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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
This is a not-for-profit service with low overheads.