I've been publishing my New Venture Mentor blog, which directly serves entrepreneurs, and consulting directly with small business clients for years. I've also separately published pieces like my white paper, Re-Examining Entrepreneurship Support Structures to Improve Outcomes for Under-Served Entrepreneurs, and worked with non-profits that support entrepreneurs to help them improve their service offerings.
As we get a fresh start in 2018, I think it's time that those two worlds meet so that 1) there is a shorter-form discussion of the issues with and failures of most non-profit entrepreneurship support and 2) entrepreneurs are aware of the short-comings they may encounter when seeking help from a non-profit entrepreneurship support organization (ESO) and can be prepared to make the best use of the resources available.
With that said, I'm launching a new blog mini-series called Honest About Entrepreneurship Support that will openly discuss these issues in easily digestible blog posts and I will cross-categorize all of these posts in New Venture Mentor as well so that business owners are informed about the services they're receiving.
I have a couple dozen blog topics and will post the mini-series in fairly rapid succession during the first couple of months of 2018, so stay tuned.
I hope that we can get an honest conversation going that will lead to changes in how entrepreneurship support is funded and provided so that we'll see improved outcomes for entrepreneurs.
Source: Cate Costa.