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HEMP mentee applications due Aug. 1


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Business owners looking to grow their company with help from others can apply for the Helzberg Entrepreneurial Mentoring Program through Aug. 1.

HEMP, founded by Helzberg Diamonds founder and former owner Barnett Helzberg, matches seasoned, successful entrepreneurs with less-experienced mentees. The program will accept up to 25 mentees.

The formal mentee program lasts three years, with 12 to 24 events or meetings per year. The mentoring relationship is self-paced.

Mentees must own a majority of a business; operate as the sole, ultimate decision-maker for at least three years; and have a desire to substantially grow the company. The business must have at least five full-time employees and generate about $1 million in annual revenue. Cost is $5,000 per year, plus a one-time application fee of $150.

The application and interview process determines an overall fit with the program and matches mentors with mentees based on areas of need and availability. The program then facilitates communications between the parties without dictating the dynamics of the relationship.

The program is also looking for mentors to volunteer their time. About 200 leading Kansas City business professionals, including Henry Bloch of H&R Block, Jack Schmid of J. Schmid & Associates and Dave Lockton of Lockton Cos., serve as mentors.

To learn more or apply, visit HEMP or email info@hempkc.org.

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