Mindy Corporon Among Helzberg Entrepreneurial Mentoring Program Class of 2011

by / Saturday, 20 July 2013

Mindy Corporon has been named to the Helzberg Entrepreneurial Mentoring Program (HEMP) 2011 class of 12 mentees.

HEMP is a formal, three-year mentoring program available by application only. Up to 20 mentees per year are accepted and each is carefully matched with a mentor to foster a learning environment.

HEMP was founded in 1995 by Barnett Helzberg, Jr., former owner and President of Helzberg Diamonds, and was inspired by his 23-year mentoring relationship with Ewing Kauffman.

“The HEMP class of 2011 is comprised of some of Kansas City’s finest entrepreneurs,” Helzberg said. “We are honored to have one new mentor in addition to offer his time and expertise. I feel very fortunate to have been mentored throughout the various phases of my business career, and HEMP is one way for many of us to give back to the entrepreneurial community.”

Designed to be a three-year, facilitated program, components include a one-on-one mentoring relationship, networking opportunities with peers and veteran business owners, exposure to mentoring skills that can be applied to any professional or personal situation, business educations discussing greatest successes and lessons learned from peers and top CEOs in the community, and field trips to locations of entrepreneurial interest within the Kansas City area.

There are up to 20 events/meetings per year including an annual retreat, a participant appreciation event, field trips to locations of interest, and educational programs. Once mentors and mentees are initially matched, the formal mentoring relationship component becomes self-paced.

To be eligible for the program, entrepreneurs must meet a set of strict criteria, participate in a comprehensive self-assessment, and host the nominating committee for a site visit. The knowledge gathered from this process helps determine compatibility with the program.

Mindy joins 10 other mentees from among the Kansas City area’s top entrepreneurs. They include:

Austin Bickford, BicMedia, Inc.; Dan Cooper, ej4; Laird Goldsborough, Shaner Appraisals, Inc.; Ron Helmer, Synetic Technologies, Inc.; Deena James, Krueger and James Insurance Agency; Quentin McArthur, McQueeny Group; Mark McIntire, McIntire Management Group; Mark Simmons, Red Force Fire and Security; Cisse Spragins, Rockwell Labs, Ltd.; Delena Stout, Brookside Barkery and Bath.

Learn more about the Helzberg Entrepreneurial Mentoring Program.