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Southern Business Mentoring Program

The Southern Business Mentoring Program is available to businesses, including start-ups, operating within the City of Marion from 1 November 2019.

The Program Offers:

One hour one-on-one consultations with a business advisor for $20 per session.

Connection to specialised services and advice including:

  • General
  • Strategic marketing
  • Digital marketing
  • Human resources, work health safety and workforce planning
  • Innovation and transformation
  • International trade and export

Meet the Advisors

If you currently operate or are looking to establish a business in the City of Marion please see below for the advisors available to meet with you

Amanda Wood, General Business

Amanda is a senior executive, with experience leading state and national business advisory teams, but her clients have also valued Amanda’s practical, hands-on experience in a complex manufacturing services business over many years, as Managing Director. (She knows what it’s like to start from scratch and ultimately grow and shape a significant-sized, market-leading business).

How can I help? What do you need?

  • A sounding board for your ideas?
  • A health-check on your business?
  • Guidance on forming a business plan?
  • Guidance on mapping out the future/forming your vision?
  • Help with re-thinking your business model?
  • Guidance on reaching more customers? Or forming market strategies?
  • Help to work out your priorities (or prioritise your already-long list)?
  • Guidance on defining/understanding your markets and segments?
  • Ideas on working with suppliers or partners?
  • Ideas for establishing or managing your team/team culture?
  • Help with managing growing pains?
  • To talk to someone who understands and cares about what you’re coping with?
  • A friendly ear for a confidential business problem?
  • A range of resources or connections to help your business?
  • Help with the process of starting up a new business?
  • To discuss if grants or other support can help your business?
  • I don’t know what I need. I don’t know what I don’t know.
  • Something else?

Martin Pike, General Business and Strategic Marketing

Martin’s passion is finding out what’s key to making businesses tick by identifying and addressing critical ‘weak spots’ with owners. Martin’s style is relaxed but clear and his insights have helped many business owners across all industry sectors. Martin’s motto is “straightforward business success”.

Martin commenced working as business advisor in 1994 and has worked with more than 350 business owners across all industry sectors.

Martin is easy to work with and focused on your success. Martin helps business owners identify and act on the factors that are critical to making your business more successful.

Martin works with companies that are moving into new products/markets, expanding and growing, looking for a new direction, recognize a need to change or require assistance to implement projects. Martin brings a strong background of experience from working with diverse companies in a wide variety of fields to each project.

As business generalists Martin works across all sectors and with all types of organisations and businesses to help improve performance. Martin has helped clients win awards in tourism, sporting club of the year, national regional business of the year and export marketing.

Martin has a background in the building and construction sector and has worked with builders, suppliers to the industry and most trades.

Recent clients include supermarkets, wholesale distributor, online marketers, manufacturers, dress shops, service providers, hairdressers, hardware suppliers, food producers, medical suppliers, builders and trades, creative organisations, hospitality providers to name a few.

Martin has managed industry development projects, hosted and facilitated forums and feasibilities for Regional Development Boards and Councils and undertake economic development work for government funded panels

Martin supports business owners because he is passionate about helping people get what they really want from their business

Fiona Blinco, Digital Marketing

Fiona has worked with numerous small businesses across southern Adelaide in understanding and growing their online presence. From developing websites, working on Google Ads, Search Engine Optimisation (SEO) techniques or email marketing.

Fiona understands the nuts and bolts of good website design and has experience and knowledge about how to convert website visitors to leads and sales. She audits websites and is able to give an objective, professional view on how a business looks online and the likelihood of it getting results.

Fiona manages Google and social media advertising, email marketing and SEO for many clients. Understanding how these strategies work, and when and where to use them are an essential part of the today's toolkit for businesses. Whether it's being able to better understand the language and delivery of services provided by professionals or attempting to do-it-yourself, digital marketing has come of age. Fiona helps small business owners navigate the plethora of digital marketing options

Evelyn Pollard, Human Resources, Work Health Safety and Workforce Planning

Drawing upon extensive experience in human resource management, work health safety, injury management, customer service, change management and continuous improvement.

Evelyn works closely with businesses to navigate the complex legislative environment that surrounds looking after their people. Evelyn has assisted businesses across many industry sectors including micro-business, engineering, fitness, local and state government, manufacturing, regional businesses, small-medium enterprises, state government and transport.

Andrew Richards

Andrew is a Marketing, Strategy and Product Development senior executive who has consistently delivered high growth and sustained business results across a broad range of markets and industry sectors. He has substantial experience with helping build companies through transformational changes that enhance growth.

Andrew is committed to performance, goal setting and measurement, and excels at building strategic partnerships.

Anthony Coles, International Trade and Export

With broad industry sector and International business experience, Anthony has held roles as Start-up Founder, Investor/ Fund Raiser, Executive Coach, GM (Sales & Marketing) & ultimately, CEO of an ASX-Listed Company.