Program Description

The SBDC Mentor Program is an opportunity for business owners to work with experienced mentors to help their business improve. During this six-month program, you will receive confidential, tailored guidance for your business from experienced, local executive mentors. Mentors guide you to look at your business from a new perspective, increase sales, look at new markets, and move to the next level.


Small business owners need help more than ever, join a program committed to seeing them succeed. Good mentors bring relevant experience from their diverse, individual business backgrounds. Growth looks different for each business, which is why a mentor’s relevant experience is crucial for the businesses success.

  • Give back to the community
  • Build on previous knowledge to gain mentorship experience
  • Expand networks
  • Gain access to a business community hub


  • Have 10 years or more of business experience
  • Owned your own business
  • Desire to help others
  • Industry professionals who have specialized experience in Accounting, Legal, Marketing, Operations or Management


Join a program based on many years of practical experience to boost your business. Proven to help businesses overcome various challenges inhibiting growth, this free program gives you a mentor for six months to help you. If you have been in business for at least two years, the SBDC Mentor Program could be for you.

  • Grow and develop your business
  • Receive personalized, hands-on consulting
  • Expand networks
  • Gain access to a business community hub


  • Owner of a business who has operated at least one year
  • Have at least 1 employee (besides the owner)
  • Business is generating an annual revenue of $150 K or more

Participant Commitment

  • Engaged participation during the entire 6-month program
  • Communicate and work monthly with individual mentor
  • Respond to all surveys and evaluations (during and post-program)
  • Attend all meetings

Time Commitment


  • 3 Training Meetings (1 hour each)
  • Pitch Meeting (2 hours)
  • Monthly Meetings with Mentee (1-2 hours)
  • Final Meeting (1 hour)


  • Training Meeting (1 hour)
  • Pitch Meeting (1 hours)
  • Monthly Meetings with Mentors (1-2 hours)
  • Mentee Follow Up Meetings/ Final Meeting (1 hour each)

Minimum Total Time Requirement = 12 hours


  • Step 1:
  • Step 2:
    Get Accepted into Program
  • Step 3:
    Attend Training Meeting
  • Step 4:
    Pitch Meeting
  • Step 5:
    Mentor Assignments Given
  • Step 6:
    Work with your Mentees/Mentors monthly
  • Step 7:
    Attend Trainings/Follow-up Meetings
  • Step 8:
    Final Meeting
  • "The two mentors I had were a perfect match for me and just what I needed. They provided advice, direction, support and tools to help guide me. I hope to continue working with them. What an incredible program!"

    -- Stacey Meredith Mentee

  • "I am always looking for opportunities to learn as a relatively new small business owner. Using the resources at the Small Business Development Center has been a great experience. When I found out about the mentor program, I was really excited. It was a commitment and well worth it. It was great to express my concerns about my business and have someone with knowledge of these same challenges. As an example, I have been investing in different marketing strategies and I was able to focus on the ideas that are more beneficial for my business. I would highly recommend getting the benefits of a mentor."

    -- Donna Melton Mentee

  • "As a SBDC mentor, the thing I enjoyed most is the satisfaction of helping fellow entrepreneurs solve important problems and overcome challenges that unlock growth-potential and scale. To paraphrase Tacitus: "This is an unfair thing about business {war}: victory is claimed by all, failure to one alone." With the right team, there is no need to fail in business. Let the SBDC Mentoring Program be part of your team."

    -- Charles Baldwin Mentor

  • "My mentors have been great to bounce ideas off of and have helped me stay motivated with less of an "alone" feeling while building my business. Because the mentors stay connected with each other and the SBDC, they've also been able to connect me with resources beyond their own scope of expertise where needed."

    -- Tiffany Rogers Mentee

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