For Small Business Owners
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Grow Your Small Business Today
We recruit the nation’s brightest business minds to volunteer their expertise to help small businesses like yours grow and to create new quality jobs for working people in underserved communities. Our companies have shown job growth at eleven times the national average, and our nonprofit program has helped hundreds of small businesses create tens of thousands of jobs for working people in local communities.
Through BusinessAdvising.org, your company will be paired with the right mentor or advisor for your needs. We have a pool of hundreds of professional mentors from all industries and areas of expertise. Our advisors are active professionals from major banks, consulting firms, and Fortune 500 companies. BusinessAdvising.org also removes geography as a barrier. Wherever you are in America, we’ll find the best advisor to help your company grow.
Do you have questions about finance, marketing, operations, sales, IT, or HR? We’ll work hard to solve your biggest business challenges, with custom advice just for you! Signing up is fast and easy.
Here’s How it Works
Fill out a profile
Tell us about yourself, your business, and your challenges and opportunities
We’ll find you a qualified advisor to work with
And we’ll introduce you to your first advisor via email
You’ll schedule time to connect with your advisor
It can be over the phone, email or Skype — whatever’s best for you
Online business advising is a game-changing innovation. It’s common for entrepreneurs to seek advice from community organizations with limited capacity and industry expertise, hire costly consultants and coaches, or think they’re too busy to find a local mentor. Enter: online mentoring. BusinessAdvising.org leverages technology (an online platform with an internal, proprietary matching algorithm) and volunteerism to provide small business owners with high-quality mentoring, at no cost, that removes geography as a barrier. If your company is in downtown Omaha, and the best advisor for your business lives in Dallas, BusinessAdvising.org can make that match happen.
Most of the participants in our program tend to meet the following criteria.
- Operating history of at least a year (i.e. beyond start-up phase)
- Annual revenues of at least $150,000
- 2+ full-time employees
- Creating jobs in, or located in, economically underserved communities OR have a compelling social mission
Remember, we’re flexible! If your company doesn’t meet these exact criteria, contact us anyway. We’d love to find a way to work together.
What We Offer
Our advising program offers a number of ways for small business owners to get unique, relevant, and timely support. We offer:
- One-on-one mentoring
- Networking events
- Educational events
- Promotional opportunities for your business within our network and to the general public
We have hundreds of advisors, offering expertise in:
- Finance and accounting
- Executive coaching
- Business planning
- Operations (supply chain, B2B, B2C)
- And more
Volunteer advisors are asked to commit 5 hours per month, per advising match. They’ll answer your questions, and give you the specific tools and problem-solving skills you need to sustainably grow your business. Some volunteer advisors enjoy this program so much they happily provide more hours than this too.
Are There Fees?
The first 1,000 small businesses who sign up with BusinessAdvising.org in 2015 will have their fees waived and their matches made for free — thanks to special funding from our partners like Capital One and the San Francisco Office of Economic and Workforce Development. This special funding covers small businesses anywhere in America. Free signups and matches are in effect until further notice. Meet our partners here.Sign up here >