Mentoring Process

Local Business Experts

“The success rate of mentored small businesses compared to those without a mentor is stunning: 70 percent of mentored businesses survive more than five years, double the rate for non-mentored small businesses over that same period.” Inc.com

Small Business Solutions mentoring program is designed to offer you and your business short, sharp, focused blocks of dedicated time and support as often as you need it. The frequency of meetings is entirely dependent on your needs, with options of weekly, fortnightly or monthly.

Acting as a business coach and partner in progress, your mentor will take the time to carefully analyse what it is you and your business need to grow. This is done via a Business Health Check.  By taking the time to consider all the essentials for developing, maintaining and growing a business in the current economy, you will have the greatest opportunity to put your big ideas for your small business into action.

The process

Business Health Check

Your mentor, acting as a business coach and partner in progress, will take the time to carefully analyse what it is you and your business need to grow. This is done via a Business Health Check, which takes into consideration all the essentials for developing, maintaining and growing a business in the current economy.

To put it simply – we get to know you.

Day-to-Day Business

Whatever your industry, business model, location or end goal, the mentors working with us at Small Business Solutions take the time to ensure that the business advice given is specific to your business.

Our mentors are ready to handle your every concern, including but not limited to:

  • Cash Flow
  • Business & Financial Planning
  • Marketing Strategy
  • Staff Retention
  • Customer Service
  • Quality Control
  • Skills Recognition & Training
  • Growth, marketing development & export
  • Innovations to stay competitive

Want to see what the future holds for your business? Search through our mentor listings below to find one near you.

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Testimonial


There are many people who opt to go into Business without the knowledge of the systems and processes that need to be put in place to ensure in the background the business continues to deliver a profitable level of service.

Ron Ward | Business Mentor

The Small Business Solutions workshops and mentor program covered every aspect of business including legalities, insurances, marketing, the mission statement and goal setting.


Our Mentors

Mentoring is a process for the informal transmission of knowledge, social capital, and the psycho-social support perceived by the recipient as relevant to work, career, or professional development; mentoring entails informal communication, usually face-to-face and during a sustained period of time, between a person who is perceived to have greater relevant knowledge, wisdom, or experience (the mentor) and a person who is perceived to have less (the protégé).

Alice Langford

Alice Langford

Business Skills Mentor

Alice assists hundreds of business annually assisting enterprising people from ideas, start-up, growth and succession in many industries and sectors and is passionate about engaging in networks, implementing strategies for growth and working "on" the business.

Angelo Coco

Business Skills Mentor

Angelo Coco is an experienced and successful mentor, facilitator, speaker, business advisor and strategic planner. With over 37 years’ experience in business mentoring and strategic planning, facilitating hands on training to owners and managers of family businesses.

Danielle Frazer

Danielle Frazer

Business Skills Mentor

With a keen interest in business education, coaching and mentoring, Dani personally developed the training and learning content for a range of accredited business courses including all of the Small Business Solutions mentoring programs, now delivered by over 20 highly experienced mentors, across Queensland.

Edward Gifford

Edward Gifford

Business Skills Mentor

Dr Edward Gifford is a coach, trainer, speaker and author. With 36 years experience in education, consultancy and research, Edward specialises in training life, workplace and business coaches.

Geoff Neil

Business Skills Mentor

Geoff comes from a strong business background, from operating his own to being CEO of a National Retail Buying Group/ Franchise and General Manager of various SME companies. He has extensive ‘hands-on’ management experience across the floorcovering, automotive, manufacturing, engineering and IT industries.

Helen Cowley

Business Skills Mentor

Helen Cowley is a passionate business consultant, coach and trainer with a track record of more than 30 years in business management.

John Cokley

Business Skills Mentor

TAFE Queensland is offering our clients the opportunity to work with Small Business Mentor John Cokley, a nationally-accredited business trainer who has owned and successfully operated small businesses in Australia since 1982.

Kim Kelly

Business Skills Mentor

Kim Kelly is the Manager and Senior Business Advisor of the Business Enterprise Centre in Cairns. She is an expert in ‘breaking it down’ and keeping planning simple to create customer success. Kim was recently awarded Australia’s Best BEC Business Mentor Award for 2012 which is a testament to her dedication and commitment in assisting her clients to achieve their business goals.

Lauren Cowburn

Business Skills Mentor

From Brisbane to London and back home, Lauren has experience in management, human resources, training, Lean / Kaizan and business mentoring.

Lindy Chen

Managing Director

Lindy is a creative and dynamic business facilitator who blends the best qualities of the East and the West. She had always desired to raise among Australians, a stronger awareness of China, and vice versa. She relishes her role in bridging the two cultures, and fostering economic cooperation between business owners in the two countries she has both considered her home.

Lynda Gale

Business Skills Mentor

Lynda Gale is the founder of 3P Concepts, having owned and operated management consulting and training businesses for over 9 years with extensive background in senior service and management roles across several industries.

Margaret Aspin

Business Skills Mentor

Margaret is a business owner and a director in two IT startup companies. She loves working with new or established business people as they plan, grow and develop themselves and their staff.

Michael Holmstrom

With over 15 years experience with digital technologies and business development, and most importantly, real-life experience of creating six start-ups in the past five years, Michael has a wealth of knowledge that can help businesses embrace the power of digital.

Peter Baldwin

Peter Baldwin

Business Skills Mentor

Businesses and individuals will learn all the key business skills how to successfully run and market a business using online marketing.

Philip Jenkins

Philip Jenkins

Business Skills Mentor

Philip is a local business consultant and an experienced facilitator and mentor, with over 35 years’ experience in Management, Business Development, Sales Management and Marketing, in large and small/medium enterprises; in Australia and overseas.

Ramona Bullard

Business Skills Mentor

As an established local Management Consultant, Ramona Bullard has professional qualifications and 20 years’ experience, particularly in strategic planning, compliance, innovation and organisational development.

Richard Davies

Business Skills Mentor

Richard Davies is one of Brisbane’s best known Small Business Mentors / Trainers who has coached more than 4,000 new business ‘start-ups’ with a high success rates over the past 17 years.

Rudi Tartaglia

Managing Director

Rudi Tartaglia has worked in the areas of marketing and strategic management since 1998. He has experience across a diverse range of industries such as retail, franchise, e-commerce, financial services, mining, publishing, law, biotech, and health insurance, just to name a few.

Tony Curl

Business Skills Mentor

Tony has 30 years operational leadership experience in some of Australia's best retailers, leading teams of 300+ team members, and accountable for $300 million portfolios. He has a history of change management, rebuilding store results and culture as well as developing new store and markets. He developed over 55 leaders in a four year role as a regional mentor, setting that company for the future.

Travis Windsor

Travis Windsor

Consultant

Travis brings a wealth of experience in management, leadership, business planning, marketing, human resources and business coaching.

Wes Leake

Business Skills Mentor

Trained as an Accountant and as an educator combined with running his own businesses, he is convinced that owning and operating a business can be profitable, enjoyable and bring the right work/life balance. Owning and running a business is all about the owner. They need the right training, encouragement, support and networks to ensure that their business is a success.

Ron Ward

Ron Ward specialises in assisting clients to establish, grow, innovate and operate successful long term businesses on a collaborative basis. He has worked with over 1500 clients across many industries, business types and circumstances in Australia and overseas.

Jason Virtue

Business Skills Mentor

Jason Virtue is the founder and owner of Landlife Education Pty Ltd, a consulting and training firm that specializes in practical and innovative solutions for rural bases businesses.

Marsha Boyle

Marsha Boyle

Business Skills Mentor

Marsha believes that “Success in Business” is achieved by surrounding yourself with the right people, rather than going it alone. Working with Marsha, businesses and individuals learn the key leadership, management, communication and business skills which allow them to successfully run a business.