March 07, 2012 at 18:19 PM EST
Champions of Change: Honoring Mentors who Support America’s Entrepreneurs
This afternoon, the White House honored eleven Champions of Change for their extraordinary service as mentors for startups and small businesses across the country. By sharing their expertise and hard-won experience with first-time entrepreneurs, these mentors are not only “paying it forward” – they are enabling countless American businesses to grow faster and create more jobs.  Some of these Champions have done exemplary work through programs affiliated with the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), including SCORE , Small Business Development Centers , Women’s Business Centers , and the Emerging Leaders (e200) Initiative . Others are working to grow regional “entrepreneurial ecosystems” through the Startup America Partnership , a private-sector response to the White House Startup America  initiative. A strong mentor can offer invaluable support to entrepreneurs. Check out this new video on what makes an effective entrepreneurial mentor, drawn from interviews with leaders from the Startup America Partnership, who share their own experience on both sides of the relationship.  
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