About Venus

Venus Businesswomen is a registered charity run by women, for women. Venus’s charitable purpose, and reason for being, is to help women grow their businesses – and themselves.

When women feel supported in business, their businesses grow. Venus promotes the development of local women’s businesses and business hubs, helping to ensure that profits remain in communities. This benefits not only to the businesswomen – their families and wider communities thrive as a result.

In Venus, we value women’s individual and collective skills. Skills like creativity, efficiency and an ability to think laterally often contribute to women’s success. Women are also more inclined to be nurturing, supportive, and driven by ethics, intuition and a desire to build relationships. In the world of business, these skills are under-recognised and underutilised. At Venus Businesswomen we celebrate and promote them.

Female business owners are driven by something bigger than profits. They want to support their family on their own terms, and to use their talents in a positive way. Our members have typically thought creatively to develop a business that works for them, while meeting a need in a market that can benefit from their unique skills.

Women’s businesses bring money and balance into households, while allowing women the freedom to maintain a fulfilling career. They encourage a balanced home environment, where equality is nurtured and valued, where high performance and independence are aspired to, and where both critical and creative thinking skills are developed.  This is exactly why Venus Businesswomen exists. As a business, we want to be involved in educating, inspiring, motivating and support women through business ownership. We believe that many women have what it takes to create successful, profitable businesses – they just have to believe in themselves. We provide a safe haven: a place to meet other businesswomen and learn from each other. Women can access support, insights and advice from established, successful business owners. Our members feel empowered to follow their dreams.

Because we’re in this together.


Got questions? We’ve got answers.

It’s a group of up to 24 women who are committed to growing their business or career through building strong relationships. If you join, they will support you as you grow, by connecting you to trusted suppliers, potential referral alliances and new clients.

Because we are an awesome network of women. Through the Venus Network you can:

  • Fast track your business growth by tapping into the collective power of the group and getting solutions to your business challenges faster
  • Improve your community of support by developing mentors and friends
  • Tap directly into a rich source of qualified business referrals
  • Give back by helping grow other member businesses

The Venus Network offers you the opportunity to develop a qualified, consistent, and dynamic circle of networking partners, using the principle KNOW>LIKE>TRUST>REFER. Over time, group members build relationships with each other, and develop trust and confidence in the goods and services provided within the group. Once this trust is established, members look for opportunities to connect members and make referrals.

Referral or word of mouth marketing is the smartest, most cost-effective way to market your business and grow your network. Research has shown that this form of ‘verbal advertising’ can make a significant impact to your business performance, with over 80% of new business generated this way. Within Venus, you have a circle of advocates raving about you and your business to their contacts.

Group Meetings
Meeting times are either 9:00 – 10:00am or 9.30- 10.30am, and each group meets fortnightly. This start time allows for managing children, households, and other commitments you may have. Working around women’s schedules is  one of the many ways in which Venus is unique.

At these meetings, you get to build strong business alliances, promote your business and grow your business network.

You’ll make a commitment to have at least one RAVE with another member during each fortnight, at a time that is convenient for both of you. RAVEs are for sharing ideas, giving and receiving support, and learning about one another’s business. You can RAVE with members of any group, either in-person or virtually.

Regional networking events 
You’ll have opportunities to meet like-minded businesswomen, to share, learn and network by attending Venus After 5 Networking events, breakfasts and lunches in your area and around New Zealand.

Online Profile
You’ll be able to promote your business on your own up-datable web page, with gallery and testimonials – helping you boost your online profile to the thousands of women who visit our website each month.

Business Growth
You’ll learn strategies to market your business, increase your referrals and network strategically through our meeting topics and new member breakfasts and workshops.

Business Skills Workshops
You’ll build your mindset and skills in selling, presenting, marketing and networking through our workshops. The Business Essentials six-module course is free. We offer the others at very reasonable rates, also available via payment plan.

  1. Register as a guest:  register as a guest here >>
  2. Your Regional Manager will give you a call to discuss how Venus can help you, which group would be best suited for you and invite you to attend a group meeting as our guest
  3. Schedule in and attend a group meeting as our guest
  4. You can ask the Group Facilitator any questions you have after the meeting.
  5. Your Regional Manager will then give you a call within a couple of days to check in to see if you’re keen to join

Yearly Lump Sum Memberships attract a discount in subsequent years. We also offer monthly payments which are listed in the next segment of these FAQs.
Year One $695.00
Year Two $602.80
Year Three $547.80
Year Four $492.80
Year Five $437.80

All prices are GST exclusive

Venus Loyalty Discounts

Loyalty discounts will become available on one year memberships as a thank you for making a long-term commitment, not only to Venus but to other Venus members.

Yes, you can:

Payment plans

We’ll be offering 6 and 12 month plans on direct debit with fortnightly payments. Memberships can also be paid via lump sum.

  • Year One 12 month membership $29.62 + GST x 26 instalments
  • Year Two 12 month membership $26.07 + GST x 26 instalments
  • Year Three 12 month membership $23.94 + GST x 26 instalments
  • Year Four 12 month membership $21.83 + GST x 26 instalments
  • Year Five 12 month membership $19.72 + GST x 26 instalments
  • Year Six onwards 12 month membership $17.61 + GST x 26 instalments

Six month memberships can also be paid through a payment plan option, however, you won’t get decreasing membership rates if you choose to remain with this option.

  • 6 month $35.42 + GST x 13 instalments 

Direct Debit Fees

All direct debit memberships will attract a $50 fee over the 12 months. There is a setup fee of $20 for a payment plan and early termination of $195.00.

Venus Loyalty Discounts

Loyalty discounts will become available on one year memberships as a thank you for making a long-term commitment, not only to Venus but to other Venus members.

This price reduction will be available moving forward only, so retrospective years aren’t included towards your loyalty status.

Meet some of our passionate members, who’ve provided us with wonderful feedback about why they love Venus so much and how it has been instrumental in the success of their business growth. Watch our member testimonial videos below.

We believe that Venus is unique because:

  • Our culture is guided by our Values in Action – our all-women community provides a supportive, caring and high-integrity environment, where business growth is relationship driven.
  • Our members make a commitment to grow their business, while they support you in growing yourself, your network and your business.
  • It has a strong focus on growth and development. Through our meeting topics, our online resources women find inspiration and education to help them grow their business.

Yes, you do. We invite one woman per profession into any of our groups. This allows you to have exclusive promotion of your profession. You will be asked when you join to be specific about the one profession you would like to represent within your Venus Group. There is a list of official Venus Professions that we use so please refer to that as to the profession list.

Yes you do.

Your commitment to your own growth and to the growth of your members businesses and the network enables Venus to work for you and for all those involved to be successful. We have developed a list of membership guidelines over time so that every member knows what commitment they are expected to make when joining. These are:

  • Attend all fortnightly meetings – this is imperative
  • We believe each member can provide a minimum of one referral/connection per fortnight
  • Engage in a minimum of one RAVE (one-on-one meeting) per fortnight
  • Honour our one profession rule – choose the profession you’ll promote and stick to it
  • Follow the Venus Values – our guiding principles