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Mentorship is an opportunity for experienced business owners to give back to a new or soon-to-be business owner. The goal is to increase the likelihood of success for local aspiring entrepreneurs by providing mentoring and guidance over an 8-month timeframe. Mentorship is just one part of the program. Learn more about the SMARTstart program.
SMARTstart recruits Mentors who have:
The Mentor provides support and input as the Entrepreneur builds their business acumen. The Mentor’s role is to guide, not solve problems or take on the Entrepreneur’s business dilemmas.
Over the course of the 8-month program Mentors will:
Mentors are paired with an entrepreneur for the duration of the program. Matching is based on the Mentor’s strengths and the Entrepreneur’s needs. Before they are paired, Mentors and Entrepreneurs have an opportunity to meet at a networking evening. Once paired, the first task is to complete a Mentor-Entrepreneur agreement to outline expectations, goals and work out other details about the relationship.
Mentors are chosen through an application process.