Business Mentors For New Entrepreneurs

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Let’s be honest, there are a lot of dream crushers in the world, so you obviously can’t share your business idea with just anyone. However, before you start investing too much time, energy and money into a new business venture, it always helps to get feedback and constructive criticism so you can refine your idea.

Grab your business plan and go talk to a trusted mentor, your spouse, your best friend, or someone else who supports you and has your best interest in mind. Listen to their concerns and be open to their suggestions. Their feedback may actually help to strengthen your business idea.

Once you’ve flushed out the idea with someone close to you… it’s time to take it to the next level. Go and share your business idea with someone who can be objective and point you in the right direction. There are tons of free business mentors and counselors available to you.

Here are a few free business mentors and counseling resources that are available to you:

SBA Office: Local SBA Offices are responsible for providing businesses with the tools for enhancing and growing their businesses. These offices oversee the delivery of SBA’s programs throughout the states such as:

  • Free counseling, advice and information on starting a business
  • Financial assistance for new or existing businesses
  • Free consulting services and training events
  • Assistance to businesses owned by socially and economically disadvantaged individuals

Find an SBA Office near you

Small Business Development Centers: Small Business Development Centers (SBDCs) aims at giving educational services for small business owners and aspiring entrepreneurs. These offices provide a wide variety of information and guidance in central and easily accessible branch locations. SBDC services include, but are not limited to, assisting small businesses with financial, marketing, production, organization, engineering and technical problems, and feasibility studies.

All services given at SBDCs are free and confidential. Additional low cost training options are available.

Find your nearest SBDC Office.

SCORE: SCORE is a nonprofit association dedicated to educating entrepreneurs and helping small businesses start, grow, and succeed nationwide. SCORE is a resource partner with the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), and has been mentoring small business owners for more than forty years. It has more than 364 chapters throughout the United States and its territories.

SCORE is a valuable network of 13,000+ volunteers who offer small business entrepreneurs confidential business counseling services at no charge. SCORE volunteers have the knowledge and experience to help any small business owner get the help they need.

Find a SCORE Chapter near you.

Must Read: 10 Reasons Entrepreneurs Need Mentors

One Comment

  1. Dr. Pinkey
    Posted May 26, 2011 at 4:47 PM | Permalink

    The SBA and SCORE mentor were valuable resources that I used when I initially started my business. SBA also has a great annual conference that I recommend to any aspiring entrepreneur; SBA also offers many free workshops to help aspiring business owners as well. Great resources to help anyone get started on the right path to business ownership.

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