Mentoring and networking
This article originally appeared on USA TODAY.
Rhonda Abrams, Special for USA TODAY
America loves small business, and from April 29 to May 5, America observes “Small Business Week,” dedicated to recognizing the best small-business owners and entrepreneurs.
I also want to recognize the best small-business support in the country: the consultants of America’s SBDC — Small Business Development Center — network.
Networking is vital to most small businesses. There is nothing that promotes trust like speaking to someone face-to-face. It gives you an opportunity to develop a personal connection to the other person as well as explore potential areas of collaboration or to identify a need that your business can fill.
You're passionate about your business and you love what you do, but the day-to-day running of a business is hard. It can also be a solitary job, with the stress of payroll, clients and decisions about next steps all on you. One of the best ways to help yourself, and your business, is to get a business mentor, someone who has been there and done that to be your support.
Acquiring the necessary expertise to successfully run a business in any industry takes time. Without the proper guidance, the trial and error method is costly in terms of time, capital and other resources. The launch of a mentorship initiative between the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) and SCORE will support new farmers and ranchers so they can avoid these mistakes. The announcement was part of the National Farmers Market Week, which will be running from August 6 to 12.