Become a mentor
TechTown’s Professional Services Provider (PSP) network is critical to helping businesses in Detroit’s neighborhoods develop, launch, stabilize and grow.
There are three ways to join our PSP network as a mentor:
- Individual volunteers: These are generally people who are volunteering their professional expertise and services on a pro bono basis. Depending on interests and expertise, these engagements may include financial management coaching, development of key financial statements or record keeping systems, lease negotiations, contract drafting, strategic marketing planning, leadership training, team development, operational efficiencies coaching, etc.
- Private Enterprises: Often, other small businesses are looking for ways to market their services and connect to other business owners and organizations in Detroit neighborhoods. If our client companies need a service we don’t have a ready volunteer for, we help connect them to these professional service providers, based on need. To establish this relationship, the providing business is asked in advance to provide a general menu of services they’re willing and able to provide to this target audience. This usually includes a general scope of work involved, hours of service required, and a market price. If possible, a negotiated rate for TechTown clients is also included. Examples of this have included: legal (entity formation, contract drafting); accounting (tax preparation, chart of accounts preparation), marketing (brand identify package, social media templates, website development, public relations plans); and so on and so on.
- Network Partners: This category includes other nonprofits, institutional partners, municipalities, and such, whose mission already includes support of Detroit’s small businesses, but who the business might not have a ready connection to. Through ongoing cultivation of these partnerships and networks, we’re able to accelerate access to these services for our clients and, in some cases, help develop new areas of support to meet immediate needs.
Interested? Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org with information on your enterprise or organization, or a copy of your resume or CV. We look forward to working with you!