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Free Online Program Helps Small-Business Owners Find Mentors

Intuit Small Business Blog, January 24, 2014

Ever wonder how much you and your business might benefit from a little sage advice, as in tips and guidance from someone who’s “been there, done that”? You can stop wondering. MicroMentor, a free program offered by the nonprofit Mercy Corps, connects entrepreneurs with volunteer mentors."

Women in Business: Q&A with Samantha Albery, Director of MicroMentor

Huffington Post Business, January 22, 2014

"Samantha Albery is the Director of MicroMentor, an online community that helps entrepreneurs and experienced professionals work together to build small businesses. At MicroMentor, she offers leadership skills combined her with passions for entrepreneurship, systemic solutions, partnership development, and adult education."

Finding a Mentor Is Easier than You Think

Forbes, January 2014

"Finding career mentors may actually be easier than you think, but asking someone you don’t know to be your mentor can be intimidating. Overcome your jitters by following these tips."

11 Ways to Use Your Skills to Do Good

O, The Oprah Magazine, December 2013; also appeared on Huffington Post, January 2014

"Work with a new small-business owner and put your wisdom to good use. MicroMentor has played matchmaker to more than 3,700 American entrepreneurs who need professional advice on building a successful company."

Innovative Food Business Finds Support Online From Mentors and Lenders

Huffington Post, July 16, 2013

"Ever resourceful, Chris drew extensively on local business classes, and sought out a mentor. On MicroMentor, an online service that connects small business owners with mentors, Chris met a local lawyer, Matthew Abts."

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Five Steps for Finding an Ideal Mentor

Entrepreneur, June 2011

"#4: Spell out what you want. Asking 'Will you be my mentor?' is a pretty sure way to make potential mentors flee. Instead, say you want to learn more about what they do and that they would be a great resource. Suggest meeting every quarter, or having coffee once a month. Be specific."

Low Cost and Free Help Resources

Inc., February 14, 2011

"There are so many successful business people out there whose success-mindset includes giving back. If they see that you are committed, have a great idea, and are ready to roll up your sleeves, they will offer advice, resources and guidance."

Building Business with Micromentors

Inside Business 360, December 26, 2010

"Micromentors are people that are willing to extend their knowledge with others and are available on an ongoing basis for an extended period as needed. A micromentor’s role is not to hold the hands of their trainees, but to serve as trusted sources of information, insight, and guidance – through the good times and the tough times."

Find a mentor. Be a mentor. Build a business.

Mercy Corps, December 18, 2010

"With online profiles and connection tools for participants, MicroMentor is catching on amongst entrepreneurs and business professionals around the world as a simple, convenient way to get connected."

Mentorship as a Way to Foster New Green Businesses?

TriplePundit, December 2, 2010

"The need for green workforce development is clear. It is also clear that the majority of new jobs are created by small business... So how do we help get a lot of startups to lift us out of this recession and dramatically shift the makeup of our economy toward a local and green focus? One way is mentorship."

Meet Your Mentor

Entrepreneur, November 22, 2010

"This is a way for small-business owners to get meaningful advice. And because you can have more than one mentor, you can create a virtual advisory board. That give small-business owners the tools they need for success."

Falta de redes y capacidad gerencial afecta a Pymes (en Español)

El Nuevo Diario, November 16, 2010

"Las Pequeñas y Medianas Empresas, Pymes, provee en territorio nicaragüense el 80% de la oferta de trabajo; sin embargo, debido a la falta de redes, de capacidad gerencial, técnicas y financiamiento, les es difícil prosperar..."

Nuevo programa dirigido a pymes (en Español)

LA PRENSA, November 14, 2010

"Los pequeños empresarios nacionales tienen disponible un nuevo programa de cooperación dirigido a fortalecer sus capacidades para que su producción sea de mayor rentabilidad."

HOW TO: Connect with Other Entrepreneurs Online

Mashable, October 26, 2010

"Q&A has its value, but a deeper one-on-one relationship with a seasoned businessperson can be a greater asset to your business. MicroMentor helps you find a mentor online."

How to Choose and Work With a Mentor

New York Times, September 2010

MicroMentor was recommended as a social networking site that helps connect entrepreneurs with business mentors. "Distance mentoring can give you access to people you otherwise may never 'meet' and permits you to search for the specific characteristics you desire in a mentor."

Web site joins entrepreneurs with mentors

ABC 7 San Francisco, April 28, 2009

"Starting a small business is tough in the best of times. But, during a recession it can be a bottomless money pit that drains your sanity along with your wallet. Now there's a new online service that hooks up fledgling entrepreneurs up with experienced mentors, and the distance between the two people is not a factor."

Online "Dating" Service For CA Businesses

Public News Service, April 2, 2009

"Call it an online 'dating service' for businesses: A new website is helping match small-business owners with mentors who can help them succeed during these tough economic times."

Mercy upgrades free online mentoring

The Oregonian, March 30, 2009

"MicroMentor focuses on reaching traditionally underserved small-business owners, helping them increase their revenues, create jobs, and ultimately strengthening local economies. The improved 2.0 version of MicroMentor automatically matches skilled business volunteers with entrepreneurs, based on each person's industry and expertise."

Small Business Mentors and How to Find Yours, March 24, 2009

"When you're an entrepreneur, there's no boss you can turn to and say, 'What do I do now?' A mentor with entrepreneurial experience can give you invaluable direction and advice."

Web Sites Offer Access to Mentors

The Wall Street Journal, June 3, 2008

"When Sturdy McKee sought to expand his physical-therapy practice two years ago, he wanted help understanding financial statements so that he could better plan the growth of the business and eventually acquire outside funding. He found that someone online."

Get Answers to Business Challenges

US Chamber Magazine, February 2008

"Though skilled in managing inventory and running a business day-to-day, Sabel-Dodge lacked knowledge about other aspects of business ownership. For answers, Sabel-Dodge turned to a mentor she found through MicroMentor."

Your Mentor is Out There - in Cyberspace

The Wall Street Journal, January 20, 2008

"Last spring, Morgan Dalley of Austin, Texas, needed guidance on targeting and marketing her fledgling business hosting spa parties. At a meeting of a local business group, she heard about a Web site,, that matches entrepreneurs with volunteer mentors."

Mentors bring entrepreneurs into the big leagues

San Francisco Business Times, December 21, 2007

"Another option is MicroMentor, an online support network focusing on micro-businesses, which it defines as those with five or fewer employees, or financing of $35,000 or less."

Finding a Female Mentor

The Wall Street Journal, November 20, 2007

"Q. I recently started my own Web-based business, and am having difficulty finding a female mentor. The challenge is finding these people when you don't live in a major city. Can you advise me on how to find female mentors? A. There are other sources for finding mentors online. lets prospective proteges and mentors create profiles and contact each other through email. "

Microfinance in the United States

Federal Reserve Board Chairman, Ben S. Bernanke, November 6, 2007

"MicroMentor matches inexperienced entrepreneurs with more experienced businesspeople, thereby providing important assistance to new business owners at a relatively low cost."

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