Finding a business mentor saved Elizabeth Roberts from making some “pretty expensive mistakes”, she says. And she can’t praise enough the advice and support she has received from Business Mentors New Zealand (BMNZ) and her mentor Malhar Panchwagh.
In the midst of COVID-19 lockdown, when ‘The Cookie Project’s co-founders Eric Chuah and Graeme Haddon saw their future as gloomy, dark and uncertain – they reached out to Business Mentors New Zealand for support.
“The best sounding board ever”, is only one of the descriptives Egg & Spoon owners Dan and Jo Pearson have for their Business Mentors New Zealand mentor Irene Mosley.
Darran Rowe is a great believer in synchronicity and circumstances. So, when he started chatting to a guy at a garage, and the conversation somehow turned to his experience using a business mentor, Darran’s interest was piqued. At the time, he had just re-branded his dog training business –
Sophie Cocks and Jamie Prebble make a formidable team. Sophie, a former Blacks Sticks striker who played more than 100 tests for New Zealand, and Jamie a New Zealand and Olympian freestyle skier, are the brains and brawn behind Truly Yours, an all-in-one design and hire service, specialising in weddings and leading industry events throughout the South Island.
Having the support of a business mentor has seen High Country Salmon owner Margaret Logan through some tough times.
Claire Maxwell is not one to miss an opportunity. So, when a “completely random” phone call from an acquaintance alerted her to a spare room in a rugby club, the Palmerston North-based physiotherapist seized the opportunity to branch out on her own.
When Momo Martin and her longtime friend and business partner Michelle Hartley went to look at a secondhand oven for their catering business, they ended up not only buying the oven, but the rest of the equipment and a new business.
Sacha Vee reckons she is more of a Mentor than a Manager. But in reality, the international platinum award-winning neo-soul artist, is so much more. She is a songwriter, a singer, a producer, a visionary, a goal setter and an achiever. When she dreams, she dreams big – and then she gives her all to ensure that dream becomes a reality.
Transitioning from employee to employer can be a difficult and stressful time. Aside from stepping up in the ranks of responsibility, the buddy-to-boss scenario can throw unexpected staff dynamics in amongst the challenges of learning a new job.