The Fuse Mentor Network is a resource for the entrepreneurial ecosystem in the Tri-Cities. It is a member resource that connects experienced business leaders with start-ups and entrepreneurs looking for extra guidance. The Fuse Mentor Network is comprised of a diverse set of local professionals who offer a wide set of skills and expertise useful in every stage of business.
Having a group of organized mentors is critical to the success of the entire entrepreneurial ecosystem. Our goal is to give start-ups and entrepreneurs the ongoing tools, knowledge, and support they need to succeed.
Why Become a Mentor?
Mentorship is a two-way street. Both mentor and mentee benefit from mentorship. The Muse (themuse.com) gives three major benefits of being a mentor:
- It makes you a better leader
- It helps you learn more about your company
- It makes you feel great
Mentors are also six times more likely to get a promotion and 20% more likely to get a pay raise than those not involved in mentorship (according to a study conducted by Sun Microsystems).
ArtOfMentoring.net adds even more good reasons to become a mentor. They include the fact that teaching someone else strengthens your own skills. What’s more, spending time with younger or less-experienced people can actually open you up to fresh, new perspectives.
Why Become a Mentee?
There are many great reasons to find yourself a mentor. Forbes.com lists three main ones:
- Good mentors help you set measurable goals
- Good mentors never let you settle and become complacent
- Good mentors will share personal experiences that inspire and motivate you
Having a mentor means you are ready and willing to grow, personally and professionally. Mentors can help advise you on decisions in your life and career. Sometimes just having a sounding board can be very helpful. They can also help make connections to people and resources that would be helpful to you.
How to Be a Mentor
It’s simple! Fill out the Fuse Mentor form so we can get to know you a little better. The Fuse Mentor committee screens all mentor applicants for accuracy. If accepted your profile will be available through the Fuse website for potential mentees. This is a Fuse members-only resource, although your profile will be public.
How to Be a Mentee
It’s simple! Fill out the Fuse Mentee form so we can get to know you a little better. The Fuse Mentor committee will review your application and connect you with the best mentor(s) for your needs. From there it’s up to you and your mentor to make the most of your connection and success!