventful year
As a country and as a team we have had to bathe in the spirit of Kia kaha as an essential attitude. When COVID hit last March, Rebel Business School, like many other businesses, had to pivot and rethink how we delivered our courses. We had a few bumps along the way as we worked out logistics and protocols of running not only in person and fully online courses but also blended ones (a mix of both) for:
What's been happening in the Alumni space?
2021 has been another challenging year not only for Aotearoa but also for the small business space. Our 1300 strong Rebel entrepreneurs have shown their resilience and determination in seeing this year through when it comes to running their businesses. Here are some things of note:
Looking forward to 2022
We have been planning some amazing things for the next year to become even more efficient, have more team members, and a wider reach across Aotearoa so that every Kiwi has an opportunity to have a go at starting a business. Most importantly, we have got a more structured approach and a system for supporting our Alumni post-course all the way through their business journey coming soon, so watch this space! In the meantime, here are some things to look forward to:
A special thank you
It's been a journey and we couldn’t have done it without the continued support of our stakeholders: Auckland Unlimited, Local Boards in Auckland, Porirua City Council, Waikato District Council, Hawke’s Bay Business Hub, Napier City Council, Hastings District Council, South Taranaki District Council, Kāpiti Coast District Council, WellingtonNZ, ChristchurchNZ, Te Puni Kōkiri and of course, the Ministry of Social Development. Same goes for all of our ever so supportive alumni and amazing facilitators and speakers. Thanks one and all!
We will now introduce you to some new team members we are lucky to have this year, because we couldn't have made it without them either. On the left wearing antlers is Kamilla Korokhova, our new Marketing Assistant, who has taken over from Joanne Clark. In the middle we have two new team members, Lynley Middlemiss, our Special Projects Manager and Hattie the Puppy. And finally, on the right we have the festive Sonia Mustard, our Projects and Logistics person, and Lucy O'Neill, our new Head of Sales!
Now that we are all acquainted, we want to wish a very Merry Christmas to all of you! We've just sent everyone an email with a cute Christmas card from our team. So enjoy your holidays wherever you are and let’s hope 2022 is full of opportunities and joy :)