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Helzberg Entrepreneurial Mentoring Program
By Sarah Mote
July 15, 2015

Do More for Your Business with a Mentor

Find a Mentor

It’s that one ring you can’t seem to grab. That hurdle that just can’t clear. That goal that you don’t think you can reach.

Mentors give you that nudge you need to take your business farther, faster. They give you perspective, challenge you to take the leap and push you to dream bigger.

Find Your Mentor

Now is as good of a time as any—especially since the Helzberg Entrepreneurial Mentoring Program (HEMP) is accepting applications for mentees.

Becoming a mentor or a mentee at HEMP provides the experience of a lifetime: the ability to explore aspects of the entrepreneurial world that you never thought you’d have the opportunity to see. It creates a bond between professionals in all different aspects of business and many different industries. If you qualify for becoming a mentor or a mentee, don’t let this opportunity pass you by and apply today.

> Apply to be HEMP mentee. Applications are being accepted through Aug. 3.

> Find other mentoring opportunities in Kansas City. (Or keep scrolling for a short list.)

Be a HEMP Mentor

Mentors provide knowledge through their personal experiences. Veteran business owners or top level executives who desire the ability to guide a CEO in the Kansas City metro area should apply now.

As a mentor, you would also be willing to

  • ·openly share business knowledge, both success and failures, with your mentee to help them mold their business plan.
  • meet with a mentee at least twice per month
  • attend 50% of the networking programs offered by HEMP, including the annual retreat. There are usually 1-2 events per month.

And it’s not all give. Becoming a mentor is an immensely rewarding experience that not allows you to help an entrepreneur, but also lets you learn from experiences you may not have had in your own business path and develop valuable leadership skills.

Get a HEMP Mentor

Becoming a mentee at HEMP can be invaluable for your business and entrepreneurship experience. You will learn from some of the industry’s most influential and successful leaders and gain knowledge through their personal experiences.

HEMP looks for mentees with businesses that are poised for growth. To become a mentee:

  • You must be the Sole Ultimate Decision Maker at your business for a minimum of three years.
  • Your business must generate around $1 million annual revenue.
  • Your business must have a minimum of five full-time employees.
  • You must have a desire to substantially grow your business.

As a mentee, it is important that you have a desire to substantially grow your business, display internal and external integrity and you must be willing to invest the time to meet with a mentor a minimum of ​twice per month and attend 75 percent of the events hosted by HEMP.

Other Mentoring Opportunities in Kansas City

We’re lucky here in Kansas City. We have so many experienced small business owners and entrepreneurs who are willing to lend their insights to the next wave of entrepreneurs.

If you don’t qualify for the HEMP, there are many other networking groups in our network. Use our Resource Navigator (select “Mentoring” under “Area of Assistance” and then filter by your industry, stage and ownership characteristics) to find the right fit for you.

Here are just a few:

Business Roundtables from UMKC SBTDC

Need help conquering the challenges of operating and growing your business?   Business Roundtables, facilitated by SBTDC counselors, give you the opportunity to learn and share experiences with your peers.

Entrepreneurship Scholars (E-Scholars) Program, Bloch School at UMKC

The Entrepreneurship Scholars Program is a community-wide program designed to prepare brilliant and promising entrepreneurs with the skills and knowledge needed to launch world-class ventures upon graduation.

Freelance Exchange of Kansas City

At The Freelance Exchange, independent consultants of all flavors find a network of support, a friendly atmosphere, and a place to exchange ideas with those who are self-employed in the advertising and marketing industry.

InterUrban ArtHouse

InterUrban ArtHouse is creating a regional hub where artists can work and prosper in an affordable, sustainable and inclusive environment to drive innovation, economic vibrancy and community culture.

Kauffman Founders School

Looking for mentoring advice anytime, anywhere? Kauffman Founders School is an online educational resource dedicated to entrepreneurship. Through lectures and a rich curriculum, KFS gives you the skills and tools to build your idea into something big.


PIPELINE is a regional technology entrepreneur fellowship program, designed to systematically identify high potential technology entrepreneurs and match them with best-in-class training, resources and mentors to facilitate their dynamic growth.

Think Big Partners

Think Big Partners is an early-stage startup accelerator & mentorship-based collaborative network. Includes our coworking space (Think Big Coworking), entrepreneurial conferences & events, essential services, startup resources & funding (Think Big Ventures).

Women’s Business Center

The Women’s Business Center provides programs for aspiring and accomplished women entrepreneurs from educational opportunities to peer-to peer mentoring round tables.

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