Mentoring for small business

Mentoring small business

Free Business Advisory and Coaching from Quinlan Consulting  

If you meet any of the criteria below, then you likely qualify for 8 hours of FREE business coaching via the Victorian Chamber of Commerce and Industry Business Recovery and Resilience Program. Quinlan Consulting Team (QCT) has been an approved Business Mentor in this Program since it launched around September 2020. Click here to see client testimonials from VCCI clients who selected QCT as their Business Mentor. Register ASAP to secure your free sessions.  


You are a small business in Victoria: 

  • With less than 20 full-time employees or  
  • With more than 20 full-time employees but less than $50 million in turnover or as a sole trader with no employees, you must demonstrate that you received most of your income from the business prior to 1 March 2020.  


 The Business Recovery and Resilience Program offers tailored guidance in 5 key areas: Business Recovery, Market Transformation, Digital Literacy and Engagement, Marketing and Supply Chain Diversification, Reskilling and Training. Quinlan Consulting has experts in all areas of the Program so depending on what your needs are, we can partner with you to customise a solution unique to your business needs. Our company booklet outlines the full range of services we offer. As part of the 8 hours, we can develop / implement items for you such as SEO improvements, designing websites, flyers, financial budgets, HR procedures and forms etc, as well as strategic guidance.  


To register for the free 8 hours, you should:  

  1. Complete this form. The form takes no more than 12 minutes to complete.
    • Have your business details on hand including Trading name of the business, anyRegistered business names, ABN, name(s) of the business owner(s), Business Address,Industry, then it asks in which of the 5 areas you need support.
  2. You will receive an email listing mentors to choose from. Even if Quinlan Consulting are notlisted, reply “We wish to have Quinlan Consulting Team as our mentor”. Contact Tom if you have any issues.
  3. Quinlan Consulting will reach out to arrange your initial meeting.

Applications have been extended past the original planned 30 September 2021 date. But we do not know for how long so be extra fast! Once approved you have until March 2022 to use the hours.


The below is aimed at helping you visualise the type of support we offer at Quinlan Consulting:

  • Business Strategy: Tom Quinlan, Sara Young, or Geoff Thomson.
  • Financial grants: Yagnesh Purohit
  • Determining your pricing to customers: Geoff Thomson
  • Budgeting, cashflow, understanding your business performance: Geoff Thomson or Tom Quinlan
  • Tax Planning: Steven Tan
  • Xero, MYOB, QBO training (all levels): Yagnesh Purohit
  • Find new clients via SEO or website builds: Danielle MacInnes or Christian Underwood
  • Find new clients via public relations, website content enhancements, booklet content, creative design, flyers: Julia Gralberg
  • Social media and traffic generation to your website: Danielle MacInnes or Julia Gralberg
  • Optimising employee performance, recruitment, FWA help, contracts, procedures and policies, general HR: Julie Quinlan or Angie Jones
  • Anything else: Tom Quinlan



If you have any questions about the VCCI Business Recovery and Resilience Program, please feel free to get in touch with Tom Quinlan (0416 25 355). Applications close in September 2021 or earlier at the discretion of VCCI. 

  • I engaged in a simple, informal chat with Christian regarding a few IT and marketing queries I had within my business that I just couldn’t resolve completely on my own. That conversation prompted me to begin implementing subtle changes which would have a significant impact on the efficient running of my website. Overall, Christian’s ability to answer complex questions in a clear way, not full of jargon, allowed me to make connections and find solutions which otherwise I may not have thought of. Sometimes talking to an expert can confuse you even more but when you talk to the right expert you get exactly what you need. In this case, the latter is my experience with Christian at Quinlan Marketing.

    Urban Built Designs
    Anna Moran
  • “Thank you again to you and your team for support last year and education to us. We were very happy with our experience and have set-up a lot more processes and understanding regarding business monitoring, quoting and planning/team input.”

    Holcon Homes
  • Thank you for this, Chris,

    Very beneficial session, it was… Also, the report came in very handy. The whole process is amazing.

    Much much appreciated!…

    Ekin Aluminium
  • This is very helpful and you have covered knowledge and suggested some better solutions that I never thought of.

    Victoria Ductwork & Sheetmetal
    Christine Li
  • “As a small business owner, it is easy to get caught up in the day-to-day running of the business, especially in a creative industry,” Caroline says. “Sara Young and Quinlan Consulting helped me to develop a clear structure and plan. They formed a firm understanding of my business and gave me advice on where I could make improvements. Sara was always available if I needed to contact her about anything.”

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    Caroline Velik
  • I was lucky enough to come into contact with Quinlan Consulting Team through the VCCI business mentoring program.  They offer such a broad range of services and I was pleasantly surprised how much we got out of 8 hours across different areas to help with sales, marketing and navigating Covid as a small business.  As a photographer, I know how to get the images just right; Quinlan Consulting knows how to research, advise and produce material to advertise your services and then market it to the public as a small business.  They are across accounting, performance and marketing.

    Initially Tom and Christian assessed my business in depth which involved a lot of research and a report was written.  From there some strategies were devised and plans created for the future. Sara and her team transformed my promotional material into a compelling story about my business that encourages people to see what sets me apart from my competitors. The final product was 100% better than the material I gave her at the start. Her feedback was helpful and always on-point. I will definitely be using

    Quinlan Consulting services again and feel very lucky to have been involved in the VCCI mentoring session.

    Thank you guys

    Karen Wilson Photography
    Karen Wilson
  • “I can’t fault you guys, especially not really knowing what I needed.

    Everyone was knowledgeable, punctual, easy to communicate with. Got the job done without a fuss.

    Overall one happy chap.”

    Davenport Physiotherapy
    Liam Davenport
  • Thankyou. You’re the expert.

    This last couple days has seen a further influx of new jobs and clients. Quite remarkable what the right advice and action plan will do for you. Although I’m not the type to ask for assistance, I accept that I need it. So thankyou once again.

    PM Town Planning
    Pauline Maltzis
  • I think the VCCI Business Mentor program is the best initiative the state government has ever had having been in business for 21 years!!

    Our partnering with Quinlan Consulting was a perfect fit. We have been able to take on board suggestions and strategies to strengthen and improve our business into the future. It has also been pivotal in inspiring us through COVID 19 by looking with fresh eyes at our team and better ways we can all contribute and have a happy and healthy work environment.

    Looking forward to working with you guys well into the future!

    Virginia Walsh
  • Eye-watering, sobering advice driving my organisation to a whole different level. Tom’s ability to disect a balance sheet, pinpoint the levers for growth and to get a rattled business owner on track for greatness are unparalleled. Ignore him and his awesome team at your peril. You’ll be pleasantly surprised by how comprehensive these guys are!

    Dean Denny