Become a Mentor

You can make a difference in the lives and businesses of women entrepreneurs! Become a mentor to share your hard-earned knowledge with a new business owner.

We have women all over BC who are looking for experienced business owners to help them navigate the early stages of their business growth in our One-to-One Mentoring and Peer Mentoring programs, and we need more mentors to match them with.

Since 2007, we have hosted over 1,400 women in our mentoring programs. Our program is unique because we personally interview every applicant to match the mentee’s gaps with the strengths of the mentors so you know your time is well spent.

Ninety-five percent of our mentors say that their mentee match was good or excellent, and 67% choose stay in touch long after their mentoring cycle is over because they enjoy the relationship!

You don’t need to have all the answers. You offer your experience, and we’ll provide:

  • Training on how to be a mentor
  • A mentee who is open to having input from a mentor and excited about reaching her business goals
  • Worksheets and support materials
  • Support for your mentee from a personal Business Advisor, who can provide specific training and resources to develop hard skills
Picture of Mentor Janette Fessenden
Janette Fessenden
Bliss Float Centre, Kamloops
Volunteer Mentor

If you have any questions about becoming a Mentor, check out these FAQs, or reach out to Kaitlyn McConnell, Mentoring Program Manager:

Why Mentor?

  • Share your business experience and knowledge to shorten the learning curve for new business owners
  • Make a positive impact in your mentee’s business and empower her to take control of her future—95% of mentees feel confident after working with their mentor, compared to 39% before entering the program
  • Give back to your community
  • Make new connections with a network of volunteers throughout the province
  • Learn new skills—75% of WEC mentors say that being a mentor has helped them in their own business

As our mentees say…

“My mentor was such a shining example to learn from! She is sweet and caring, but also makes sure to hold you accountable! The last year has been totally beyond my wildest dreams! When I first started Pop Media, I NEVER would have thought I would have been able to do all of this, especially at such an early stage in the business. It just goes to show that my only barrier is what I think is possible.”

I really appreciated the opportunity to be a part of this group. It was very supportive and beneficial, it helped set my mindset for the week. I walked away a more confident business owner with a book full of new ideas and inspiration.

With my mentor’s guidance, I finally launched my online shop and I’m also now more motivated in completing daily/weekly tasks. In the last 6 months of the mentorship program, I would say that my time management has become better and staying focused on my business goals with a mentor really helped!

As our mentors say…

I was a mentor with Women’s Enterprise Centre for 5 years. I thoroughly enjoyed working with young entrepreneurial women who not only appreciated what I had to contribute, but taught me a great deal about myself in the process.

Mentoring in my opinion is a way for anyone in business to give back to their community, by helping an individual survive and thrive. Being a mentor enriched my life by the simple act of sharing perspectives and experiences with a fellow entrepreneur. I would encourage all female entrepreneurs to consider a mentoring relationship with support from Women’s Enterprise Centre.

Volunteering has been wonderful for me this year as I am building my contacts, my skills, and my confidence as a consultant. My mentee has been a delight!

I am thrilled at how much work these ladies have put into the program. Thanks for allowing me to be part of this amazing program. I learned so much from them and felt they learned so much about themselves.

Mentor Qualifications

To be a mentor, you should have:

  • Over five years, or equivalent experience, operating your own business
  • The willingness to communicate, empathize and inspire trust
  • The availability to commit to six sessions over a six-month period (minimum of 2-3 hours per month)

FAQs About Being a Mentor

1. What are the different types of mentoring?

We are currently looking for mentors for the following mentoring programs:

  • One-to-One Mentoring: As a mentor, you will be matched with a woman who is in the early stages of operating her business for a six-month mentoring relationship.
  • Peer Mentoring Groups: As a peer mentoring group facilitator, you will lead a group of up to eight women as they work through their business challenges and opportunities using a solution-based approach. You improve their financial literacy in a confidential, supportive environment. The group meets six times and decides the focus of each discussion based on the interests and needs of its members (e.g. work/life balance, marketing, networking skills, cash flow management).
2. How much time would I need to commit as a mentor?

Mentors volunteer a total of 16-20 hours over the course of the program, including their facilitator training, prep time and one-on-one or group sessions. The schedule is very flexible and is set by you and your mentee(s).

3. I'm new to mentorship. Will I receive training?

Yes, we provide training to prepare you for your one-to-one relationship, or to help you facilitate a group of up to eight mentees.

4. What if I don't know the answer to my mentee's question?

You don’t have to have all the answers! You are supported by a team of professional Business Advisors who can assist your mentee(s) with their business questions.

5. Who are the Mentees?

Mentees are women business owners who are actively operating a business in your community. Our team personally interviews every applicant to find motivated entrepreneurs who have the appropriate level of business foundations to benefit from the program, and who are open to having input from a mentor to help them reach their business goals.

6. What do I need to prepare?

For Peer Mentoring Groups, we provide the tools required to facilitate each session (handbooks, journals, forms, etc.) as well as supporting resources, including webinars and worksheets. Meeting expense allowances are provided to supply refreshments for each session and cover any printing and travel.

For One-to-One matches, we will send you and your mentee welcome packages so you have everything you need!