Unsure about your next move? WIC Mentoring can help

Do you sometimes struggle to stay focused and moving forward?

Are you uncertain at times about what your next best move is as you work to reach and connect with your target customers?

Do you sometimes feel overwhelmed with all there is to do as a small business owner?

We may be able to help you through WIC Mentoring.

Our spring session starts soon. It will run for six weeks from April 5 through May 10.

We’re looking for a group of 6-8 people who are ready to build their business skills, and to make improvements in their business, who would like mentoring support to help them get that process well underway.

Desiree Lehrbaum and I, both WIC Members and experienced consultants, created, tested and refined the WIC Mentoring Program through three rounds in the past two years.

Desiree and I will lead the mentoring again this spring, as we did in all of the prior sessions. Desiree leads the marketing and business development aspects of the program. I lead the vision-setting, action planning and process streamlining parts of the program.

As part of this program you’ll receive and experience:

– Six weeks of webinar-based mentoring sessions, one every Tuesday morning from 10-11 am, April 5-May 10.
– Homework each week and feedback on it to help you apply the mentoring content to make improvements in your own business
– Two 30-minute one-on-one mentoring calls, one with each mentor
– The support of a group of peers who are going through the mentoring experience with you, who can be a continuing source of support after the program ends

WIC Members’ price for the six-week program is $150, while WIC Community Members can participate for $270.

We would love to have you join us, if you believe this mentoring program is right for you.

Here’s a little more information:

– We learned from our earlier rounds that our program works best for people who have been in business for at least a year or more. At this point, mentees have tried some things that work with their businesses, and have tried some that haven’t. They’re ready to make improvements in their marketing and business management processes and skills.

Being able to fully commit the time and energy to the mentoring sessions and homework is an important part of success for individuals and the group in this program.

Our mentoring sessions will be held by webinar. In addition, if it works for the Spring 2011 group and if we can find an appropriate location for it, we’ll hold the kickoff and closing sessions in person, which the Spring and Fall 2010 groups found valuable.

We’ll gather mentee feedback at the end of the session. It has been a vital part of our continual improvement of the program, and the program’s ongoing success.

Here are the next steps, if you’re interested:

1. Contact me at jan@jgrichardsresults.com to let me know you’re interested.
2. I’ll send you a questionnaire to complete with information about your mentoring objectives and availability for the program.
3. You’ll e-mail the completed questionnaire back to me.
4. We’ll finalize the Spring 2011 group of 6-8 mentees based on the order in which the completed questionnaires are returned, as well as the appropriateness of this program for individual needs and mentoring objectives.
5. If you’re one of the Spring 2011 mentees, I’ll send you a link for the page where you can officially sign up, and pay to hold your spot in the program.
6. If more people are interested in the program than we have mentoring spots available, we’ll create a waiting list for the Fall 2011 program, which we hope to have.

If you have questions, as always, let me know.

We hope to include you in Spring 2011 WIC Mentoring or a future mentoring session.

jan@jgrichardsresults.com' About Jan Richards

Principal of J. G. Richards Consulting, Jan helps companies improve profitability and revenue as they decrease business complexity and costs. This occurs in many ways, including: streamlining business operations; project management for major change and process improvement teams; coaching leaders of major change programs; creating long-range visions and strategic plans. A WIC Board member, Jan oversees WIC's strategic initiatives and mentoring programs.


  1. I was lucky enough to be in the 2010 program. Both Jan and Desiree are wonderful mentors. This program will will justify your WIC membership (if you ever needed a justification).

    Best of luck Jan and Desiree. Thanks for being my mentor.

  2. Wow, Lou Anne, you just made my day! Thanks for the endorsement for WIC Mentoring, and for our work with all of you.

    Desiree and I were very happy you to have you involved in Mentoring, and we hope that it continues to be helpful to you.

    Thanks again, Lou Anne!

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