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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.

This program provides one-on-one consultations with a specialist mentor. Mentors are available in the following topics:

  • COVID-19 information, recovery and funding finder
  • Strategic marketing
  • Digital communications
  • Human resources, work health safety and workforce planning
  • Innovation and transformation
  • International trade and export
  • General business advice and business planning

As a proactive community health measure in relation to Coronavirus (COVID-19) these consultations will now be delivered through skype, zoom and phone. Once you have completed your booking your mentor will be in touch to discuss a suitable option. This service is now FREE until 30 June 2020.

Our Southern Business Mentoring Program mentors will also be delivering additional consultation services as we help our business community to deal with the impact of COVID-19. Please consult the individual mentor profiles below for information about their services.

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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 Wood advises across most industries and business topics, and specialises in helping businesses to discover or better understand their strategic opportunities, whilst also assisting with very ‘practical’ business advice. Amanda brings to this program, real-life experience as: a business owner and manager; participant on many business related boards: and also as a leader of state and national business advisor teams. She understands first hand, the many challenges of owning and growing a significant-sized successful business.

Amanda is also available to help your business to develop a strategic response to COVID–19.

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 is also available to help your business to develop a strategic response to COVID–19.

Areas Martin can cover include:

  • Assess the dangers and threats to your business
  • Identify opportunities
  • Resetting your product offer and the way you do business
  • Managing debtor risks
  • Communication plan with customers, employees and suppliers
  • Financial management – breakeven point and assessing non-essential item expenditure and negotiation with suppliers, landlords, ATO and financiers.
  • Accessing council and government stimulus packages

When booking an appointment, please state you wish to receive advice regarding COVID-19 strategies for your business, on the booking form under the question "what would you like to receive advice on?".



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.

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.

Evelyn is also available to help your business to develop a strategic response to COVID–19.

Areas Evelyn can cover include:

Human Resource Management / Workplace Relations
• Managing employees and leave entitlements
• Changing or scaling down operations, including however not limited to varying work hours/rosters, redundancies, reducing operations, etc - how to do this in line with Award/Fair Work Act provisions.
• Business shut down – employer obligations
• Providing directions to employees, including fitness for work and self-isolation
• Working from home options or working remotely

Work Health Safety / Employee Wellbeing
• Keeping everyone safe – understanding workplace risks and obligations (employer and employee)
• Monitoring the mental wellbeing of your workforce
• Working from home options from a WHS obligation perspective

Workforce Planning / Business Continuity
• Establishing a workforce recovery strategy/plan addressing areas such as what type and when are positions required, what skills are needed, and what will the process (including timeframes) be to ensure minimal disruption to the business. Also covered in this area is contingency planning – What are the options if the “right” staff are not available?

When booking an appointment, please state you wish to receive advice regarding COVID-19 strategies for your business, on the booking form under the question "what would you like to receive advice on?".

Andrew Richards, Innovation and Transformation

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.