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The Value of Having a Mentor

Whether it's a family member or a local businessperson you choose, mentors can give your business a competitive edge.

This story appears in the January 2004 issue of Teen Startups.

A mentor can be an invaluable resource for a budding teen entrepreneur. He or she can do almost anything-from teaching you the tools of your chosen trade to offering advice on legal matters and, in some cases, even serving as a venture capitalist, giving you a financial edge that could make the difference between a dream and a concrete business.

The question is, where can enthusiastic, but inexperienced, young entrepreneurs find their Gandalf or Obi Wan Kenobi?

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