Business Mentoring Program in Queen Anne’s County


The Upper Shore Business Mentoring Program matches local volunteer business mentors with aspiring entrepreneurs and small business owners in Queen Anne’s, Kent and Cecil Counties. Our volunteer business mentors provide years of seasoned professional experience across a wide variety of fields and are dedicated to supporting their local community with free personalized guidance and coaching. All mentoring services are FREE and confidential.

What do Business Mentors do?

Our business mentors provide a variety of services to business owners or those looking to start a business, including 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 & more!

Ready to get started? Request a Business Mentor!

Simply complete the Business Mentor Request Form below. Our team will review your request and pair you with a Business Mentor based on your business’s needs and goals.

You will also receive a Mentee Agreement between you and the Upper Shore Regional Council outlining the terms and conditions of this service which you must agree to in order to utilize these business mentoring services.

Once our team has received the completed agreement and we have determined the best Business Mentor for your needs, we will connect you with your assigned Mentor!

Are you interested in becoming a Business Mentor?

We are seeking experienced business professionals interested in volunteering to mentor new and established small businesses.

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.

If you are interested in becoming a business mentor, click the button below to fill out our Become a Business Mentor Form, or contact Heather Tinelli, Director of Queen Anne’s County Economic and Tourism Development, at [email protected].