The Missing Ingredient: Business Education & Mentoring Programs

The Missing Ingredient: Business Education & Mentoring Programs


Wed, May 19, 2021
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

For Growing Businesses: Finding the Missing Ingredients — Mentoring & Business Education Programs


Business education is a game-changer in the life of the entrepreneur.  Having a good product or service helps, but having management tools propels growth and gives you the competitive edge. Learn from small business leaders and experienced entrepreneurs about how several local organizations have helped business owners grow their businesses.


Power Up Your Business
A 12-week course in small business management and planning where you will gain tools needed to run a successful business and develop a tactical improvement plan.

  • Team of experts that teach marketing, financials, human resource and operations, insurance and legal, and how to develop a tactical improvement plan
  • Learn from experienced entrepreneurs through our peer-based learning model
  • Coaching support from a business coach and financial coach for one year.

NAWBO Semi-Circle Program
The Semi-Circle is a year-long program that offers connections, access and learning opportunities, above and beyond NAWBO membership, to women who are inspired to grow their businesses or take it to the next level, want to increase revenue, expand their footprint, or have pivoted their business due to the pandemic and are forging a new path forward.  The program provides four pillars of learning:

  1. Mentorship: enrollees are paired with a mentor to help them meet their business needs
  2. Mastermind: enrollees work through business challenges with their peer group
  3. Podcasts: enrollees learn about specific topics such as acquisition, government contracting, marketing and many other topics
  4. Quarterly Opportunities: enrollees focus on personal and business growth and networking through social or hands on educational virtual events. 

U.S. Small Business Administration Emerging Leaders Initiative
100 + hours of professional specialized training and peer-to-peer counseling delivered over the course of seven months. Specialized areas of training include: Growth Strategies Plans, Financing and Access to Capital, Government Contracting, CEO Mentoring. A three-year strategic growth action plan with benchmarks and performance targets to help the participant emerge as a self-sustaining business that creates jobs and builds communities

Advisory Boards
Advisory boards can help the owners of established businesses in the Delaware Valley region get their businesses to the next stage of sustainable growth (in sales and job creation).  Entrepreneurs benefit from the expertise of professionals in various disciplines that address key challenges the respective owner is facing for their business. Typically, advisory boards meet on a quarterly basis over at least a one-year period of time to provide guidance to the entrepreneur.  Advisory boards are most beneficial when the business owner is open-minded about making changes to improve their business results.

Business Resource and Innovation Center, Free Library of Philadelphia
The Business Resource and Innovation Center (BRIC) at the Free Library of Philadelphia supports entrepreneurs, nonprofits, job seekers, and inventors at every stage, helping to improve their skills through individualized guidance in research, public programs, and curated print and digital resources. We create multiple entry points for those with ideas, plans, skills, and passions, enabling people to make fact-based decisions in order to fulfill their goals.


Ana Fernandez-Parmet

President ​@ Parmetech, Inc.
Immediate Past President @ Greater Philadelphia NAWBO

Kimberly Stout
Economic Development Specialist ​@ SBA
Director​ @ Emerging Leaders Initiative

Kittura Dior

Program Coordinator, Peer-Based Learning Experience
​@ Power Up Your Business

Maria Baseggio
@ Sage Insights, LLC

Rebekah Ray
Administrative Librarian, Business Resource & Innovation Center
​@ Free Library of Philadelphia

Therese Flaherty

Moderator, formerly Director of Wharton Small Business Development Center


Register here to receive your unique Zoom webinar join link.

  • Check-in for Networking starts at 9:45 AM
  • Program begins at 10:00 AM