Become a Mentor
What is a mentor?
A mentor is not someone who walks ahead of you to show you how they did it. A mentor walks alongside you to show you what you can do. Mentoring is a process in which a skilled, experienced individual can help another by sharing knowledge in a confidential environment that empowers the small business entrepreneur (Mentee) to realize their full business potential.
The mentoring relationship nurtures a gratifying alliance and an opportunity to share experience, knowledge, dreams, and successes.
Benefits of supporting a Mentee:
- Help entrepreneurs avoid pitfalls typical of new business owners.
- Make a difference to a person, company and community by sharing your knowledge.
- Meet new people and expand network of contacts.
- Give back to and help build a more prosperous and vibrant community.
- Extend beyond your personal success.
- Enable volunteer Mentors to build and develop effective Mentoring skills.
Small and medium-sized businesses face a range of skills-related challenges. The gap in business and management skills can mean the difference between business success and failure for entrepreneurs.
The ways in which we deal with the unique challenges of our business community can contribute to innovation, opportunity and growth. Mentoring is a creative way to encourage solidarity within the community, keeping our economy strong and localized. Mentoring a small business owner will be done in a number of ways:
- Face-to-face meeting at their business.
- Answering questions by telephone.
- Responding to questions or requests via email.
The Mentor role is not to complete work for the Mentee, but to support and provide guidance and suggestions of alternative approaches to business challenges.