Mentoring

We don’t need to tell you that running a business is hard. If you’re here, you most likely know first hand. What we do know is that having an extensive network of trusted advisers is the most invaluable asset any business owner or community leader can possess. Our mentors are here to help you recognize your full potential, encourage you through difficult situations, facilitate the necessary steps towards success and stretch your beyond your comfort level.

Gangplank has combined our collaborative atmosphere and connections within the entrepreneurial community to create our Mentoring Office Hours program. Whatever type of business idea or project, whether it’s a startup or existing small business — at whatever stage of development, we have mentors that can help. Our mentors are divided into areas of specialty to ease your selection. Click on the specialty to read the mentor bios for that area.

Most onsite mentor sessions are offered through recurring monthly time slots in two to three 45-minute blocks. These are posted on the Gangplank Chandler Mentor Calendar below. Many of our mentors also are available for sessions on an individual appointment basis or via alternative communication with Google Hangout, Skype, etc. To reserve a spot or inquire about the program, send us an email.

Areas of Mentor Specialty

Early Stage

It all starts with an idea. Whether you’ve already put together a team or have only an idea scribbled on a piece of paper, mentors in this area focus on figuring out the next steps – finding funding, a market or simply an honest assessment.

Leadership and Team Development

Want to push yourself or your team to the next level? Our leadership and team mentors will assist in addressing problems within a team, as well as how you should be challenging yourself as a leader in your organization or company.

Sales, Marketing, Communications and Event Planning

Determining your market and how to meet their needs is an essential piece to any business. Meet with these mentors if you’re seeking guidance on how to build your product and connect it with the demand.

Design

Once you’ve got a product or a service, it needs to get noticed. Mentors in this specialty will advise on design for your business – where to start, how to hire a designer and tying it all together.

Legal

Our lawyer mentors specialize in small business law and can provide advice on everything from incorporation and liability to trademarks and blogging.

Finance and Accounting

If you’re looking for assistance on locating funding, you’ll want to meet with our Early Stage advisers. Finance mentoring is reserved for companies looking to manage funding, determine compensation or advice on investor relations. We also have accounting mentors available.

Technology and WordPress

It can be tough as a business owner to keep up-to-date on rapidly changing technology. We provide a safe place for you to ask all the questions you may be too embarrassed to ask and to better understand what helps your business operate. This mentoring track is also for technology professionals who may be looking for a sounding board – someone that speaks the language and can provide feedback on ideas.

Our WordPress mentors can help you set up a simple WordPress website for you business, guide you as you develop your current site or provide insight with more advanced issues such as testing, development and security.

Creative Industry

Working in the arts is a tough gig – especially when you’re looking to make it your primary career. We have video, music and writing professionals ready to advise you on the markets, and provide honest feedback on your skills.

Health Care, Food and Nutrition

Mentors are available in a growing variety of business areas including commercial food services and nutrition based ventures. Schedule a session with one of the Food and Nutrition mentors to find out more about what it takes to start — everything from canning and selling Grandma’s strawberry jam to creating a new health food product.

Have questions about new health care legislation? What are the possible challenges for entrepreneurs, innovators and application designers? Find some direction from a mentor whose specialty is health care. Get some guidance for taking your health care business concept to the next level.

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Upcoming Events

07/18 12:00am - 07/20 12:00am
Startup Weekend Chandler July 2014

The next Startup Weekend Chandler will be July 18-20, 2014 at Gangplank Chandler, 260 S. Arizona, Ave., Chandler, 85225-7516.

Thinking of starting your own business? Ready to learn some entrepreneurial skills while joining a startup team?

Startup Weekends are weekend-long, hands-on experiences where entrepreneurs and aspiring entrepreneurs can find out if startup ideas are viable. Beginning with open mic pitches on Friday, attendees bring their best ideas and inspire others to join their team. Over Saturday and Sunday teams focus on customer development, validating their ideas, practicing LEAN Startup Methodologies and building a minimal viable product. On Sunday evening teams demo their prototypes and receive valuable feed back from a panel of experts.

More information: http://chandler.startupweekend.org/