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Small Business Mentoring Program

Find an experienced mentor to help your business succeed.

Program Overview

Whether you're new to running a business or a seasoned business owner, a mentor can help you refine your business strategy, map out the direction that your business should be taking and assist in setting goals for your business to succeed.

Please note: This program has closed for applications.

At a glance


Small Business Bus and Small Business Clinics mentoring sessions: free of charge, 45 minutes long.

Small Business Mentoring Service sessions: From $100/session for 1.5 hours. For in-depth mentoring, lower rates are available for two or more sessions booked.


Anyone interested in setting up or developing a small business in Victoria.

To get the best results, contact Business Victoria on 13 22 15


Anyone interested in developing or setting up a small business in Victoria.

What you get

Mentoring services are provided by highly experienced business people with skills and qualifications in a wide range of industries and disciplines. For minimal cost, Victorian small businesses can access the experience of the Small Business Mentoring Service (SBMS) mentors. Visit the SBMS website to read more about the backgrounds and expertise of the SBMS mentors.

An SBMS mentor can help you with:

  • starting new businesses
  • setting objectives and direction for your business
  • writing business plans
  • developing more effective marketing strategies
  • increasing sales and profits
  • identifying new products and services
  • improving time management
  • identifying new opportunities.

How to apply

There are three ways that you can book a mentoring session.

Small Business Clinics

Small Business Clinics offer free 45 minute sessions with a mentor at 121 Exhibition Street, Melbourne. You can now view available mentoring sessions, read up a mentor's profile and book one that has expertise in particular industries or strengths.

To book a session click on the link below, or call Business Victoria at 13 22 15.

Book a free Clinic session

Small Business Bus

Free 45 minute sessions are also available around metropolitan and regional Victoria at Small Business Victoria's Small Business Bus.

Mentoring sessions on the Bus must be booked in advance.

Book a free session on the Small Business Bus

Ongoing Paid Mentoring with SBMS

Small business owners and people intending to start a small business can book longer sessions on an ongoing basis with a mentor of their choice who have specific skills and industry backgrounds.

These sessions can be an hour or longer and enable clients to engage with mentors over a longer period of time on a regular basis.

Number of SessionsCost
One session$100
Two sessions$190
Three sessions$255
Four sessions$320
Additional ongoing mentoring$80/session

Select your mentor and book a paid mentoring session

Program contacts

Business Victoria hotline 13 22 15

Small Business Mentoring Service

1300 816 817

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