“Connect with the right group of people who will see entrepreneurship as a positive thing. Don’t second guess yourself. Most the time you know the answer, just afraid to act on it.”Lily Tse Think Dirty Inc.
“Devon has been an incredible mentor for us. We leave each meeting inspired and excited for our journey ahead. She is able to critique and advise us in a way where we can directly implement her feedback into our business model. She is able to see the big and the small picture of where our business is heading and always keeps us on the right track. We are two young males, and having Devon’s female perspective is constantly refreshing.”Ryan Slater and Zach Berman The Juice Truck
“My mentor has helped me develop the confidence I need as an entrepreneur to make difficult but important decisions about the direction of my company. Peter has brought a great deal of experience that I learn from on an ongoing basis.”Shadi Hagag Trans-Plan Transportation Inc.
“My mentor has been instrumental in helping me create a brand for my business. She has been a great sounding board as I build the image of my company, offering helpful and actionable advice when I’m working out marketing ideas. My business is a little difficult to describe and she helps me break it down into workable pieces”Heather Hinam Second Nature Adventure in Discovery
“Prepare - you'll need the financial resources to see yourself through the launch of your business. You can save, find financing or start your business part-time in order to build up revenue so that you can start drawing an income. Talk to lots of potential customers before taking the leap. It's critical to understand the value your customer is really paying you get started. ”Jeremy O’Krafka MENTORNetwork
“Be cautious, but also be creative. Today there is number of enterprises that are doing things more ethically. What makes you different? Being socially conscious doesn’t always mean you have to give away a portion of your profits. Ask yourself how you can make the world a better place.”Kyle MacNevin & Kayley Reed Wear Your Label
“It is the hardest and easiest job you’ll have, so make sure you’re doing it for the right reasons. ”Ilana Ben-Ari Twenty One Toys Inc.
“At the time of accepting the role, I did not realize how much I would be gaining in the process. I have also been learning all along. This is a new business model for me, therefore,I am often stretching myself to learn new skills or information because I am being asked things that I do not yet know myself. So far, there has been nothing left unanswered, so we are both learning in this process. ”
“Network. Meet as many business owners as you can. I have found other women business owners especially helpful. From them I have learned so many helpful pieces of practical advice but have also learned that they shared the same fears as doubts as I did – this perspective and the knowledge you are not alone is invaluable.”Jennifer Wellsman Thyme to Dine