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Mentoring in Entrepreneurship Support: Some Basics | Entrepreneurship Issue Brief, No. 4

Mentoring is offered as a feature to support entrepreneurs in a variety of entrepreneurship support programs, including incubators, accelerators, small business chambers, and entrepreneurship education initiatives. Mentoring is a popular entrepreneurship support intervention, and it can be offered either as a main focus or as one of several features in a package of offerings.

This brief presents a breakdown of the reasons entrepreneurs seek business advice or mentoring, as well as the sources of mentoring, drawing from the 2016 Annual Survey of Entrepreneurs. The trends explained here are based on the perceptions of the entrepreneurs themselves, which provide insight into how they think about and navigate the process of obtaining business advice or mentoring.

Motivations for Entrepreneurship | Trends in Entrepreneurship, No. 4

Trends in Entrepreneurship | Take a closer look at what motivates an individual to become an entrepreneur, and how it can reflect the broader economic environment as well as influence the nature and direction of the business activity itself.

How Quickly Do New Businesses Hire? brief cover

Entrepreneurship is often heralded as important to the economy because of its job creation effects. These jobs come from new employer businesses, a small but important subset of entrepreneurial activity in the United States.

This brief explores trends in educational attainment among entrepreneurs who start employer businesses (firms with paid employees) in the United States. In this brief, entrepreneurs are defined as employer business owners with at least 51% stock or equity in the business.

This brief explores trends in annual receipts among entrepreneurs who start employer businesses in the United States. In this brief, entrepreneurs are defined as employer business owners with at least 51% stock or equity in the business. Receipts are defined as the total sales, shipments, receipts, revenue, or business done by establishments with paid employees.

Accelerators

Understanding the performance of accelerators is important to a wide range of individuals and organizations: participating startups, accelerator managers and staff, investors, partners, donors, funders, and policymakers.