Sacramento is a city built on small business—and big ideas.
Companies with fewer than nine employees make up more than 80 percent of Sacramento’s dynamic and diverse business community. They are restaurant owners, retailers, artists, young tech startups, BIPOC and women-owned businesses. During this period of recovery, we need inclusive access to stronger networks, to each other and outside our community, to build resilience and growth.
More than ever, the companies that make up the fabric of our community are seeking out socially distanced guidance and support as they navigate new challenges.
This is a moment for Sacramento to band together, harnessing virtual resources to build toward recovery, resilience, and economic prosperity. “Business as usual” is now in our hands to redefine.
Introducing Mentor Sacramento.
1. Create a Profile on Mentor Sacramento
A complete profile is the first step to connecting with business mentors. It’s who you are and why you’re here. The quality of your profile makes an important impression on your potential connections.
2. Reach Out to Others and Connect
Explore members who have the profile you're looking for. Reach out by sending messages to several members. Start a conversation and find the right fit for you.
3. Start Mentoring
Now that you've found a match, ask questions, share, and listen. Agree on how and when to communicate using email, video chat, or a phone call. Set goals and start solving problems together.
Mentoring is a critical vehicle, through which entrepreneurs are able to realize their dreams. At the highest level, we see mentoring as a vehicle for individual mentors to realize their higher purpose.
Anita Ramachandran, Executive Director, MicroMentor
83% business survival rate for early-stage mentored entrepreneurs
Mentored entrepreneurs create twice as many new jobs as non-mentored entrepreneurs
34% of mentored entrepreneurs experience increased access to financial resources
Main Street Businesses from restaurants to retail shops, seeking knowledge about how to access emergency funding, manage precious financial resources, and retain customers.
Young Innovators looking to tap into the experience of community and global business leaders to spur them onward, from a disruptive idea to a funded startup.
The owners of High-Growth Ventures and lean startups interested in finding industry experts to best harness innovative approaches and identify new opportunities as they adapt to uncertainty.
Volunteer Business Mentors, the spirit of Mentor Sacramento. The program recruits experienced business professionals from within Sacramento and draws from MicroMentor’s network of 36,000 volunteers positioned across industries and around the globe.
I didn’t really have a mentor in my formative years. Now I see the benefit of what I wish I had.
Rita Kakati-Shah, Founder and CEO, Uma