Business Mentors Blog


Now’s the time to shine a light on your lease

Sep 3, 2021 12:42:42 PM

Commercial leases are just one of the financial obligations that can weigh heavily on small businesses, especially during a pandemic. Having good support and information can make all the difference to getting leasing right, and if things go wrong. Understanding the pros, cons, and differences with commercial leases is important. So is awareness of recent legal changes and knowing where to turn for help. ...

The Emotional Toll of Running a Small Business

Aug 18, 2021 10:28:55 AM

Running your own business may sound glamourous, but business owners will often tell you that while the rewards are there, it can be extremely challenging – not just financially but emotionally.

Case Studies

Good guidance means good business at The Paper People

Aug 12, 2021 12:31:28 PM

Bronwen Hurford wanted to grow her business, The Paper People with a strong sense of purpose. To do this, she knew good guidance would be pivotal. As a newcomer to Dunedin, Business Mentors New Zealand was one of Bronwen’s first stops.

Case Studies

A seed of an idea

Aug 4, 2021 9:06:35 AM

Waimate’s Back Paddock Garden and Gifts was just a seed of an idea seven months ago but has quickly blossomed into a thriving business.

Case Studies

Taking pain and stress in your stride

Jul 28, 2021 2:47:09 PM

Starting a business in a new country is a big challenge. But add a pandemic into the mix and those challenges take on a whole new dimension.

Delegating can help your business grow

Jul 21, 2021 2:31:07 PM

Delegating rarely comes naturally to the ambitious all-rounders that lead businesses. Nevertheless, ‘delegator talent’ allows companies to prosper, so it’s a skill worth developing.

Case Studies

Mentoring strengthens Christchurch Wrought Iron

Jul 12, 2021 3:54:22 PM

Mark and Rebecca Richards had been in business as Christchurch Wrought Iron for a few years when they decided to find a Business Mentor. Keith Alexander became a reliable supporter of the pair as they shaped their operations to thrive. Together, they explain how Christchurch Wrought Iron has become stronger than ever.

Smart use of technology enhances virtual mentoring

Jul 2, 2021 8:43:05 AM

Relationships are at the heart of mentoring. Mentors bring experience, insight and generosity which is irreplaceable, but we can make more of these assets with the right tech tools. In fact, combining technology and connections brings value to the whole process at Business Mentors New Zealand. We enhance our decades of experience with a sophisticated database to find each business owner a unique match that can help them grow. ...

Case Studies

Pauline’s property perseverance pays off

Jun 25, 2021 1:59:26 PM

After five years in property management, Pauline Bevin Johnson decided there was a better way to serve the property owners of Marlborough and set about making it a reality. Building the business from scratch, Pauline wanted to start off with the right support and advice so she contacted Business Mentors New Zealand.

Supporting staff to volunteer as Business Mentors is a significant opportunity for corporates

Jun 21, 2021 4:00:40 PM

Are you interested in a high-impact volunteer programme for your large organisation? Allowing your team to get involved with the small business community as a Business Mentor has a raft of positive outcomes. It’s an effective way to support New Zealand’s economy, develop your leaders, and engage your top talent. Get in touch with us if you'd ...