WMU News

WBDC program explores benefits of business mentors

May 25, 1999

KALAMAZOO -- Business owners and potential business owners wondering about the benefits of mentors can get the answers to their questions in "Why Do I Need a Mentor?," a program offered by Western Michigan University's Women's Business Development at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, June 3, at the YWCA, 353 E. Michigan Ave.

The public is invited to attend the free program, which will be facilitated by Mimi O. Scott, an independent consultant with more than 20 years of management experience in banking, consolidation services and information technology.

Scott, who is a member of the advisory board for the center, points out that whether you are self-employed or working for someone else, you need a coach or trusted counselor to be the best you can be. She says that because no one can know everything, mentors can provide access to a wealth of knowledge and experience in a wide range of areas.

The discussion will cover such topics as creative ways to mentor, who should decide the best structure, what a mentee should do, what to expect (and not expect) from a mentor, and how and when to find a good mentor.

The program, co-sponsored by the YWCA and the Haworth College of Business at WMU, is one in a series offered by the Women's Business Development Center.

The Women's Business Development Center was established by the Haworth College of Business in February to provide support to women business owners, potential owners and professionals through training, group and individual problem-solving consultation, current business information, and networking opportunities. University faculty and volunteers from the business and professional community serve as speakers, trainers and mentors.

While registration is not required, those interested in attending are encouraged to reserve a spot. For more information or to reserve a seat, contact Pat Guenther, the center's director and assistant director of WESTOPS, the University's Office of Public Service, at (616) 387-2714.

Media contact: Marie Lee, 616 387-8400, marie.lee@wmich.edu

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