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The Value of Small Business Mentors and ‘Great People’

by Barbara Hannan | December 18, 2014 | No Comments

Earlier this fall, the Globe and Mail compiled a list of 10 “remarkable” small businesses. The report shares everything you’d want to know about these companies, from their elevator pitch to their greatest challenges. Small businesses like like Well.ca, Changeroo, eOLIO and Skyline Studio all participated in the effort.

What stood out to us was a piece of advice shared by Trace Associates, who said, “You need mentors who will help you steer through challenges to reach success. Surround yourself with great people.”

We strongly agree with the value of a small business mentor. That’s what our Smallbiz Mentorship Contest was all about. And to wrap up the contest, we hosted a Tweet chat with our two expert mentors, Marsha Collier and Brian Moran. Also joining the chat were Misty Young, who built the successful Nevada-based “Squeeze In” diner chain, and Borja Obeso, who, along with Second I Do’s Julie Wiley, won the contest.

They shared their advice around mentorship. Marsha mentioned that a mentor can help a small business owner look at the big picture, beyond their usual “laser focus.” Brian encouraged small business owners to look outside of their usual comfort zones to find their own mentors. Their insights about small business mentorship will help owners everywhere to grow their organizations.

To see highlights from the chat, please see our full Storify from the event. For more information on how Pitney Bowes can help your small business thrive, learn more about our direct mail solutions or contact us.

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