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Glowing testimonials praise Noosa mentoring service

Julien Cahn and Anna Day of Noosa Chamber of Commerce's mentoring service.
Julien Cahn and Anna Day of Noosa Chamber of Commerce's mentoring service.

A SURVEY of the 58 businesses that signed up for the Noosa Chamber of Commerce's Voluntary Business Mentoring Service has revealed 90% were "extremely satisfied" with the program.

The remainder were either new to the program or needed a mentor with different skills.

The service, which began 12 months ago, is provided by semi-retired business mentors from a range of backgrounds and costs $200 for 12 months (set to rise to $250 from January).

"The results indicate the calibre of the 13 mentors who are volunteering their time: from engineers to accountants, IT professionals, marketers, former managers of large retail, restaurant and distribution chains, a publisher, a local successful retail store owner, an event organiser and more," founder Anna Day said.

"The mentors are not allowed to sell any of their own services or products to the clients. That means their input is completely altruistic, with no strings attached.

"Companies who have signed up are both successful companies that want to expand and businesses that were struggling.

"Our clients range across the spectrum from cafes to engineering companies, house builders, designers, IT, swimwear and cosmetic importers, people at the markets who want to expand, tourism operators, motivational speakers, tradies, bookkeepers, retailers, a dog groomer, an organic farming teacher, a rural produce store, people who install sports fields, nurseries - the list goes on."

Ms Day said the past year had been a success.

"The mentors love helping businesses prosper and are always asking me to find more businesses for them to help," she said.

"Many of the clients' businesses are expanding, families are enriched, and we are demonstrating what a true community we are."

Program chairman Julien Cahn said the mentoring service had the potential to expand beyond Noosa.

"Noosa and its chamber have set the highest benchmark for business support," Mr Cahn said.

"The Noosa Chamber recognises the opportunity and benefits for all Sunshine Coast businesses to access the program and so has agreed to the establishment of an independent not-for-profit to run it.

"The mentoring service will now be called The Sunshine Coast Voluntary Business Mentoring Service Inc - Sunshine Mentors for short."

TESTIMONIALS FROM SERVICE PARTICIPANTS

"We highly recommend the program to any business needing direction." - Judy Senn, Time Out Internet

"It has acted both as a business and life coach, and aside from the great ideas that have come from it, it has also kept me focused on my own strengths and 'weaknesses'. - John Murt, High Profile Communications

"In just one session, our mentor provided us with a much clearer insight into what is possible and where we were going wrong." - Matthew Tanner, Social Fabric Chair Gallery

" It was great to have someone, who was completely detached from my business, to bounce ideas off. My mentor taught me some very useful planning and time management tools which have dramatically improved my productivity. It was also very useful to have someone to hold me accountable each month to do those things that you know that you should be doing but never get round to!" - Lyn Woodward, Activate Your Mind

"This is a great system which is being expertly delivered with passion and enthusiasm. I am proud to say that I am being mentored by such inspiring people." - Scott Macken, Scooter Style

"I believe this mentoring service is ideal for first-time business owners and those who have become stuck in a rut and need to change the way they do things in this changing business climate. I am happy to recommend this service to any business that needs help and can benefit from new ideas." - Norbert Nawrocki, Computer Troubleshooters

"I already know that I'm going to look back on the moment I joined this program as the best business decision I have ever made." - Kirsty Holland, Lasergreen Constructions

"I have already found, as have my admin team, that the NCC mentoring service to be very helpful with unbiased input. Their business knowledge delivery and assistance in ideas and support for myself as the business owner is great. To have someone looking from the outside in, without a financial agenda, makes for what I see are excellent results. Best value business coach ever." - Shane Savage, Laguna Bay Air
 



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