ENTREPRENEURS looking for mentorship opportunities can now search on-the-go, with the launch of the mobile version of MentorshipBC. The searchable, easy-to-use database of business-mentoring programs will now operate on all smartphones and tablets.

Designed with small business owners in mind, MentorshipBC provides a central database to easily find and access programs that meet their specific needs. In addition to providing small businesses with a search tool to find an appropriate mentor program, the site promotes the benefits of working with mentors and using other small business resources.

Organizations throughout B.C. that offer mentorship programs are encouraged to register on the site. As a provincewide resource, MentorshipBC also provides an attractive, and free, marketing opportunity for organizations.

Raising awareness around the benefits of mentorship and available mentorship programs has been a priority for the B.C. government. The development of MentorshipBC came after consultation with 35,000 small business owners in late 2012 and early 2013 during the B.C. Small Business Accord consultations. As a result, the B.C. government provided funding to the BC Innovation Council to develop the MentorshipBC portal. The regular web version of the website was launched on Nov. 1, 2013, at the end of Small Business Month.

Government is committed to implementing programs and initiatives that support the BC Small Business Accord, which aims to make B.C. the most business-friendly jurisdiction in Canada.