CEDA partners with Business Mentors New Zealand to connect business owners, entrepreneurs and social enterprises with mentors who can provide one-on-one advice to help your business grow and to solve specific business challenges.

Business Mentoring – Startups

It takes a lot more than a good idea to start a successful business and an experienced business mentor can offer guidance, act as a sounding board, test your thinking and help to validate ideas.  Through the Startup Mentoring Programme we will work with you to discover what help you need and will connect you with a volunteer mentor who will work alongside you for up to 12 months.

As part of the business mentoring programme for startups, you may also be eligible for a free membership with the Manawatū Chamber of Commerce for six months (for those in the Manawatū region).

Find out more about the Startup Mentoring Programme.

Business Mentoring – Small Businesses

The Business Mentoring for Small Businesses programme provides up to 12 months of specialised mentoring for business owners (with 19 people or less) who are already trading and want to grow, or  who need help to solve specific business challenges. A volunteer business mentor will act as a sounding board, challenge your thinking and provide guidance and a fresh perspective.

Find out more about Business Mentoring for Small Businesses.

Business Mentoring – Social Enterprises

The Social Enterprise Mentoring Programme provides up to 12 months of specialised mentoring services for owners or key decision makers of social enterprise businesses. The programme is designed for people who want to determine the success factor of their not-for-profit organisation, understand legal obligations, focus on their highest priorities, avoid common pitfalls and learn how to become effective leaders and change makers.

Find out more about the Social Enterprise Mentoring Programme.

Register for a Business Mentor

If you’re an owner of an existing small business, have a startup business idea, or are a decision-maker for a social enterprise, then you are eligible for the service.

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CEDA partner with Business Mentors New Zealand through the Regional Business Partner Network. Find out more.

Register for a Business Mentor

You can register for a business mentoring programme on the Business Mentors New Zealand website. To access the service, you will pay a one-off registration fee of $295 plus GST. After registration, the service is free for up to 12 months.

Are you Interested in Volunteering as a Business Mentor?

Business mentoring can help to turn businesses and lives around. If you have owned your own business or worked in business for a number of years then it is likely that your skills and expertise could be beneficial to another business. Help less-experienced business owners and entrepreneurs to navigate the uncharted waters of business by registering to become a business mentor.

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Business Success Story: Sophia Parun

Sophia Parun clearly remembers drawing and painting at primary school, and just loving it. It’s not surprising, creativity and a passion for art runs in her family. It’s making a living from art that is the difficult part. But where there is a will there is a way, and the last year has seen Parun well on her way.

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