Join the
Institute for Entrepreneurial Leadership
Volunteer Community!

Mentors are champions who help entrepreneurs:

  • Gain clarity in purpose and direction

  • Prioritize action steps

  • Create accountability

  • Brainstorm options and opportunities

  • Make connections to resources

What does it take to be a mentor?

• Demonstrated leadership and patience

• A passion for sharing expertise and lessons learned

• Good problem-solver/critical thinker

• At least 5 years of professional experience

• Computer proficiency; comfort with using online communication tools

• Able to commit a minimum of 2 hours/month for at least 6 months

Not ready to be a one-on-one mentor? Sign up as a Subject Matter Advisor or a Discussion Forum Subject Matter Expert to answer specific questions within your area(s) of expertise. Answer as many questions as you choose.

Apply to Join the IFEL Volunteer Community

Step 1

Send us your interest form. (Use the link below.)

Step 2

We'll schedule a call with you to discuss your interests and volunteer options.

Step 3

Get started helping your entrepreneur(s)! Don't worry...we'll train you and provide tools for you to have a meaningful and productive experience.

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“By helping more entrepreneurs and small business owners succeed, we help grow profitable businesses that together build thriving communities. Knowing that you play a role in that, is enormously gratifying. ”


Jill Johnson, CEO

Institute for Entrepreneurial Leadership

The Institute for Entrepreneurial Leadership (IFEL), founded in 2002, is an independent, 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that supports economic development through entrepreneurship. We are experts in creating and implementing small business programming in support of larger economic development objectives. Our services and programs help ambitious “every day” entrepreneurs gain access to the knowledge, networks, and capital necessary to succeed in business.


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