Entrepreneurs and Small Business Owners Lack Access to Mentors, Says SCORE “Counselors to America’s Small Business”

Washington, DC—While mentoring is common in large corporations, many entrepreneurs don’t have a source of advice. Successful small business owners are often ones who have learned from those who have experience in their industry or who have previously dealt with similar business issues.

SCORE “Counselors to America’s Small Business” offers these steps for choosing a mentor who will best fit your business goals and give you helpful answers to your business questions. For example, what do you do if a competitor opens up across the street? How do you deal with an unreliable employee? And, how can you take advantage of a promising, new business opportunity?

  • Think About Why You Seek Advice

Establish the goals you expect to achieve by talking to a mentor. Pick the top 3-5 challenges or opportunities that your business faces. Prioritize them in order from the greatest to least impact on your business success.

  • Make Time to Meet with a Business Mentor

It’s not always easy to find time to meet with a mentor while running your own business. In order to get help, though, you will need to commit some of your time and energy to meeting with your mentor. You’ll be glad you did and feel energized after you meet with him or her.

  • Find the Right Mentor for You

Look for someone who has accomplished goals that might be similar to your own. Your mentor should be someone who can provide the time and energy to help you achieve your objectives. Peers can make terrific mentors too.

  • Build Your Success Team

Entrepreneurs in every stage of business development manage multiple tasks and issues to move their business forward. Be sure to seek guidance from multiple sources. Make sure you talk to the right person who can help you with your success strategies.

  • Ask SCORE for Help

Get real-world advice and know-how from SCORE’s expert business counselors. Free and confidential advice is available face-to-face at SCORE chapters nationwide and through online counseling at www.score.org.

Since 1964, SCORE “Counselors to America’s Small Business” has assisted more than 7 million aspiring entrepreneurs and small business owners through counseling and business workshops. More than 10,500 volunteer business counselors in 389 chapters serve their communities through entrepreneur education dedicated to the formation, growth and success of small businesses.

For more information about starting or operating a small business, call 1-800/634-0245 for the SCORE chapter nearest you. Or, visit SCORE on the Web at www.score.org.