Julian Cahn and Anna Day of Noosa Chamber of Commerce’s mentoring service.
Julian Cahn and Anna Day of Noosa Chamber of Commerce’s mentoring service. Darryn Smith

Mentors share their business nous

THE success of a Noosa Chamber of Commerce business initiative has been recognised by the Sunshine Coast Council with a community grant of $15,000.

The mentoring initiative, commenced in October last year by Noosa Chamber vice-president Anna Day, replicated the long-standing New Zealand program where retired business people take on the job of mentoring those currently in business.

To date there are nine mentors and 40 mentees.

"It's been a fantastic success," Mentor program chair Julian Cahn said.

As a mentor himself, Mr Cahn, a former owner of restaurant chains and a London newspaper, has witnessed the results of the program.

"The feedback has been great,' he said.

"It has provided help for people who are just starting out to a business with a $2 million annual turnover."

The program is there to help anyone who needs it, including giving the hard news that a business just won't work.

"We have also helped very successful businesses become even more successful," Ms Day said.

She said the grant would contribute to a computer system that would contain the program's details.

This would provide a centralised program , with easy access available to all Sunshine Coast chambers of commerce.

Just the facts

Mentors are drawn from business leaders, now retired or semi-retired, with two hours to spare a week.

The cost to the business being mentored is $200 for one year.

You can register your interest to be a mentor or a mentee. You must already be in business and have no more than 25 employees. Contact annadaysnews@gmail.com.

This is a not-for-profit service with low overheads.