Economic Development and Social Integration

Support for Migrants and Refugees 

SMART Start Business developed at the request of NZ Red Cross, a package of information sessions that would assist our clients from refugee backgrounds to explore the feasibility of their business proposition and work through to the completion of a business plan. To date, five of our clients have been referred to Zainab, the Arabic speaking, lawyer with NZ Employment Law training who delivers the sessions and one of the clients has just opened the doors on his inner city lunch bar business.  Although the business start-up is a great success, just as important to us are the initial sessions Zainab conducts where she leads people, new to NZ, through an analysis of the feasibility of their business idea in this new market. Having been taken through this process, they are able to make an informed decision whether they go ahead or take time to adjust their concept and better position themselves for future success.

As well as having a legal background and being bilingual with an understanding of what people who have relocated to NZ are likely to need to know, Zainab is an extremely methodical, thorough and patient guide through all the compliance , marketing and financial demands of setting up a small business. We are very appreciative of her service in assisting our clients to realise their entrepreneurial dreams.

Judi McCallumManager, Pathways to Employment-NZRC

“FinCap approached Dr Zainab Radhi from Smart Start Business to run a series of workshops on “Introduction to Islamic Finance” for Financial Mentors, Financial Advisers, MSD Case Managers, Victim Support case workers in Christchurch. Dr Radhi was a pleasure to work with. The workshops were professional, informative, engaging and well received. FinCap are looking forward to working with Dr Radhi in the future on more initiatives supporting members of migrant, refugee and the Muslim community.”

It was wonderful dealing with Zainab. She understood my vision and was able to break down my ideas into smaller chunks that contributed towards achieving my big goal. She has outstanding detailed knowledge of business processes and more importantly regulatory information that made my job much easier. Furthermore, she has many great business contacts that provided guidance and feedback.
I would strongly recommend Zainab for any person who wants to take their first step to transform their business dream into reality.