Small Business Owners Share the Best Advice They Ever Received

A trusted mentor who can guide you toward opportunity — and away from costly mistakes — is a valuable asset to any small-business owner.

The Alcove9 Blog recently asked six entrepreneurs for the best advice their mentors ever gave them. In the spirit of paying it forward, here are their pearls of wisdom.

Shirley Corder, owner and advertising exec at Corder Communications & Marketing, refers to popular PR consultant Pam Perry (proof that mentors need mentors!). “Pam Perry often says ‘when you show up, you go up.’” Shirley recites. “I’ve found that to be true with seminars, events, networking, training – everything.”

“Get the best small business/start up accountant specialist your money can buy,” says Julie Carvalho, who has been in sales and consulting for more than ten years in the Philadelphia area.

“The best advice I’ve ever received was an American Express commercial featuring Jonathan Antin,” says Anna Diaz, an integrative health professional. “Hand them your business card, and tell them what you can do for them.”

Jackie Nagel, strategic business coach and small business mentor, poses this question: “If you don’t have time to do it right the first time, how much time do you have to do it over?” She adds, “Growing a business is not for the faint of heart – especially in this economy. There are no shortcuts.”

“Don’t be afraid to make mistakes,” advises RJ Reyes, partner and director of business development at Brainstormers in Los Angeles. “Mistakes are going to happen, so learn from them.”

“Start your 90 day cycle and don’t look back!” – Elda Rivero, a successful insurance broker for more than 10 years, says matter-of-factly.

What’s the best advice you’ve ever received from a mentor? Share it in the comments below.

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Meghan Polando
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