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“Mentor: Someone whose hindsight can become your foresight”

One of the biggest challenges for an entrepreneur is finding a great mentor and developing a great advisory board ("Startups and Advisory Board Members" http://matr.net/articl ... .html )-- that can help them through the maze of new business success. ("Inside Entrepreneurship: Temper flaws with help from mentors" http://matr.net/articl ... .html ) -- I've talked with many new companies in the region over the years and a common theme has been a lack of understanding of how important it is to have access to those who have already gone through the process and know the pitfalls and how to avoid them. ("Why you need a Mentor." http://matr.net/articl ... .html ) -- Montana has a wealth of creative people as well as an even larger group of retired or semi-retired successful business and professional people. ("Former CEOs Are Seeking Challenging Second Acts" http://matr.net/articl ... .html )-- The missing element is a way for them to easily connect. I'd like to offer an attempt to provide a clearing house to try and help bring them together. If you're an entrepreneur (non-profits included) who'd like to see if there's a mentor out there for you or you'd like to be involved with a venture, please send some basic info and I'll try to do some matchmaking. Not all introductions will work but if you do your homework, you'll know whether a successful relationship is possible early on. If you're interested, please send me: name, phone, e-mail, brief statement of experience and professional focus. If you're an entrepreneur, please send along your executive summary as well as the areas where you're looking for guidance. If you're a mentor, please let me know where you think you could be most valuable and what you'd like to accomplish through a relationship with an entrepreneur/company. Don't know if this is going to work but I've had enough inquiries to warrant an attempt. I've had a few folks register but if I do see a good response, I'll investigate the possibility of formalizing this and developing a better, perhaps automated, process. Thanks, Russ@matr.net

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The Creative and Cultural Economy
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