The Small Business Mentors NYC Program is the New York City’s inaugural mentorship business mentorship program for the city’s most vulnerable businesses. The program will provide supportive services for businesses located in low-income communities severely impacted by COVID-19 who do not have the same access to resources as other businesses. This mentorship service will be offered starting in January 2021.

SBS is looking for local business owners to mentor these at-risk businesses.  Please help us keep the promise of economic opportunity alive for New Yorkers by donating your time as a mentor for our new Small Business Mentors NYC Program.

Mentors should meet all the following required qualifications and at least 3 preferred qualifications.

Commitment:
From January to June 2021 (6 months commitment) you will provide:
-At least four 2-hour group mentor sessions open to the public                                                             
 OR
-At least four 2-hour cohort-based mentor sessions, where you will be mentoring the same group of entrepreneurs

Required Qualifications:
-A founder (with equity) or an owner of a successful business that is currently operating in NYC
-A resident of NYC or owner of a NYC M/WBE certified firm
-Has owned or operated a storefront including but not limited to restaurants, grocery stores, bodegas, retail spaces, or offices in NYC
-Willing to volunteer their time without payment or an ulterior business development goal

Preferred Qualifications:
-Reflects NYC’s diversity of thought, experience, culture, identity, or background
-Has demonstrated a commitment to community service and small business support services
-Has previous experience as a mentor and/or mentee
-Is a proven connector; either has established or is part of an established network
-Proficient in English and one or more of the following languages commonly spoken in black and brown communities:  Arabic, Ibo, Kru, French, French Creole, Somali, Spanish, Portuguese, Mande, and Yoruba.

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* 1. Applicant Information

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* 2. Race

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* 3. Ethnicity

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* 4. Select all languages spoken fluently.

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* 5. Age

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* 6. Business Background

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* 7. How many people does your business employ? 

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* 8. How much was your business revenue last year?

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* 9. How long have you been an entrepreneur?

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* 10. Are you a certified Minority and Women-owned Business Enterprise (M/WBE)?

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* 11. Please provide hyperlinks for any additional materials such as press coverage, writing samples, videos or awards received.

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* 12. Please submit an attachment with any additional materials such as press coverage, writing samples, videos or awards received. (Optional)

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* 13. Please provide two business references. (Business Name, Contact, Email, Phone)

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