The Entrepreneur Mentoring Program matches new business owners and startup entrepreneurs with experienced peers who can provide guidance and encouragement.
Regardless of whether you’re studying to become an entrepreneur, it’s crucial to seek out the wisdom of those who have been there before. One way to do this is by turning to a professional mentor to guide you through the early stages of your startup and provide valuable feedback on your business strategies and issues.
“Mentorship is everything in business,” said Melinda Emerson, American Express OPEN adviser and spokeswoman for the OPEN for Women: CEO BootCamp program. “Startup entrepreneurs need sounding boards of people who are interested in their success — people who will tell them the truth and give them support.”
Phillipe Christodoulou, CEO and founder of The Eco Laundry Company, noted that first-time entrepreneurs’ lack of experience makes them especially susceptible to the pitfalls of starting a business. A mentor can prepare them for these challenges and steer them in the right direction, as well as provide critical psychological support, he said.
“There are moments along the way where stress can become so intense that first-time entrepreneurs can become overwhelmed,” Christodoulou said. “Sometimes, simply being reassured from someone who has already been there that those moments of utter insanity are completely normal and not unique to the person experiencing them can be the difference between a breakdown and a learning opportunity. And that’s a big difference. Bottom line: A good mentor is the best insurance policy to protect your investment as well as your mental health.”
Interested in becoming a Mentor? Interested in being mentored? Call 519.631.1680 x4503 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.