Business owners and representatives of small businesses in Auki, Malaita Province will have an opportunity to undergo a two-day business training on Financial Literacy and Customer Service organized by the Solomon Islands Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SICCI).

As part of its outreach strategy to engage with businesses in provincial urban areas, SICCI is hosting this training at the Auki Gateway Lodge’s Conference room from Wednesday 12th October to Thursday 13th October 2022.

This comes at the back of a successful delivery of the same Financial Literacy and Customer Service training in Gizo, Western Province in September.

SICCI is delivering this training in partnership with the Solomon Islands Small Business Enterprise Centre (SISBEC).

“These trainings are part of the continuous efforts by SICCI to build and improve the capacity and ability of small businesses to not only survive, but also to grow their business, fulfilling their potential to contribute to the country’s economy,” SICCI’s Membership and Services Officer, Simaema Neilsen, who takes lead in organizing the trainings, said.

“Following consultations and identifying key issues facing businesses and key priority training needs, we found financial Literacy and customer service to be on the top of the list, hence why the Chamber is also taking this training to businesses in Auki,” she added.

Apart from the training, while in Auki SICCI will also be hosting a networking event at the Auki Lodge for businesses operating in and around Auki.

Businesses that are not members of SICCI who are based in Auki are also invited to participate at the two-day training at a minimal fee which will include membership with the Chamber for the remainder of 2022 and an invite to the Networking Event at Auki Lodge on 13th October from 5 -7pm.

SICCI’s Membership and Services Officer, Ms Neilsen said apart from delivering trainings, these provincial trips are also aimed at getting insights on some of the issues businesses are faced with and explore ways to address these issues.

“It is important for the Chamber of Commerce to support and provide an avenue for rural entrepreneurs to start networking and find out what support is available.

“It is also important to help businesses to connect with customers and to network,” she said.

For details regarding the upcoming business training in Auki, contact the SICCI Secretariat on 39542 or email

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