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Business Mentoring

Every entrepreneur should have a mentor — someone who's been down that road before and can share their wisdom on an ongoing basis. Learn about the value of mentoring, finding a mentor, and how to get the most out of your mentoring experience.

The Value of a Business Mentor: Why Every Entrepreneur Should Have One
Your friends and family, the Web, periodicals, and even casual acquaintances can provide you with a steady daily flow of information regarding news, industry developments, and opportunities. Industry analysts, consultants, employees, and good networking contacts can share their expert knowledge with you regarding particular situations and needs you may encounter. But only a mentor can truly share wisdom with you on an ongoing basis.

About Professional Mentoring
Advance Mentoring, a new site that offers a free matching service for finding business mentors, provides a look at the benefits of being a mentor, being a mentee, and tips for finding a mentor.

Choosing a Business Mentor (and Getting Them to Choose You)
Now that you've decided you want a business mentor and understand the value of having one, how do you go about finding the right one? It all depends on how selective you want to be. A number of Web sites and organizations offer free mentoring. Some will offer a great deal of information about your potential mentors, while others simply match you with whoever is available. Once you have someone, in mind, remember, you're asking for a lot — show them you're serious and will respect their time.

Service Corps of Retired Executives (SCORE)
SCORE provides free counseling, either in person or via e-mail, how-to articles, and other resources to small businesses. SCORE is a resource partner with the U.S. Small Business Administration.

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Working with a Business Mentor
Once you have chosen your mentor, the fun has just begun! A great mentor will become not only your advisor, but likely your friend and confidante, as well. That doesn't happen instantly, though. Building trust and personal interest takes time. You set the tone at the outset of the relationship by demonstrating your commitment to the process. How, then, can you best establish the base on which to build a solid mentoring relationship?

Working with a Business Mentor How to Create a Mutually Rewarding Relationship
Once you have chosen your mentor, the fun has just begun! A great mentor will become not only your advisor, but likely your friend and confidante, as well. That doesn't happen instantly, though. Building trust and personal interest takes time. You set the tone at the outset of the relationship by demonstrating your commitment to the process. How, then, can you best establish the base on which to build a solid mentoring relationship?

What Is a Mentor?
The first in a series of feature articles from our About.com Management Guide that looks at what a mentor is, how to find one, and how to be a mentor.

Service Corps of Retired Executives (SCORE)
SCORE provides free counseling, either in person or via e-mail, how-to articles, and other resources to small businesses. SCORE is a resource partner with the U.S. Small Business Administration.

About Professional Mentoring
Advance Mentoring, a new site that offers a free matching service for finding business mentors, provides a look at the benefits of being a mentor, being a mentee, and tips for finding a mentor.

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