<P>Score.org is great for retired execs who want to give back.</P>
<P>www.actioncoach.com and they have a bunch of business coaches in the Charlotte area.</P>
<P>Also join several networking groups. Often you will find a great mentor, but most will say no when you first ask them to be your mentor. You could ask them, however, if they wouldn't mind a call every now and again to ask a business question or two. You might even ask if you can run your business plan by them; most will be happy to give some time.</P>
<P>Good luck. Brad Sugars</P>
Tim Berry is the chairman of Eugene, Ore.-Palo Alto Software, which produces business-planning software. He founded Bplans.com and wrote The Plan-As-You-Go Business Plan, published by Entrepreneur Press. Berry is also a co-founder of HavePresence.com, a leader in a local angel-investment group and a judge of international business-plan competitions.