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Reply To: Hey, thanks for providing this platform! I run a small business (mobile coffee cart) that is essentially a social enterprise (in short, it exists to empower young women to enter the workforce) and was wondering whether you could recommend any good mentoring avenues in this specific space? Thanks :) 

Hi Anita

Are you looking for mentoring for the young women entering the workforce, or for yourself specifically?
I do know that Mana in Mahi (a branch of Ministry of Social Development) are very proactive in supporting businesses who are helping developing people into full time workers, and there is financial support in that process also. I’m working with them on a couple of projects and find then to be super helpful and enthusiastic about this particular field.
I also recently spoke with Rochelle Stewart-Allen, who is the GM Hui Ē! Aotearoa, and they exist to support community groups and charities, with specific skills in grant application writing. If this is something that’d be of interest I’d be happy to connect you. We’re getting her on board as an expert so I can refer her to this query if you like also.

All the best.
Ngā mihi
Jada