Business mentoring

Two programmes are available through Business Mentors New Zealand

Business Mentoring New Zealand's programmes provide 12 months of confidential one-on-one advice for owners of small and medium-sized businesses who want to grow or need help to solve specific business challenges.

Volunteer business mentors with experience and empathy for small business offer guidance, act as a sounding board, challenge your thinking and provide you with an independent and fresh perspective.

Who are the Mentors?

Business Mentors are experienced, successful New Zealand-based business people who know what it feels like to be in business.  They come from a wide range of industry backgrounds and understand New Zealand business. All mentors are passionate, committed individuals who want to see their communities prosper and grow. Business Mentors volunteer their time to work alongside a client and participate in a mentoring relationship by:
  • sharing their knowledge and expertise
  • acting as a sounding board
  • working with you to grow your business
All mentors are vetted and reference checked by Business Mentors New Zealand before being accepted into the mentoring programme. Mentors are required to meet the standards of Business Mentors New Zealand's Mentor Accreditation Programme.

Start-up Business Mentoring

The programme is designed for people who have a business idea and:

  • want to explore the idea in a confidential environment
  • want to know where to start and who to talk to
  • want to assess the feasibility of their idea
  • want to put the right foundations in place for their business
  • want to build a business plan for the new business and to be able to share the plan with funders, service providers and other stakeholders
  • want help to understand legal obligations
  • don't want to make easily avoidable mistakes

Business Mentoring Programme

The programme is designed for business people who:

  • want a fresh perspective, guidance or inspiration
  • want help to market or grow their business
  • want help to implement a change to their business
  • want support or advice to deal with a particular business challenge
  • want a sounding board to help challenge their thinking, set new goals and achieve success