Business Advising Opportunities

Managing a small business can be challenging, but you don’t have to do it alone.

Get matched with an expert volunteer business advisor.

“A mentor is someone who allows you to see the hope inside yourself” -Oprah Winfrey

Business advisors make the difference.

You’re working hard to stabilize your business and adapt to rapid changes. Don’t go at it alone—Business Advisors can support you by checking in, sharing their perspectives, brainstorming strategies, providing emotional support, identifying resources, and more.

We have volunteer business advisors with a wide variety of expertise across many industries and can match you to someone with experience relating to your unique challenges.

300

ENERGIZE COLORADO BUSINESS ADVISORS AVAILABLE

70%

OF SMALL BUSINESSES WITH BUSINESS ADVISORS SURVIVED 5+ YEARS

92%

OF SMALL BUSINESS OWNERS AGREE BUSINESS ADVISORS HAVE A DIRECT IMPACT ON THEIR GROWTH

87%

OF FOUNDERS WHO HAVE BUSINESS ADVISORS STAY IN BUSINESS AFTER ONE YEAR

Business Advising – How it Works

Energize Colorado offers two ways for you to get support in the way that works best for you and your situation.

Work with a Business Advisor

There is an extensive pool of volunteer business advisors available with a wide variety of experience across numerous industries, and can match you to someone with experience relating to your unique business challenge.

How it works

When you complete the form to find a business advisor, you’ll be asked a few questions about your business and what you’re looking for. We’ll send you a list of 20 volunteers who match your specific needs and challenges, and you’ll choose 3-5 you’d like to speak with. If they’re available, you’ll have the chance to learn more about them and we’ll connect you via email. You’ll be able to have some 15-30 minute phone calls to help you decide if it’s a fit, and can let us know if you’d like to move forward with mentorship. If the Mentor would like to move forward too, it’s a match!

You can decide to end your involvement at any time. All we ask is that you follow our Code of Conduct so we can create a vibrant and thriving community.

Tips for a successful business advising experience:

  • Be open to learning and growth, and set professional goals to help focus the process
  • Your mentor is there for guidance and expertise, but ultimately your decisions are yours to make
  • Be sensitive to each other’s time—work together to set meeting times and methods that work for both of you, and be punctual and prepared
  • It’s alright to end your relationship in a positive way when  you’re ready to move on

Submit a question

We have volunteer experts standing by to answer questions about managing your small business or nonprofit. Let us know your questions, and we’ll respond within 48 hours.

How it works

When you complete the form to submit your questions, you’ll be asked a few questions about your business to help us find the right experts.

We’ll send your questions out to the volunteers best matched to your business and your questions, and they’ll have 48 hours to respond if they’re available. We’ll send the answers to your inbox! 

If you’d like clarification or have a follow-up question, we’ll connect you with the volunteer to chat further over email or phone if they’re available.

All we ask is that you follow our Code of Conduct so we can create a vibrant and thriving community.

BECOME A BUSINESS ADVISOR

We have an active group of over 300 business advisor volunteers across the State, working together in building a better more equitable future together. 

Want to get involved as a business advisor? Share your expertise and help grow  Colorado’s economy in helping small businesses.

Small Business Mentorship Volunteer

Rich Dziomba is the President and Lead Consultant of Dziomba and Associates. In addition to mentoring Fátima from Boylen Cleaning Services, Rich has assisted and advised more than a dozen small businesses or nonprofit organizations since the emergence of COVID-19 in Colorado. 

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