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

Travel Wags creative director Sarah Hall, a former 60 Minutes TV presenter, explains the career change and how her business caters to animal lovers.   Sarah came to Business Mentors for help to get her business off the ground - read the NZ Herald article.
 

Crafting a successful business from Wellington's Underground Market

A walk along Wellington's waterfront on a Saturday morning isn't complete without a nosy in the Wellington Underground Market.  Read this mentoring success story.


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.