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Mentors are trusted business guides who share their in-depth experience to help you develop your business. Mentoring is about listening to you, helping you plan and keeping you motivated. Mentoring works surprisingly well because clients take an active part throughout the process rather than just being handed a file of someone else's recommendations at the end. Being told what to do with your business isn't a happy outcome particularly if you haven't been involved in the thought process.


Having a Mentor listen to your hopes and problems helps lessen the burden and can provide a valuable sounding board for future development. Your Mentor is skilled at looking at issues from a range of perspectives, providing practical insight and suggesting alternative view points.


It can be hard to get motivated when you lack a clear plan, or need skills you don't have, or are overwhelmed by tasks that lie ahead. This is where a Mentor can help. Because they are not directly involved with your business they are able to cut through the day to day problems and help you look at the wider picture and work towards achieving set goals.


Most businesses concentrate on today and not tomorrow. Yet knowing what to expect tomorrow is critical if the business is to grow. Our Mentors concentrate on both current issues and the future direction needed to make the business prosper. They will work with you to look to your future and help build a plan that sets out clear steps for you to follow.

Metropolitan and Regional

SBMS Mentors are usually retired or semiretired. As Volunteers they offer their assistance at low subsidised rates and seek to help you to make your business better. In most instances the Mentor will come to you. If you live outside of a mentors listed area ( Mentors show the areas they can travel to, or live in under their CV), Mentors will be happy to meet you at an agreed location. If you are a regional client seeking a metropolitan mentor or the reverse, you can still choose any mentor if you are prepared to travel to their region to meet. In general if a Mentor is selected that does not travel to your region we will endeavour to try to find a more local mentor.


Upcoming Events & Clinics

Banyule Small Business Clinic

Tuesday, 3 Aug 2021
Small Business Clinic Program for Banyule Businesses Face to face or remote mentoring sessions are being offered for this Clinic. Please advise your preference to our mentor when he/she contacts you
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Maroondah Small Business Clinic

Wednesday, 11 Aug 2021
Small Business Clinic Program for Maroondah Businesses
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Mornington Peninsula Small Business Clinic

Wednesday, 11 Aug 2021
Small Business Clinic Program for Shire of Mornington Businesses
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East Gippsland Small Business Clinic - Creating a Digital Presence

Thursday, 12 Aug 2021
Whether you're planning, starting or growing your business, these mentoring sessions can help you with building a digital presence and using e-commerce
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SBMS is proudly supported by the Victorian Government & Small Business Victoria