Imagine 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.
Mentors, peer groups, and round-tables 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.
- 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.