Need help with business? Find a mentor

Matt Varilek
Matt Varilek

One of the smartest moves an entrepreneur can make in the new year is finding and using a smart and savvy business mentor.

If one of your New Year’s resolutions involves following through on dreams of starting a small business or growing an existing one, take advantage of the mentorship resources offered by the U.S. Small Business Administration.

The SBA network of resource partners provides free and confidential one-on-one counseling, training and mentorship that can help to unleash your small business potential. Nationally,  these efforts helped entrepreneurs start more than 13,500 businesses, secure more than $4.7 billion in capital and create and retain a total of more than 70,000 jobs.

The SBA network includes Small Business Development Centers — including a center in Grand Junction — as well as SCORE, Women Business Centers and Veterans Business Outreach Centers. Together, these small business partners make a big difference in guiding and directing new and experienced entrepreneurs.

Nationwide, Small Business Development Centers assisted 485,487 clients. For more information, visit
www.sba.gov/content/small-business-development-centers-sbdcs.

  SCORE counseled and trained nearly 442,000 clients. For more information, visit www.sba.gov/content/score.

Women’s Business Centers provided assistance to 140,037 clients. For more information, log on to the Web site at www.sba.gov/local-assistance/wbc.

Jerome Gonzalez, founder of the JG Management Systems technical management and consulting firm headquartered in Grand Junction, is among the Colorado entrepreneurs who’ve used the SBA network of business mentors to achieve success.

In keeping with the evolution of the SBA itself, the agency’s network of resource partners is increasingly smart, bold, and accessible. Together we serve and mentor the dynamic demographics of the United States, including women, entrepreneurs over the age of 50, veterans and millennial entrepreneurs.

If your New Year’s plans involve starting, growing or managing a small business, maximize your chances of success by connecting with SBA resources partners. For more information, visit www.sba.gov/co.