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Lunch and Learn with Helzberg Entrepreneurial Mentoring Program

Wednesday, June 9 @ 12:00 pm - 1:15 pm • Organized By Helzberg Entrepreneurial Mentoring Program (HEMP)


The Helzberg Entrepreneurial Mentoring Program (HEMP) is now accepting applications for the HEMP Mentee Class of 2021 and HEMP Mentors. We would like to cordially invite you to a HEMP Lunch and Learn. 


The Helzberg Entrepreneurial Mentoring Program was founded in 1995 by Barnett C. Helzberg, Jr., former owner and president of Helzberg Diamonds. Inspired by his twenty-three-year mentoring relationship with Ewing Kauffman, HEMP matches seasoned, successful, entrepreneur Mentors with up-and-coming entrepreneur Mentees. Mentee guidelines include operating as the sole Ultimate Decision Maker of the business for a minimum of three years, the business must have annual revenue between $1 million - $100 million with five or more employees, and Mentees must have a desire to substantially grow the business.


Although the mentoring relationship is HEMP's primary focus, the program also offers educational programming on topics of interest to the entrepreneur and varied forums for networking opportunities. 


HEMP is hosting a HEMP Lunch and Learn (either virtually or in-person depending on COVID-19) on the following dates:

  • Tuesday, May 11, 2021 from 12:00 – 1:15 PM
  • Wednesday, June 9, 2021 from 12:00 – 1:15 PM
  • Wednesday, July 14, 2021 from 12:00 – 1:15 PM


At these events, you will have the opportunity to learn more about HEMP, meet Mentees and Mentors who have benefited from the program, and enjoy a free lunch.

Please RSVP to Haley Young by phone at 816.471.4371 or email at

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