For each class, members of the RMOA Business Association (RBA) and other business owners are invited to serve as Mentors. RBI recruits Mentors based upon their business experience, expertise, and willingness to help those seeking to start a new business or improve an existing one.
RBI Mentors provide personalized mentoring to RBI Fellows (students) through meetings, phone contacts, and email. Mentors are supportive, nonjudgmental, and accessible.
THE MENTOR'S ROLE
Serves as a role model and confidant
Provides guidance, advice, and encouragement
Imparts technical knowledge and other expertise
Refers Fellows to needed supportive services
Shares resources and networks
Challenges Fellows to move beyond their comfort zones
Focuses on each Fellow's total development
Mentors engage RBI Fellows at least 1 hour per week and resolve every uncertainty that the Fellows have. The RBI Program Management Team documents the mentoring provided.