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In a world filled with opportunities and challenges, advice and mentoring offer valuable guidance for personal growth and success.

Here are some options for free, personalised assistance to help you navigate your way towards business success.

Whether you are new to running a business or a seasoned business owner, a mentor can help you refine your business strategy, map out the direction that your business should be taking and assist in setting goals for your business to succeed.

The Mornington Peninsula Shire in conjunction with Small Business Mentoring Service offer mentoring sessions to help support businesses on the Peninsula.

Three introductory sessions are available, offering you the chance to engage in a one-on-one discussion for 60-90 minutes with a small business mentor at no cost.

Benefits of working with a mentor:

  • Help you to work on your business, rather than just in it
  • Increase your marketing and business planning skills
  • Help you to set objectives and direction
  • Improve your motivation and confidence
  • Help you to increase sales and profit
  • Bring fresh thinking and identification of new opportunities
  • Help you to link into other organisations
  • Help you to resolve time management issues

All the business mentors have had specific experience of small business whether it is from having run a successful small business themselves or been in a company at a senior level involved with small businesses.

Find out more about Small Business Mentoring Service

Bookings are essential. Email our team to receive your booking code and please include your business name, contact phone number and township.

Self-Employment Assistance is a free Australian Government program that helps aspiring business owners or those operating an existing micro business to navigate self employment.

Eligible businesses can access a range of services such as:

  • Workshops on how to start a business
  • Support to develop a business plan
  • Free accredited Small Business Training
  • Targeted advice sessions
  • Business health checks
  • Small business coaching

The program allows you to choose the level of support that meets your needs and the needs of your small business.

To be eligible you must:

  • Be at least 15 years of age (or at least 18 years of age to access Small Business Coaching)
  • Be an Australian citizen, holder of a permanent visa, or a nominated visa holder (including a New Zealand Special Category Visa, Temporary Protection Visa Holder or a Safe Haven Visa Holder)
  • Not be an undischarged bankrupt
  • Meet any additional eligibility criteria specific to the Self-Employment Assistance service you have chosen

Find out more about the program here

This program is delivered on the Mornington Peninsula by:

When you apply to any of these programs, a business mentor will call you to discuss your needs and eligibility.

Like most Small Business owners, you’re probably used to handling problems on your own. But you don’t have to.

The Partners in Wellbeing program offers free, confidential, one on one support to improve your financial, business and emotional wellbeing.

To be eligible for Small Business Support, you need to be 16 or over and:

  • Own or run a small business in Victoria
  • Experiencing increased stressors

Learn more at  the Partners in Wellbeing website

Rural Financial Counselling Service offers, free, confidential and independent Financial Counselling, Business Planning & Support services for agricultural industries and small rural businesses.

  • Experienced agribusiness specialists can provide:
  • Financial viability analysis
  • Cash flow and budgeting
  • Risk mitigation planning
  • Debt and creditor negotiation
  • Government assistance and support
  • Finance application services
  • Goal setting and action planning
  • Training and qualification opportunities
  • Succession plan preparation
  • Farm debt mediation

Make time to chat 1300 045 747

The Mornington Peninsula Shire in conjunction with Rural Financial Counselling Service (RFCS) offer free 45-minute tailored sessions from 10am-4pm at selected locations on the Mornington Peninsula twice a year.

The qualified and professional team from RFCS can provide a range of planning, wellbeing and skills training and support services to help businesses plan for a better future.

Access support to help you make informed financial and business decisions in your confidential 1:1 session. Your coach will explore your immediate needs and take steps to address your situation and support you to access the assistance available including grant assistance, debt negotiation and business plan implementation.

*Please note these advice sessions are best suited to established businesses.

Walk-ins are also welcome on this day for our Bus Concierge service. This service provides general information about Business Victoria as well as the Planning and Starting Your Business pack.

Click through to the Events page for current  and future ‘Bus’ dates

These are just a few of the advice and mentoring support services available to small businesses, find more inspiration from our case studies and learn new skills from local experts.

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