A Mentor Can Be a Game Changer for Small Business Come out to meet your local SCORE mentors and learn how you can use free business advising to start or grow your business! Research proves that small businesses that receive three or more hours of mentoring achieve higher revenues and increased business growth. Even better, according to a recent survey, 70 percent of small businesses that receive mentoring survive more than five years – double the survival rate of non-mentored businesses. Small businesses agree. The same survey found that 88 percent of business owners with a mentor say that having one is invaluable.