It does not matter whether you are a fledging entrepreneur thinking about starting your first business or an experienced business owner with a staff of 50, having a business mentor or executive coach (they use different titles) can be incredibly valuable.  RVA entrepreneurs are fortunate to have an extensive choice of experienced coaches and mentors from whom to choose, many of whom are small business owners themselves.  Business startup incubators like StartUp Virginia and Lighthouse Labs offer mentoring as part of their overall service packages.  Collaborative workspaces like Gather offer informal mentoring resources by virtue of their business models.  Also keep in mind that Richmond SCORE and the Chamber RVA’s Thrive Program offer FREE mentoring guidance to local business owners on everything from strategic planning, marketing, brand development, logistics, business plans, recruiting and retaining employees, among other important topics.  As a small business owner, the sooner you realize that you don’t know it all and you can’t do it all by yourself, the more likely you will be to take advantage of the tremendous resources available throughout the RVA small business community.

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