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Free mentoring available to help Moonee Valley businesses survive (and thrive)

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Sometimes the difference between a business surviving or failing is good advice.

The COVID-19 pandemic has put unprecedented pressure on local businesses.

As part of Moonee Valley’s Business Recovery Support program, free access is being provided to the Small Business Mentoring Service (SBMS).

Small businesses in the Moonee Valley municipality are offered one free mentoring session of up to 90 minutes duration with a SBMS mentor of their choice via telephone, Zoom or Skype.

Bharat Sood of Minuteman Press in Keilor Road, Essendon, understands the value of small business mentoring. He has accessed the business advice workshops previously offered by Council.

“I highly recommend working with a mentor,” Mr Sood said. “When you are in something, you get caught in the process. A mentor can give an outside or macro-level view.

“A good mentor has a lot of business experience and this allows them to point to things you have not been doing, or areas where you could do better.”

At a time when many small businesses are struggling and most are suffering a downturn in revenue, Council recognises that Moonee Valley businesses need extra support.

SBMS Mentors cover most industry categories and business disciplines including marketing, sales, finance, manufacturing, retailing, franchising and tourism. They can assist with:
* Understanding your entitlements with COVID -19 Stimulus package grants and applications
* Helping business owners work on their business, rather than just in it
* Increasing marketing and business planning skills
* Helping business owners set objectives and direction
* Improving motivation and confidence
* Increasing sales and profits
* Bringing fresh thinking and identification of new opportunities
* Helping resolve time management issues

To obtain your free voucher for a SBMS mentoring session, please email business@mvcc.vic.gov.au

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For more information on ways in which Moonee Valley Council is supporting local businesses during the pandemic, see here.