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Small business owners snapping up Victoria’s free mentoring program

The Andrews Labor Government’s Business Recovery and Resilience Mentoring program has allowed businesses to step back from the coalface and gain advice on digital opportunities, preparing and implementing business plans, improving time management, identifying new opportunities and rethinking marketing strategies.

More than 730 businesses have benefitted from 3,300 hours of one-on-one professional mentoring, with the program open for new participants until the end of the year.

Minister for Small Business Jaala Pulford this week visited Reach Gymnasium in Pakenham to speak with owner Rebecca Tilley, who recently completed the mentoring program and found it helpful with implementing practical ideas and goals around finance, social media marketing and business planning.

Reach Gymnastics runs gymnastics and ninja classes in Pakenham and Emerald with a focus on fun, ensuring that children feel supported, included and challenged.

Operated in partnership with the Victorian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (VCCI), the $10 million Business Recovery and Resilience Mentoring program matches small business owners and sole traders with experienced professional mentors to help them adapt their businesses and strategies.


Since launching last August, the program has conducted 1,662 free and customised mentoring sessions.

More than 200 professional mentors have signed on to provide guidance in business recovery, market transformation, digital literacy and engagement, market and supply chain diversification, and reskilling and training.

The Business Recovery and Resilience Mentoring program will run until December 2021.  For more information, including on other small business initiatives ranging from online short-course training to digital adaptation grants of up to $1,200, and wellbeing and mental health support, visit business.vic.gov.au.


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