Mentoring For Growth Program – Queensland

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Mentoring for Growth (M4G) offers eligible businesses free access to volunteer business experts who provide insights, options and suggestions relating to challenges and opportunities you are experiencing in your business.

The M4G program assists Queensland businesses to grow and succeed in the current business environment.

The M4G program includes:

  • Mentoring for Growth
  • Mentoring for Investment
  • Mentoring for Pitch
  • Mentoring for Export
  • Mentoring for Recovery
  • Mentor Chats

When you participate in the M4G program, the Queensland Government matches its mentors’ expertise and experience with the business challenge or opportunity you have identified.

Mentors are drawn from a Queensland-wide pool of more than 600 active and registered mentors. All mentors have expertise and experience in coaching and developing businesses.

Mentoring for Growth is delivered through both panel and chat formats and can be conducted via face-to-face and online meetings. The program is delivered in all major centres in Queensland, including Queensland Government small business events.

This guide explains how to register your interest in the free M4G program either as a business to be mentored, or as a volunteer business mentor.

Further information will be provided as it becomes available.

Eligibility

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 to apply

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.

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

FAQs

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.

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.

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.
  • 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.

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

Mentoring For Growth Program - Queensland - Frequently Asked Questions(FAQ)

Who is eligible?

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 the mentors can assist

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.

How to prepare 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.

I need more information, who can I contact?

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

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