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"Colleagues are a wonderful thing - but mentors, that's where the real work gets done"
Junot Diaz

Free Business Mentoring

Why Choose MBMentors?

Minneapolis Business Mentors (MBMentors) is a premier source for free and confidential small business mentoring and advising. Our mission is to provide quality advice and assistance to both start-up and established small businesses.

We are a non-profit organization staffed by volunteer business experts whose objectives are to help your venture succeed and prosper. Our advisors provide customized mentoring to ensure your unique business needs are fully met. We pride ourselves on providing you the service, information, and expertise you need, when you need it. Whether through online video, phone, email or face-to-face, we are here to help you based on your individual business needs.

 

Our volunteer mentor and training team is comprised of past and present business owners and executives with a proven history of success. Coupled with significant business mentoring experience and the desire to support entrepreneurs in Minnesota.

 

Despite the challenging times, MBMentors’ volunteers are prepared to provide innovative solutions for your growth and other business problems. With over 500 years of combined experience, we are well-positioned to provide customized business advice to our clients in a variety of business related areas with the following potential benefits to your business:

  • Your Empowerment. There is nothing more empowering than starting your own business. If you'd like to do it successfully - why not use a mentor to get advice, counsel and guidance from someone who has gone through the same experience? We can provide that guidance for free. It's our mission to help you develop the skills, knowledge and talents you need to succeed. 

  • Lower Business CostsOne of the principle reasons businesses fail to grow or even survive is cash management. For example, unnecessary spending. Our experienced mentors can recommend tailored approaches for reducing your operating costs - something that’s crucial for startup and established businesses alike.

  • Effective Sales and Marketing StrategiesSome of our business advisers are, or have been, successful entrepreneurs. With their guidance, you’ll learn how to market your business effectively and which methods yield the highest ROI (return on investment).

  • Effective Use of Social Media for Small Businesses. We have professional advisors who know how to help you make the best use of social media to market and promote your business. 

For Free Business Mentoring

To receive free business advise from our volunteers, please click on a mentor's name or picture below or contact us at info@mbmentors.org.

MEET OUR MENTORING AND TRAINING TEAM 
Click on the IMAGE or NAME to see the Mentor's Full Profile
Art Shore

Art Shore

Mentor & Trainer

Skill Expertise:​

  • Sales Training

  • Pitch Deck Design

  • Business Consulting

  • Presentation Design & Delivery

  • Business Startups

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Ben Marcovitch

Mentor & Trainer

Skill Expertise:

  • Sales

  • Marketing

  • Branding

  • Strategic Plan Development

  • Business Startups

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Jim Handy

Mentor & Roundtable Facilitator

Skill Expertise:

  • Business start-up and growth

  • Planning; strategic & operations 

  • Org design & alignment

  • Consulting practice

  • Membership business model

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Paul Richardson

Mentor & Trainer

Skills Expertise:​

  • Digital & Traditional Marketing

  • Brandy Identity

  • Creative Direction

  • Marketing Automation/CRM

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Sahar Erickson

Mentor

Skill Expertise:

  • Customer & Employee Experience

  • Strategic & Operational Planning

  • Contract Negotiations

  • Social Media

  • High Performance Teams

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Jerry Rudick

Mentor & Trainer

Skills Expertise:

  • Business Planning

  • Business Finance & Accounting

  • QuickBooks

  • Business Operations

  • Business Startups

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Julie Menten

Mentor & Trainer 

Skills Expertise:

  • Marketing

  • Social Media 

  • Digital Marketing

  • Employee Engagement

  • Change Management

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Bryan Sykora

Mentor & Trainer

Skill Expertise:

  • Sales

  • Business Planning

  • Presentation Development

  • Business Consulting

  • Sales Distribution Networks

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Mark Ratner

Mentor & Roundtable Facilitator

Skill Expertise:

  • Banking

  • Finance

  • Financial Projections

  • Business Start-ups

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Rick Barkley

Mentor 

Skill Expertise:

  • Sales and Marketing

  • Strategic Planning

  • Imports/Exports

  • Manufacturing

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Pauline Allison

Mentor & Trainer

Skills Expertise

  • New Product Innovation & Commercialization

  • Brand & Product Positioning

  • Strategic & Operational Planning

  • Team Leadership

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Marshall Jones

Mentor & Roundtable Facilitator

Skill Expertise:

  • Sales

  • Business consulting

  • Marketing

  • Business start-ups

  • Financing new businesses

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Viju Monie

Mentor

Skill Expertise:

  • Business Planning 

  • Strategic Planning

  • Project Management

  • Design to Production Transition

  • Team Management

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George Anderson

Mentor

Skills Expertise:

  • Business Finance & Accounting

  • Quickbooks Business Operations

  • Buy/Sell Business

  • Marketing and Sales B to B

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George Koblas

Mentor  

Skill Expertise:

  • Business Reengineering

  • Sales Planning and Operations

  • Data Driven Marketing

  • Finance and Accounting