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Recognising the efforts of mentors.
There is a common saying that states "the secret to living is giving". Four of Brisbane's business leaders are living this mantra by generously volunteering their spare time through the Lord Mayor's Multicultural Business Mentoring Scheme, which helps others looking to progress their businesses.
These mentors are members of the Lord Mayor's Multicultural Round Table, which aims to identify and facilitate opportunities for business and economic development and encourage entrepreneurship within Brisbane's multicultural community.
Two of the mentors - Bob Bishop of Australia-Israel Chamber of Commerce and Andrew Foo of Singapore Business Group (Australia) Inc. - have worked as a team to mentor one group of mentees. Supporting the second group of mentees from the 2017-8 intake are David Widjaja of the Australia Indonesia Business Council and Brian Lorigan of the French-Australian Chamber of Commerce & Industry.
"I wanted to give a bit back as I have gained a lot of experience in business and I think that information is worth passing on to young people," says Bob. "My role is to not only give advice but to encourage the group to share their knowledge."
All four business leaders have been involved in the mentoring scheme since its inception in 2015. The highly skilled mentors obtain a sense of fulfilment by assisting mentees during two-hour workshops, held once a month for 12 months. They are also available to provide support and guidance via phone and email throughout the year.
Mentees gain valuable tips and information on networking opportunities in Brisbane, understanding local business culture and systems as well as how to grow their businesses.
The 2017-18 Lord Mayor's Multicultural Business Mentoring Scheme accepted 14 mentees into the program, with plans to grow the number of mentees in 2018-19. Applications for the 2018-19 Lord Mayor's Multicultural Business Scholarship and Mentoring Scheme will open in early February 2018 and close in April 2018.
If you are interested in learning more about the Mentoring Scheme, please contact the Multicultural Affairs unit at MulticulturalUnit@brisbane.qld.gov.au.
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