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Online “Dating” Service For CA Businesses

April 2, 2009

Los Angeles, CA - Call it an online "dating service" for businesses: A new website is helping match small-business owners with mentors who can help them succeed during these tough economic times. It uses MicroMentor 2.0, a free online social networking tool designed to easily connect entrepreneurs with people who have the skills they need to grow and improve their businesses. MicroMentor automatically matches skilled business volunteers with these entrepreneurs, based on each person's industry and expertise.

Jeff Jones with Mercy Corps says the free service is important for the country's economic recovery because about 70 percent of all new jobs over the past decade were created by small businesses.

"It's not enough just to provide them with a loan or with information on how to write a business plan. These one-on-one connections are very important for these entrepreneurs."

MicroMentor is an initative of Mercy Corps, a non-profit, humanitarian agency that implements community-led and market-driven programs in over 35 developing countries. The MicroMentor program is already helping nearly 400 small business owners in California.

Dorit Kagy, Los Angeles, is mentoring a small-business owner in Santa Clara who creates sculptures of people's pets. Kagy says the service allows her to volunteer and help other women become entrepreneurs.

"I am not only helping somebody and getting to see women become empowered and run their own businesses, but I also learn from them. Then I'm able to take what I learn back to my own job, where I focus on helping a very large company reach small- and the mid-market businesses."

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Lori Abbott, Public News Service - CA