​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​SWaM ​Mentorship Program​​

The Virginia Beach "Small Business Mentorship Program" provides tailored business mentoring from area university and business leaders to selected Small, Women and/or Minority​-owned businesses. 

​The progr​am is free and will offer mentoring in the following core business sectors: 

  • Human Resources
  • Information Technology​
  • Finance
  • Marketing

To qualify, applicants must provide two years of business tax returns and submit a completed application.  As part of the application process companies will be required to convey the specific challenges that are being experienced within the aforementioned core business areas.  Applications will be reviewed on a monthly basis by the Pro​gram Administration Panel, at which time businesses will be selected to participate.  Response to this program is expected to be overwhelming and very competitive; please submit applications promptly.

Mentoring will be provided in one of the four core business sectors mentioned above.  Selected businesses will receive assistance through one of the following methods:

  1. Project Specific Mentoring - Participants will b​e assigned a project mentor related to the specific business challenge as stated in their application.
  2. Hands on Business Mentoring - Participants will have the opportunity to work with university faculty and/or local business owners.
  3. Focus Group Training - Participants will receive one-on-one instru​ction from the program administration panel.

The maximum time allotted for this mentoring opportunity shall not exceed 90 days.  Any additional requirements or arrangements with the program administration will have to be agreed upon by both the protege and their respective mentor.​

Mentorship Program Application

Mentorship Program Registration

The Program provides tailored business mentoring from area university and business leaders to selected Small, Women- and/or Minority-owned businesses.​

​​​​Contact Information​​

Jeff Smith
​​SWaM Business Development Manager
(757) 385-6453
jsmith@vbgov.com

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