SBMS Experienced Business Mentors are part of the Small Business Mentoring Service. SBMS is an incorporated not-for-profit association. It has been in existence since 1986 when there were just 14 members. Today there are around 120 Mentors, both male and female, who have the skill and experience to help small businesses.
Paul Smart Chairman David Gregory CEO
Our Mentors have diverse and interesting backgrounds and have either owned their own small business or worked in an organisation that has had strong links to small business. They are extremely passionate about the role that small business plays in the economy. They also acknowledge that it can be difficult, lonely and at times financially worrying running a small business. All our Mentors carry out their Mentoring work on a voluntary basis.
SBMS is proudly supported by the Victorian State Government, the Department of Business Innovation and in particular Small Business Victoria and the Minister for Small Business, the Hon Russell Northe MP
All about the SBMS Experienced Business Mentors
Do we research our mentoring activity? From time to time we ask our Clients to complete a confidential survey on the mentoring that has taken place with them. This might be by email, mail or by telephone. We do this to ensure that we are always improving our programs, our mentoring performance and our client’s expectations. You can see the results of our latest survey on the Testimonials page .
Do we keep data records? Yes, we record our mentoring activity in a numerical database so that we able to analyse our mentoring work. Your booking and session details are held on our database but are subject to the provisions of our Privacy and Confidentiality Policy which appears at the bottom of each screen.
Who runs SBMS Experienced Business Mentors Inc.? The organisation is strategically managed by a Committee of Management drawn from the volunteer members. This is headed up by our Chairman Peter McDonald. We have a full time CEO, David Gregory, whose responsibility is to manage the day to day activities and to develop our mentoring activities. All our Mentors are volunteers who do not charge for their mentoring.
Is SBMS a Government department? No. The Small Business Mentoring Service is an independent, not-for-profit Association. It is part funded by the Department of Business Innovation through the Victorian Government, to deliver low cost mentoring programs but it operates independently from Government.
How long have the SBMS Experienced Business Mentors been operating? We have just celebrated our 25th year. The organisation started with a few like minded retired businessmen offering services to help small businesses. Over the years we have grown so that we now have around 100 Mentors, who volunteer their time to help small business owners to address issues and to grow their businesses.