If you’re an entrepreneur or a budding small business owner, now is the chance to take advantage of a fantastic (and free!) mentorship opportunity.

The Small Business Mentorship Initiative is seeking entrepreneurs and small business owners in the Trenton area who are interested in receiving mentorship. SBMI is an organization devoted to developing and fostering the next generation of business owners. They seek to provide participants with meaningful mentorship and education to gain the hands-on skills needed to thrive as a business owner. Their initiatives place a special emphasis on uplifting urban communities and fighting for economic development in these regions. Whether you’re looking to make your startup more profitable, hone your business-savvy skills, or become a more impactful leader, all of these questions and more will be addressed throughout your time with SBMI.

The Small Business Mentorship Initiative is an entirely free program. The next session will be commencing in the spring of 2023. If you’re interested in applying to receive one-on-one mentorship, applications are available here: SBMI – Apply. The application requires basic details including your business’s location and revenue, length of operation, and industry type. In addition to these details, applicants will also be asked to clarify which specific areas of business they are most in need of assistance. Upon completion, the SBMI will assess your application and pair you with a mentor according to your business’s specific wants and needs. The SBMI boasts an incredible panel of executives, entrepreneurs, and fellow business owners who are available to you to share their secrets to success.

Students of previous sessions have had great things to say regarding their experience with the program. Per Yuriko Bullock of Philadelphia’s Old School Skateboard Company, “My focus was on marketing; it was very informative and valuable especially considering I didn’t have to put out all this money for a consultant for the information. My mentor was very patient and knowledgeable, he gave me clear step by step actionable items to go back and implement.” She also went on to say  “Since the mentorship, my company opened a retail store in Ewing. I was able to apply the same techniques I learned in the program to the retail store. I would recommend any small business to take advantage of the program. ”

Throughout your time with the SBMI, you’ll have a chance to explore key areas of successful business ownership, including:

  • Accounting and finance
  • Sales and marketing
  • Operations and execution
  • Legal and governance
  • Leadership and management

The ideal business for this program is a small enterprise who is ranging anywhere from $5,000 to $250,000 in profits annually. No matter what your goals, the SBMI is available to provide practical, purposeful solutions to many of the challenges facing business owners today. Small businesses are a large driver of the economy, particularly in urban areas. When our entrepreneurs thrive, the entire community benefits from their success. The SBMI prides itself on its commitment to its core values, including:

  • Economic opportunity for all
  • Collaboration and inclusivity
  • Resourcefulness
  • A commitment to service

As the SBMI is a firm believer in the power and potential of small businesses, they are fierce advocates for the power of our community’s entrepreneurs. Small businesses offer communities a source of employment and revenue, as well as a source of inspiration to other community members. It cannot be overstated how integral the community’s small business owners are to a healthy and thriving local economy.

If you or a loved one are on a small business journey, you are encouraged to apply for this wonderful opportunity. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact mrosen@commercialcleaningcorp.com for additional details. You can read more about this exciting opportunity on the SBMI website here: SBMI – Home. If you’re ready to take your business to the next level, be sure to apply today!

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