Business Mentors in the News
Great mistakes I've made: Russell Freeman
Russell Freeman - a volunteer mentor for Business Mentors New Zealand - was the first retailer to sell Lotto in New Zealand. He now owns The Costume Company in Wellington. He shares a teachable moment from early in his career. Read more
This story originally appeared in NZ Retail magazine issue 747 December 2016 / January 2017
‘Tiny houses’ make big impact
Finding solutions to the housing unaffordability crisis has inspired a Whangarei builder
to embark on a new style of building.
In 2016, Business Mentors New Zealand celebrates its 25 year anniversary of providing support and advice to small medium businesses across the country.
“It’s a culture of assistance,” says Dr Grahame Craig, Chairman of Board of Trustees, BMNZ, explaining that it’s a Kiwi characteristic that goes back to our country roots and smaller communities. “Farmers helped farmers. People helped each other to get support, to overcome isolation, to find solutions.” Read more
Mentor assists award-winning Tauranga lighting designer
Tauranga designer Mat Macmillan has won a bronze award in the lighting category of this year's Designers Institute of NZ Best Design Awards for his iO Lighting Drum Pendant designs. Mr Macmillan recently gained through the Tauranga Chamber of Commerce a business mentor
, which he said had been a massive help.
Mentoring helps build farmers' skills to comply with new enviromental rules
Marlborough woman's hot sauce could be picked up by Foodstuffs supermarkets
Somalian woman in Blenheim is on the verge of breaking into national supermarkets, with her traditional spicy halal sauce with the help of Business Mentors
Small Business: What made a 60 Minutes reporter make kit for dogs
Crafting a successful business from Wellington's Underground Market
Silver jubilee for invaluable mentor service
In all good business communities there are the hidden gems – the quiet, lowprofile
people who just get on and help others. In Christchurch and nationwide, these qualities
can be found at Business Mentors New Zealand. Read the article
Victorian perfumes a hit with cruise ship tourists in Wellington.
Fragrifert Parfumeur owner Francesco van Eerd, who is based in the Wellington Skyline, is doubling the size of his premises after becoming a hit with cruise ship tourists.
Click here to read the recent Stuff.co.nz article
Thinking beyond the box
Angela Sefton has merged a passion for art and photography with a love of vintage art.
With help from a business mentor, she’s taking her gallery to the world. Angela’s business, Black Box Art Studio & Gallery, comprises a gallery – in both physical and online formats, as well as art creation and a selection of original restored vintage New Zealand art and collectables under the Fantail Collection brand.
Click here to read more
Start by Reversing Your Thinking
One of the best ways to really get creative and therefore entrepreneurial – is to practise reverse thinking. There is nothing quite like turning something on its head to see another point of view!
This is the approach that Business Mentor, Paul Petersen, frequently introduces to start-up businesses he works with as a volunteer mentor for Business Mentors New Zealand.
Read more n the Auckland Chamber of Commerce website.