Business Mentors wanted

We’ve launched a new mentorship program for local businesses, and we’re looking to appoint a panel of high quality business mentor consultants need expert business mentors.

What is involved?

The program will provide bespoke, 1:1 mentorship with industry experts (that’s you), to help you develop a clear future path for local Blue Mountains businesses.

The program is designed to help local businesses build resilience and sustainability. 
The program will run for 12 months, with the possibility of being extended.

Who can be a mentor?

We’re looking for experienced and proven business mentors to assist Blue Mountains businesses prepare and implement medium-long-term plans for commercial survival and expansion into the future.

How can I apply?

Submissions to Request for Proposal for business mentors are now open and will now close on 22 August 2022. 

Why is Council running this program?

The impact of bushfires, floods and the COVID-19 pandemic over the last 2.5 years have been devastating to local businesses.

The impact to the tourism industry have been particularly severe, as identified in the Tourism Industry Profile 2021 (REMPLAN), and include a 40% drop in visitation, $118 million loss of direct revenue and an estimated 600 jobs lost in the industry.

In recognition of these challenges, Council has sought and secured funding for programs to assist local businesses to recover, build resilience and sustainability. A stronger local economy is critical for the Blue Mountains, providing local jobs and amenities. 

This program is being funded through two Federal grant programs: the Building Better Regions Fund 5; and Bushfire Local Economic Recovery Fund, in partnership with Blue Mountains Tourism.  

More information and questions

For more information, or if you have questions, please contact David Somerville (Program Leader Economic Development) at or on 0457 152 554.

This program is being funded by:

  • Bushfire Local Economic Recovery Fund: This Local Economic Recovery project is jointly funded by the Commonwealth and the New South Wales Government under the Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements.
  • Building Better Regions Fund (Round 5): This project is funded by the Commonwealth under the Building Better Regions Fund program.