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MicroMentor | An initiative of Mercy Corps

Cause Area

  • Community
  • Computers & Technology
  • Education & Literacy
  • Employment
  • Women


45 SW Ankeny StPortland, OR 97204 United States

Organization Information

Mission Statement

MicroMentor is a free online service that connects small business owners with business mentors. MicroMentor puts experience to work by offering business professionals meaningful volunteer opportunities and by offering entrepreneurs one-on-one advice to help build successful businesses. Our mission is to help small businesses grow faster, generate more revenue, and employ more people. We make it easy to be a mentor, find a mentor, and build a business.


With MicroMentor, a Mercy Corps initiative, you can be the link to business success. Share your unique skills and expertise to help small business owners who need and want your advice to grow their businesses. Offer to mentor an entrepreneur today.


Would you recommend MicroMentor | An initiative of Mercy Corps?
29 reviews Write a review
by Dr. Kathleen B. O. from TX (September 15, 2021)
I love helping new entrepreneurs get a good start with their business. MicroMentor is an excellent organization. I was searching for ways to help new entrepreneurs and MicroMentor provides the best platform on the internet. I am now a virtual mentor for several people in the U.S. and abroad.
by Mei Y. (July 31, 2019)
I signed up with hope to help others, but the 1st request I received is "fund raising" that seems like scams (no website, no google results, no personal picture etc) Then I try to remove my account, but MM lets you jump through hoops to do that. Moreover, here is what they'll do with your information: https://www.micromentor.org/mentor/privacy-policy "If your account is deactivated or disabled, some of your information and the content you have provided will remain in order for other users to make full use of the Services. For example, we continue to display messages you sent to the users that received them and continue to display content you provided."
by Hector L. from TUCSON, AZ (March 20, 2019)
Just to let you know that your listing at www.volunteermatch.org for Tucson AZ is listed incorrectly as Tucson AR (Arkansas)
by pattama t. from IL (October 27, 2017)
I still haven't had a volunteer experience here but I look at information and the detail of event its sound having fun so I decided to attend the event which is managed by VolunteerMatch.
by Sarah F. W. (January 23, 2017)
Great website -- already talking to several mentees and I'm optimistic I can help at least one solve their business issue.
by Alissa B. (November 19, 2016)
I am very likely to recommend this organi2 to a friend because as much as im interested in volunteering she or he will be more and gladly appreciated to volunteer as well.
by Paul H. from Los Angeles, CA (November 16, 2016)
They turn away people with experience growing small business. I guess they don't know enough businesses trying to increase their bottom line?
by SHEQUITA I. from Chicago, IL (November 12, 2016)
From what I Read about this company and what I have seen your your people's have helped those that are in need, I would love not only being apart of a great company, but also spreading the word on the good work and great people's that is apart of it.Just letting them know how they are changing lives.
by Muata L. (September 22, 2016)
I expressed my interest, but never heard from this organization. I have business and entrepreneurial experience I would have liked to share.
by Barry I. (May 1, 2016)
Micromentor allows me to help people start and build their businesses around the world with my knowledge and experience, and I can do it all from by phone and computer.
by Adolf K. (October 12, 2015)
Great site to share ideas, get valuable advise and excellent networking platform.
by Jon T. from Portland, OR (September 9, 2015)
MicroMentor is an excellent organization. When looking for a volunteer opportunity I was particularly searching for ways to directly help the most people (one-on-one) in the most efficient way. MicroMentor was the best at providing the solution. I am now a virtual mentor for a dozen or so people both across the U.S. and abroad.
by Wilfred N. (September 7, 2015)
Because of the excellent work MicroMentor has been doing by linking entrepreneurs with mentors to help them in running successful businesses, thereby creating job opportunities and expanding economic activity.
by Brian V. (August 28, 2015)
If you have a desire to mentor aspiring entrepreneurs and share your experience with people who are trying to make a difference in their lives or in the world, Micromentor is a great vehicle to do that. I've worked with more that 10 entrepreneurs over the last year and value the relationships I've formed and the contributions I'm able to make to the people I'm working with.
by Caroline C. (August 26, 2015)
MicroMentor is the only platform connecting mentors with entrepreneurs from around the globe. I'm able to mentor entrepreneurs in San Francisco, CA and Lagos, Nigeria. It's a great platform for helping people start and scale their startups!
by bill o. (August 26, 2015)
You're wondering if you should try mentoring with MicroMentor.org and you're wondering why. There are folks at all skill levels that need help and they truly appreciate your efforts. I've worked with some of my folks for over three years and I've seen them use my advice and gets results. And on a selfish note, I've learned about businesses and countries that I knew little about. Don't wonder; give it a try!
by Gary M. from Vero Beach, FL (August 25, 2015)
It is a great organization. It allows you to choose who to help and also gives a future mentee the ability to select you as their mentor. It is amazing how many of these self selections turn out to be a real good match. I have had the good fortune of working with a gentleman in Rhode Island looking to offer up a new line of exciting modern furniture to a young lady in Nigeria that has a value proposition for human and livestock feed sources that can help the needs of the country and indeed the whole of Africa and beyond. This group has quite a mix, every so often you may get someone that is just not ready or is dreaming with no particular design. one must be honest offer what support you can and then advise them they are just not ready.the frequency of that however is only about 10 per cent. I will tell you that few things get my creative juices flowing than to help a young business person or an entrepreneur with an interesting product or service concept .M.M. stands tall!
by Margo W. (August 25, 2015)
I have been a volunteer mentor with Mercy Corps for about three of four years, and it has been an inspiring and fulfilling experience for me. The info is in my head from all my years of experience, and it makes me feel good and is rewarding that I am able to use all that I have learned to help others who can benefit. And the best part is how appreciative the mentees are! A lot of what they need is just an impartial sounding board, a coach, and a supportive friend to help keep them on track. The sales and marketing knowledge (my area of expertise) is clearly needed as well, as they usually have a great idea but are not able to translate that into sales so as to provide a means of support. Basic Sales and Marketing principles cross nearly all fields of endeavor, but they often lack not only the knowledge but the skills, so that is what we mostly work on.
by Dale T. (August 25, 2015)
I have been privileged to have had mentor discussions with 13 entrepreneurs in the past six months from five countries, including South Africa and Australia, each with as varied and diverse needs as the enterprises and passions they're following. Some want just one conversation to bounce some ideas around and get a dispassionate gut-check on their current thinking and strategies. Others want a routine, on-going dialog and a bit of hand-holding along the way. Through each of these encounters, I have walked away learning something about myself as much as I have learned about others, and find this volunteer endeavor immensely rewarding.
by Riley R. (August 25, 2015)
Nice platform, easy to access mentors and companies
by Chas M. (August 25, 2015)
I find it fulfilling to pass along whatever wisdom I have acquired and to help guide someone else along his or her path. I was fortunate enough to have several mentors early in my career. That helped set me on the right course. I feel like I owe it to them to provide the same kind of perspective and observations for others.
by Manuel S. from Lexington, KY (August 25, 2015)
MicroMentor is an excellent organization for entrepreneurs and business owners, the different resources help them to find out responses to business inquires, the resources offer professional advice, strategies, goals and more. The idea is create a professional network understand the actual needs of every leader, professional or entrepreneur, the business and technology world advance every day, some has the tools, or others not, the idea is sharing profitable and insight information and data, and everyone grow up in their respective business industries, so I recommend MicroMentor because they are taking care of people who really wants to make something different in business terms. Manuel Sierra
by Peggy A. (August 25, 2015)
Micromentor gave me the opportunity to share my experience and skills to help a charity in its early stages. I enjoy the energy and passion of my mentee and have gained confidence in my own abilities by providing help and guidance. I would highly recommend getting involved with them.
by Kenneth L. (August 25, 2015)
I have found the opportunity to serve many small enterprises through Micro Mentor since 2011. I have assisted well over 150 clients in most of the US and its territories. Micro Mentor allows me to run a group in my specialty area on government contracting and post answers to questions in the field. The site management has contacted me for suggestions and listened carefully. They have housed copies of my free books and offered them as downloads in Adobe format. I particularly enjoy the opportunity to assist those in foreign countries and have offered suggestions to individuals in Cameroon Haiti, Russia and Nigeria. Recent feature improvements at the site have included a dynamic correspondence feature that makes conversing with clients and recording a history of the dialogue very easy. I recommend the site to this who would like help in small business and those who can assist the small business enterprise. Ken Larson https://about.me/smalltofeds
by Bob C. from Canby, OR (August 24, 2015)
I'm a volunteer with both international and local programs. The international programs require multiple week commitments for each assignment. Some of the local programs I don't find very engaging. But with MicroMentor I can use my years of work experience to help guide budding entrepeneurs as they initiate or grow their business. I've mentored both domestic and international businesses. My time commitment to each business is about one hour per month. I've personally met some of the mentees since they're in my area of the country. Others are in other countries. But I've been in those countries which helps me understand their local business challenges. I find that my time with the mentees is very valuable to them and helps them clarify their plans and target their activities. For me as a mentor I have great satisfaction when the business leaders are successful in reaching their goals. I like the flexible time commitment to the program and feel my effort brings mutual rewards.
by sharon l. (August 24, 2015)
I have previously mentored and being mentored through MicroMentor and have really enjoyed both experiences when matched with the right mentor/ mentee. The in-field and industrial knowledge are invaluable because sometimes you just need someone to shed a light. MicroMentor has a good platform to find the right mentor, and has a lot of knowledge out there. Even if you cannot find someone immediately, there are places you can ask questions and where mentors would respond. I would recommend the entrepreneurs to utilize the free resources in the starting stage and continue to offer back whenever possible!
by Kim A. from Dana Point, CA (May 23, 2014)
I really enjoyed working with my first match but it was a little bit hard to coordinate meetings with the time difference.

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