Small Business Mentoring

Our Small Business Mentoring service provides up to 12 months of confidential, one-on-one assistance for small business owners, who are trading, want to grow, or need help to solve specific business challenges. Our Business Mentors have experience and empathy for small business, offering guidance, a sounding board, challenging their thinking, and providing them with an independent and fresh perspective.

Who is Small Business Mentoring for?

Our Mentoring service helps small business owners, like you, assess your current business activity and build skills and perspective for your future success. 

You will be matched with a Mentor who understands the highs and lows of business having been on their own business development journey, and bringing with them experience you will benefit from.

Register for a Business Mentor if:

  • You are motivated and determined to grow your business.
  • You are willing to listen and receive constructive feedback related to you and your business.
  • You are able to commit to the mentoring relationship, working proactively to ensure tasks are achieved in a timely manner with open and honest communication.


Read about others who have enjoyed the benefits of Business Mentoring.


Who are the Mentors and what role do they perform?

Our Mentors are experienced business people who are willing to give their time to support their local business community. They are from a diverse range of industries and understand what it takes to make a business prosper in New Zealand. 

A Mentor is a:

  • Guide
  • Advocate
  • Connector to motivation
  • Empathetic ear
  • Supporter
  • Facilitator
  • Sounding board
  • Provider of an outside perspective
  • Catalyst for change


Mentors are only motivated by your success, they are not emotionally or financially invested in your business.

Watch a video introduction to one of our Mentors.


What is the fee?

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

As we are a not-for-profit organisation, this one-off fee helps to cover the administrative costs of our service. This should not be considered a 'fee for service'.

After registration, you will be eligible to receive an annual subscription to NZBusiness magazine at the special price of $45 (11 issues). To take advantage of this offer, visit this website.

If you are interested in finding out more about other services available to support small business owners, download this guide from our partner, Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment.


How to sign up for a Business Mentor

Registering for a Mentor is easy and will take you about 15 minutes to complete.

The type of information required in your application form is:

  • Basic contact details.
  • Information about your existing or prospective business (e.g. staff numbers, annual turnover, years in business etc).
  • What you would like your Mentor to help you with.
  • What you would like your Mentor to be like.

The information you provide will allow us to establish a clearer picture of your business. 

If you are unsure of any answers, please complete the form to the best of your knowledge.  Anything you are not sure of can be discussed later and corrected if necessary in discussion with your local Mentor Coordinator.

We value your privacy, and if you are interested, you can read about our Privacy Policy here


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