What are our clients saying about us?

“I’ve gotten a lot of information and inspiration out of the program.” Sherryn from @ickle_room hair salon has met with three mentors to chat about her business. Did you know that the Southern Business Mentoring Program advisors are all local business owners themselves? Their insights are born from experience dealing with all aspects of running and growing a business.

Ickle Room

Designed to help business owners in our community connect and share insights for success, the Southern Business Mentoring Program has been purpose build to respond to the current issues faced by businesses. Not only are our program mentors business owners themselves, they have experience helping businesses of all sizes and disciplines. This includes everything from start-ups organisations to long established businesses like the popular @kytonsbakery!


“I’m confident all business owners would benefit from the Southern Business Mentoring Program.” Matthew from @bakerstreatbakingschool met with our advisor, Martin Pike, for general business support and insights. Local businesses are an important part of our local community. The Southern Business Mentoring Program is designed to help share insights, direction and feedback on how to strengthen and grow their presence to safeguard for the future.

Bakers Treat

Carly from @photographybycarly_adelaide met with our Mental Health and Wellness advisor, Vasso Fessas, and together they were able to work through the things that Carly felt were blocking her from moving her business forward. The Southern Business Mentoring Program gives you access to experienced advisors well versed in the issues faced by business owners. Covering general business, HR, mental health and marketing, the mentoring team are here to help give you the insights and confidence to continue to grow your business.

Photography by Carly

The Smiling Samoyed Brewery (@MypongaBrewery) is a family-owned award winning business, founded in 2012 by husband and wife team Simon and Kate. In 2020 the duo discovered the Southern Business Mentoring Program and took advantage of the opportunity to learn more about how to grow their business from expert advisors, Amanda Wood and Evelyn Pollard.

Smiling Samoyed

“Having the support of the advisors has helped us to make necessary changes to our business.” Paul, the founder of Creative Systems, spoke to our mentors at a critical time in his business. Whether you’re looking to implement new processes or interested in talking about business practices, the Southern Business Mentoring Program advisors have the skills required to support you.

Creative Systems

“It made me excited to work on my business again.” The Southern Business Mentoring Program is designed to help all businesses, from those based in an office or workshop, or in Kellie’s case, the jungle! The founder of @junglepotsadelaide spoke to our mentors during a critical time for her brand. Kellie left with practical advice that she was able to implement across all aspects of her business.

Jungle Pots

Jodi from @southernclassicsandcustoms met with advisor Evelyn Pollard to talk about human resources, work health safety and workforce planning. Every day is a school day and the Southern Business Mentoring Program gives you the opportunity to learn something new from our experienced and trusted advisors. Regardless of what stage of business you’re at, from start-up to long established, there is no better time to sit down and discuss how you can plan for future success.

Southern Classic Customs