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Activate Tairawhiti calling on mentors to ‘pay it forward’

12 November 2016, The Gisborne Herald

Information event tomorrow lunchtime, for people interesting in helping small business.

THE region’s economic development agency is looking for successful business professionals wanting to “pay it forward” by mentoring some of the region’s budding entrepreneurs. 

Activate Tairawhiti business growth adviser Peter Jarratt said anyone interested in becoming a business mentor should attend an information event on Tuesday.

Mr Jarratt said the event, from 12.30pm to 1.30pm at BDO, is an informal gathering for people interested in helping small businesses grow our region.

“We have a huge demand from start-ups and small businesses that need that crucial person to talk with. We have amazing mentors but simply do not have enough to meet the demand.

“Business owners need help with all facets of business including marketing, law, finance, governance and structure. A mentor can be in a business, own their own business or have specialist knowledge. By giving an hour a month a mentor directly contributes to the success of our region.”

A spokesman for Business Mentors New Zealand said the not-for-profit group matched experienced business stalwarts with small businesses looking to grow and develop.

“For mentors the experience can be quite rewarding. They inevitably learn a bit and get the warm and fuzzies from paying it forward.

“However, in Gisborne we’re currently experiencing a lack of mentors so the event is designed to get potential business people in the community interested in volunteering their time.”

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