Strengthen your business recovery with cost reduction, debt and cashflow management.
Understand how Coronavirus (COVID-19) has triggered or accelerated market changes.
Increase your digital literacy and receive guidance in reaching new customers and markets.
Learn how to reduce exposure to supply chain risks.
Gain assistance in upskilling your existing workforce.
Be quick, limited spots remaining.
Hear what our program participants have to say…
“Jodie and Jane have been fantastic. They’ve provided structure for business planning, advice on great tools, and a pragmatic and organised approach to growing my business.”
- Chewy Creative
“Rob has been great during this time of COVID-19. He has provided me with information to see the light at the end of the tunnel. l feel positive that 2021 will be a good year for GMAN IT and me.” - G Man IT
How to apply
Complete a 7-minute online application form to tell us about your business.
You will receive an email within 1-2 business days informing you of your application outcome.
Eligible business owners will be matched with an experienced professional who will provide them with up to four one-on-one mentoring sessions over a three-month period. Each session will last for two hours.
Mentoring sessions will be conducted by phone, video conferencing and if appropriate, face-to-face.
Before being assigned a mentor, applicants will be asked to complete a brief diagnostic tool designed to assess the specific needs of their business recovery. Following the initial session, applicants will be provided with a detailed action plan, with advice specifically tailored to the individual needs of their business. Applicants will also be connected with further support for their business as needed. This may include financial counselling, digital expertise and coaching, and mental health support and training.
The mentor will then schedule up to three follow-up sessions with the applicant over the following three months to check on their progress, and provide additional support and guidance as needed.
What type of businesses can apply for the program (eligibility requirements)?
The program is open to the owners of small businesses with less than 20 full-time employees. For the purposes of the program, a small business owner can be a sole trader, partnership, private company or trust that operates a small business. Twenty full-time employees means the total of all standard hours worked by all employees (whether full-time or part-time) in standard hours as defined by the Australian Bureau of Statistics.
Businesses must also:
hold an active Australian Business Number (ABN)
not be a public company, charitable business (one that does not operate to make a profit) or body corporate under the Body Corporate and Community Management Act 1997
intend to re-establish or continue operating in Victoria.
What if my business has more than 20 employees?
Applications from businesses that employ 20 or more full-time employees, but have a turnover of less than $50 million, may also be considered. For more information about other support available for businesses, visit Business Victoria’s coronavirus support page or our coronavirus (COVID-19) page.
What if I operate more than one small business?
If you operate more than one small business - for example under a single ABN at separate locations - you may apply for mentorship for each eligible business.
Factors which may be considered in assessing applications include:
the staffing arrangements of the separate businesses
whether each has its own plant, equipment or stock
the accounting and insurance arrangements of the separate business
whether the separate business operates under its own trading name
the commercial viability and autonomy of each business.
What if I’m a sole trader and have no employees?
Applicants who operate a business as a sole trader (with no employees other than the owner) must:
receive most of their income from the business, or
be able to demonstrate they received most of their income from the business prior to 1 March 2020, and that this would have continued to be the case if not for the effects of COVID-19.
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