Do you know that mentorship is the single most important external factor for business success? Every small business would benefit from having a trusted mentor. The role of a mentor is to offer knowledge, support, and perspective. Rule of engagement: the mentor has a sincere desire to help, and the mentee has a strong desire to learn. The best relationships are based on mutual respect. The killer benefits of a mentoring relationship: relevant perspective and advice, skill improvement, networking contacts, and encouragement. When your family and friends are tired of hearing about your business, it may be time to enlist a mentor. Ready to take the first steps?