Business Mentors are experienced, successful New Zealand business people who know what it feels like to be in business.

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Helping Kiwi businesses since 1991


We have an unrivalled resource of over 1,920 friendly, impartial, volunteer business mentors.  With their help, we have supported over 70,000 kiwi businesses since 1991.

Watch how our mentors helped people like you.

Still not sure? Call Litia on 0800 209209 ext 1 or request a call back.

Our mentors help you by

  • Providing an independent, confidential, non-judgemental ear
  • Passing on their knowledge and expertise
  • Bringing a fresh perspective - someone to bounce ideas off
  • Working with you to grow your business
  • Seeing ‘the bigger picture’
  • Assisting with identifying strengths and weaknesses
  • Supporting you in your decision making
  • Giving you a push, some confidence or sharpening your focus

Do any of the following apply to you?

  • You want a fresh perspective, guidance or inspiration?
  • You want help to market or grow your business
  • You need to implement a change to your business
  • You are facing challenges and need support or advice?

Call Lisa on 0800 209209 ext 1 or request a call back.


Our partnerships

Our mentoring programmes are delivered with the commitment and generosity of our private sector sponsors and the support of central and local Government who recognise the importance of a vibrant and healthy SME sector.

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Read how we helped people like you...

A healthy and safer approach to starting a new business venture

Susan Rhodes knows her stuff when it comes to health and safety. She has been a health and safety consultant for 15 years and her business, Smart Safety Solutions, has provided advice and support to a wide range of companies.

Vet Centre well set for growth with help of business mentor

Rangiora Vet Centre is a mixed veterinary practice that has been serving North Canterbury’s animal health needs for over 50 years.

Lifestyle block conversion, dairy conversion and population growth after the Canterbury earthquakes were the main drivers for a period of accelerated growth in the business.The practice employs 45 people, operates from two locations and having recently opened a new state-of the-art clinic the owners appointed Chris Bailey to a new role of Business Manager in mid-2014.

Floored business gets back up with guidance of business mentor

The Natural Flooring Company Limited was a little over three years old and employed seven staff when the devastating Christchurch earthquake struck on 22 February 2011.

Tour operator opens up Paradise Trail with help of mentor

Revolution Tours runs a fully guided and supported luxury biking and walking tour around the western shores of Queenstown’s Lake Wakatipu and into Mt Aspiring National Park. The route is known locally as the Paradise Trail.

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BMNZ is committed to supporting the creation and retention of employment, and the alleviation of financial hardship in urban and rural communities.    We work along side our partners:

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