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Small Business Advising and Mentoring

Our small business advising and mentoring program matches small business owners with pro bono expert business advisors who provide tailored, hands-on assistance to help small businesses thrive. Small business owners receive the strategic support they need to scale, including strategy roundtable sessions, educational events, promotional opportunities, and free access to our national BusinessAdvising.org mentoring platform.

Through BusinessAdvising.org, your company will be paired with the right advisor for your needs. We have a pool of hundreds of professional mentors from all industries and areas of expertise. Our advisors are active professionals from major banks, consulting firms, and Fortune 500 companies.

Companies working with BusinessAdvising.org have increased their annual revenue by 26%, and added jobs at eleven times the national rate. BusinessAdvising.org also removes location as a barrier, so wherever you are in America, we’ll find the best advisor to help your company grow. The entrepreneurs we work with typically own or operate brick-and-mortar businesses that have the potential to create new jobs for working people in their local communities.

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Why Small Business Mentoring?

We know that small business owners need more than just a check. The BusinessAdvising.org program does the same thing for brick-and-mortar businesses that drives tech startups to greater success: pairing an entrepreneur with an expert business advisor. If we help empower small business owners to increase their competitiveness while at the same time creating quality jobs with better wages, then every community and worker in America benefits.

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    Mentoring doubles a small business' chances of success.

    According to the U.S. Small Business Administration, only 30% of businesses make it to 10 years. But for small business owners with a mentor, the difference is striking: 70% of small businesses that receive mentoring survive to that ten-year mark, double the rate for non-mentored small businesses.

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    The actual day-to-day needs of making a business grow,

    and making that growth sustainable, are beyond the skills of any one individual. You started a great company — but now that you’re ready to open a storefront, how do you find investors? Write a business plan? Develop a brand strategy? And who has the time for all this? Having an outside advisor who knows your industry and has been there before is crucial.

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    BusinessAdvising.org leverages an online platform and volunteerism

    to provide small business owners with high-quality mentoring at no cost that removes geography as a barrier. If your company is in the Bronx, and the best advisor for your business lives in Virginia, BusinessAdvising.org can make that match happen.

Get BusinessAdvising.org For Your Organization

PCV’s BusinessAdvising.org program gives your organization a turnkey solution to offer skills-based volunteering to your staff, mentoring and advising services to your clients, or to supplement an existing mentorship program with industry- or discipline-specific advising. You can learn more below.

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Business Advising In Action

Meet Our Companies

Over the past decade, we’ve helped thousands of small businesses create tens of thousands of jobs. Our companies have shown job growth at eleven times the national average. Over 50% of our companies are female-owned, and 56% are owned by people of color. Meet some of our advised and funded companies!

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