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Make An Impact

Small businesses with a mentor succeed at twice the national average. As an advisor, you’ll have the opportunity to:

  • Use your unique skills and hard-earned business knowledge to help small business owners create new jobs in lower-income communities
  • Serve as a mentor by working with a small business owner to discuss their challenges and give specialized advice and guidance to grow their business
  • Open your network to small business owners and empower them to strengthen communities and local economies across America

Help a small business create new jobs for working people in their local communities. Don’t worry if you’ve never worked for or run your own small business. We’ll match you with the right small business based on what you can contribute. When small businesses thrive, our entire economy thrives.

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Here’s How it Works

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    Fill out a short profile

    Take 10 minutes to tell us about your career experience, skills, and other areas of expertise.

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    We’ll find you a business owner to work with

    We’ll propose potential matches, but leave the final decision on advising up to you.

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    You’ll schedule time to connect

    Don’t worry – we’ll provide some structure and guidance to get you started.

More About The Program

Volunteering as a business advisor offers an opportunity to share your skills to create a real impact within your community.

Our ideal advisors and mentors usually meet the following criteria:

  • Functional expertise in areas such as: marketing, sales, finance, HR, manufacturing, operations, and general ownership or management
  • Commitment to working with your matched small business owner for at least 5 hours per month. Willingness to participate in regularly sent partnership surveys and an annual evaluation about how we can improve the program.
  • Interest in local economic development and entrepreneurship
  • Based in the United States
  • Volunteer advising can be done in person, or through email, phone, or Skype — whatever’s easiest for you

As a volunteer business mentor or advisor, you’ll be able to:

  • Serve as a mentor by meeting with a small business owner to discuss their company’s challenges and give specialized advice and guidance to grow their business
  • Advisors are asked to spend, on average, 5 hours per month volunteering
  • Open your network to small business owners and fellow volunteer advisers
  • Serve as an expert panelist for an entrepreneurial educational event (helpful, but not required)