Frequently Asked Questions
Why a mentoring program?
The purpose of the program is to provide an opportunity for experienced business people to help the local business community by providing advisory support to less experienced business owners.
How much time is involved?
This can vary. Initially, there may be more frequent meetings and discussions, but, on average, about 4-6 hours per month is suggested. A 6-24 month commitment is suggested, and, a relationship that continues beyond those time frames is up to the Mentor and Mentee.
When/where do we meet?
The timing, frequency and location of meetings should be agreed to by the Mentor and Mentee. It is recommended that meetings be held in the office of the Mentee during regular business hours.
What if it doesn't work out?
If after two meetings, the match proves unsustainable for whatever reason, there is a "no faults opt-out". Efforts will be made to find a more suitable match.
What about documentation?
The Mentor and Mentee will enter into a Mentoring Agreement, and sign forms regarding confidentiality and release of liability.
What about a conflict of interest or competitive overlap?
We take care in the matching process to avoid potential competitors. Once matched, the parties will complete a confidentiality agreement.
Will there be a charge for the service?
No, there is no charge for the service.