Business Mentor NY connects entrepreneurs and mentors to build small businesses together.

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Better Together

For entrepreneurs, turning a passion into a business is the ultimate dream. But that dream doesn't come easily. It’s hard work, and there are challenges around every corner. Fortunately, New York State entrepreneurs don’t have to go it alone. Their chance of success increases with access to the business knowledge and guidance of experienced professionals.

This is why New York State has partnered with MicroMentor to bring you Business Mentor NY, a free, easy-to-use service that connects entrepreneurs with volunteer mentors so they can solve problems and build businesses together. With a growing community and a record of thousands of mentor-mentee matches, Business Mentor NY’s mission is to leverage the power of mentoring to help small businesses thrive.

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How It Works

ENTREPRENEURS

  • 1

    Create your profile

    Tell us about the business you are building and your dreams for the future.

  • 2

    Create a mentoring request

    Describe the issue you need to solve to move forward.

  • 3

    Reach out to mentors

    Search our community of business experts and get in touch with the perfect match.

MENTORS

  • 1

    Create your profile

    Tell us about your experience and how you want to help.

  • 2

    Browse mentoring requests

    Find an opportunity that aligns with your interests and expertise.

  • 3

    Offer to help

    Share with the entrepreneur how you can help them achieve their goals and build their business.

4

Begin your mentoring relationship!

Once you’ve connected, it’s time to set goals, expectations, and a schedule. You might meet in person over coffee, or you might talk on the phone or video chat. It’s up to you to decide how and how often you meet, as well as what you’ll work on together and what milestones you want to achieve.

We're Here To Support You

Our team wants you to find the right match and have a productive mentoring relationship. We’ve developed online resources to help you succeed. And, if at any point you need personalized support, our team is here for you.

Why Mentoring?

Remarkable things happen when people pursue their passions. But passion alone isn't enough to produce entrepreneurial success. It must be combined with knowledge, guidance and encouragement to bring business possiblities to life.

Thriving entrepreneurs often cite mentoring as a critical component of their success. MicroMentor's results (shown below) show that its participating entrepreneurs reap the benefits of mentoring, growing their businesses every year. Governor Cuomo wants to bring this success to New York State's small business community.