Why You Need a Mentor

James Altucher said it best:
C. You Need a Mentor…

Being an entrepreneur can offers certain liberties…

You get to make your own schedule, choose who you want to work with, and you get to build something that will help improve the lives of others. At some point you’ll find yourself in the position of the boss. Being the boss is tough, especially when you have to be the boss of yourself.

You Can’t Do It All Yourself

small business ideaOne of the biggest mistakes entrepreneurs can make is thinking that they have to go into business alone. Either they are afraid someone will steal their ideas, want to make sure everything is perfect, or they have too much pride and think that they have to build their empire through their own efforts.

Everyone needs someone (or something) to be able to turn to when they have problems, questions, need advice, or are totally unsure and don’t know where to go next… The first step is to turn to friends and family, but sometimes the people closest to you have no idea how to build a business. This doesn’t make them bad people, it just means that you need to expand your circle of influence a tad.

Ditch Superficial Networking Events

If you know anything about us, you’ll know that we don’t like typical networking events. The majority of the interactions you encounter will be superficial. Let’s be honest, after the exchange of business cards, chances are rare that you’ll connect further. However, it’s still important to seek out other like minded people who can help you become a better business owner.

Don’t assume that you can just use social media to reach out to a whole new group of people. We are finding ourselves more and more connected via screens for majority of our communications. Even in the world of tech, we still need face to face interactions to build healthy relationships.

Two years ago we started a series of workshops for people interested in starting or growing their business. Notice how we didn’t call it a networking event? Our gatherings are about utility. When you show up to CAKE, our goal is for you to walk away with a different look on your business. Oh… and as a byproduct, you’ll meet people.

Welcome to a New Era of C.A.K.E.

We spent our first year acting as a teacher; offering up generic business lessons with a scrappier approach than traditional advice would lend. The next year we put on our consultant hats; providing specific solutions to specific problems by working with a local business for a month and then sharing our results. In 2014 (our third year), we are here to mentor your business through its toughest challenges.

We’d like to introduce you to Entretherapy.

Entretherapy – A Place for Portland Entrepreneurs to get HELP!
Entretherapy Sessions in Portland, Oregon
Here is how Entretherapy will work…

  1. Each entrepreneur who attends will get an equal amount of time to talk.
  2. The first half of that time will be used to share a hurdle you’re facing in business.
  3. The second half is opened up to the group to offer up solutions.
  4. Attendees will receive an event recap so you won’t have to worry about taking notes (unless you want).
  5. Oh… and we’ll eat some delicious cake!

Come prepared with a problem you want to be solved, because it’s going to happen.
If not that night, some time over the next month we’ll offer up a solid cure for what ails ya!

We’re not just offering advice, we’re providing support.

Allow us (and others) to put a fire under you.

Either before or after each Entretherapy session you will have the option to sign up for personalized follow-up to help you reach your goals.

Email us at any time… (within reason, skippy). We’re here to help you reach your goals, but holding your hand through the process will cost ya extra. Feel free to run your latest ideas or promotions by us before you share them with the world.

On top of receiving a direct line to your favorite people at CAKE, you’ll gain access to our secret Facebook group. If you want a wide array of opinions, you need to just merely ask the group and ye shall receive.

While working on building your business, work on building up yourself. Successful business owners don’t just have a list of tactics, tips, and strategies that they follow. They also know where to seek answers when they don’t have them.

Join us on the last Wednesday of every month in 2014 for Entretherapy.

If you can’t join us, be sure to regularly check entretherapy.com for a growing list of business FAQs that we’ll be building from each one of our sessions.

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