Does your business need a mentor?
DWC works with Business Mentors NZ to offer structured and supported business mentoring services. On the West Coast there are 12 trained volunteer business mentors currently mentoring a number of individuals and companies in the region. Business Mentors NZ will match you with the mentor who best suits your business.
If your business employs less than 25 fulltime employees and provides you with your primary source of income, with evidence of trading you can register for mentoring assistance by following the steps below:
- Register online at www.businessmentors.org.nz
- Complete the online application
- Pay the one-off $225+GST registration fee (valid for 1 years)
- The Business Mentors Agent will contact to arrange your mentor match
Business Mentors John Barnes and Mike Moore travel to the West Coast regularly visiting Hokitika, Greymouth and Westport.
Share your experience in business and inspire others
If you’re an experienced business person who understands small business and would like to contribute to your community, consider joining our team of volunteer mentors today.
Our mentors are experienced, successful business people who know what it feels like to be in business. Mentors act as a sounding board and share their knowledge and expertise one-on-one with small business owners.
Love Food Ltd
Suzi Kiely contacted DWC while she was in the process of starting her Greymouth-based catering services business and was pleased to be guided into the Business Mentoring programme.
Suzi says the mentoring programme keeps her on track with her own goals and plans, and having regular discussions with a mentor gives her the motivation to succeed. “The ability to brainstorm is part of it too - it’s difficult when you are the boss to find someone to bounce ideas off.”
DWC’s support has continued for Suzi who receives regular formal email updates about what the organisation has to offer as well as more informal catch-ups with DWC staff.
“It’s great to know they are there and available to help if I need to know anything, and they are genuinely interested in my success.”
Farewell Presentation to Business Mentor Hugh Jones
DWC has farewelled a longstanding business mentor on Wednesday 12 August 2015. Hugh Jones has travelled to the region for many years to provide the services of Business Mentors NZ to the local business community. Hugh thank you for your dedication and service to the West Coast, you have truly touched many businesses and people over the years.