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Boards, Mentors, and Advisors

MentorImagine having a network of trusted experts you can go to when you have questions or need business advice. That’s what a board of directors, mentors or advisors can do for you.

No one is an expert on everything, which is why it is so important to have a circle of people to help your business through challenges, and to provide encouragement and support.

Here are some resources available in Iowa to help you find and work with a mentor or advisor for your business:

  • SCORE- SCORE is a free and confidential counseling and mentoring service for small business owners nationwide, sponsored by the SBA. SCORE has a network of business executives, leaders, and volunteers that you can connect with for personalized advice and support.
  • Small Business Development Centers- SBDCs provide free one-on-one business counseling services and advice to small business owners and entrepreneurs. Services include financial counseling, marketing advice, management guidance, and assistance with putting together business plans.
  • Trade Associations- Many trade associations offer mentor-protege programs that provide guidance to help you start or expand a business.
  • Your Network- Who do you know? Think about the people in your network and their areas of expertise. Perhaps you have a previous co-worker who inspired you, or a friend who is a successful business owner.

Mentors, peer groups, and roundtables can also offer important input. To find out about programs in your area, Go to the 
Resource Navigator and select Mentoring from the category menu.