There’s many ways to not only grow your business, but become a better small business owner and employer. There’s a number of mentorship programs, facilitated by both city government and private organizations, designed to help you improve your skills as a small business operator. Read on to learn more about some of the mentoring opportunities available! And if you’ve been in business for awhile, consider mentoring a new business.
Small Business Mentors NYC: This program is designed to connected small business owners seeking to recover and grow their business as the City emerges from COVID. There’s a number of ways to engage with Small Business Mentors NYC, and the Department of Small Business Services, who runs the program, is offering a lot of flexibility in this program. This program is open to anybody, though there’s a special priority for underserved businesses. Small Business Mentors NYC is geared towards established businesses. Learn more here.
SCORE NYC: With the support of the federal Small Business Administration, SCORE offers low and no cost mentorship to small businesses. This nonprofit offers a bevvy of services, for businesses of all stages, from an idea to a neighborhood institution and everything in between. Aside from their many mentorship programs, they offer one-off events, webinars, and more. Check out their program here.
WE NYC Mentors: WE Connect Mentors is a program to facilitate needed mentorship to women entrepreneurs by providing specialized mentors and group mentor sessions across the Five Boroughs. WE Connect Mentors are female founders who represent a variety of industries, backgrounds and business life stages, and is designed for all kinds of businesses and operators. Get more information here.
BE NYC Mentors: BE NYC Mentors is a new mentorship program for Black entrepreneurs that aims to increase the number of Black-owned businesses in high-growth industries, with a strong focus on pre-startup and newly-formed businesses. While this program is still developing its full program, it currently offers both one-on-one and group mentoring systems. Find out more here.
M/WBE Mentors: If you are a certified M/WBE business, meaning you’ve been certified by New York City as a business that is owned by women and/or minorities, this program is for you! Learn how to maximize the value of your certification, build your professional network, and get expert knowledge on how to access government resources. Learn more here.