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Business mentors volunteering financial assistance during lockdown

Mike Hosking Breakfast | Newstalk ZB: 2 April 2020

Click here to listen to Stacey talking with Mike Hosking about how skilled volunteers can help small businesses navigate through Covid-19:

Owners of small businesses who are unsure how to access financial assistance, have questions about support packages, or just need a business mentor, can now get the help they need from skilled volunteers thanks to charitable trust Who Did You Help Today?

"New Zealand is a nation of small businesses, who right now are struggling. We're also a country filled with kind and generous people who want to offer their skills and expertise to help others," Who Did You help Today? founder and trustee Stacey Shortall said.

"For many business owners, all the information about support packages and assistance can be hard to digest at a time they're watching their livelihoods evaporate. Now more than ever, it's important to make sure these small businesses can get the support they need.

"We have hundreds of skilled volunteers already registered on our volunteering platforms, who have legal, accounting, management and IT experience. We can very quickly connect them to these businesses to help them navigate their way through these challenging times.

"Support could be anything from helping them to understand what financial assistance they're eligible to receive to answering questions about government and bank support packages, helping set up audio-visual technology for those now working from home, to being a business mentor or supporting with wellbeing.

"Local dairies, dog walkers, bakeries, florists, hairdressers, plumbers, electricians, painters, takeaway shops… the list is endless, but if we all work to help one another, even if it's from our own homes sitting in our track pants, we can make a real difference during an incredibly tough time."

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