SA Business Buddy Program

Applications have now closed, stay tuned for the announcement of the winners.

  • A total of $15,000 worth of legal, business and marketing advisory services
  • Six-month program of professional business mentoring
  • Advice on how to plan, grow and scale up your business

We’re all about providing the best advisory services to South Australian businesses to aid growth and build the economic activity of our state. We recognise in the early stages of establishing a business it might be hard to ask for professional advice, or to know what might work best as you build your vision for the future. The first five years is sometimes the hardest road to navigate.

SA Business Buddy program details

That’s why we want to help. We’re local business people who have come together to offer three South Australian SMEs the chance to each access $5,000 of free business advice to help you refine your strategy and reach your goals sooner. There’s a package of legal, business advisory and marketing/PR support (plus regular mentoring) on offer.

So why wait? Apply today and 2019 could be your best year ever. Applications close at 5pm on Friday,  November 30, 2018 The winners will be announced in late January. You must be available to start the six-month program from February 2019.

Conditions of entry

It’s simple. You can be involved in any industry located in South Australia. Our firms work with wineries, food service, retail, allied health practices, family businesses, and agribusinesses to name a few, but you must adhere to these criteria:

  • You must be a 100 per cent South Australian-owned operation.
  • Your business must have been operating for at least 2 years.
  • You must employ less than 50 employees.
  • You must be available to participate in advisory services and mentoring from Feb – July 2019.

About the SA Business Buddy program partners

The SA Business Buddy program helps SMEs access professional services and mentoring to advance their business and reduce risk. It’s a B2B initiative aimed at helping local enterprises in Adelaide and regional SA. The package of services and mentoring hours has been donated by leading SA advisory firms.


Andrea Michaels is an award-winning businesswoman and managing director of NDA Law, with a focus on tax, succession and estate planning, workplace, and commercial law. Andrea has won numerous industry awards and was a finalist in the 2017 Telstra Business Woman of the Year (SA entrepreneur) and in the national 2018 Women’s Agenda Leadership Awards. Andrea sits on the board of several SA companies, is an experienced mentor and a specialist accredited family business advisor. Her law firm supports a growing number of SMEs and family businesses throughout the state.


Whether you’re looking for strategic advice, or want to achieve better returns for your business, greater financial security for your family, or the benefits that come with measured investment or retirement planning – dmca advisory can help. Building strong personal relationships with local SMEs has been their foundation for more than 30 years. The dmca team provides tailored advisory services to help local businesses establish strategic plans, manage finance, understand risk and guide growth.


Pod Communications provides public relations and integrated marketing solutions including media relations, internal communications, corporate and investor relations, content writing, social media, as well as influencer and event strategies. Founder Stephanie Dumas has worked for more than two decades in corporate communication roles in Perth, Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide. She brings a wealth of experience to Pod clients, having held senior advisory roles at Austrade in Sydney as global Internal Communications Manager, and as a senior account manager at several PR consultancies both in Adelaide and interstate.

How to apply

Simply answer the following questions and press submit. It’s not about how well you write, we just want to hear about your business potential, your challenges, and what you think this program would help you to achieve.


  • Please enter a value between 1 and 50.

View the Terms & Conditions here.



Applications open – October 23, 2018

Applications close – November 30, 2018

Winners announced – February 8, 2019.

The SA Business Buddy program runs from February – July 2019.