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Business Mentoring Program

Upper Shore Regional Council (USRC) Business Mentoring Program is FREE to anyone who owns or wants to start a small business in Cecil, Kent, or Queen Anne’s Counties. Our local, volunteer business mentors provide years of seasoned professional experience across a wide variety of fields. USRC mentors are dedicated to helping local small businesses succeed. They provide helpful information and experienced guidance and also help serve as an objective sounding board.

They begin by working with you to develop a realistic and practical business plan for achieving your objectives. The plan identifies priorities and sets out a timeline for measuring progress. It serves as a roadmap for managing operations, finances, and marketing. They not only help to get your business up and running, but they will also continue to work with you along the way should you want ongoing support. All mentoring services are FREE and confidential

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Are you looking for help with your business?
Check out our Mentor Bios! 

Anne Forrest

Time Abeska

Zane Carter



Are you ready to get started? Here’s how it works!

Begin by completing the Business Mentor Request Form by clicking the “Request a Business Mentor” button below.

Once your request is submitted, our team will review your request and determine the appropriate Mentor based on your specific business mentoring needs and goals.

During this time, you will also receive a Mentee Agreement between you and the Upper Shore Regional Council outlining the terms and conditions of this service which you must agree to in order to utilize these business mentoring services.

Note: Terms and Conditions outlined in the USRC Mentee Agreement can be read here.

Once our team has received the completed agreement and we have determined the best Business Mentor suited for your needs, we will connect you with your assigned Mentor for you to get started!

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Are you interested in becoming a Mentor?

The Business Mentor Program is looking for experienced business professionals interested in volunteering to mentor new and established small businesses to join our team. Read on to see if you’re a good fit and learn how to get started.

Who can be a Mentor?

Business professionals who desire to advise and help aspiring entrepreneurs and established small businesses who are looking for advice and guidance. Mentors should have flexibility with their schedule to volunteer.

What do Business Mentors do?

Offer FREE guidance with:

  • Business Planning
  • Financial Planning
  • Marketing Plan Development
  • Funding and Financing Sources
  • Preparing Financial Documents
  • Registering your Business
  • Licensing and Permits
  • Marketing and Sales
  • Customer Relations and Retention
  • Ongoing Business Operations
  • Long Range Planning
    and more!

Ready to Become a Business Mentor?

Click the button below to submit your information to become a mentor! A member of our team will then be in touch to help you get started.

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