Join a free community of entrepreneurs and volunteer mentors.


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, entrepreneurs don’t have to go it alone. Their chance of success increases with access to the business knowledge and guidance of experienced professionals.

Business Mentor NY is a free, easy-to-use social network that allows entrepreneurs and volunteer business mentors to connect so they can solve problems and build businesses together. Join a growing community that has already created thousands of mentor-mentee matches and continues to make an impact through the power of mentoring to help small businesses thrive.

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My mentor's perspective has been essential in my decision-making process. Under Sue’s direction, we have developed a strong Sales and Marketing toolkit that will continue to create growth for my business in the future.


How It Works

  • 1

    Create your profile

    Sign up and complete your profile. Describe yourself, what you do, and what you hope to accomplish here.

  • 2

    Reach Out

    Send messages to others in the community to express your interest in starting a new mentoring conversation.

  • 3

    Start Mentoring

    Talk on the phone to get to know one another. Move forward by setting goals and solving problems together!

Expanding Opportunity

Based in the Bronx, Susan Boose was encouraged to join Business Mentor NY by her local EAP center. Operating as The Olive Branch Soap Company, Susan had developed a line of organic soaps and skincare products, but she needed help developing a concrete marketing plan. Through the platform, she was matched with Jacob Smith, a seasoned executive with 15+ years of experience in management, growth and development. Jacob helped Susan build an effective marketing strategy and through his connections, helped her start a conversation with the procurement department at the Bellagio Hotel chain. After trying out Susan's soaps, the Bellagio Hotel decided to become an ongoing customer—propelling her sales and business forward.

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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.

Business Mentoring Fuels Success



Compared to national 69% survival rate for businesses after 2 years.



Mentored businesses increased revenues by 86%



Entrepreneurs created 3 jobs each, on average