A group of local women are set to take their businesses to the next level, after graduating from the 2015 Hastings Business Women's Network Mentoring Program at a presentation night at Town Green Inn on Thursday 30 July.
Five mentorees from a variety of backgrounds including photography, dog obedience, art therapy and online retailing took part in the program, receiving support from five mentors willing to share their own business experience and expertise.
The 20 week program included regular one-on-one meetings, group catch-ups and structured workshops covering topics such as understanding your ideal client, busting money myths, using social media for business and investing in your future.
HBWN President Karen Archer congratulated mentorees Roxanna Chan, Vinny Power, Brenda Sarno, Kim Staples and Kerrie Whiteman for the commitment and enthusiasm they demonstrated throughout the program.
"We would like to extend our gratitude to our generous and knowledgeable mentors - Margaret Balitis, Tracy Brenton, Robyn Flanagan, Leanne Jeffery and Veronica Lind. And a big thankyou to HBWN Professional Development Coordinator Natalie Green for putting together such a terrific program," Ms Archer said.
"It was lovely to hear about the lifelong friendships that have formed and the business relationships that have been established. The group has agreed to continue meeting, sharing and learning from one another."
Mentoree Vinny Power said the program had given her the confidence she needed to grow her Doterra Essential Oil business from a team of 10 to 45 in just a few months.
"Participating in the program helped me sharpen my focus on my business goals. I enjoyed having someone to speak with every week to push me along and also provide another perspective," Ms Power said.
Mentor Robyn Flanagan of Wauchope Travel World said, "Mentoring works both ways and I also found it really worthwhile. It was a great reminder of all the support and skills that exist within the network that we can all tap into."
The Mentoring Program is a highlight of the HBWN's Professional Development membership offering, proudly sponsored by North Coast TAFE. The HBWN is currently accepting expressions of interest from Mentors and Mentorees interested in taking part in the 2016 Program. Visit www.hbwn.com.au/mentor-page to find out more.