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Small Business Mentoring Tips from Champions of Change (Honored at the White House)

This the National Mentorship month and the White House held an event to honor 12 Small Business Champions of Change from all over the US on March 7, 2012. I had the great honor to attend this event (Web.com and Network Solutions, the companies I work for, were active supporters of this event and so I was fortunate to get an invitation).  I thought I would share the insights on mentoring that came out of this event.  You can learn more about the White House program at Champions of Change [1].


From Champions of Change 2012 – White House

The event started with a plea from an administration official asking all mentors to tell their story using all forms of communication including as he put it, when you meet people at the grocery store. This is an excellent idea. We have been proponents of story telling as it relates to small business success and you will find them in all our blogs and channels with both small businesses themselves and thought leaders participating.

During the panel discussion, the 2012 Champions of Change gave these tips to small Businesses and to mentors themselves:

Advice to Small Businesses:

Advice to Mentors:

Do you have a story to tell? Maybe you have been a successful mentor or have succeeded due to guidance from a mentor. What is your advice?