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    • There is a direct correlation between supporting your local small business and community and economic development. On average, almost half of every purchase at your local small business is recirculated locally (in the form of payroll, goods/services purchased from area businesses, profits spent locally by the owner, or donations to area charities), compared to less than 14 percent of purchases at chain stores. Take the time and spend the money to support local businesses with your presence and your dollars. You really do vote with your wallet. When you shop locally, you are casting your vote for your community. Start shopping at https://www.startsmallthinkbig.org/gift-guide.

    • Congratulations on this new project! How exciting! Great mentors are everywhere, definitely not just in Silicon Valley. The local schools are full of possibilities - community colleges, colleges, graduate schools. There are professors and also student groups who would love a project
      like this. I'd also think about some of your local businesses/companies, all of whom have employees who might be interested in skills-based volunteer opportunities. You could also even post an ad in your local paper if you are looking for mentors with very specific skill sets. Business plan pitch competitions are a great way to drum up interest and support. You should definitely think through a screening process, especially because your mentors will be working with students - maybe a short questionnaire/interview that all applicants will need to complete?

    • Thanks so much for your question. Start Small works with 1300 volunteers each year, who provide about $10 million worth of pro bono legal, financial and/or marketing support to our entrepreneurs. We recruit our volunteers primarily from major law firms, banks, financial institutions and marketing companies (e.g., Simpson Thacher & Bartlett, Debevoise & Plimpton, Morgan Stanley, AIG, Goldman Sachs, Neuberger Berman). Our projects really vary - some are longer-term (e.g., building a website) and some are just a few hours (e.g., incorporating a new
      business). All of our projects are limited scope - i.e., the volunteers know ahead of time exactly what they are signing up for.