Business Mentor NY – a program of Empire State Development


Join our free community of entrepreneurs and volunteer mentors.

  • 1. Create a Profile on Business Mentor NY

    A complete profile is the first step to connecting with others. It lets people know who you are and why you are here. The quality of your profile greatly affects your impression on those you are trying to connect with.

  • 2. Reach Out to Others and Connect

    Explore other members who have the profile you're looking for. Reach out by sending messages to several members. Start a conversation and find the right fit for you.

  • 3. Start Mentoring

    Now that you've found a match ask questions, share, and listen. Agree on how and when to communicate using email, video chat, or a phone call. Set goals and start solving problems together!


Helping Misha has been tremendously fulfilling, and has also helped me grow personally and professionally.

Walter, business improvement expert at Turnaround Management Association, NYC Chapter

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Better Together

For entrepreneurs, turning a passion into a business is the ultimate dream. But that dream doesn’t come easily. It’s hard work, and there are challenges around every corner. Fortunately, entrepreneurs don’t have to go it alone. Their chance of success increases with access to the business knowledge and guidance of experienced professionals.

Business Mentor NY is a free, easy-to-use social network that allows entrepreneurs and volunteer business mentors to connect so they can solve problems and build businesses together. Join a growing community that has already enabled thousands of mentor-mentee matches and continues to make an impact through the power of mentoring to help small businesses thrive.

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83% survival rate for early-stage mentored entrepreneurs


Mentored entrepreneurs create twice as many new jobs as solo entrepreneurs


34% of mentored entrepreneurs experience increased access to financial resources


Why Mentoring?

Remarkable things happen when people pursue their passions. But passion alone isn't enough to produce entrepreneurial success. It must be combined with knowledge, guidance and encouragement to bring business possibilities to life.

Thriving entrepreneurs often cite mentoring as a critical component of their success. Powered by MicroMentor, an industry leader in online mentoring platforms, Business Mentor NY has proven experience helping New York's small business community reap the benefits of mentoring, growing their businesses every year.

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My mentor's perspective has been essential in my decision-making process. Under Sue’s direction, we have developed a strong Sales and Marketing toolkit that will continue to create growth for my business in the future.

Chriss, founder of WAYWARD, artisan craft studio in NYC

Join now to build your business