Starting a business requires a tremendous amount of dedication and ambition, but these traits alone are often not enough. Even the most driven entrepreneurs need help. According to a recent report from the Vistage Research Center — which surveys CEOs of small- to mid-sized companies for its quarterly CEO Confidence Index — 86% of CEOs credit mentors with being a critical part of their career accomplishments.
January is National Mentoring Month, and the SBA is proud to take the opportunity to highlight our resource partners. Whether you’re seeking training, opportunities or funding, SBA resource partners are here to serve as your trusted advisors and mentors.
- SCORE Business Mentors: If you’re searching for confidential, no-cost business guidance, look no further than SCORE. A 10,000-member-strong network of volunteer experts, SCORE has a proven track record of leading entrepreneurs to success. The numbers don’t lie: Last year alone, SCORE helped start 25,084 businesses and create 96,559 total jobs. But SCORE business mentors serve more than just new business owners. They’re experienced in all stages of business development, including growth and recovery. Request a mentor match, browse mentor profiles, or find your local SCORE chapter here.
- Other SBA Resource Partners: Small Business Development Centers (SBDCs) are another great option for free counseling and low-cost training. SBDCs deliver high-quality, personalized advising, technical assistance, and problem-solving support to both prospective and established business owners alike. For veterans, transitioning service members, military spouses, and reserve members looking to break into the business space, Veterans Business Outreach Centers (VBOCs) are on standby with workshops, counseling, and mentorship opportunities. Additionally, Women’s Business Centers (WBCs) offer a host of services — from training to contracting opportunities and access to credit and capital. This helps level the playing field for women entrepreneurs in the marketplace.
- SBA Resource Partner Events: The SBA co-hosts a regular slate of online, in-person, and hybrid events, and our resource partners are involved in many of them. Whether your goal is to learn from an educational webinar or connect with a potential mentor at a networking event, there is something for you.
The right mentor can help you take your business to the next level. This National Mentoring Month, search the SBA’s network of resource partners to ensure you’re on the right path.