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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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 our Mentoring service, 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.”

Richard Conway

PureSEO - The Search Engine Specialists


"I had two mentors support me when I first started my business, they helped me during the stressful early years. That's why I am a strong advocate of having a business mentor for your business. My company wouldn't be as successful as it is today without their help."

Josie Askin

Spring Coaching Ltd


“Thank you to current and upcoming mentors for sharing your wisdom and experience. As a mentoree, I am so appreciative of the valuable support that I receive from my mentor. I feel incredibly lucky with her generosity of time, knowledge and support. I regularly recommend this wonderful service to others.”

 

Margot Tindall

Trailer World Ltd


"Scott Russ is the best thing to happen to Trailer World in years!!! He is perfect for us, quiet but determined. Generous but strong. We LOVE him.
We’ve achieved far more, feel more confident, supported, encouraged.
Thanks so much but you can’t have him back."

Blog Feed


Supporting staff to volunteer as Business Mentors is a significant opportunity for corporates

Are you interested in a high-impact volunteer programme for your large organisation? Allowing your team to get involved with the small business community as a Business Mentor has a raft of positive outcomes. It’s an effective way to support New Zealand’s economy, develop your leaders, and engage your top talent. Get in touch with us if you'd like to find out how your organisation can enjoy all of ...

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GK Events: An eventful journey

Gareth and Kim Rosser brought incredible creativity and attention to detail on their journey in business. That’s set them up for success in the events industry and beyond. In 2020, Covid-19 meant they faced an unexpected fork in the road. But, with the help of their like-minded Mentor, Anna Salek, they’ve found a path through. Gareth and Kim have even embarked into a new industry with GK Freight. ...

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AUIP learns Business Mentor is one of the best things about NZ

When the pandemic hit, business changed a lot, but having a Business Mentor made a world of difference for Mary Ogburn and AUIP’s Management Team.

Mary came to New Zealand from Boston five years ago to serve as the International Programs and Development Director at AUIP – American Universities International Programs Limited. AUIP is based in Christchurch and provides short-term study tours for US ...

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