Startups · Business Development

Are there business mentors that help with starting a business or are they just about growth?

Matt Zuern Founder of Lizard Breath

October 8th, 2015

I'm wondering about.finding a mentor.  Is there a good place to look?  I have talent, but can't seem to land clients.  There's not much money to pay, so I am hoping to work something out.  Is there a chance to find anyone like that or am I on my own?

Chris Bechtel Digital Marketing Executive, Customer Acquisition, SaaS Sales Coach, Start-Up Advisor and Growth Hacker

October 8th, 2015

Depending on where you are located, there are lots of resources. You may first want to look at the SBA - they offer a lot of services They partner with SCORE which provides mentors - Good luck! Chris Bechtel 310-963-5692

Troy Thoman CEO at Mist Software

October 8th, 2015

Check out SCORE. Service Core of Retired Executives. It's free mentoring.

Robert Clegg

October 8th, 2015

Matt, find an accelerator that focuses on your niche/market. Identify the mentors they have and see who is of interest. Join the accelerator you feel meets your needs as a virtual member. Bam, you now have an introduction directly to whom you want to work with - not only an introduction, but they will commit time to your progress.

Ana Baltodano

October 8th, 2015

Hi Matt,
I work with several start-ups and a prominent silicon valley incubator helping founders drive their ideas forward. Would love to hear more about what you are looking to achieve. Please feel free to connect with me via LinkedIn.  

John O'Reilly Social Partnerships at Spredfast | Social & Digital Media Marketing Software | SaaS

October 13th, 2015

Outside of the FD community, unfortunately I've found that along with the growth of entrepreneurism has come a whole host of people who effectively prey on the naivete of young entrepreneurs. It pays to spend the extra time to vet those offering their services for a fee. 

Dina Destreza Digital Content Manager at Keyideas Infotech

October 13th, 2015

Yes, there are real mentors but you need to be opened towards your mentor. Mentors aren't interested in knowing about your bank accounts but they need to be aware about your financial strength. Credits and Debits are a part of life. Do share your cash info with them and do share your liabilities with them so that they are aware of your situation. The more your mentor is aware of your professional experience and financial situation, the better it is for you to move on with your venture.

Frank III Founder & CHO (Chief Helping Officer) at CareerLightning

October 15th, 2015

Matt, depending on where you live and your line of work, there might be some options locally for you...

1.  A local Chamber of Commerce - Many have small business programs, and if not, might be able to point you in the right direction.

2.  Respected local businesses in your community - While they might not quite fit with what you are trying to do, a seasoned business owner in your corner couldn't hurt.

3.  Any service providers you have used - Folks (you trust) who make a living working with other businesses (accountants, bankers, lawyers, etc.) might be able to suggest someone in a similar line of work.

Keep in mind that even mentors are just offering opinions.  The final decision with your business always rests with you.  Cheers and good luck!!!!

Alexandra Damsker techophile. entrepreneur. lawyer.

October 8th, 2015

I do this (informally).  Let me know if you'd like me to help.  I hate seeing someone trying hard to make a business work and struggling - it's usually something fairly simple and straightforward.

Knowledge works best when shared, not stored.

Kind regards,

Kelliane Lam Founder at Time To Go Social and Kelliane Parker Farmers Insurance Agency

October 8th, 2015

Chis is correct, I'm a SCORE counselor and we work under SBA. It is complimentary. Your counselor can work with you for years. With SBA, they work through to the next growth stage or lending process.

I am in the East Bay Chapter, we have people with experience in every field imaginable.  The office is 510-273-6611 or Let Pat know what field you are in and they she can get you scheduled. But I would absolutely use the above mentioned resources as well. Especially for start-ups.

Joy Montgomery Continuous Improvement for Cleantech Companies, Connector

October 13th, 2015

With startups, "sweat equity" is usually the only way we can help.