7 Advantages of Having a Business Mentor

Whether you’re a startup business owner or have been operating an existing business for years, your entrepreneurial skills and knowledge always need to be sharpened and kept up to date.

“You don’t need to look far for the help you require,” said Certified Business Mentor John J. Amodio, chairman of SCORE-Staten Island. “One way to become a more knowledgeable and adept entrepreneur is to have a trusted business mentor who you can ask for guidance and feedback. Mentors, like those available through SCORE-Staten Island, can help you navigate the sometimes tumultuous road to business success.”

Amodio points to a variety of benefits associated with having a SCORE-Staten Island business mentor, such as:

ADVICE FROM SOMEONE WHO HAS WALKED THE WALK
With a SCORE-Staten Island mentor who has had experience in your particular industry and type of business, you can gain valuable insight as you approach problems and challenges. Mentors have a firm understanding
of the steps involved in starting and growing a business, so they can provide direction and feedback to help you get on the right path and stay there.

IMPARTIAL PERSPECTIVE
As an entrepreneur, you will naturally feel emotionally connected to your business. This can serve to help you achieve your goals, but it could also work against you. Feelings can get in the way of recognizing weaknesses that you need to address and your ability to assess situations objectively. A SCORE-Staten Island mentor will bring an impartial viewpoint
and third-party perspective focused
on facts rather than emotions.

SKILLS DEVELOPMENT
A SCORE-Staten Island mentor can help you develop the skills necessary
to manage your company successfully. Through a mentor’s advice and feedback, you can gain a better understanding of business financials, hone your leadership skills, increase your marketing know-how and fine-tune other essential elements related to business acumen.

VALUABLE CONNECTIONS
SCORE-Staten Island business mentors have formed strong relationships with other entrepreneurs and professionals within the borough’s local business community. Through your mentor, you will have the potential to meet prospective customers, vendors, investors, project partners and other individuals and organizations that open the door to opportunities for your company.

SOMEONE IN YOUR CORNER
You are not alone in your business journey. When you face difficult days or disappointing downturns, a SCORE-Staten Island mentor can provide the encouragement you need to get through tough times. You can look to your mentor for help in seeing past the negatives and purposefully focusing on doing what’s necessary to overcome whatever adversity you face.

EXTENDED ACCESS TO EXPERTISE
SCORE-Staten Island is a local chapter of the national SCORE organization with more than 300 local chapters across the United States, connecting to a vast network of small business experts.

ZERO RISK
Hiring a business consultant can get pricey, but mentoring from SCORE-Staten Island costs nothing. The free support from SCORE-Staten Island’s entrepreneurial experts can make a big difference on your business’s bottom line.

How to Get Started
To connect with a SCORE-Staten Island Mentor, email info@SCORESI.org, or call 718-727-1221 to schedule an appointment at its Grasmere headquarters, one of its satellite locations in Castleton Corners and Charleston, or at your place of business. You may also visit SCORE-Staten Island headquarters Tuesdays and Thursdays, 9 a.m. to 12 Noon, without an appointment.

About SCORE-Staten Island
SCORE-Staten Island is dedicated to fostering a vibrant small-business community within its New York City borough by providing cost-free education and confidential mentoring to both aspiring and established entrepreneurs. Headquartered at 950 West Fingerboard Road, Grasmere, in the iconic Staten Island Advance Building, the organization is Chapter 476 of the nationwide SCORE, a nonprofit association and resource partner with the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). For additional information, or to schedule an appointment, SCORE-Staten Island may be visited at https://statenisland.score.org; telephoned at 718-727-1221; emailed at info@SCORESI.org, and visited on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/SCOREStatenIsland.