Are you looking for a good but free business mentor with industry expertise in your area? Try SCORE, a nonprofit organization of volunteers affiliated with the U.S. Small Business Administration.
Industry Expertise of SCORE Mentors
The SCORE organization has an extensive database of mentors with expertise in these industry areas, all over the US.
Agriculture and farming
Arts and entertainment
Banking, financial services and insurance
Car repair and maintenance
Construction, industrials and utilities
Consulting, research and business services
Foresty, fishing and hunting
Health care and life services
Homeowner services and home improvement
International trade, imports and exports
Manufacturing and mining
Marketing advertising and creative services
Media and communications
Nonprofit, public and professional organizations
Personal services and wellness
Real estate, rental services and leasing
Recreation and travel
Restaurants and hospitality
Retail and wholesale trade
Technology and web based services
Transportation and warehousing
Also see our post on how to find business mentors with specific skills, like sales or accounting.
Mentors Available In Specific Industry Niche
After you select an option, you will see an array of available mentors and a brief summary of their expertise, which looks like this.
SCORE Mentor Profile Example
Just click the VIEW MENTOR PROFILE link below any mentors summary (shown in the red box) to view more details.
How To Contact The Mentor
Under the mentor’s photo, you can see the communication methods the mentor has chosen – in person, email, or video.
To contact a mentor, click the link in the upper right corner that says either CONTACT [FIRST NAME], if they are available currently, or CONTACT x’s CHAPTER if they are not. You will get a form to fill out describing your needs and contact information.