One year since their first consultation with Lihir’s business development centre, the Apeketon Business Hub, PNG small business owner Benny Arowore says he’s been able to take his business to the next level.
“Nobody knew Momot in the past, now everybody knows Momot and what we can offer,” Benny says. “The mentorship and coaching provided through the Hub has taught me to be committed to what we put in our contract.
“I now know about financial capabilities and budget allocations, which has given me the knowledge I’ve needed for business growth.”
Attending the business development centre one to two times a week, Benny has gained strong mentorship and coaching from the ABV team and skilled ABV business volunteers to build not only his confidence but foundations for growth.
The Lihir based relocation company has since received Newcrest Accreditation as a preferred provider; and expanded its services to offer labour and vehicle hire, employing two staff and investing in three light vehicles.
Benny says he’s now looking to expand this by building new partnerships with international companies that are seeking to deliver services in Lihir going forward.
“Through the Apeketon Business Hub, I now have the confidence to make the impossible possible,” he says. “Without the Hub I would not be at the level where I am here today.”
Launched by ABV and Newcrest in 2019, the centre provides the local Lihirian community with tailored business development pathways to build sustainable businesses for lasting change.
ABV’s CEO Liz Mackinlay says as an international development organisation, this program is building local community resilience and walking alongside emerging local business owners to elevate their business journey.
Find out more on the Apeketon Business Hub and the impact it’s having.