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Barry Spanger

Barry is a seasoned business mentor with extensive experience in building and scaling enterprises. With many years in business management he specializes in strategic planning, Business-to-Business sales and marketing, business process improvement, finance and people management. Barry has significantly contributed to various sectors, particularly through his leadership in the vending machine industry and his active mentoring roles in Melbourne. His approach empowers small business owners to enhance their operational efficiencies and strategic capabilities, providing them with the tools to achieve sustainable growth and resilience in their business endeavours.


  • Planning-
  • HR-
  • Finance-
  • Marketing-
  • Sales-


  • Manufacturing-
  • Food Production-
  • Wholesale trade-
  • Tourism, hospitality, accommodation and food services-

Spoken Languages:

State: Victoria

Primary Locations:

  • Melbourne South East-
  • Melbourne CBD-

Mentoring available by:

  • In Person, Face to Face in (Victoria) or by Phone and online

I can also deliver mentoring by phone and online

Current Occupation:

Business Mentor and Private Business Consultant

Detailed CV:

Barry Spanger is an accomplished business mentor with many years of robust experience in building, managing, and expanding businesses from grassroots to prosperous enterprises. With a background that includes the successful operation of a small home-based vending business which he evolved into the largest independent vending operation in Victoria, Barry has demonstrated a profound capability in business transformation.

His expertise spans across strategic planning, business process improvement, and change management, which are critical to navigating the complexities of small and medium business environments. Barry holds a Master of Business Administration from Monash University, enhancing his deep understanding of market dynamics and business strategy.

Based in Melbourne, Barry has been Director at ClientEdge Business Management Coaching since 2008, where he delivers tailored coaching to enhance business performance. His ability to mentor stems from his real-world experience and his approach to fostering both the operational and strategic facets of business management.

His achievements include a significant tenure as President of the Australian Automatic Vending Association of Victoria, showcasing his leadership and industry influence. Additionally, Barry’s role in business mentoring extends to public service, including substantial contributions to the Monash Business School Industry and Alumni Mentor Program and local business mentoring initiatives in Glen Eira and Kingston.

Barry’s mentoring philosophy focuses on maximising productivity and resource efficiency, crucial for small business owners striving for financial success and sustainable growth. His commitment to mentoring through SBMS reflects his dedication to supporting small businesses in enhancing their capabilities and navigating business challenges effectively.


  • Master of Business Administration (MBA)