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Business Mentor NY Code Of Conduct

By accessing or using the New York State Business Mentor NY website, located at, or any successor websites, including any and all international and mobile versions thereof (collectively, the "Website"), and thereby becoming a part of the New York State Business Mentor NY ("Program") community, you are agreeing to abide by this Code of Conduct and the other terms set forth in our Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. Failure to adhere to this Code of Conduct and the Terms of Use may result, among other things, in termination of your account and the deletion of content that you have posted on the Website, with or without notice, as determined by New York State acting through New York State Urban Development Corporation d/b/a Empire State Development ("New York State") in its sole discretion.

We reserve the right, at our sole discretion, to change, modify, add, or delete portions of this Code of Conduct at any time without further notice. If we do this, we will post the changes to this Code of Conduct on this page and will indicate at the top of this page the date these terms were last revised. Your continued use of the Website after any such change constitutes your acceptance of the new Code of Conduct. If you do not agree to this or any future Code of Conduct, you may not use or access (or continue to use or access) the Website. It is your responsibility to regularly check the Website to determine if there have been changes to this Code of Conduct and to review such changes.

Mentors and Mentees

As a participant in the Program community, I agree to:

  • treat others within the Program community with respect
  • put an honest effort and commit sufficient time towards each mentoring relationship established (recommended three (3) hours per month for mentors and six (6) hours per month for mentees)
  • not promote goods or services from sources in which I have a financial or personal interest
  • not accept fees or commissions
  • recognize the diversity of the Program community and respect the variety of cultural norms, beliefs, practices, and values it contains


As a mentor within the Program community, I agree to:

  • not use any ideas, products or materials that a mentee has, or may develop, to further my business or financial interests; and maintain the confidentiality of all ideas, products or materials that have been entrusted to me by my mentee
  • encourage my mentee to maintain the highest ethical standards
  • maintain a high standard of personal and professional conduct with my mentee
  • always communicate in a truthful manner
  • support the goals of my mentee
  • avoid the intent or appearance of unethical or compromising practice in relationships, actions and communications
  • accept only assignments for which I am qualified by my experience and competence
  • immediately acknowledge any influences on my objectivity to my mentee
  • refer my mentee to New York State for issues or questions for which I feel unqualified


As a mentee within the Program community, I agree to:

  • maintain the confidentiality of my mentoring relationships
  • communicate regularly and openly with my mentor
  • honor my commitment to my mentor
  • complete any tasks agreed upon between my mentor and myself
  • hold all sensitive information provided through my Program relationship in strict confidence