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Let a mentor guide you on the path to success while sidestepping the potholes.

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This story appears in the April 2005 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe »

There's nothing like having somebody who's been there before to show you the entrepreneurial ropes. Do you need help with your business plan? Want reassurance from someone who's struggled through the same startup challenges you're facing?

When it comes to college entrepreneurship, Alvin Rohrs, president and CEO of Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE), a Springfield, Missouri-based nonprofit, says mentors can share the mistakes they have made and show you how to avoid making those mistakes yourself. Mentors can be anyone--from professors and advisors to local businesspeople. Plenty of universities with entrepreneurial programs put emphasis on mentoring; examples include the Center for Entrepreneurship Program at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles and the W.P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University in Tempe.

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