Signing up to be a mentor or a mentee is as simple as a few mouse clicks and a couple fill-in-the-blank questions.Once you are registered on the site, you can either actively look for someone who fits your criteria or wait for a match to find you.Whether you went to college, trade school, or opened your own business, if you’re a successful professional, you’ve probably worked really hard to get to where you are.Staying up late, giving up your weekends, and missing out on time spent with your loved ones are some of the sacrifices you may have made.It’s Just Lunch offers clients a chance to get acquainted over lunch.The firm does all the work, making reservations, clearing the matches with customers.“I don’t think what we do strays too far from the idea of social justice because having a strong market is such an integral part of having a resilient community that can weather future shocks,” says Guerriero. Currently, the site’s business model is two-fold: it receives support from a variety of foundations, as well as fee-based services for businesses and nonprofits. “If corporations want to become a sponsor, they receive dedicated support, training and match assistance from the Micro Mentor team,” continued Guerriero.Micro Mentor’s ability to serve large numbers of entrepreneurs (more than 10,000 at last count) comes in part because they haven’t shied from helping businesses develop tools that are relevant to them.
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Micro Mentor provides an affordable solution, especially for microentrepreneurs from low-income backgrounds. Given that nationally, Caucasians lead African-Americans in business survival rates and there are 25 percent more men than women starting businesses, Micro Mentor’s stats are pretty good. The data suggests that 86 percent of businesses receiving mentoring on Micro Mentor survive, compared with 69 percent of businesses nationally.
A business networking site might seem like an odd duck in the portfolio of its owner, Mercy Corps (a Next Billion Content Partner), an international NGO whose mission is to “alleviate suffering, poverty and oppression by helping people build secure, productive and just communities.” How does Micro Mentor fit in? Like most social enterprises, Micro Mentor is always looking to diversify its revenue streams.
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