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The Upper Shore Business Mentoring Program matches local volunteer business mentors with aspiring entrepreneurs and small business owners in Cecil, Kent, and Queen Anne’s Counties. These mentors have significant experience and are dedicated to supporting their local community with free personalized guidance and coaching.

Upper Shore Regional Council partners with the Cecil, Kent, and Queen Anne’s County economic development offices to identify and recruit experienced volunteers for the business mentor program. If you are interested in working with one of the mentors in your county, please use the links below to get started!

Please click on the county where you live or where your business is located for more information.

Cecil County (Coming Soon)

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We’re Seeking Business Mentors


Interested in becoming a Business Mentor?

Cecil, Kent and Queen Anne’s Counties are seeking experienced business professionals interested in volunteering to mentor new and established small businesses.

What do Business Mentors do?

  • Offer FREE guidance with:
  • Business planning
  • Financial planning
  • Marketing plan development
  • Funding and financing sources
  • Preparing Financial documents
  • Registering your business
  • Licensing and permits
  • Marketing and sales
  • Customer relations and retention
  • Ongoing business operations
  • Long range planning
  • and more!

Who can be a Mentor?

Business professionals with a desire to help and advise aspiring entrepreneurs and established small businesses looking for advice and guidance.  Mentors should have flexibility with their schedule to volunteer.

Small businesses generated 44% of all economic activity

Small businesses have a significant economic impact on the local economy.

A 2019 report from the U.S. Small Business Administration found that small businesses generated 44% of all economic activity in the country. Small businesses have been a significant component of the economic recovery in a post-pandemic world and the Upper Shore Regional Council is dedicated to supporting the region’s thriving small business network.