Network directory

As a business owner it’s valuable to learn from the experience of others – both within your industry and the wider business community. With 87 per cent of business said to come through referrals it’s also critically important to build a network of contacts that can help promote you and refer business your way.

Business networks also provide the opportunity to meet other businesswomen, find mentors to support you on your journey, be inspired by their success stories and learn from the mistakes of others. Business networks are also a great place to obtain information about specific aspects of running a business such as finding suppliers and tapping into new markets.

It’s also important to engage the professional services of specialist agencies such as trade and investment promotion agencies, NGOs and other government and multilateral agencies who provide technical assistance, training and development, grants and scholarships to support women in business across the Pacific.

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Bougainville Women’s Federation (BWF)

Bougainville Women’s Federation (BWF) is the peak agency for women’s rights and development in Bougainville. To date, there are over 4,000 BWF members representing the 13 districts of Bougainville. One of the aims of BWF has been to address the leadership gap of young women between the ages of 18 and 30. BWF has implemented a […]

Ginigoada Bisnis Development Foundation

Funded by the Australian Government’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT), this non-government organisation facilitates short-term skills development for people in PNG’s National Capital District. Phone: +675 7200 0777 Website:

Grow Pacific Project

The Grow Pacific Project provides training, services and support – with a focus on digital capacity and online growth – to Pacific Island businesses and organisations.

National Centre for Small Microfinance Development

NCSMED provides business support programs to people wanting to start or expand their own business. Visit their website for more information, including a wealth of startup information.

Pacific Islands Private Sector Organisation (PIPSO)

PIPSO is the premier private sector representative body in the Pacific Islands region. Its members are comprised of the national private sector organisations of the 14 Forum Pacific Island Countries. PIPSO is mandated to advocate the interests of the private sector at the regional level and participate and contribute to the policy development and strategies for […]

Pacific Islands Trade & Invest

An arm of the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat based in Fiji, Pacific Islands Trade & Invest is the region’s lead export facilitation, investment and tourism promotion agency. The agency provides support services to export-ready and export-cable business across the 14 Pacific Island Forum countries in areas such as connecting exporters with international buyers, introducing potential […]

Papua New Guinea Women Chamber of Commerce & Industry

PNGWCCI aims to support informal sector businesses join the formal sector. As a member, you’ll receive help to grow your business through networking opportunities, business coaching, mentoring programs, business skills training, facilitated connections with financial institutions, increased trade opportunities and corporate board training. To become a member, visit the PNGWCCI website: www.pngwcci.org

PNG Women's Chamber of Commerce & Industry

PNGWCCI aims to support informal sector businesses join the formal sector. As a member, you’ll receive help to you grow your business through networking opportunities, business coaching, mentoring programs, business skills training, facilitated connections with financial institutions, increased trade opportunities and corporate board training. To become a member, visit the PNGWCCI website: www.pngwcci.org/ or visit […]

Small Business Development Corporation (SBDC)

Offers training courses on how to start your own small business. Contact: Maria Kalap, Women in Business Coordinator, SBDC. Email: mkalap@sbdc.gov.pg Phone +675 323 5816 Website: www.sbdc.gov.pg

South Pacific Business Development (SPBD)

With a network of microfinance organisations working in Fiji, Samoa, Tonga and the Solomon Islands, SPDB is dedicated to empowering underprivileged women in rural villages with the opportunity to start, grow and maintain sustainable, income generating micro-enterprises. SPBD provides its micro-entrepreneur clients with a set of tailored savings, credit, insurance, small business training, financial education […]