With the global economy struggling under the unprecedented weight of the coronavirus pandemic, it is important to remember that micro, small, and medium-sized enterprises account for more than 90% of businesses and anywhere from half to two-thirds of jobs worldwide. During a global economic slowdown, these small businesses are more acutely affected, with less developed economies and industries such as tourism, food service, and retail being hit hardest.
At MicroMentor, the world's largest network of entrepreneurs and volunteer business mentors, we are pledging ourselves to provide access to mentoring to those most in need of support in these difficult times through our global online community and with the support of volunteer mentors and partners around the world.
For Small Business Owners
Are you concerned with keeping your business running over the next few months?
Keeping your business running during the economic hardships during and following the global pandemic brings up unprecedented challenges. However, our global mentors have experience operating during and after crises ranging from market crashes to natural disasters and can speak from experience on how best to navigate these challenging times.
- If you're not on our platform already, sign up for mentoring now by clicking the button below.
- Search for mentors with the COVID-19 Response badge.
- Ask questions on our Q&A and post about your own experiences and challenges.
Please share this page with other business owners who are also seeking mentoring during this time.
For Experienced Professionals and Mentors
Do you have experience guiding a business through economic crisis?
We are recruiting additional mentors with experience dealing with severe economic downturn and post-disaster recovery. Our entrepreneurs need help in planning for diversification of income streams, financial management, loan application, insurance, sales and forecasting, SBC bridge loan preparation, business plan pivots in the short term, marketing strategy, and HR and legal issues.
- If you're not on our platform already, sign up to mentor now by clicking the button below.
- Search for entrepreneurs with the COVID-19 Request badge.
- Join the conversation in our Q&A.
Please encourage your peers to contribute their time by sharing this page.
COVID-19 Request Badges for Entrepreneurs
Let mentors know you're seeking COVID-19 related mentoring
Once you've signed up as an entrepreneur, let mentors know you are seeking mentoring specifically related to COVID-19 impact. Visit our COVID-19 Entrepreneur Resource Page to sign up for a COVID-19 Request badge, which will place a visually identifiable badge on your profile and make you discoverable in search so our mentors can reach out to you. You can also find a similar badge on our mentor profiles for those that are specifically offering COVID-19 related mentoring.
Before signing up for the badge, it's important that you familiarize yourself with all of the information on our COVID-19 Entrepreneur Resource Page. This will greatly enhance your chance of a successful mentoring experience.
COVID-19 Response Badges for Mentors
Let entrepreneurs know you're providing COVID-19 related mentoring
Once you've signed up as an mentor, let entrepreneurs know you are providing mentoring specifically related to COVID-19 impact. Visit our COVID-19 Mentor Task Force Resource Page to sign up for a COVID-19 Response badge, which will place a visually identifiable badge on your profile and make you discoverable in search so our entrepreneurs can reach out to you. You can also find a similar badge on our entrepreneur profiles for those that are specifically seeking COVID-19 related mentoring.
Before signing up for the badge, it's important that you familiarize yourself with all of the information on our COVID-19 Mentor Task Force Resource Page. This will help a great deal to prepare you for COVID-specific mentoring.
MicroMentor is a global community. A growing number of countries are already proposing and offering emergency economic relief for small businesses, as well as a wide spectrum of additional information. We need your help in providing the most comprehensive list of official, vetted resources concerning economic relief options in every country we have mentors and entrepreneurs in.
Are you aware of specific Coronavirus related economic relief initiatives in your country? Please send us links by filling out this Google Form and we will review and update the resources below.