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How To Become A Venture Mentoring Team Powered Small Business

Small businesses are nominated for VMT mentoring by one of our Community Partners listed below. If your company is a Startup in search of mentoring, click here.

VMT is the National Mentoring Partner supporting Elevate Together, Office Depot’s initiative to support Black and Hispanic-owned small businesses through grants and mentoring.  If your small business is located in the following cities, you may be eligible to apply:

Businesses in the cities below nominated by the Urban League are eligible to receive VMT mentoring.

Businesses in the cities below nominated by the US Hispanic Chamber of Commerce are eligible to receive VMT mentoring.

The VMT Pay It Forward Pledge

Once accepted into The VMT, we ask our mentees if they would like to sign The VMT Pay It Forward Pledge. The VMT Pay It Forward Pledge states that when the company’s founders feel comfortable to do so, they will pay forward the altruism they have received working with The VMT by volunteering to support other small businesses. Many of our mentees have later become mentors, creating positive results that extend far into the future.