One-on-One Business Mentoring
Did you know that business owners that seek the guidance of mentors have an 80% higher chance of succeeding than those who don’t? Professional, one-on-one business mentoring is a cornerstone of OzSBI’s services. Our team of highly trained mentors have a diverse set of business skills from working in the trenches starting, managing and operating businesses from all industry sectors. These business professionals have seen it all and choose to volunteer their time to help other entrepreneurs like yourself achieve their business goals.
Every entrepreneur needs a mentor. While it is exciting and liberating to go at it alone, there will come a time when you are stuck. You may have a great business idea, but you may not know exactly what you should be doing with your business to develop it into a sustainable, profitable company. From making certain business decisions from the start, to making the right connections, a mentor can help guide you through your entrepreneurial journey.
OzSBI is honored to be a spoke in the SBA Community Navigator Pilot Program under Rural LISC. Thanks to the generous SBA-funded grant, we are able to offer our mentoring service free of charge to all OzSBI clients.
The Mentoring Process
Mentoring through OzSBI is pretty simple: first, become an OzSBI Mentor Client. After you submit your Client Application, we will reach out to you to schedule your meeting.
On the day of your meeting, you will meet with Autumn Shirley, our Business Development Specialist. Autumn has many years of experience operating multiple types of businesses in our area. The two of you will spend about an hour discussing your specific needs. Maybe you have an idea and would like help deciding where to start, or want to write a business plan so you can approach lenders for startup capital. Or maybe you are working in an established business and would like specific counsel in a certain area, such as marketing, hiring, bookkeeping, growth, or more.
You will work together to clearly identify your need and outline a path forward. Some business owners only need one meeting to organize their thoughts and move forward; others might choose to meet with their mentor for months or even years.
We are here to meet you where you are. In your first meeting with a mentor, you will decide together on the best path forward. If you choose to continue meeting with us, you will be paired with one or more mentors with specific skillsets or experiences to help guide you forward on your entrepreneurial journey.
Ready to take a step forward? Schedule your first meeting today to get started!
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Meet Our Mentors
OzSBI has a team of highly trained mentors, each of whom have gained a diverse set of business skills by working in the trenches – starting, managing and operating businesses from all industry sectors.
To learn more about each mentor, click the pictures below.