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Register your business with Mentoring for Growth

Coronavirus (COVID-19): Business support

The Mentoring for Growth program currently has more than 50 mentors ready to connect with impacted small businesses.

Mentors are available to provide tailored support including financial mentoring and business planning.

Register your interest in a Mentoring for Growth session.

Phone 1300 654 687 or email m4g@desbt.qld.gov.au for more information.

Register your business with Mentoring for Growth (M4G), a free program which helps you to engage with experienced business mentors. 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.

Eligible businesses

Businesses participating in M4G must have:

  • an 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:

  • cashflow
  • growth strategies
  • marketing and sales
  • business development
  • finance
  • 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.

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 face-to-face, via Skype for Business and by phone.

There are 2 types of sessions:

Mentor chats

Mentor chats are available for early stage businesses requiring one-on-one assistance to address a particular business challenge or opportunity. The sessions generally run for 45 minutes with 2–3 mentors attending.

Mentor panels

Mentor panels are run for established businesses with a significant financial turnover. The sessions generally run for 90 minutes with 5–7 mentors, including a chairperson.

Where M4G sessions are held

M4G sessions take place all over Queensland.

Regional M4G sessions

If you live in remote or regional areas of Queensland, you can access the program through the following methods:

  • attending a session at a location near you
  • connecting with a local mentor (if a suitable mentor is available)
  • participating in a teleconference session by phone or Skype for Business.

Check our events calendar to see if we are coming to a location near you. We will respond to demand, so register for a M4G session today.

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 session without delay. Our mentors also rely on your registration information to prepare for your mentoring session.

Register for M4G

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.

After your M4G 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.

More information

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.

Contact us

Email the M4G team at m4g@desbt.qld.gov.au for further information about the program.