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Throughout the year we donate Yearly Women in Biz Memberships to women who are rebuilding their lives after spending time in a shelter. To apply for a membership through this program please contact Centre for Abuse Awareness .
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Complimentary #MentorherBiz Mentorship Program
This program is in partnership with:
Mentor Her Biz – The Small Business Mentorship Program is a grassroots mentorship program
which partners some of Canada’s top business women with successful small business owners and
entrepreneurs who are looking for that extra bit of connection in their industry and community.
“I think mentors are important and I don’t think anybody makes it in the world without some form of mentorship. Nobody makes it alone. Nobody has made it alone.” — Oprah Winfrey
Why Mentorship Makes a Difference
- 70% of small businesses that receive mentoring survive for five years or more, which is double the rate compared with non-mentored entrepreneurs
- Small businesses that receive mentoring are 20% more likely to experience growth than those that don’t (source: the Small Firms Enterprise Development Initiative)
- Despite these encouraging statistics, surprising evidence has emerged recently that suggests 42% of small-businesses owners have never consulted a mentor (source: Moore & Smalley accountancy survey)
- A Harvard Business Review study which finds that employees who are mentored make more money than those who are not.
- Mentees are more satisfied with their jobs, more committed to their careers and more willing to mentor others.
- A 2012 survey showed that 63 percent of women have never had a formal mentor. The reason? Most women feel uncomfortable asking for mentorship. Women represent 52% of college students, but we are not asking for the guidance which is vital to our career growth!
Become a Women in Biz Mentor
What do I get out of being a mentor?
- Gain a fresh perspective on your own career
- Feel excited and energized from helping and giving back (remember you were once in their shoes!)
- The chance to watch your mentee grow and develop with your help and support
- Increased leadership, communication and networking skills
- Need more reasons why? Take a look at this post from Forbes on How becoming a Mentor Can Boost Your Career.
What is involved?
- A discussion with your mentee over a phone call or in person for one hour per month
What is the commitment?
- We ask that you commit a minimum of one hour each month for six months. However, this relationship does not need to end at six months – it could continue on beyond this suggested time. We hope it does!
Sounds amazing! What’s Next:
The application will be reviewed and if a match is made we will contact you. Matches are made based on the skill set and expertise required for each mentor/mentee relationship. Once you have connected, it’s time to chat about goals, expectations, and a schedule. You might meet in person over coffee, or you might talk on the phone or video chat. It’s up to you to decide how and how often you meet (please note the minimum), as well as what you’ll work on together and would like to achieve together.
Why become a Mentee?
Did you know?
69% of surveyed companies, representing a wide variety of industries, have formal mentoring programs, and of those, 74% have mentoring programs dedicated to women (Catalyst, 2006)
Do I need a Mentor?
- You can learn from their vast experience
- They will help you define your goals
- They improve your accountability
- According to stats reported by the Startup Genome Project, startups are seven times more likely to raise investment money and three-and-a-half times more likely to grow user numbers for their products and services if they have helpful mentors.
- Must read articles on mentorship
Quotes on the importance of having a Mentor
- “As they say, advice is cheap, but mentorship is worth its weight in gold.”
- “Seek advice from multiple mentors”
- Know what you don’t know. Say I don’t know when you don’t know. ‘I don’t know’ is preferable to bravado”
- “A true mentoring relationship also works in both directions—they learn about new ideas from you just as you learn timeless wisdom from them.”
- “Be sure to set your sights on someone who could be a good role model, someone who has the skills and personality that match your chemistry.”
- “If you come off as someone who knows everything—or thinks you do—many people will back away. If you want to learn, be willing to consider ideas that may not match your expectations or opinions.”
- “[Don’t] assume that because you are successful or experienced in your field that you don’t need a mentor.”
How do I apply to get a mentor?
Currently we are recruiting mentors. When we have received enough applications to start matching mentors with mentees we will be adding an application for mentees to apply. Please check back to this site regularly for an update. Or subscribe to mailing list to be notified of when applications will be accepted.
Apply Now to be Matched with a Mentor
How much does this program cost to participate?
In the spirit of giving back to the women who are active in the Canadian small business community, Sage and the Women in Biz Network are pleased to announce that this program will come and no cost to the mentees. We jointly thank the mentors for graciously providing their time, experience and guidance in helping make this program a success!
Questions / Inquiries
If you have questions regarding this program or would like to inquire about becoming a sponsor please contact email@example.com (416-993-2083)
Conflict of interest Disclaimer
By submitting your application, you understand that you are to hold no financial investment in the business of the entrepreneur you are working with through Mentor Her Biz – The Small Business Mentorship Program for Women. All parties involved will immediately report any real, potential or perceived conflict of interest, personal interest, or competitive position of mentors or others involved with Women in Biz Network to a Women in Biz Network staff member.
Important note: By submitting your application, I understand that as a mentor participating in the Mentor Her Biz—The Small Business Mentorship Program for Women, any advice I provide in the course of the mentoring relationship is solely for educational purposes. I understand that the mentee will not rely upon my advice and/or statements as legal advice. I understand and agree this service is not intended for solicitation purposes, that is I will not request nor accept payment for any advice rendered.
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