About Business Mentors


Business Mentors New Zealand, founded in 1991, is the only independent national business mentoring service provider to the small business sector in New Zealand. The service matches experienced businesspeople, the Mentors, with small business owners.

In its near three-decade-long delivery BMNZ has worked with over 70,000 individuals including startup entrepreneurs, existing business owners and not-for-profit executives. Every client of the service has a unique perspective; the challenge is to understand what can be done to provide the greatest assistance and what Business Mentor would best suit those needs.

The client, or Mentee, is looking to learn from those who have the experience and knowledge to empower them to be better and to navigate the inevitable challenges they face in today’s competitive business environment.

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Our Services


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Startup

Startup


Starting a new venture is hard. It takes a great idea and a solid business plan. If you're just starting out, engaging with an experienced mentor can lead you down the path to success. 

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Small Businesses

Small Business

Small Business


Continue to grow. Boost productivity. Progress. Working with an experienced mentor will help you reach your business goals.

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social enterprise

Social Enterprise

Social Enterprise


Looking for a fresh perspective? Our experienced social enterprise mentors are ready to help boost your Not for Profit.

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Mentors

Mentors


Experience, advice, a helping hand, a fresh perspective... A great mentor brings it all to the table. Do you think you have what it takes to be a business mentor?

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Whether you're an existing business or a startup...

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Do you have what it takes to be a Business Mentor?

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Who is Mentoring for?


You will benefit from mentoring if you are a startup entrepreneur, an existing business owner or a not-for-profit executive. You are eligible if:

  • You are a New Zealand resident and have an existing or startup small business or social enterprise organisation.
  • You are willing to listen and receive constructive feedback related to you and your business that may challenge you at times.
  • You are motivated and determined to grow your business.
  • You will be able to commit to the mentoring relationship, working proactively to ensure tasks are achieved in a timely manner with open and honest communication.

 

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How does Mentoring work?


To join the Mentoring Programme, register here on our website. An agent in your region will contact you to discuss your specific needs and then match you with an experienced Business Mentor.

For a small one-off registration fee of $295 + GST, you will have up to 12 months' access to a Business Mentor who will help you develop your business and yourself as a business owner.

Download the “New Zealand’s Support for Small Business” guide to find out how you can benefit from a range of organisations and services.

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What makes a good Mentor?


You understand the highs and lows of business and have been on your own business development journey.

Now you can shorten someone else's learning curve by gifting your time, knowledge and experience as a Business Mentor. 

To become a Business Mentor, apply using the link below and an agent will be in touch.

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Testimonial

Elise Sterback

Basement Theatre


"It was so valuable for me to have a regular sounding board and an outside eye to our business. In our industry, we get quite stuck interacting with the same networks, and it was very refreshing to learn how things are done in other sectors. It was also very positive for me to feel like I was working on my own professional development."

Sebastian Mackay

The Better Comms Co


"Jung Chun has taught me more about business than I ever thought I'd need to know. He's helped me refine my vision, discover my niche and inform my decision-making process while allowing me to make my own mistakes and come to my own conclusions. Jung taught me a lot about the intersection between business and life, which has been hugely influential. Business Mentors did an amazing job placing us together."

Marc Taylor

Taylor & Sons Drainage Ltd


"I think it is important for new business owners to seek help from people who already have experience at running a business. I have been a tradesman for 26 years, but I was clueless about running a trades business. Getting a business mentor has given me clarity and helped me move in the right direction."

Alison Johnson

Sphaera Ltd


"Our mentor has been amazing, hitting the ground running with us at a critical time in our business. She is helpful, responsive and knowledgeable. We are very grateful to have access to this service."

Jeff Cameron

Rage Against Chemicals


“Peter has been excellent as a mentor.  He has great experience, is patient, knowledgeable, level headed, organised and professional.  His business skills, open-mindedness, and hard truths have been invaluable.  He's a top guy and I consider myself lucky and privileged to have had him as a mentor.”

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