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Mentor-Protégé

GWBC launched its Mentor-Protégé Program in 2010 and it’s been growing every year. GWBC-certified WBEs receive trusted and real-world business coaching from mentors who have subject matter-level expertise in Sales, Marketing, Financial Planning, Human Resources, Strategic Thinking, Sustainability, Succession Planning and more.

 GWBC’s Protégé Journey:
•    Schedule monthly meetings with your Mentor
•    Quarterly Group Sessions with subject matter guest speakers
•    Capstone Projects
•    Graduation Day Celebration

2024 Applications
Open December 2023


Why Do I Need a Mentor?

A separate study found 84% of small businesses reach profitability in the first four years, with 68% attaining profitability in the first year. The early years are a crucial make-or-break period and most small businesses agreed mentors are vital to success.

(Research findings came from studies conducted by Kabbage, Inc., a global financial services, technology and data platform).

Mentors are a sounding board for you to test out ideas and help guide you as you work through your company’s pain points. A mentor will offer a different and likely more objective perspective.

Build relationships with trusted and experienced mentors in those areas where you need the most assistance to accelerate your business.
  • Only 22% of small businesses had mentors when they started their businesses.
  • Another 17% indicated they have an advisor, which suggests a paid relationship for consulting and advice.
  • This leaves 63% not pursuing professional guidance at the onset of their business.
  • 92% of small businesses agree mentors have a direct impact on growth and the survival of their business.

Class of 2023 Application Deadline:
Monday, January 30, 2023


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