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

Shared advice is like a superpower that propels you forward!

Below 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.

You can get personalised coaching from a local expert with the Self-Employment Assistance program delivered on the Mornington Peninsula by APM Employment Services.

With this free and tailored support you can:

  • Get FREE personalised coaching from a local expert
  • Get advice and support that is tailored to your unique situation
  • Workshop your business idea
  • Create a business plan, and
  • Get access to FREE accredited training

This invaluable assistance is completely free and offers aspiring entrepreneurs a fantastic opportunity to succeed in the business world.

Visit the website to find out more and apply.

Mornington Peninsula Shire supports the Self-Employment Assistance Program which is designed to give existing and aspiring business owners FREE help to:

  • Learn about and consider self-employment options
  • Decide on a business idea and check if it will work
  • Get a new business up and running
  • Develop business plans
  • Make adjustments in your business to keep it viable

This program is being offered on the Mornington Peninsula by Transcend, a team of experienced small business advisors and mentors.

They offer a range of services including:

  • Exploring Self-Employment Workshops
  • Business Plan Development
  • Small Business Training courses
  • Business Advice Sessions
  • Business Health Checks
  • Small Business Coaching

Learn more about the program being offered by Transcend

Contact Transcend to see if you are eligible

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.

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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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