Register your business for a Mentoring for Growth session
Register for a Mentoring for Growth (M4G) session – your mentor can help you check your business's cyber fitness by using the new Cyber security self-help toolkit for mentors to reduce risks when working online.
Mentoring for Growth (M4G) is a mentoring program which helps you to engage with experienced business mentors through a free mentoring session. Our experienced mentors volunteer their time to help business owners and build stronger small businesses across Queensland.
M4G offers insights, options and suggestions relating to challenges and opportunities that you may be facing in your business.
To register for a M4G session, your business must have:
- an Australian business number (ABN)
- Queensland headquarters or significant Queensland operations
- a business plan in place
- commenced business operations
- a specific business opportunity or challenge to discuss.
How our mentors can assist you
M4G business mentors can help you with a range of business challenges or issues you may be facing. Your mentors have a broad range of experience, knowledge and expertise to offer. Some common discussion topics include these business basics:
- growth strategies
- marketing and sales
- business development
- human resources
- export and investment.
We will use the information provided on your registration form to identify the best available mentor with the most relevant skills, experience and knowledge for your business needs.
Depending on the stage of your business, we have mentors who have connections in the investment community, however we cannot guarantee that mentors will provide this information.
Note: Mentors cannot provide you with any kind of professional advice, including legal, financial or human resources (HR) assistance.
How M4G sessions are delivered
M4G is available to businesses across Queensland and sessions are currently being delivered online only.
There are 2 types of sessions:
Mentor chats are available for businesses requiring one-on-one assistance to address a particular business challenge or opportunity. The sessions generally run for 45 minutes with 2 mentors attending.
Mentor panels are run for established businesses with a significant financial turnover. The sessions generally run for 90 minutes with around 4 mentors, including a chairperson.
How to register for M4G
Complete our registration form and provide as much information as you can about the challenges you are experiencing. This information will help us to select the best mentor(s) for you, and to schedule a free session without delay. Our mentors also rely on your registration information to prepare for your mentoring session.
Note: As part of the registration form you will be asked to agree to our terms and conditions for mentees.
Preparing for your M4G session
Remember to bring along any relevant documents or financial information you think will help with your mentoring session.
We strongly encourage you to take notes during your session and you may also wish to record your session to refer back to afterwards.
After your M4G session
The M4G team will email you a summary of the main points mentioned during your mentoring session, along with links to any relevant information and contact details for your mentors should you wish to establish a business relationship with them after your session.
While mentors are unable to tout for business or promote their own business before or during your session, they may contact you after your session to offer their services. You are under no obligation to accept their offer.
Most mentors are happy for you to send a follow up email should you wish to clarify any suggestions made during the session.
Booking another session
You may book multiple sessions but not on a regular basis. We recommend that you book a follow-up session in 6 months' time, however, we cannot guarantee you will have the same mentor(s) at your next session.
Check your cyber fitness in a mentoring session
As a business owner, regularly checking your technology for unusual activity is one way to improve your cyber safety. Otherwise it could be many months before an issue is detected, making recovery much harder. By taking steps, such as using the Australian Government's free Cyber security assessment tool, creating an asset register, installing tech updates and up to date antivirus software, you can start to protect your assets and information.
When you register for a M4G session, your mentor can help you check your business's cyber fitness by using the new Cyber security self-help toolkit for mentors to reduce your risks when working online.
The toolkit helps M4G mentors and businesses work together to better manage the cyber security elements associated with running a business. The toolkit was developed in partnership with Cynch, specialists in cyber security for small business, and the Queensland Cyber Security Innovation Node.
If your business is currently not operating, we have useful tools and information to help you start your business. This includes business planning tools and a business readiness quiz which, when completed, provides you with a personalised action plan of information and resources to help you start and run your business.
Email the M4G team at email@example.com for more information about the program.