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The Importance of Mentors, And Where To Find Them

The importance of a mentor and where to find them can be one of the most important tasks a business professional can search for in their journey towards success. 

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Why Mentors Matter?

Mentors or business coaches are one of the most valuable resources an entrepreneur should tap into. The idea of launching a business should no longer be a scary or daunting experience, riddled with unknowns. It should be a collaborative experience accumulating the learnings of the hundreds of local entrepreneurs who have already built successful businesses, and can help you move faster and avoid known pitfalls based on their years of experience, as entrepreneurs themselves.

And, what is great about mentors or business coaches is that they come in all shapes and sizes that can handle the myriad of topics that you may be having a problem. So, search for the mentors who are expert on your specific business size, your specific industry, or your specific business problem (e.g., marketing issue vs. technology issue), on a case-by-case basis. Unlike finding a long term person for your formal board of directors or advisory board, as I have previously written about, mentors are more like “hired guns” on one-off topics that present themselves over time.

My Experience as a Mentor

Over my career, I have had the distinct pleasure of mentoring many startup entrepreneurs. Some of that has been via formal mentorship programs at startup accelerators like Techstars, Founder Institute or Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses.  And, some of it has been informal conversations along the way, while guest lecturing  university students or at entrepreneurial networking events.  To me, there is nothing more invigorating than being surrounded by a bunch of excited and motivated entrepreneurs, and trying to help them achieve their goals of building successful businesses. And, I am happy to contribute learnings from my career to help them get up the learning curve faster and for me to give back to the entrepreneurial ecosystem, of which I am a part.

A Mentorship Case Study

As an example, one of the startups I met needed help in structuring a strategic partnership with the leading media company in their industry to assist them with promotion and building up an audience. And, modestly, who better to help them than me, who structured a very similar media-related strategic partnership with National Geographic, while I was building explore in the travel space. Having the benefit of hindsight of cutting a strategic deal with a big media company, I have first-hand experience of what the pluses and minuses of that relationship were after the ink was signed, and it was too late to change anything in the agreement. So, hopefully, this startup can benefit from my experience, and can write a better agreement in their deal, than I did in mine.

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Dew Drop Inn in Derby, Connecticut Restaurant Review

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One of my favorite places to go is the Dew Drop Inn in Derby, Connecticut. Their address is 25 North Avenue, Derby, CT 06418. Telephone is (203) 735-7757. Below is a picture of the outside of the Dew Drop Inn as well as my first lunch there on Saturday April 19, 2014. It was the Rodeo Burger which is described as “Cheddar Cheese, Onion Rings, Bacon and BBQ Sauce.

Besides giving a review, I want to give my readers a chance to learn more. It is always good to have more than one opinion when you want to dine out.

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On my second visit I had the Blue Goat which is described as “Goat Cheese, Cucumbers, Mixed Greens and creamy blueberry dressing”. My third visit I brought my girlfriend from Ireland with me. We both shared the Fried Mozzarella Sticks and Jalapeno Poppers. Both were good and we both enjoyed them. Sorry no pictures for these. I told different people about my three visits and the one thing I constantly heard from different people was “you haven’t tried their wings yet”.

Since then I have had five different wings. I am listing them below in order of which ones I liked the most. My two favorites are the Cajun BBB and JD BBQ.

My third and fourth favorites were the Jim Bean Bourbon BBQ and General Tsao’s.

The last one I tried was the Spicy Ranch & Bacon ones. These were a little to rich for me. These would have been perfect to share with someone.

The staff at Dew Drop Inn are excellent. I like the customers. Some of the customers can be loud when they come in but will also say excuse me if they accidently bump into me on the way to the bathroom. One time there was this nice couple who brought in bread and was insistent that I had a piece.

I was born in Derby, Connecticut and I have loyalty to it. It is the smallest city in the State of Connecticut. I have found two hidden gems in this small city. One is Roseland Apizza and the other is the Dew Drop Inn.

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Alan Zibluk
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Alan Zibluk Market Hive Founding Member