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As a Business Mentor
The Mentorship Program will facilitate the transfer of knowledge, information, wisdom, skills, and provide psychological support to the entrepreneur(s). Through the mentoring sessions, mentors will facilitate among other things new business establishments, growth of existing businesses as well as access to market opportunities and business finance. The mentoring sessions involve, gap analysis, problem solving, action planning and skills transfer.
 
 Mentor Responsibilities:
  •     Meeting with the SME’s and providing them with focus and support to develop their business.
  •    Supporting the SME’s to carry out market research, test their business idea  and  write a business plan for funders or investors, etc…
  •     Helping them to overcome challenges related to their business or, where  necessary, supporting them with other issues such as finding prospective  customers, create a strategic business alliance for them to benefits.
  •     Helping the SME’s to identify alternative goals if their business ceases to trade.
How much time do I need to give?

You would need to commit to four to six hours per month.

 How do I apply?

 Contact Vinah at (011)to request an application form.
 
 Skills Needed:
 Centre for Small Business Development is committed to equal opportunities and welcomes applications from all business sections. You don’t need to have mentoring experience to volunteer, but ideally you should be able to demonstrate:
  • Understanding of the different components of a small business.
  •  Awareness of the challenges facing small businesses (experience running a   small  business would be beneficial).
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, especially listening skills.
  •  A non-judgmental, patient, positive and supportive attitude.
  •  Reliability.
  •  Understanding of the importance of maintaining professional boundaries in a  mentoring relationship. 
Our values are: approachable, non-judgmental, inspiring, empowering and passionate. These are integral to what we do and how we do it and we expect all staff and volunteers to uphold them in their work with the CSBD mentees.
 
As a Business Trainer/Facilitator/Lecturer

The CSBD is looking for business experienced lecturers and organised instructors. You can be involved as a Facilitator or a Lecturer in one of our programmes.

 At CSBD we want COPTERS Facilitators!
 
COPTERS is the acronym for:

  • Communicator
  • Organised
  • Patience
  • Training Skills
  • Empathy
  • Results Focused
  • Subject Knowledge

As a Volunteer

Volunteering is a great way to acquire work experience, support an organisation, and make a difference in your community. It can also be an opportunity to meet new people and learn new skills. If you'd like to give something besides money, consider lending your time and talents at the Centre for Small Business Development.
 
Develop as a person, volunteering offers many benefits in appreciation for the gift of your time and expertise.

  • Make important networking contacts at our events
  • Learn or develop skills
  • Teach your skills to others
  • Enhance your résumé
  • Gain work experience
  • Build self-esteem and self-confidence
  • Meet new people
  • Feel needed and valued
  • Make a difference in someone’s life
  • Improves the likelihood that children will volunteer when they become adult
As a Speaker

It can be very fulfilling for a business motivational speaker to know that their words of wisdom can make a positive impact on an SME who took them to heart and applied the concepts to their businesses or lives
 
Business speaker and sales trainer Gavin Ingham said in an interview with Simply Sales Jobs; "The further I progressed the more of a kick I got from helping others to achieve their ambitions too."​